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Digital Dynamics: Art’s New Making

October 20, 2019 @14:30 - 16:00 CEST Artist Talk


Join the FREE panel and audience conversation Arts New Making with Laura Beloff, Saara Ekström and Toril Johannessen. Moderated by Tanya Toft Ag.

The digital has launched both excitement and concern with art’s ecologies of making the ‘new.’ Art’s making begins not with the tool but with a sense of who we are, our origins, histories, centers, and peripheries, and it continues in our co-evolution with technics. Taking a starting point in the new book Digital Dynamics in Contemporary Nordic Art the conversation asks: What ecologies are implicated in art’s making today, and what does the pursuit of the ‘new’ promise, challenge, and feed forward?

The conversation is part of the Screen City Biennial 2019 in Stavanger, Norway.

Attendance is FREE. No registration, ticket or festival pass needed.


LAURA BELOFF is an internationally acclaimed artist and researcher who functions in-between academic leadership & research with a core in the arts and in artistic methods. She is Associate Professor and Head of the PhD School at IT University of Copenhagen where she is part of the REAL-research group.

SAARA EKSTRÖM, works in film, photography, text and installation. Her work has been shown extensively in Finnish and international group and solo exhibitions in various museums and festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She received the Finnish media art prize AVEK-award in 2018 and the prizes of SW Finland in 2017, Finnish Art Society in 1995 and the Aboa prize in 1994. She has been the Helsinki Festival Artist in 2005 and was nominated for both Ars Fennica and Carnegie Art Award prizes in 2010. Her works have been acquired to several public collections in Finland and abroad.

TORIL JOHANNESSEN (bio coming soon)


TANYA TOFT AG, Ph.D. is a curator, researcher, writer and lecturer examining urban media aesthetic phenomena and (media) art’s engagement with societal and urban change, in a global perspective. She is editor of the new book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019) and co-editor of What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why, When, Where, and How? (av edition, 2016). She was curator and led the artistic research program at the Screen City Biennial 2016-2018 (Stavanger) and has curated exhibitions and given key-notes on six continents. From 2018-2020 she is a research fellow at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

The book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art takes you through and beyond a map of Nordic artistic experiments, conceptual reconfigurations and new modes of artistic agency. Offering an in-depth exploration of art’s contingent evolution with technology and digital culture, the book goes far beyond familiar depictions of ‘Nordic aesthetics’ in art. It explores art’s role and inquiries in response to changing sociopolitical realities in the welfare state and in the wider world. First-hand perspectives of pioneering and pivotal artists form the basis of chapters penned by leading scholars and curators of Nordic art. Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art recasts the Nordic art context in an expanding digital condition and reveals horizontal ways to write its histories.

Published by Intellect 2019, distributed by Chicago University Press and John Wiley & Sons.
ISBN 9781783209484

Image: Saara Ekström, Beacon, 2019; director and cinematography: Saara Ekström; editing assistant: Eero Tammi; 8mm film converted to 2K digital format; expanded cinema event

Order the book at: www.digitaldynamics.art/order-book/
[a limited number of books will also be available for sale with a discount during the biennial opening weekend]

Learn more about the book, its themes and contributors at: www.digitaldynamics.art


October 20, 2019
14:30 - 16:00
Event Category:


Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art


MS Sandnes
Vågen (58°58'20.4"N 5°43'40.8"E)
Stavanger, 4001
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