Tanya Toft Ag is excited to announce the publication of the book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019) – while in the same breath inviting you to the book’s launch at Scandinavia House in New York City, 23 February 2019.
Offering an in-depth exploration of art’s contingent evolution with technology and digital culture, this book goes far beyond familiar depictions of ‘Nordic aesthetics’ in art. It explores art’s role and inquiries in response to changing sociopolitical realities in the welfare state, and in the wider world. First-hand perspectives of pioneering and pivotal artists form the basis of chapters penned by leading scholars and curators of Nordic art. Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art recasts the Nordic art context in an expanding digital condition and reveals horizontal ways to write its histories.
Chapters by Tanya Toft Ag, Jamie Allen, Laura Beloff, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Bernhard Garnicnig, Elizabeth Jochum, Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, Jens Tang Kristensen, Mads Dejbjerg Lind, Björn Norberg, Margrét Elisabeth Olafsdottir, Jøran Rudi, Lorella Scacco, Morten Søndergaard, Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen, and Stahl Stenslie.
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Book Launch, New York City
Saturday, 23 February 2019
Scandinavia House, 2nd floor, 58 Park Ave, New York City
The book launch will begin with a participatory performance by Swedish artists Lundahl & Seitl
, followed by a book lecture.
Unknown Cloud On Its Way To… (2015-2019) by Lundahl & Seitl is a participatory performance. Programmed to exist globally until 2057, the Cloud travels across national borders, large cities, remote villages, islands, mountains, and across the sea. Synchronized via Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and a downloadable APP to participants’ own smartphones, the Unknown Cloud creates an unusual situation of a global ritual that connects us to our own and other bodies, far and near. Immersed in a connective experience in the cloud, audiences will explore participation, trust and compassion – the cornerstones of an engaged and humane society. The work is featured in the book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019).
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The book launch performance is supported by the Consulate General of Sweden.
The continuing dissemination and exhibition program Digital Dynamics: New Ways of Art
will elaborate on the books’ themes. In New York City, it will continue with the theme Digital Dynamics: Art’s New Natures, presented in collaboration with STREAMING MUSEUM
to news about book talks, texts, and events on how contemporary (Nordic) art is changing with the digital. Events coming up in 2019 at the International Symposium on Electronic Art – ISEA2019 (Gwangju), Media Art Histories Conference (Aalborg), Scandinavia House (New York City), Screen City Biennial (Stavanger), among others.