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KUNO in Riga 2015

October 15, 2015, 13.00 – 16.30
Coordinators meeting

October 16, 2015, 9.30 - 12.00
Network meeting for official KUNO representatives

October 16-17, 2015
Teachers seminar "Communicating Art"

Friday, October 16
13.30 Opening words
14.30 – 15.00 Presentations of express courses
15.20 – 16.00 Helena Demakova
Latvian Contemporary Art in International Context

From 1998-2002, Demakova was the People’s Party deputy (MP) of the Latvian Saeima (Parliament). From 2004-2009 she was the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. Soon after taking the position, she emphasized the importance of preserving Latvian language, history and culture to the national identity of the country. She did not renew her position in 2009, however due to health problems. She was diagnosed with a bone infection. Significant initiatives undertaken during Demakova’s political career include additions to technology and infrastructure in Latvia to support culture and arts. In the late 1990s, Demakova secured grants and support for a Latvian Library Consortium, which unfortunately did not work out as planned. She continued working towards a national library for the country, however. Demakova was very involved with the beginning of the construction of the National Library of Latvia (2008). The library construction almost immediately began to suffer attacks from opponents of the library. Jaunais Laiks, the right-wing opposition party tried to stop the project. Demakova fought especially hard to ensure that the library was built, even strongly criticizing the President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers. She was also involved with the launching of the Heritage 2018 (Mantojums 2018) programme, which foresees the renovation of all state-owned buildings serving as cultural monuments (2006); the beginning of a programme to construct concert halls in regional urban centres (2007), leading to the opening of brand new concert halls in the cities of Rēzekne (2013), Cēsis (2014) and Liepāja (2015); and directing the competition for the construction of a monument to commemorate the victims of the occupying Soviet regime (2007).

16.00 – 18.00 Excursion in Riga
Excursion in Vecrīga, guided by professor, President of Latvian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ojārs Spārītis

Excursion will start from the academy and will go trough most important hostorical points of Vecriga and will end at Academy.

18.00 – KUNO student exhibition Art Future/Future Signs  opening and buffet dinner, AAL, hosted by AAL
After hours meeting point (from 23.00): Hotel Albert Star Lounge – meet a colleague and start an intensive course, develop a project, initiate teacher exchange…
(unofficial and unobligatory, but strongly recommended). Ask for a “KUNO” table.

Saturday, October 17
10.00 – Coffee
10.30 – 12.30 Keynote speakers
1. Maj Hasager (Malmö Art Academy)
A multitude of positions
–Reflections on developing an experimental MFA programme

Maj Hasager is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen. She studied photography and fine art in Denmark, Sweden, and the UK, earning an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. Her work deals with power structures, identity, memory, the construction of history, and architecture, looking at how these interlinked phenomena are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. Her artistic approach is research based and interdisciplinary, and she works predominantly with text, sound, video, and photography. She has exhibited internationally at Viborg Kunsthal, DK (2015); Art Relay, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, DK (2015); We will meet in the blind spot, Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK (2015); Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art (2014); Moderna Utställningen, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014); A Voice of One’s Own, Malmö Konstmuseum (2014); Past upon Past, Red Barn Gallery, Belfast (2013); Decembers, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk (2012); and Liverpool Biennial (2010). Hasager is the programme director of Critical & Pedagogical Studies (MFA) at Malmö Art Academy and is a guest lecturer at the International Academy of Art, Palestine; Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem; and the University of Ulster, Belfast.

2. Tina Sherwell (International Academy of Art Palestine)
Title: Art and Art Education in Palestine: Experiences from The Academy (IAAP)
Dr. Tina Sherwell lives in Occupied  East Jerusalem. She graduated from Goldsmiths’ College, London in Textiles and Critical Theory and received her Ph.D. from the University of Kent at Canterbury in Image Studies. She is currently the Director of The International Academy of Art, Palestine a post she has held between (2007-2012) (2013-current) Previously she was Programme Leader of Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (2005-2007) She was also Executive Director of the Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University, and has worked on the Tate Online with their digital archives (2004-2006) She won prize of Alexandria Biennele in 2001 for her map series of Palestine. The author of various texts on Palestinian art published in catalogues, journals and books, including monograph on Sliman Mansour for which she was also the curator of the retrospective Exhibition: Terrains of Belonging in (2011). She has also curated the annual Degree Show of The International Academy of Art, Palestine between (2011-2015). Recent publications and papers include include: Nearness and Distance: Cartographies of Contemporary Palestinian Artists Photographic Practices, Photography’s Shifting Terrain NYUAD (2015), Time Loop in Palestinian Video Art; Constellation of the Moving Image, Ed. B. Makhoul. (2013) Curatorial Expediations: The Ramallah Safari, Stedelijk Museum Journal (2014).  Measures of Uncertainty Ibraaz Platform, (2014) Contemplation on Public Art in Palestine, Henrich Boell Foundation Kiel Muthesius, Germany. (2012) She has undertaken consultancy work for various organizations including UNESCO, Birzeit University Museum, Riwaq and The Danish Centre for Culture and Development.
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Discussion and panel

Earlier Event: October 16
KUNO in Copenhagen 2014
Later Event: October 20
KUNO in Trondheim 2016