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The Art of Welfare

Date:27 January 2006, 10:00am to
27 January 2006, 6:00pm
Location:Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

A one-day conference exploring artistic and political aspects of Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset¹s exhibition The Welfare Show, which opens at the Serpentine Gallery on 26 January 2006.

The conference will discuss the politics of artistic representation; the Scandinavian model of welfare as a socio-spatial form of experience; the current viability of the welfare state and its possible future forms; the architecture of welfare; and the relational aesthetics of socially-engaged art practices.


Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, and editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. Books include Philosophy in Cultural Theory, 2000, Conceptual Art, 2002, and Marx, 2005.
Topic: Politics as Content and the Politics of Form.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oslo, has published widely on the cultural complexity of Norway, with a focus on either Norwegians or the multi-ethnic character of contemporary
Topic: Outsourcing the Welfare State.

Victor D Norman, Professor, Norwegian School of Economy and Business Administration, served as Norwegian Minister of Labour, 2001­4. His book
with Avinash K Dixit, Theory of International Trade: A Dual, General Equilibrium Approach, made a major contribution to the subject.
Topic: Crumbling from Within? The Microfoundations of Welfare States.

Claire Bishop, Leverhulme Research Fellow, Curating Contemporary Art Department, Royal College of Art, London. Author of Installation Art: A Critical History, 2005 and OAntagonism and Relational Aesthetics¹, in October 110 (2004). Bishop writes for magazines including Artforum and Tate Etc.
Topic: The Politics of Spectatorship in Socially-Engaged Art Practices.

Andrew Benjamin has withdrawn from this event. He will be replaced by Jeremy Till, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and Director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Publications include Architecture and Participation and Architecture and the Everyday. He was recently appointed curator of the British Pavilion in the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Topic: Modernity and Order: Architecture and the Welfare State

About the event

Organised and supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, in collaboration with The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London, and the British Council, Norway.

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