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Documentation from public events and video interviews with IASPIS Studio Grant holders

IASPIS Dialogues: Amina Zoubir and Karen Milbourne

Date: Monday 15 June 2020
Place: Online, between IASPIS/Konstnärsnämnden and Washinton DC
Language: English


Welcome to an online conversation between artist and IASPIS grantholder Amina Zoubir and Karen Milbourne, Senior Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Introduction by Magnus Ericson, Project Manager, IASPIS.

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The conversation was conducted between IASPIS, Stockholm and Washington DC via Zoom, Monday 15 June 2020. Iaspis Dialogues are a new format for conversations between Iaspis grantholders and external guests aiming to highlight and discuss artistic practice.

Amina Zoubir is a visual artist and videomaker, graduated with a Master of Theory and practice of contemporary art and new media from University Paris 8 (France) and with a DESA Graphic design obtained in 2006 at the School of Fine Arts in Algiers (Algeria).

Karen E. Milbourne has been a curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (NMAfA) in Washington DC since May 2008 and Senior Curator since October 2019.  Her expertise includes the arts and pageantry of western Zambia and contemporary African art. 


Urgent Pedagogies: Open School East – Situated and self-directed learning as practice development

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2020
Place: Online between Stockholm, London and New York
Language: English

Welcome to the first in a series of online presentations, conversations and texts, where issues of urgencies, contexts, methodologies, organisation and conditions of practicing urgent pedagogies will be discussed with a number of practitioners and thinkers. What are the contexts or situations where to engage and what are the urgencies? How can alternative spaces for pedagogy be organised and what are the methodologies and strategies for practicing? What does it take to do this and what support is needed?

Anna Colin is the director of Open School East, a space for artistic and collaborative learning in Margate, a town east of London, UK. Anna presents the platform, how it’s set up and organised and discusses around issues of urgencies, contexts, methodologies and organisation with Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.

Open School East run four complementary strands: The Associates Programme: a year-long development programme for emerging artists and cultural practitioners from diverse backgrounds and generations; The Young Associates Programme: a full-time, year-long, accredited art and design programme for local young people aged 16-18 who experience difficulty in their education; The Despacito Art School: a weekly art, craft and functional object-making programme open to 5 to 12 year olds who lack opportunities to develop creatively and The Public Programme: a multifaceted programme of events, activities and short courses open to everyone. Open School East is committed to making the arts a more open sector and to fostering meaningful cultural and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. They do this by making their programmes entirely free of charge and opening them outwards, responding to our locality, and providing an informal and welcoming environment for the development and sharing of knowledge and skills across all communities and generations.

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Part 1, presentation with Anna Colin, introduction by Magnus Ericson >>

Part 2, Q&A with Anna Colin, Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson >>

Anna Colin is a UK-based curator, educator and researcher. She is a co-founder and the director of Open School East in Margate, an alternative art school with a focus on inclusion and co-production. Anna is also Associate Curator at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris since 2014 and a PhD candidate in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. Previously, she was Associate Director of Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris, curator at Gasworks, London, and programmer for Resonance 104.4FM, London. Anna was co-curator, with Lydia Yee, of British Art Show 8 (Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton). She has curated exhibitions at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo; GAM, Turin; La Synagogue de Delme, Delme; and The Women's Library, London.

Pelin Tan is a sociologist, art historian, reseracher, educator and resercher. She has recently been a Keith Harring Fellow at CCS Bard College in New York and was the curator of Gardentopia project of Matera ECC 2019, Italy and 2019 – 2020 Research Fellow of the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research (US/Italy). She studied sociology and completed her master and PhD in Art History in the field of socially engaged art. Pelin Tan was in 2011 as a Postdoctoral fellow on Artistic Research at ACT Program, MIT DAAD Art History, at Humboldt Berlin University, 2006; The Japan Foundation, 2011; Hong Kong Design Trust, 2016. She was a Visiting Professors at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016 and at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, 2018. Between 2013 and 2017 she was Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of the Architecture Faculty at Mardin Artuklu University. Pelin Tan participated in the Oslo Architecture Triennial in 2016, Istanbul Biennale in 2007 and 2015, Lisbon Architecture Triennial, and Montreal Biennial. In 2008 she was an Iaspis grantholder.

Magnus Ericson is a Project Manager at IASPIS, responsible for the design, craft and architecture related programme. He has a background as curator, project coordinator and educator within design, architecture and art and together with Pelin Tan initiated and developed the Iaspis project Urgent Pedagogies since 2018.

Urgent Pedagogies is highlighting and discussing alternative forms of pedagogy and sites of knowledge production in relation to socially engaged critical spatial practice and design. How can practice engage in issues related to social justice and equality, contested territories and conditions of conflict? How can pedagogy, alternative approaches and spaces for research and knowledge production reach beyond established institutional structures, and through transversal and collective approaches make difference in transforming knowledge? How can pedagogies reveal and bring ways of unlearning and undoing and thus contribute to re-shaping design and spatial practice today?
Urgent Pedagogies is a project and platform for inquiry and sharing knowledge and experience around alternative pedagogy related to socially engaged spatial practice, design and art. The project focuses on the actions and methodologies of these practices that claims and experience unconditional territories and experimental institutional structures. Case studies, practices and discourses of alternative pedagogical initiations, modalities of instituting and affect methodologies are the main core in this project that aims to research and discuss. The project unfolds through an international network of collaborating partners and contributors, an emerging online archive and a series of meetings and public events.


The Possibility of Research -Lecture by Namita Wiggers & Benjamin Lignel

Thursday 21 March 2019, Konstnärsnämnden, The Project Room

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Urgent Pedagogies - Learning and Unlearning through Spaces of Exception

Seminar on urgent design and architecture pedagogies at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial 2018, Saturday September 22nd 2018. With Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Jan Boelen, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Pelin Tan, Mark Wigley, Merve Gül Özokcu.

Welcome by Magnus Ericson and Pelin Tan
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Historical overview:
A Radical Occupation: the Remaking of Design Education in 1960’s Italy by Peter Lang
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Part 1: Border Realities, Co-existences and Methods
Introduction by moderator Pelin Tan

Borders as Pedagogies by Pelin Tan
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Doing Together by Merve Gül Özokcu
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The Tree School or Mujawara by Sandi Hilal
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Panel discussion
with Pelin Tan, Sandi Hilal and Merve Gül Özokcu
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Part 2: Contra-Urban Conditions, Periphery Scales and Localism

Introduction by moderator Sepake Angiama
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Strategies of Unlearning by Joseph Grima
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Learning Situations in City Making, the Open Raumlabor University by Markus Bader
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System of Splines by Tor Lindstrand
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Panel discussion
with Markus Bader, Tor Lindstrand and Sepake Angiama
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Reflection and concluding panel
with speakers, moderators and panel guests Onkar Kular and Mark Wigley moderated by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.
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Perspectives on Collective Practice

Public talk with curator Grégory Castéra based on his research on how artists work with collective practices, and how this approach can foster artistic development, better understandings of societies, and encourage alternative ways of working, thinking and living together. Followed by a discussion between Grégory Castéra, Raimundas Malašauskas, Claire Tancons and Kathryn Weir.

Perspectives on Collective Practice: Public talk with Gregory Castera

Perspectives on Collective Practice: Discussion between Grégory Castéra, Raimundas Malašauskas, Claire Tancons and Kathryn Weir


Two-day seminar 28-29 November 2018, Stockholm. A collaboration between Iaspis/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Konstfack, Konsthantverkscentrum and Norwegian Crafts.



Maj Sandell, Director Gustavsbergs konsthall

Joakim Borda-Pedreira, Director RAM Gallery in Oslo

Matt Smith, Professor of Craft/Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack, Artist

Paneldiscussion led by Dr Maja Gunn, Professor of Craft, HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University, Artist and Designer



André Gali, Head of critical theory and publications at Norwegian Crafts (Introduction to Documents on Contemporary Crafts, no 5: Material Perceptions)

Mònica Gaspar, Curator, writer and lecturer (Moderator´s introduction)

Pravu Mazumdar, PhD in Philosophy (The Padded Cell of Words. On Philosophy and Exteriority)

Agnieszka Knap, Jewellery artist, curator (A Playful Relation of Matter and Sense)

Gabriel Johann Kvendseth, Artist (Does a tool need to have purpose)

Anders Ljungberg, Jewellery artist, Professor of CRAFT ! at Konstfack  (Blurry Function –Object as Body)

Sarah Gilbert, Artist and scholar (Learning from Social Insects: Crafting Crafty Practices in the Anthropocene)

Martina Margetts, Author, lecturer, curator  (Things Fall Apart)

Panel Discussion led by  Mònica Gaspar


Enjoy our filmed interviews with Iaspis Artists and Designers in Residence in Stockholm!


Fredrik Strid

Mapping the Unjust City

aghili & karlsson

Sara Brolund de Carvalho

Donika Çina

Lubna Chowdhary

El Ultimo Grito

Amina Zoubir

Rodney Place


Mauricio Corbalan

Joanna Lombard

Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola

Samara Golden

Pedro Oliveira

Nadine Byrne

Hanni Kamaly

Sandi Hilal

CUSS Group

Mikael Goralski

Sonya Blesofsky

Ramesch Daha

Ángel Núñez Pombo

Renée Petropoulos

Wan-Ying Lin

Maria Johansson

Debora Elgeholm

They Are Here

Santiago Mostyn

Ieva Epnere

LJ Roberts

Sarah Dobai

Célio Braga

Annie Johansson

Jonas Brandin

Anna-Karin Rasmusson 
Einat Amir, (ISR)
Lars Brunström, (SWE)

Yane Calovski, (MKD)

Andreas Doré, (SWE)

Åsa Ersmark, (SWE)
Luiza Prado, (BRA)
Erna Skúladóttir, (ISL)
Jalizaveta Suska, (SWE)
Tori Wrånes, (NOR)
Joey Holder, London (GBR)
Muhammad Ali, Stockholm/Damaskus (SWE/SYR)
Róza El-Hassan, (HUN/SYR)
Ana Mendes, Berlin/London/Lissabon (DEU/GBR/POR)
Mari Bastashevski, Lausanne (DEN/SUI/RUS)

Production and idea: Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden
Film maker and editing: Alvaro Campo
Interviews: Annika Enqvist and Johan Pousette

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