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‘Interdisciplinarity as Resistance’

Konstepidemin (Gothenburg, Sweden), 23-25 April 2020

Organisers: Rose Parfitt (Kent), Matilda Arvisson (Gothenburg) and Hjalmar Falk (Gothenburg)

The global resurgence of far-right nationalism, in a new context with specific characteristics, has generated new problems for those – scholars, artists and activists – engaged in resisting the effects of this resurgence on minority groups, women and refugees in particular. Against that backdrop, this workshop aims to test out new modes of collaboration, in order to generate more effective responses to such problems. In addition to presenting their work in relation to the project’s central question of how easily those phenomena which fascism celebrates (violence, racism, unbridled expansionism…) become invisible, tolerable, or indeed straightforwardly attractive, the workshop also aims to:  

(1) Enact a shift from the theory to the practice of interdisciplinarity through the creation of non-hierarchical space for cross-teaching, cross-learning and reciprocal research;

(2) Introduce participants to new, at first deeply unfamiliar techniques (from bracelet-shading to critical human rights advocacy), allowing new methods and perspectives to emerge ready wired-in to changing political and technological realities;

(3) Develop a new textual, visual and aural vocabulary that is better equipped to interpret and respond to the normativity/aesthetics of the 'new right';

(4) Engage the wider community in Gothenburg in the development of this vocabulary;

(5) Begin work on the production of a stream of content – in multiple different forms – for a new online review.


New York-based composer, conductor, audio-visual and performance artist and pianist Luciano Chessa - author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (University of California Press, 2012), who recently conducted the New School’s Mannes Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre in the world premiere performance of Julius Eastman's ‘Symphony No. 2’.

Visual artist Alicja Rogalska, fresh from a Paradise AIR residency in Tokyo, whose many exhibitions, performances and projects include ‘How to Talk to Fascists’, at Metal in Liverpool; ‘Karaoke Capitalism’ at the Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago; and ‘Gotong Royong. Things We Do Together’ at CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw.

Curator and critical theorist Helena Chávez Mac Gregor, of UNAM’s (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s) Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, and former academic curator at UNAM’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City.

Barrister Paul Clark (Garden Court Chambers), a founding member of the groundbreaking Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), who recently represented the Libyan Government in two cases before the International Criminal Court, authored a an amicus curiae submission to the Constitutional Court of Colombia concerning the application of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the context of the potential criminal liability of state military forces.

Egyptian cartoonist, scriptwriter, performer and cult satirist Andeel, co-founder of the comics quarterly Tok Tok.

Artist, editor and writer Jenifer Evans, founder and co-curator, with Taha Belal, of Nile Sunset Annex, an art production and distribution outfit in downtown Cairo which opened soon after the revolution in 2011, and former Culture Editor of one of the few (if not the only) remaining independent news sources in Egypt, Madr Masr.

Melbourne’s own, currently New York-based Jake Goldenfein (Swinburne University of Technology)- musician, scholar of law & technology/cyber-physical systems/AI/surveillance, and research fellow at Cornell Tech, whose book Monitoring Laws: Surveillance, Automation and Information Law, will come out with Cambridge University Press later in 2019…

If you’d like to participate, please submit a proposal (300 words/equiv.) to by 1 June 2019.