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The Invisible Seminar

Location: Bergen Academy of Art and Design

Schedule: Wednesday, January 18th, 5pm: Exhibition opening / Introduction lecture – 6th floor, academy
Thursday, January 19th, 10am – 4pm: Seminar – 6th floor, academy / plus: Film Screening, with Jeremy Welsh, 8pm – 8th floor, academy

Seminar Participants: Faculty of Invisibility (Sönke Hallmann / Inga Zimprich), Jennifer Gabrys, Brandon LaBelle, Katrine Meisfjord, Robert Sember, Michelle Teran, Jeremy Welsh

The seminar seeks to investigate the operations of visibility by highlighting the unseen, the camouflaged, the immaterial and the erased as particular aesthetic strategies. If the visual arts historically have relied upon the seeing subject as its partner, functioning to give representation to the imagination or world events, what forms of critique, protest and poetics have been developed by occupying the space of the invisible? How has visual culture studies, and what Camiel van Winkel terms the “regime of visibility”, contributed to the contemporary imperative to visualize and expose? Can notions of the invisible be used to deepen perspectives on the power dynamics of the gaze and image production? And importantly, how might invisibility contribute to rethinking modes of collectivity and politics?

Through this two day seminar, questions around looking and the overlooked will be addressed, pointing toward acts of sonic intervention, secret projects, smuggling operations, covert criticality and other methodologies of the hidden or erased to enliven debate on contemporary cultural practices.

The seminar will consist of a series of short presentations or provocations by visiting artists as well as academy staff. It is the aim of the seminar to open up dialogue and round-table discussion, and to investigate the theme from a multiplicity of perspectives.