Workshop on Feminist Art Interventions

Shaping Spaces of Possibility through Co-Creative Action

Abstract

The workshop invites to a co-creative fine art session based on diffractive methodology, involving object handling, improvisation, and transformation. We come together without a detailed plan to create together and shed light on the processes involved, thereby “working with each other in our thinking practices” (Haraway 2016), keeping in mind the feminist idea of “living in difference together”. The session is an intertwinement of artistic practices, political activism and theoretical thinking, and builds on a concept developed within the Artful Dementia Research Lab.

The session will last from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on decisions made by the group as we go along, and is followed by a conversation on connectivity, knowledge creation, tentacular thinking, power relations and relational aesthetics. The topics to be addressed derives from what we create together during the session.

The workshop is arranged by the Artful Dementia Research Lab at the UiT’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, and part of the general program at the conference Kjønnsforskning NÅ!

Author Biographies

Lilli Mittner, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

Lilli Mittner is trained as a musicologist and practices as a classical violinist. Currently she holds a postdoc position in feminist art intervention research at the University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway. Lilli is broadly interested in equality issues in art making processes and how people create new spaces of possibilities through new perceptions of conventional social practices. In her project she addresses methodological challenges in artistic practices of working together with people living with dementia by diffracting the theoretical basis of art interventions with feminist theory and relational aesthetics. Her research is situated at the intersection of arts-based research, social sciences and the humanities. Lilli’s scientific background touches upon the fields of history, sociology, pedagogy, ethnology, and psychology of music as well as media and communication studies.

Ann Therese Lotherington

Ann Therese Lotherington is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her professional orientation is new material feminist theory and citizenship theory that she has used and developed for research in different empirical settings, most recently related to everyday life of people living with dementia. Her current interest in relational aesthetics and the significance of creativity in people’s lives comes from connections with people in some way afflicted with this disease. The entanglement of the creative arts in everyday life challenge dominant understandings of community and connectivity, and how a life with dementia might be lived, which demands renewed research approaches and new research to be fully understood.

Dragana Lukic

Dragana Lukić, Art researcher, PhD candidate in Gender Studies at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Dragana is exploring potentials of fine arts for opening up different understandings of dementia and persons with dementia. In her PhD project, Dragana analyses fiction film adaptations and literature that are dealing with dementia as a main issue. In addition, Dragana is responsible for organising individual and group fine arts interventions within and outside of care homes in Tromsø. Dragana has background in painting and gender studies from University of Belgrade and media arts from University of Gothenburg. She has long experience in exhibiting and participating in collaborative arts projects.

Ben Felten
Published
2019-11-07
Section
Presentations