Seminar // Free to work

Tou - loftet, 29. Mars, 10:00 - 14:30

Narratives around artistic production often revolve around opportunities (or lost opportunities) to work. From the New York loft scene in the 60s to totalitarianism and iron curtain cultural production, to marginalized folk cultures or Scandinavian public funding schemes and city gentrification, it often boils down to issues of finance, politics, space, belonging, or the leeway to pursue artistic directions without hindrance.

Although these opportunities vary massively between place, expression, ethnicity, gender, genre, and style, they typically involved issues surrounding time-allocation, belonging to a creative community, having access to a safe working environment, enjoying a living wage, and full artistic freedom.

The following seminar is an invitation to share life stories from different creative communities, and to help set certain 'ground rules' on what should constitute modern working conditions for artists today. We will hear from Roma communities in Eastern Slovakia, contemporary workspaces, persecuted artists, and artistic practices, and gauge the level of the freedom barometer within their working conditions.


10:00 - 10:15 Petter Frost Fadnes (NO)

• Saxophone player and researcher

• Title: Welcome/Introducing Angrusori

10:15 - 11:00 Sergej Tchirkov (RU)

• Accordionist and PhD-candidate at UiB

• Title: Flee to work, free to what?

11:00 - 11:30 Jana Belisová (SK)

• Ethnomusicologist

• Title: The history of the Roma as a history of rejection and exclusion

11:30 - 12:00 Mike Fletcher (UK)

• Reed player and researcher

• Title: A Case Against Freedom

Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:15 ICORN - Helge Lunde (NO) and Hayat Al-Sharif (YE)

• Safe Haven NGO and photographer Hayat Al-Sharif

• Title: Safe from persecution, free to create

13:15 - 13:45 Nils Henrik Asheim (NO)

• Composer and organist

• Title: Privilege and responsibility in a free artistic practice?

13:45 - 14:30 Tarjei Mandt Larsen (NO)

• Philosopher

• Title: Perspectives on artistic free speech

19:00 pre-concert talk at T-time, Tou

20:00 concert Angrusori at Maskinhallen, Tou

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