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CREATIVITY AND RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF COVID 19
More than a year of anxiety—brought about by the lockdowns, curfews, and other restrictions—has made everyday life resembling a dystopian film all around the world. In the times of Covid-19, we have also witnessed alarming developments: questionable assertions of states’ authority, an increase in domestic violence and the rising vulnerability of the lowest-paid workers. Our shared vulnerability revealed our commonality underscoring our humanity.
On 10 November 2022, an interdisciplinary event at Aarhus Institute of Technology at Aarhus University will address the role of creativity as a tool for resilience in the midst of a global pandemic by bringing together art history, music science and information science.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In the context of a societal crisis, art and musical creativity have the potential to transform urban space and the digital sphere, foster a sustained political dialogue, and reach a wide and diverse audience—particularly when museums, galleries, cultural festivals and concert venues are shuttered. For all of these reasons, it is not surprising to see an explosion of new forms of creativity in public spaces and online.
This exhibition displays digital arts, e-literature, street art, graffiti, and corona-themed music videos around the world to reveal immediate and sometimes fleeting responses to the Covid-19 crisis. It shows that we are connected in our ways to strengthen social bonds and build solidarity during a pandemic that has physically separated each other, but also points out that the conditions are very different between rich and poorer countries, between countries on the same continent, or even neighborhoods in the same city. Specifically, the exhibition addresses these questions: In what ways can public arts, electronic arts and music be tools for physical and mental resilience? What is the role of urban and digital creativity in memorializing loss, processing grief, and expressing our shared humanity? And, how can arts provide a critical view of the structural inequities and human rights issues that are exacerbated in a time of crisis?
The event is open and free of charge to all, both students, researchers and non-academics. Registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
10.30-10.35 Welcome and Introduction by Tijen Tunali, AIAS - COFUND Fellow & Postdoc in Art History, Aarhus University
10.35-11.20 Documentary “Electronic Art and Covid-19” by Scott Rettberg, Ashleigh Steele, Anna Nacher and Søren Pold
11.20-12.20 Søren Pold (Information Science, Aarhus University ):
“A Pandemic Crisis Seen from the Screen: Digital Art and Electronic Literature as Reflection on Pandemic Platform Culture."
12.20-13.30 LUNCH BREAK
13.30-14.30 Niels Chr. Hansen (AIAS, Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University):
“Building Psychological Resilience Through Creative Engagement With Coronamusic.”
14.30-15.00 COFEE BREAK
15.00-16.00 Tijen Tunali (AIAS, Culture & Communication, Aarhus University):
“Death, Ugliness and Melancholia: The History of European Art and Pandemics from 6th C Justinian Plague to Covid-19.”
16.00- 18.00 EXHIBITION RECEPTION