Scandalous! A Symposium on Art and Ethics


Friday, 3 December 2010
The Cinema, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
In English
Free entrance

The symposium want to set up a discussion that critically reflects current notions of ethics in several contexts related to the cultural field:

-Is there something like a good censorship?

-How can we define the fine line between ethics and morality?

-How far can provocation in art go, before it becomes cynical and abusive?

-To what extend are ethical decisions a category in participatory art?

-What is the relation of violence and provocative exploitation in popular media images and art?


10.30 Welcome by John Peter Nilsson (Curator at Moderna Museet, Stockholm)

10.45 Introduction by Nina Möntmann (Curator and Writer, Professor for Art Theory and the History of Ideas, The Royal Art Institute, Stockholm)

11.00 Degenerate Art Scandals. Populism and The Political Use of Art Scandals by Måns Wrange (Artist, Vice Chancellor, The Royal Art Institute, Stockholm)

11.45 Ethics in Cultural Undertakings: Can Culture Do Evil? by Ronald Jones (artist, critic and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 An imaginary protest march is better than no protest? Notes on an attempt to act politically within the realms of aesthetics by Petra Bauer (Artist, based in Stockholm) and Annette Krauss (Artist, based in Utrecht)

14.30 Disobedience as Act of Responsibility /Response – ability. Curatorial Tactics in the Conflict Zone by Galit Eilat (Director, Israeli Center for Digital Arts, Holon/Associate Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)

15.30-16.15 Conversation between Simon Critchley (Chair and Professor of Philosophy, The New School, New York) and Nina Möntmann

The symposium is organized by Nina Möntmann, it is made possible with research funds by The Royal Art Institute and with kind support of Moderna Museet.