About the Bulletin
ARKEN BULLETIN is a publication in which Danish and international researchers discuss academic questions within art, museology and art theory.
The bulletin publishes research results from ARKEN’s exhibition and data gathering activity for the international research and museum environment.
The publication’s articles also supplement any communication regarding exhibitions, catalogues, research seminars and lectures.
Available in English.
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 6, 2013
Migration is a relatively new phenomenon in the study of visual art forms. In the ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 6, migration is treated as a contemporary art subject and raises questions such as:
How do you analyse the relationship between migration and globalisation based on an aesthetic perspective? Which analytical tools can be brought into focus when the art also relates to a local and global aesthetic? Which discursive framework concepts can you work with curatorially and what are their strengths and weaknesses.
With contribution from a number of academics, curators and critics, the publication investigates how the ‘global’ contemporary art and Indian art works with the cultural aspects of concepts such as migration, exile, belonging, diaspora, hybridity and cultural identity. It focuses particularly on the new generation of artists from India such as Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Rina Banerjee, Thukral & Tagra etc., who have in recent years become prominent on the international art scene by giving globalisation’s cultural effects new artistic expression.
Cities, Mobilities, Contemporary Art
Strategies of Localization
The Artist as Migrant Worker? Framing Art in an Age of Intensified Globalization and Migration
Anne Ring Petersen
Transcultural Curating of Art from India
No Place Like Home
Mathias Ussing Seeberg
Performing in Transit. Identities and Spaces of Agency in THE ESCAPE! Resume/Reset
Dorthe Juul Rugaard and Christina Papsø Weber
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 5, 2010
What is the museum’s purpose – what can it do – and why and how? ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 6 focuses sharply on the museum’s role and function, both today and in the future.
For three years ARKEN has, through exhibitions, research and communication, investigated utopia’s status – in art as well as society. Through the concept of ‘Utopic Curating’ we want to highlight a new museal practice, which based on a breakthrough within art itself directs its focus towards the same purpose as the exhibitions.
Through a number of articles from Danish and international writers, suggestions are offered as to the art institution’s role and changed function from keeper of knowledge to social player. Key ideas include citizenship, outreach and new curatorial practices that focus on dialogue, participation and sensory experience.
A Museum for Participative Man
Pontus Hultén and the Open Museum
Magnus af Petersens
The Museum as Generator
Kickstarting Utopia: An example of outreach
Christina Papsø Weber
Custom-made: A new culture for museums and galleries in civil society
The Negotiating Museum
Inside/Outside the Consumerist Loop
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 4, 2009
British artist Damien Hirst (born 1965) is the focus of ARKEN BULLETIN’s vol. 4.
We want to contribute towards an in-depth review of his work, which relates to the important and critical debates on contemporary art. Our objective is to present Hirst like a prism, through which you can observe and discuss contemporary art.
Damien Hirst’s artistic practice draws on a number of cultural spheres: knowledge and medicine, art history, religion and pop culture. This mix has turned him into a point of irritation for a wide spectrum of art critics – from the conservative purists for whom his works are the endless proof of the corruption of all artistic quality, to left-wing critics who reject his art as the victory of commercialism over all artistic endeavours.
Since Hirst’s breakthrough in the early 1990s, he has had the ability to generate headlines in the tabloids like no other artist. Despite the public attention, thorough research-based studies of his art are still lacking. This volume therefore integrates debates and methodical approaches to Hirst’s art and contemporary art in general.
On Limits and Transgressions: What is ’Beyond Belief’? Experiencing Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God at White Cube Gallery, London, 1 June 2007
It’s Healthy to Be Afraid
Interview with Damien Hirst by Christian Gether
Inside the System. Damien Hirst: Performing Post-Industrial Visuality
Village Green Preservation Society. Damien Hirst Seen from America
Laughing in the Face of Death
The Distance of the Image
Processing the Undead. Damien Hirst’s Natural History
Damien Hirst’s Readymade Designs
Damien Hirst’s Death Drive. Contemporary Art after Irony
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 3, 2006
Death bells have tolled several times for the painting in the 20th century. However, a glance at contemporary art reveals that the painting is alive and kicking.
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 3 focuses on the aesthetic views and artistic strategies that define paintings today, which contributes to a more nuanced approach than the either/or logic that has dominated discussions on the painting since the 1960’s.
This subject was honoured by two exhibitions at ARKEN, both about the contemporary painting. Painter brain! Young Danish painting focusing on a group of young artists, who all turn away from the figurative and the narrative. HI BOB – Greatest Hits. New paintings by Peter Bonde presented new works from the artists, which combined painting, everyday objects, photographs and TV screens into one monumental installation.
Peter Bonde: Proximity without Intimacy
Dorthe Rugaard Jørgensen
Peter Bonde: Mental Stage Props
Abjection and Construction of Identity
Painting after ‘Isms’: “The New Leipzig School”
Art-silly adjective I Lacking Good Sense
Encounters with Painting: Gendered Practices and Virtual Embodiment
Painting’s Elastic Context
Go Figure! Young Danish Painting
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 2, 2004
Since its foundation in 1996, ARKEN has collected Danish, Nordic and international contemporary art with a focus on art created post- 1990.
11 works from ARKEN’s collection are discussed in vol.2 of ARKEN BULLETIN. Six researchers and four curators communicate their insight into some of the most significant topics and practices that concern contemporary artists.
The articles present works of art created in the period 1998-2004 in different media, from installation and video to paintings. Current positions on the international art scene are represented through works by artists such as Tony Oursler, Olafur Eliassson, Martin Erik Andersen, Bill Viola, Elina Merenmies, Tal R, John Bock, Elmgreen & Dragset, Vibeke Tandberg and Damien Hirst.
Happy Birthday or the Cruelty of Love
Message from the Medium
Olafur Eliasson – Mobile Vision
Gunnar J. Árnason
Moving towards Dissolution: On Martin Erik Andersen’s Sculptures
Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz
Vision of the Unspoken – Viola’s Heirotopy
Speak if You Can – Poetic Monsters and Metamorphoses in Elina Merenmies’ Art
Thomas Ivan Träskman
Expression and Strategy in Tal R’s Painting
Dorthe Rugaard Jørgensen
A Jester in Wonderland
Marie Louise Helveg
Gender Identity in Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s Art
Photography and ARKEN’s collection
ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 1, 2002
ARKEN BULLETIN’s first volume focuses on selected works in ARKEN’s collection of Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Ólafur Éliasson and Mona Hatoum.
The number also follows up on two seminars, Body & Manipulation and Framing Photography, which were held at ARKEN as part of the exhibitions MAN – Body in Art from 1950-2000 and The Wild West.
Body & Manipulation focused on the relationship between body, technology and culture, whereas Framing Photography discussed the different ways of writing the history of photography and incorporating photography into the museum institution and art history. The seminars reflected ARKEN’s interest in fundamental existential conditions, as they are expressed in art and museology.
Communicating in a Junk Culture – Tim Noble and Sue Webster: Falling Apart
Aesthetics of Intimacy: Uncanny Objects in the recent Works of Mona Hatoum
Ethnographic Mapping: Olafúr Elíasson
The Monad in the Iron Cage
Exit Homo? On Dehumanization in New Images of the Body
The Logics of Deflation: the Avant-garde and the Fate of the Photographic Snapshot
When Snapshots Became Art
– Documentary and Conceptual Strategies around 1970
A Critical Discussion of the Historiography of Photography
A Slice of Living Reality?
Writing the History of Danish Interwar Photography
Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer
Framing Photography: Ten Years Later
Looking at Historical Photographs:
The Case of Edward S. Curtis
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