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The Supersargasso Sea

Conference contribution
Authors Josefina Posch
Published in Presentation at Nordiska Akvarellmuseet
Publication year 2018
Published at Valand Academy
Language en
Keywords art, sculpture, nature, environment, plastic pollution, oceans, artistic research
Subject categories Arts, Earth and Related Environmental Sciences, Other Social Sciences


The presentation was part of the research project Taking Place: a series of events organised and presented by artist-educators working in Fri Konst at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. It’s become normal in academic contexts to talk about artistic practice as a type of ‘research’, but this is not usually the way in which art is presented in the gallery or the museum. Instead, it’s more usual there to focus on the finished object, performance or installation, and to detach it from the way in which it was produced. In these events, Valand lecturers talk about how processes and methods of research shape their individual works and their overall practices, and what is meant by ‘research’ in the context of artistic production. The Supersagasso Sea presentation by Josefina Posch aspired to bring discussions surrounding (artistic) research out of the University system into the public realm and the art world. With the artwork The Super Sargasso Sea as a starting point the talk will oscillate between the panel participants’ individual research interests: ocean pollution, material investigation as artistic production, art, knowledge and public participation, to discover connections and common denominators. The day was moderated by Daniel Jewsbury and also included a presentation by Bethanie Carney Almroth from the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences Göteborgs Universitet.

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