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Art and Craft Lectures

The Art and Craft Lectures, hosted by the Art and Craft Department at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, is an annual lecture series devoted to art education, research, theory, and politics. The program stresses an interdisciplinary approach to rethinking practice and theory in new desirable ways. The fall 2023 series, curated by Sara Yazdani and Susanne M. Winterling, is devoted to art and ecology with a particular focus on the interrelations between bodies and matter.

Taking Isabelle Stengers’ manifestation “An Ecology of Practice” as a place of departure, the series aims to construct tools for thinking “that makes us think and not recognize.” Ecology is here understood as the relations between living and non-living bodies and matter, beyond the nature/culture divide, forming a “different practical landscape,” in which thinking and change emerge in the middle and in the surroundings. Taking a collaborative approach to practice and research, the lecture series seeks to generate inspiration, critical navigation, and community across the arts.

The series, part of the MFA programs in the department, invites scholars, artists, and curators from different disciplines to give a public lecture. It takes the form of traditional keynotes that guide the semester as a platform for students and faculty to share and discuss practice, concerns, and inspiration, with an open door to the public. For the fall 2023 program, we are especially excited to host Astrida Neimanis, Ina Blom, and Elvia Wilk.

The Art and Craft Lectures take place virtually via Zoom on Thursdays at 3pm CET unless otherwise specified. The lectures are free and open to the public.