Presentation by Tanya Toft, curator

New York baserade ny media curator Tanya Toft presenterade sin kommande utställning ´Nordic Outbreak´, diskuterade sin forskning med fokus på Nordisk digital konst och strategier för att ställa ut digitala konstverk i offentliga miljöer. Presentationen följdes av en frågestund.

Presentationen på Galleri Box hölls på Engelska.



Nordic Outbreak is an internationally touring exhibition presented by Streaming Museum, showing over 30 video and new media artworks by groundbreaking contemporary Nordic artists. It is launching with a symposium at Scandinavia House and a series of events in New York City from April 4 to April 7, 2013. The opening exhibition in New York will be viewed as large projections and on screens and in public spaces. The events encompassing the launch in New York include an all-day symposium and exhibition at Scandinavia House where Nordic artists, curators and theorists will offer in-depth perspectives on what ‘the Nordic’ has come to mean in the digital age, in a situation characterized by globalization and rapid developments in new media technologies, providing new conditions for aesthetic production and presentation. The discussions will illuminate an outbreak from conventional aesthetic ideas about the Nordic concept, from typical modes of exhibition making and curatorial practice, and from fixed interpretations of works that travel across local contexts and contribute to a global dialogue. The panels at the Nordic Outbreak Symposium will address how these influences are characterized in new dynamics in Nordic video and new media art. Nordic Outbreak: Confronting Tales, Futures and Memories, the opening theme of the New York exhibition, presents artworks that question fictional narratives, like the tales that underpin the Nordic concept. These tales have shaped through past and present myths, memories and nostalgia, and in the traditions and rituals of everyday life, which ultimately shape ideas about the future. Confronting Tales, Futures and Memories challenges preconceived notions of ‘the Nordic’ concept as idea and identity. The works have been selected in collaboration with four Nordic guest curators: Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen, and Jacob Lillemose. In Fall 2013, a selection of the exhibition project will travel to all the Nordic countries in collaboration with partnering arts, architecture and cultural institutions and explore a new theme in every local installation. The project will be followed by a book publication in Spring 2014.