Thursday 3 April at 6 pm
Book release of Winter Event – antifreeze, Winter Event – antifreeze, Winter Event – antifreeze, Winter Event – antifreeze and lecture Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions: Gender after Ice
In 2009, the Swedish artist Katja Aglert embarked on an artistic residency research trip to the Arctic. This became the starting point for her project Winter Event –antifreeze (2009–2014). Five years on it has, using repetition and reiteration as its main artistic methods, turned into a complex multi-branched structure, of which this book forms a part and constitutes the finale. The project proposes a different narrative of the Arctic, dissects clichés of romanticism and mysticism related to this context, and deconstructs heroism and so-called discoveries from a norm-critical perspective. The book is the result of a collaboration between Aglert and the curator Stefanie Hessler and includes documentary images by the artist, reference material from a variety of other resources, an extensive introductory essay by Stefanie Hessler, as well as specially commissioned texts by renowned theorists Lisa Bloom and Sabeth Buchmann.
Publishers are Art and Theory Publishing with support from Iaspis, Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden and Marabouparken art centre.
In connection to the release, Lisa Bloom, one of the authors in the book, will give a lecture on her upcoming publication Gender After Ice: Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions and on how contemporary artistic practices are re-visualizing the Arctic and Antarctic in response to the issues of global climate change.
Lisa Bloom is an author and teacher who divides her time between San Diego and New York. She is currently a visiting scholar at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women.
The lecture will be held in English