Art and the Racial State

In 2016, the Swedish government allocated SEK 100 million to arts projects in the Million Programs. In this paper we conceptualize one part of this venture in terms of its biopolitical parameters. We describe how it is conceived in by the Arts Council of England and how it is relocated in the Swedish context. We…

“Let Culture Loose”

“Let Culture Loose wants to take creativity out on the streets in Kroksbäck/Holma! The stories of the locals are at the centre. In the Summer of 2018 we will have a big show together in the neighborhood. The project is driven by Flamman Ungdomarnas Hus (youth centre Flamman) together with MKB (Malmö public housing company)…

Banditsagor

Banditsagor is a touring independent theatre company based in Malmö. It was established in 2008 and performs in kindergartens, schools and libraries all around Sweden. “We have always the collective storytelling at the centre. Regardless of whether we perform improvisations or fairy tale theatre, we and our work is only a tool to focus on…

“On Veridiction: Metrologies of Art in the European Welfare State”

Project presentation at the Foucault Circle annual meeting, hosted this year by the Loyola Marymount University. The conference paper is being made ready for publication. In the meantime, this is the conference abstract: In this paper, we elaborate on Foucault’s term “veridiction” and explore how it illuminates the recent developments in governing the arts in…

Workshop: Art for Integration

In the morning session we presented and discussed a typology of govermentalization. In the afternoon workshop we worked with the typology to critically reflect on the social relevance of the artistic work the participants had engaged with. We also looked at Swedish cultural policy goals, discussed their relevance to the participants’ work, and discussed what indicators are…

Cultural Policies, Metrologies and the Dispositif of Art Management

Cultural policies are analyzed as producing what Latour calls metrologies; that is, measuring devices and, by extension, concepts and instruments that contribute to the progressive socialization and naturalization of art effects such as social sustainability, community cohesion, social capital, and innovation. The case analyzed will be the art scene of the city of Malmö, its policies…