University of Gothenburg

17th November, Gothenburg, Sweden

Nelly Ben Hayoun will be talking at University of Gothenburg in Sweden on 17th November 2014.

An event curated and organized by Anna Bloch, ICIA, Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art, Design Curator

See more about the Seminar here

About ICIA:

ICIA - Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art is an organisation that unifies the analysis of ideas, art politics and artistic production. ICIA was founded in response to the need for an institute that works strategically with development issues within the art and design field. Clients include municipalities, regions, art organisations and institutions, as well as businesses that in various ways require professional consultancy regarding structural development areas within contemporary art.  

ICIA also initiates, runs and executes its own art projects, often in collaborations with other organisations or art institutions. ICIA has no permanent exhibition space of its own, but instead initiating projects with contemporary art that sometime takes place outside of the traditional institutions, and sometime in collaborations with existing institutions and exhibitions spaces. In August 2014, ICIA plans for the art project Another Image of Sweden, consisting of new productions by a selection of Swedish and international artists.

ICIA pursues various development projects. Design, Ideology and Ethics will examine which role design can take in a critical social debate, a role that does not necessarily originate from the conditions of the market. Design is usually described as focused on solutions and possibilities. That part of design which is called critical design diverses from this doctrine. Rather than finding solutions of a problem, it questions, surveys and analyses different issues.   

ICIA is politically unaffiliated, but politics is a strong driving force, especially the politics of art. The relevance of critical art is greater than ever. In our times of economism there is a great need for spaces that dare to discuss and test our established ideals and see to other human values rather than just those that are measurable and short-term.

ICIA aims to become one of Sweden’s most relevant art organisations and to take part in developing the forms and conditions of the importance of contemporary art in our society through various productions, exhibitions, publications and strategic assignments, as well as international collaborations.