PLACEHOLDERS: a research seminar at KHIB

Jeremy Welsh - from image series Paraphrase (2010)

Documentation images from the seminar

Placeholders is a two-day seminar taking place at Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen on 22 - 23 September 2011. The seminar will examine ways in which artists from a variety of practices including photography, video, sound, performance, site-specific work and painting approach the issue of "place". Individual presentations will highlight ways in which (a sense of) place is constituted, challenged, reconstructed or communicated through a broad range of artistic strategies.

Speakers are:
Synne Bull, one half of Bull.Miletic - artist duo together with Dragan Miletic (Oslo) whose video works have explored a broad range of sites and places. An ongoing project, Heaven Can Wait, consists of video recordings made at many of the world's rotating restaurants.

Brandon LaBelle, Professor of new media and sound art at KHIB. LaBelle's works include installations, performances and projects in public spaces, often combining sound, sculpture and text. LaBelle is also author of several books including Background Noise; Perspectives on Sound Art.

Justin Bennett, audio artist (Den Haag) Bennett's work includes installations, drawings, cd's and other audio works, commissioned sound for dance and theatre, and public interventions. His most recent work was made for the public art project "Invisible Architectures" in Newcastle on Tyne.

Michelle Teran is an artistic research fellow at KHIB. Her current work revolves around geo-tagged performative video pieces uploaded to the web and linked to maps & Google Earth. Through these she builds up narrative journeys that allow new ways of exploring or experiencing a number of cities.

Patrik Entian is a final-year research fellow in painting at KHIB. His project "Looking for Painting" deals with landscape by exploiting contemporary network technology. The main source and focus for his recent work is the feed from a webcam in Antarctica.

Richard Launder is an Associate Professor in ceramics and sculpture at KHIB. His works often take on a performative character and are frequently staged in public spaces, working through strategies that have their roots in Situationist practices.

Johan Sandborg is a photographic artist, associate professor and vice-rektor at KHIB. He will discuss his recent project "Bridge to Bridge", a photographic record of the changing environment of Bergen's former docklands.

Peter McCaughy, a Glasgow-based artist & lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, working with sire-specific and socially engaged urban projects.

Jeremy Welsh (seminar organiser) is Professor & MA Course Leader at KHIB. His works in video, photography, installation and text have often been an investigation of place and time. Together with Bull.Miletic he has in recent years participated in a series of projects entitled Cities Reimagined, and was the initiator of the blog & collaboration platform BUU.

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR SEND EMAIL TO jayjaywel at gmail dot com

Location details:
Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, Kunstakademiet
C. Sundtsgt. 53, 5004 Bergen

Thursday 22 September 12.00 - 16.00
Friday 23 September 10.00 - 14.00
***SPECIAL EVENT*** book launch by Brandon LaBelle, Thursday 22 September at 7 pm
Hordaland Kunstsenter, Klosteret 17, 5005 Bergen