Spekulationer om Pariskommunen

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Presentations by Kalle Brolin & Karl Palmås
Curator: Fredrik Svensk
Date: Jan 30th, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Valand School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg
Room: v.arc studio


3:30 Introduction Fredrik Svensk

4:00 Presentaton 1: La Comuna, Kalle Brolin
Kalle Brolin will screen and talk about his video work La Comuna, linking refugees of the Paris Commune in 1871 with a peoples uprising in Buenos Aires in 2001, and on the role of speculation in filmmaking

4:45 Presentation 2: Everything is a society, Karl Palmås
Karl Palmås will talk about the speculative turn in social thought, and its possible impact on your understanding of the sociology & art. The title ”Everything is a society” is borrowed from the ’pan-psychist’ or ’pan-social’ metaphysics of Gabriel Tarde and Alfred North Whitehead.

5:30 Discussion

6:00 End


About the speakers

Kalle Brolin is an artist, working in video, writing and performance. Currently attenting the independent study programme at Valand School of Fine Arts and working on a free-form piece situating himself in relation to the ethnic minority of travellers, Kalle also writes on social practice art and the definition of political art for Fria Tidningen (www.fria.nu). www.kallebrolin.com

Karl Palmås is a social scientist based at Chalmers University of Technology. Having worked with so-called ”e-democracy” at the European Commission and in ”new media” during the dot.com bubble, Karl completed his PhD in sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. He currently writes up a three-year ethnography of fertilizer politics and Chinese state capitalism in Sri Lanka, and works on a short text about speculative social science.


The Valand Seminar for Advanced Art Theory is a seminar program open for all students and staff at the faculty of arts, and for all scholars, artists and activists interested in rethinking the aesthetical and the political today, with a special focus on artistic practice and critical writing.

Some of the thinkers so far discussed in the program are Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Rancière, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, and Vilém Flusser. Usually, one or two guest is invited to start the seminar by doing presentations. Maria Johansen, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Jonas (J) Magnusson, Kim West, Sara Edenheim and Ola Sigurdson, Thomas, Karlsohn, Nina Möntmann and Gerald Raunig, Helmut Draxler, Ignacio Valero, Nicolas Bourriaud, Claire Fontaine, Marsha Meskimmon are some of some of the earlier guests.

The Valand Seminar for Advanced Art Theory, curated by Fredrik Svensk encourages transdisciplinarity and is a part of the Valand Artistic Research Centre (v.arc), Valand School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg. valand.gu.se/english/research/research-centre/


After the seminar I suggest, that we all continue next door, to the lecture programme HFF talks, and listen to:

Moving images and the construction of history
by artist Petra Bauer

The talk be centered around two video works: Sisters! and En ömsesidig sak, and bring up questions about political action today.

It will be a short break after The Valand Seminar for Advanced Art Theory with coffee and stuff, and the lecture starts 6:15 pm,

Petra Bauer explores the possibilities for conceptual documentary practices to examine how public narratives that circulate in our society is constructed, presented and represented in the media. In her work she always begins with a single event, which is then related to general developments in society. She is specifically interested in the relationship between the private experience of an event and the official public story about it. At Baltic Art Center, she recently finished a work in a collaborative with curator Kim Einarsson where they explored the representation of utopias and other public images in mass media in relation to the ability of individual political engagement and action.