ON LANGUAGES AND LANDSCAPES OF MOBILISATION
- Kalle Brolin, artist
- Gunilla Almström Persson, senior lecturer on rhetorics and Swedish language
- Danae Theodoridou, artist
- Gunnar Sillén, architect
DAY 1 :: Languages of Mobilisation / Roundtable discussion (English)
Wednesday, May 31st / 19:00-21:00
Location: Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, Uddens gränd 3, Visby, Sweden
On Languages of Mobilisation roundtable, focusses on the use of language for mobilising purposes and which concepts influence our thinking about, for example, readiness, security, and peace.
Participants include (in order of presentation):
Kalle Brolin, artist and writer based in Malmö, Sweden. He works with video installation and performance, and in large scale and research-heavy projects. A series of works concerns the effect of two industries, coal mining and sugar factories, upon the inner and outer landscape of Scania (Skåne). Kalle Brolin has also written and has been published widely about contemporary art, mainly focussing on social practice projects and on a definition of the term ”political art”. He is one of the initiators of the solar powered Sunshine Socialist Cinema.
Gunilla Almström Persson, senior lecturer in rhetoric and Swedish language at Stockholm University. Her research is focused on persuasion, power, and politics. As a consequence, she has been part of founding the two research networks: “Language and Politics” and “Language and Power”. She has also followed and commented argumentation in elections in the USA and in Sweden. Right now, Almström Persson is writing a book on lexical argumentation.
Listen to WORDS FOR MOBILISATION by Gunilla Almström Persson, recorded during the symposium.
Danae Theodoridou, performance maker and researcher based in Brussels. Her artistic research focuses on social imaginaries, the practice of democracy and the way art contributes to the emergence of socio-political alternatives. She teaches at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (NL) and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), curates practice-led research projects, and presents and publishes her work internationally. She is co-author of The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) and the author of PUBLICING: Practising Democracy Through Performance (Nissos, 2022).
DAY 2 :: Landscapes of Mobilisation / Guided bus tour (English)
Thursday, June 1st / 9:00-17:00
*** DAY 2 is FULLY BOOKED ***
A guided bus tour with architect Gunnar Sillén takes us from Visby to the architectural remains of Gotland’s military history. The tour takes us to Tingstäde lake where we will visit the fortress-like bulwark that has been under water since the 12th century, as well as Tingstäde Fortress from the WWI.
Gunnar Sillén is an architect, born in Stockholm in 1939, living on Gotland. He completed his degree in architecture with university studies in art history and ethnology. He went on to work at the Swedish National Heritage Board 1968–1979. He also studied Fine Art at Gerlesborgsskolan. As a freelance he worked for ABF (Workers’ Educational Association) and LO (The Swedish Trade Union Confederation) to document the history of labour and industrial architecture in Sweden. He writes, lectures and creates exhibitions on topics such as local history and cultural heritage conservation, art, industrial work and shipping. Gunnar Sillén is active as a volunteer at the Slite Maritime Museum and the Slite Industrial Museum. Gunnar Sillén will be guiding the Mobilised Landscapes Bus Tour.
09:00-09:30 — Bus to Tingstäde
09:30-10:30 — Tingstäde Fortress
10:00-11:30 — Coffee and bulverk sighting from a small boat
11:30-12:00 — Bus to Slite
12:00-13:00 — Lunch break in Slite Maritime museum
13:00-14:00 — Boat to Enholmen
14:00-15:05 — Enholmen tour
15:00-16:00 — Boat to Slite
16:00-17:00 — Bus back to Visby