2015.10.07 - 2015.10.07

HoW Session - The Museum

In collaboration with the Swedish History Museum, this roundtable conversation will analyze the institutional framework of art institutions and question the inherent hierarchies of such framework.

House of Words (HoW) refers to “la Casa de la Palabra” – a traditional meeting place common in Equatorial Guinea and some African societies providing a hub for oral history, storytelling, performance, and ritual. GIBCA 2015’s HoW functions as a social platform for multidisciplinary discussion, exchange, and collaboration throughout the biennial and beyond. Its construction, led by Santiago Cirugeda, has consisted of a collective process engaging individuals and local communities. HoW has been built with recycled materials and is temporarily attached to the Röda Sten Konsthall.

Within it, Loulou Cherinet has created a relational community project hosting a series of filmed roundtable storytelling sessions examining the Swedish notion of “utanförskap” (“outsider-ship”). This is complemented by a public program curated in collaboration with Elvira Dyangani Ose addressing how participatory practices may create an activated social space – a place where “publicness” is framed through a powerful sense of “togetherness.” HoW envisions gathering people together to create an assembly.

All of the curated round-table conversations will be held in English.

Participating storytellers

  • Erik Berggen - The Museum of Forgetting
  • Guttorm Guttormsgaard  -  Norwegian ​Artist 
  • Sebastian De la Cour - GIBCA Artist, The Museum of Nothing
  • Nicholas ​Maleve - Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism (SICV)
  • Mariá Jansen - Senior Curator and Museum Director, Historiska Museet 
  • Britta Söderqvist -  Head of Content & Learning, Världskulturmuseet,​ Göteborg​
  • Hans Ruin - Professor of Philosophy, Södertörn University, & Director of Research Program: Time, Memory and Representation

    Host: Aukje Lepoutre Ravn - Artistic Director GIBCA 2015


The roundtable sessions will take place in House of Words and are open and free to the public.
Please note that the maximum capacity of HoW is 60 people. First come, first served.