10am–4.30pm, Akademirommet / 7–9pm, Kunstnernes Hus Kino


Date: 18 November 2021
Daytime: 10am–4.30pm, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Evening: 7–9pm, Kunstnernes Hus’ Cinema, Oslo

Book your tickets for the seminar, and/or the evening film screening, here.

As a part of UKS’ 100th anniversary program 100 YEARS OF CONVIVIALITY, UKS has been hosting seminars that discuss the political dimensions of how to live and work together as artists. On 18 November the series will conclude at Akademirommet, around the back of Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, with How Do We Carry On?, a seminar on keeping up our energy, spirits, and visions for the future, in spite of adversity. The seminar is divided into a daytime session and evening session—the latter including a film screening followed by a Q&A in Kunstnernes Hus’ cinema.








How are political aims and struggles carried on from one generation to the next? Every political and social movement has had strides of progress met with waves of setbacks. This ebb and flow of social change far exceeds the intimate timeframes of our lives. How do we transgress our individual struggles when faced with such breathtaking challenges as the violence of racism, transphobia, homophobia and biphobia, classism, ableism, and ageism, or such abstract, unthinkable threats as the climate emergency? And how do we adjust the course laid out for us, if we realize that things are not working out?

This seminar brings together practitioners who have found artistic means of addressing how to carry on. We will be thinking about collective mourning, climate grief, intergenerational knowledge, and youth perspectives—as well as how these processes create new communities.

The aim is to reflect on methods and metaphors that are informed by co-learning, collective reflection, and restitution, and broader community building. All of these are necessary to keep striving for an inclusive and mutually supportive society, beyond the scope of the human.

The daytime program runs from 10am–4.30pm and includes breakfast, coffee, and lunch. The full program will be published here shortly.

In the evening all seminar guests and new guests are welcome back at 7pm for the screening of Rory Pilgrim’s film The Undercurrent (2019), followed by a Q&A with Pilgrim and collaborator Liam Neupert.


Speakers & Participants

  • Anne Louise Fink, cultural practitioner and psychotherapist-in-training
  • Emmeli Person, artist
  • Jemimah Yombo Sigurdsen, mental health advisor
  • Liam Neupert, student/artist/activist
  • Lisa Baraitser, professor of psychosocial theory
  • Mo Maja Moesgaard, artist
  • Rory Pilgrim, artist
  • Artists and students from Academy of Arts Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway: Knut-Eirik Molvik, Asmae Armand, Niels Lüken Kølby Nielsen, Anna Hester, Carla Wederkopp, Rurik Sjösten, and Annika Sellik.


Download the list of speakers and participants here.


Moderated by

  • Apichaya Wanthiang and Ina Hagen, both artists and members of the UKS board





Tickets for both the daytime and evening program are free and open to all, but please reserve your place by signing up here. First come, first served.

Access information for the spaces at Kunstnernes Hus can be found here.


The seminar is presented in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, Kunstnernes Hus Kino, and The Academy of Fine Art, Oslo. The seminar program is realized with kind support from Oslo kommune, Nordisk Kulturfond, and Fritt Ord.


* Image: From the project Tre at Kontraskjæret in 1984 by Thorild Grøstad and the second-year students at the Art Academy in Oslo. Unknown photographer, 1984. From the UKS Archive.

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