Curiouser & Curiouser. Konstfack Research Week 2022

Meeting  /  24 Jan 2022  -  28 Jan 2022
Published: 20.01.2022
Curiouser & Curiouser. Konstfack Research Week 2022.
Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
Magnus Bärtås
Jonatan Habib Engqvist
DEADLINE: 28/01/2022

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​The week primarily takes place on four arenas: Views on Research, Parallel Sessions, Nodes and Closing Events. To Views on Research on the first day, we invite all to participate on Zoom, presenting insights from international guest speakers as well as research conducted at Konstfack.
Konstfack Research Week 2022, Curiouser & Curiouser, explores interdisciplinary perspectives on tactile, social, psychological and perhaps even magical aspects from the areas of art, craft, design, interior architecture and furniture design, visual communication and teacher education. 

Welcome event to the Konstfack Research Week on 24 January at Zoom

10.00 Welcome, Maria Lantz, Vice Chancellor 
10.15–10.25 Curiouser & Curiouser, a practical guide, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Project manager, Konstfack
10.30–11.00 An Introduction to Artistic Research, Magnus Bärtås, Head of Research at Konstfack 
11.00–12.00 About Konstfack Research Week Nodes, introductions to the nodes by node-leaders Mårten Medbo, Martín Ávila, Kristina Fridh, Siri Homlong, Ricardo Atienza and Johanna Lewengard.
13.00–14.00 On the Poetics of Disappearance as a Method of Memory, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung 
14.15–15.15 Olfactory enhancement, Sissel Tolaas 
15.30–16.30 I look behind me and see myself, laughing, Gernot Wieland 

You can find the programme for the whole week by clicking here

Contact for enquiries and registrations
Jonatan Habib Engqvist,

About the keynote speakers

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is an independent curator, author and biotechnologist. He is founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and is the artistic director of Sonsbeek20–24, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He is professor in the Spatial Strategies MA program at the Weissensee Academy of Art in Berlin. From 2023 he will take on the role of Director at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin

Artist Sissel Tolaas medium is smell, but her interest is not conventional approaches to scent, which often are characterized by perfumes that camouflage, deodorize, and sanitize reality. For Tolaas, smell is information. She composes smells that stimulate memory, recreate place, capture seasonality, and arouse both emotional and intellectual responses. Toolas simulates complex and often transgressive olfactory experiences to enhance smell sensibilities. She investigates and develops language to communicate smell. She values sensory experience to heighten reality. Born in Norway and based in Berlin, Tolaas studied mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual art in Norway, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Her projects and research have been presented in a variety of institutions and contexts all over the world from biennials to research conferences, Tolaas is smell’s principal advocate. 

Gernot Wieland, artist and filmmaker, will talk about fairy tales, landscapes, psychotherapeutic settings, and address conditions of power and control, whether found in the classroom, societal norms or one’s own conscience or ego. His artistic practice in recent years has centred above all on video installation and lecture performance. The work often combines historical events with seemingly personal memories where fact and fiction blend. The resulting narratives are complex, beginning with private issues and almost accidentally outlining problems in society. Wieland studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His films have been shown, for example, at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Kunstverein in Kassel, the Kunsthaus in Graz, the Liverpool Biennial and most recently at the BIENALSUR 2021.

Konstfack Research Week 2022 is organized through Konstfack Research and Doctoral Studies Committee (FFU). Developed and coordinated by Professor & Head of Research Magnus Bärtås and Project manager Jonatan Habib Engqvist.