Open School with Svante Tirén

Date and time
23 October 2019 at 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Svarta havet
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Ornament Matters — Revisiting the Art and Politics of Decoration

Can ornament have meaning? What happens when we treat decoration not just as surface, but as an active expression of values and ideas? The topic of ornament has recently been subject to a renewed interest within everything from art history and design to psychology and queer theory. While neglected as a theoretical field for almost a century, the study of ornament offers new questions and critical methods of understanding visual culture in the 21st century. In this lecture, examples from the history of ornament are combined with contemporary perspectives on how to approach ornament today.

Svante Helmbaek Tirén is an independant curator, writer and artist based in Stockholm. Specializing in the history of design and architecture, he lectures on topics like decoration, patterns and ornament. He has been guest teaching at Konstfack since 2017 and previously worked with Moderna museet and Färgfabriken.

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Master's programme in Visual Communication

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Open School is a series of lectures organized by the Visual Communication faculty. In the lectures we investigate visual communication in relation to broader social, cultural and economic contexts. With norm criticality as a take-off point, we go deeper in how identity, norms and borders are formed, and pick up questions and themes that is important to the development of the field.

The Open School lectures are part of the master program in Visual Communication and the evening course Ways of Seeing 1.

Open School is free and open to the public.

Updated: 3 October 2019