In an era of austerity politics, securitized spaces, extrastate dominions, and distributed online networks, the notion of the public is increasingly in question if not crisis. For the conference Public Calling, both speakers and audience will find themselves together on stage, examining contemporary intersections of space and speech in order to test how the public can still be enacted today.
Free and open to all.
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November, 2016. 10.00–16.00
Public Calling examines the increasingly unsettled and contentious status of public space and freedom of speech in a world defined by the responses to 9/11 and July 22, 2011 in Norway, and the growing list of comparable events elsewhere in the world.
Coming together on the main stage of the National Theatre in Oslo, presenters, discussants, and listeners will consider how contemporary systems of mass surveillance, the securitizing of civic space, crackdowns on dissent, and surging ultra nationalisms threaten public freedoms and the rights of citizenship in the name of national security. In contrast, participants will consider how social movements and cultural actors offer examples of how public space and free speech can be reclaimed, enacted, and invented, circumventing restrictions and reconfiguring spaces for public gathering and debate.
Public Calling comes at a time when Norway is undergoing a historical shift. On the one hand, there are faltering commitments to the country’s once institutionalized systems of transparency, freedom of expression, and egalitarianism. On the other hand, discrimination is growing and austerity measures, generally associated with other geographic contexts, are being enacted.
The National Theatre was inaugurated in 1899 with Henrik Ibsen’s, An Enemy of the People, in which a truth-telling whistleblower is increasingly isolated and disempowered by the establishment and his community. Taking this cue, all participants in the conference come together on the main stage–surrounded by vacant seats where silent onlookers would otherwise be–to perform the sharpened antagonisms that dominate contemporary stages for space and speech. PROGRAMME
DAY 1: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Doors open and registration
ANDERS EIEBAKKE (NO) – Artist and activist Return To Home
10:15-12:00 First Act
THE STATE OF TERROR
Control and the Art of Resistance
RADHA D’SOUZA (IN/UK) – Lawyer and activist
NANCY HOLLANDER (US) – Criminal defense lawyer 9/11 – the Event that Changed our World
JONAS STAAL (NL) – Artist and founder of New World Summit
Art Against the War on Terror
JONAS STAAL and NANCY HOLLANDER with RADHA D’SOUZA
13:00-14:40 Second Act
NO RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY
SARAH LOOKOFSKY (DK/US) – Curator and art historian
with art project by MARTHA ROSLER (US) – Photographs of Protests
NADINE EL-ENANY (UK) – Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, Co-director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law "Innocence Charged with Guilt": The Criminalisation of Protest in Britain from Peterloo to Millbank
JOANNA WARSZA (PL/DE) – Curator and writer I Can’t Work Like This: On Protests within and outside of Art
PINAR ÖĞRENCI (TR) – Artist and writer Becoming Witness and Suspect in Times of War
LISA ROBINSON (UK) – Activist and co-creator of Black Lives Matter UK: Nottingham Activist Group #Shutdown: Black Lives Matter-UK Actions and Reactions
NADINE EL-ENANY, JOANNA WARSZA, PINAR ÔGRENCI and LISA ROBINSON with SARAH LOOKOFSKY
15:00-15:30 TRUTH AS THEATRE, THEATRE AS TRUTH Political Bullshit, Artistic Activism, and the Dilemmas of Creatively Engaging in Formal Political Spaces, in Five Acts
SILAS HARREBYE (DK) – Author of Social Change and Creative Activism in the 21st Century - The Mirror Effect
STEPHEN DUNCOMBE (US) – Political activist and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism
15:30-16:00 Discussion and closing words
RADHA D’SOUZA DAY 2: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Doors open and registration
10:15-12:00 Third Act
MARKS OF TERROR AND THE AURA OF LOSS
MINDY FULLILOVE (US) – Urban psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University Folding a Thousand Paper Cranes
MARIANNE HEIER (NO) – Artist Practical Transparency
AHMAD GHOSSEIN (LB) – Artist and filmmaker Relocating the Past
KJETIL RØED (NO) – Art critic and writer Art, Emotions and Trauma
ARNE JOHAN VETLESEN (NO) – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, VEGARD GRØSLIE WENNESLAND (NO) – Politician representing the Labour Party, MARIANNE HEIER, AHMAD GHOSSEIN and KJETIL RØED with MINDY FULLILOVE
13:00-14:40 Fourth Act
THE POST-TRUTH CONDITION
Mediascapes, Parafictions and Self-Censorship
PIA MARIA ROLL (NO) – Actor, director, dramaturg and screenwriter &
MARIUS VON DER FEHR (NO) – Political activist, artist and writer National Apology
GEORGE GITTOES (AU) – Artist, activist and documentary filmmaker Terror Vision
ANDERS EIEBAKKE Drones, Drawing and Politics: Poetry and Revolution
15:00-16:30 Fifth Act
ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
Surveillance, Sources and Secrets
JESSELYN RADACK (US) – National security and human rights attorney, head of the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) The War on Information
ULRIK IMTIAZ ROLFSEN (NO) – Film director, producer and screenwriter Seized and Confused
TORSTEIN GRUDE (NO) – Film writer, director, cinematographer and producer The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes and Magnitsky. Act II
ERIK PAUSER (SE) – Director, producer and visual artist The Borneo Case
TONJE HESSEN SCHEI (NO) – Documentary filmmaker and producer The Whistleblowers of the CIA Drone War
JESSELYN RADACK, ULRIK IMTIAZ ROLFSEN, TORSTEIN GRUDE and ERIK PAUSER with TONJE HESSEN SCHEI
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