Art+Research: The need for Experimentation

9 Dec 2020, 16:00

A conversation with the exhibition’s curators, Therese Kellner and Richard Julin, and Professor Staffan Bergwik, an expert in the History of Ideas and Science.

This conversation is broadcasted live on Accelerator’s Facebook page , where it is possible to ask questions to the participants via the comments section. The event is recorded and available on Accelerator’s podcast and YouTube channel. The conversation is in Swedish.

Several of the artists in The Experimental Field ask questions about structures for knowledge production and how these structures effect both interpersonal relationships and other species. Based on the history of the Experimental Field, the role of experimentation is lifted from a natural history perspective to also include the experimentation that takes place in contemporary art and research today. The conversation begins with an introduction to the exhibition and the history of the Experimental Field. In relation to that, Bergwik provides a reflection on hierarchies and structures that form and shape knowledge.

Staffan Bergwik
Professor in History of Science and Ideas in the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University with teaching and research on the cultural history of the natural sciences in the modern era. 

Documentary photograph taken at The Experimental Field in 1954. Courtesy of Stockholm City Museum, photo: Herman Rönninger SvD 34678.