The Encounter Between Art and Science

At Accelerator, art encounters research in an interdisciplinary dialogue on contemporary issues and challenges. The aim is to foster the exchange of knowledge and reflections on how art and science address current societal issues based on their respective disciplines.

In the programme Art + Research, Accelerator’s artistic team collaborates with researchers whose work relates to current issues and themes explored in the exhibitions. The collaboration results in a public programme comprising lectures, discussions and seminars in which artists, researchers, students and the general public are invited to participate.

Art + Research meeting linked to Tino Sehgals exhibition This progress. In the picture, participating researchers and artists: Sara-Lot van Uum. Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Iris Smeds, Anna Ting Möller, Susanna Jablonski, Gethin Wyn Jones, Anna Kinbom, Santiago Mostyn, Barbara Wohlfarth, Richard Julin, Sonia Hedstrand and Katarina Winter.
Art + Research talk 15 April 2020 in connection to Johanna Gustafsson Fürsts exhibition Graft the Words, Whio My Tongue. Literary scholar Frida Beckman, poet Ida Börjel and cultural writer Sara Abdollahi hade a conversation on how literature, writing and criticism relate to turbulent conditions.

Why art and research?

The purpose of Art + Research is to stimulate innovative thinking through an exchange of knowledge, experiences and perspectives. An important cornerstone of Accelerator’s activities is the connection to contemporary issues and societal challenges. The Art + Research programme provides a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue and enables the exploration of new types of knowledge and ways of discussing research through art.

“Artists are daring! We researchers often tend to stick to what’s tried and tested rather than exploring new methods”

Professor of German at the professor of German at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German.

A talk on June 3rd 2019 about aspects on the resaercher’s practice and new ways of materialising research results with Staffan Carlshamre, Carmen Fernández, Henrik Österblom, Gudrun Brattström, Mats Börjesson, Boel Hackman. Photo by Niklas Björling.

Watch and listen from the archive

Since the start in 2016 more than 70 researchers representing all of the university’s faculties as well as artists and experts have participated in collaborations in Art + Research. Information on the entire programme of discussions since the physical opening of the art space in autumn 2019 is available in Accelerator’s archive. Many discussions have been recorded and can be watched on Accelerator’s  YouTube channel or listened to as a podcast.

Participants Art + Research 2019-2020

  • Sara Abdollahi, literary critic and essayist.
  • Frida BeckmanProfessor of Comparative literature at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Alexandra Dylman, Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education.
  • Makda Embaie, Artist.
  • Christina Fredengren, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
  • Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Artist.
  • Sofia Hedstrand, Artist.
  • Mattias Heldner, Professor in Phonetics and Director of the Phonetics Laboratory at the Department of Linguistics. 
  • Susanna Jablonski, Artist.
  • Signe Johannessen, Artist.
  • Johan Järlehed, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Literatures.
  • Balsam Karam, Author and Librarian.
  • Anna Kindbom, Artist.
  • Anneli Kruve, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry.
  • Jarmo Lainio, Professor of Finnish at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies Finnish Dutch and German.
  • Alba Legarda Lisarri, Research Assistant at the Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Inger Lindberg, Professor emerita at the Department of Language Education.
  • Maja Mella, Managing Director at The National Association of Swedish Tornedalians, Tornionlaaksolaiset.
  • Santiago Mostyn, Artist.
  • Anna Ting Möller, Artist.
  • Kevin Noone, Professor of Chemical Meteorology at the Department of Environmental Science.
  • Jonas Nordell, Professor of Civil Law at the Department of Law.
  • Stefano Papazian, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Environmental Science.
  • Jan Rosén, Professor of Civil Law at the Department of Law.
  • Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Professor of German at the professor of German at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German.
  • Iris Smeds, Artist.
  • Katarina Winter, PhD in Sociology and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Criminology.
  • Barbara Wohlfarth, Professor of Quaternary Geology at the Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Gethin Wyn Jones, Artist.
  • Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor in international law and Director and Head of Research at The Åland Islands Peace Institute.

Participants Art + Research 2018

  • Gudrun Brattström, Associate professor, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics.
  • Mats Börjesson, Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
  • Staffan Carlshamre, Professor, Department of Philosophy.
  • Iben Christiansen, Associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
  • Carmen Fernández, Professor emerita, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
  • Vandela Grundell Gachoud, Post doctor, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Ingemar Haag, Senior Lecturer, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Boel Hackman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Magdalena Holdar, Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Lise-Lotte Jons, Educational Developer, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.
  • Johan Kleman, Professor, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
  • Palle Leth, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy.
  • Ewa Machotka, Associate professor, Department of Asia, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.
  • Elisabeth Mansén, Professor, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
  • Joy Merwin Monterio, Post doctor, Department of Meteorology.
  • Tyra Nilsson, PhD-student, Department of Education.
  • Dominic Power, Professor, Department of Human Geography.
  • Klas Roth, Professor, Department of Education.
  • Kicki Skog, Senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
  • Henrik Österblom, Professor and science director, Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Participants Art + Research 2016-2017