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The Institute for Art, Writing and Research

The Institute for Art, Writing and Research is a department set up under The Schools of Visual Arts

The institute is managed by Head of Institute, Sidsel Nelund. The institute plans and conducts courses on theory and communication within the Basic Studies (BFA) curriculum and across the various MFA Schools.

The institute also arranges and handles the Schools of Visual Art’s joint conferences, seminars and similar events and has the overall responsibility for the research conducted at the Schools of Visual Arts – this responsibility covers both artistic and academic research. The institute also sets out the research strategy shared by all Schools of Visual Arts.

Finally, the institution is responsible for quality assurance at the Schools of Visual Arts, and in the years to come it will also handle the relevant higher education accreditation processes.

Sidsel Nelund

Head of Institute

Sidsel Nelund holds a PhD and an MA in Modern Culture from the University of Copenhagen, as well as an MA in Aural and Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Nelund’s PhD project, Acts of Research: Knowledge Production in Contemporary Arts Between Knowledge Economy and Critical Practice, focuses on the concept of knowledge production in relation to contemporary art: where does the concept come from? Why is it important in contemporary art? And what form does it take?

Nelund’s research considers economic, educational and art history trends of the twentieth century as the backdrop for investigating international, knowledge-producing artistic practices: what is typical of artistic research and knowledge production, and what vocabulary can we use to describe it?

Nelund’s research-related articles have appeared in journals such as Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies and View: Theories and Practices of Visual Culture as well as in the book Curating Research.

Over the course of the last decade Nelund has worked with contemporary art in connection with curatorial projects and art criticism, for example at Danmarks Radio (the Danish broadcasting corporation), and has entered into collaboration with artists to carry out artistic research; particularly with the artist-run 98weeks Research Space in Beirut.

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+45 3374 4620

Jan Bäcklund

Associate Professor

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+45 3374 4672

Jane Jin Kaisen

PhD student

Jane Jin Kaisen (b. 1980) is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts, the University of California Los Angeles and The Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.

Kaisen takes a project-oriented approach to art, working with experimental art documentaries, video installations, performance art, photography, texts and discursive events. She is interested in subjects pertaining to memory, history writing, translation, affect, spectrality, and in memories and traumas that have been embedded in the body.
 
Kaisen has been a guest lecturer at the Danish art academies, at the University of Copenhagen and at a range of art schools and universities abroad; she often presents her projects at academic conferences and in activist forums. She is a co-founder of the artist collective UFOlab (2004–) and the artist unit itinerant with Guston Sondin-Kung (2009­–), which curated the Incisions exhibition series in Copenhagen in 2012­–13.
 
She received the Montana ENTERPRIZE 2011 and the AHL Foundation Award in New York 2008. She has exhibited her work at the Liverpool Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, the Incheon Women Artists’ Biennial, and the Videonale, as well as at a wide range of solo and group shows at museums, art venues, galleries and film festivals in Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East.

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www.janejinkaisen.com

Katarina Stenbeck

PhD student

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+45 3374 4638

Tamar Beta Guimaraes

PhD student

Tamar Guimarães (b. 1967) works with film and other forms of time based media. Her work has been exhibited at international biennials, museums and art spaces such as the Belgian Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennial (2015), the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014), the 55th Venice Biennial, International Exhibition (2013), the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), the 7th Gwangju Biennial (2008), the 3rd Guanghzhou Triennial (2008), the Guggenheim Museum, NY (2014), the SculptureCenter, NY(2013), SESC, São Paulo (2013), the Jeu de Paume Satellite, Paris (2012), Århus Kunstbygning (2012), Gasworks, London (2011), Frac Île-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris (2010) and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2009) and CPH:DOX (2007 and 2013) among others.
 
Guimaraes was keynote speaker at the Specters, Hauntings and Archives, Univ. of Amsterdam (2009), Panel speaker at Images Film Festival and Experimental Media Congress, Toronto (2010), a speaker at the XIX Image Symposium: Bewitched System, The exorcising role of images, CA2M, Madrid (2012), at ‘Something you Should Know: Artistes et Producteurs Aujourd'hui’ at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) Paris, 2014, and at Copenhagen Art Fair (2015). Guimarães has written for Art Forum, Frieze, Mousse Magazine and Art Review.

Guimaraes has taught workshops at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and together with Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, she co-organized a creative thesis writing seminar for PhD candidates at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and The PhD University of Copenhagen in 2014. Guimarães holds an M.A. from Mälmo Art Academy, an M.F.A. from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and was a studio fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program (NY) in 2007/2008. 

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Rikke Luther

PhD student

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Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld

Postdoc

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Christina Marie Jespersen

Editor in chief

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