Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Book launch for Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art


Saturday 23 February 2019
Scandinavia House, 2nd floor, 58 Park Ave, New York City

1.30 pm welcome and artist introduction
2.00 pm participatory performance (please read instructions below)
3.00 pm book lecture by Tanya Toft Ag
Reception /

Over the past few decades, the Nordic region has witnessed large shifts in its political, social and international outlook. Meanwhile, its art, commonly described as introverted, contemplative and wild, is also undergoing changes. As technology embeds itself further into the contemporary art scene, there is a renewed need to examine the role of art in society and everyday life, and to consider how the digitalization of art has tackled socio-political realities, locally and in the wider world.

Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art includes a collection of testimonials from 65 artists, connected to Nordic art, who employ concepts and/or tools relating to the digital in their practice. Their statements form the basis of the essays in Part 2, penned by leading scholars affiliated with the Nordic art context, which inquire into the digital influences on contemporary art, with particular attention paid to the national and international Nordic socio-political context.

Landscapes, nature, minimalism, melancholia – this book examines how these traditional Nordic tropes hold up in the growing field of digital contemporary art, and asks: to what extent have digital dynamics been adopted into the imaginaries and practices of Nordic artists?

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