Tvärkontinentala dialoger om offentlig konst, 15 hp, VT24

Cross continental dialogues on Public Art, 15 credits

The purpose of the course Cross continental dialogues on Public Art is to provide in-depth knowledge about artistic approaches within the expanded field of contemporary public art. With a specific focus on how transnational, translocal and post-pandemic perspectives articulate and bridge old rigid opposition between the local and the global, between the new public domain and domestic space, the course aim to problematize the construction of public space and public art as given, universally accepted concepts.

Responsible teacher: Professor Loulou Cherinet, Department of Fine Art

The course is organized as a series of online seminars in which the student meet artists, architects, community organisers, curators, researchers and representatives of various platforms for public art based outside our Nordic and European contexts. By sharing and discussing process and tools, concepts and theory the course aim to support and promote reflexivity and development within the student's own practice. As a student, you will also engage in minor writing assignments and group discussions.

To invent, build and preserve the world
In the expanded field of contemporary public art future societal challenges meet aesthetic traditions and questions about how humans perceive and transform the world through artistic objects and phenomena.

Working with public art or designed living environments challenges our ability to remain dynamic in relation to complex and expansive information. This information can consist of theoretical knowledge or manual skill, but it can also be things like one’s own experiences, feelings, moods or sensations. Meeting people, collaborating, and acting in complex situations requires a kind of practical knowledge that takes place within the individual as well as the collective and is rarely formulated. This course focus on meetings and dialogue with actors who in various ways represent the practical knowledge the course studies.

An iterative learning site across a multiple communities
In Sweden, debate and discussions about public art mainly consider comparable Nordic contexts, which in a global perspective appear quite unique.

Transnational studies give students an opportunity to improve their understanding of how artistic approaches to public space is produced in specific social situations. While the concept of transnationality takes the nation-state and national borders for granted, the concept of translocality not only emphasizes the multiplicity of spatial concepts and adjustments, but it also aims to consider the interconnectedness and interdependence between actors and localities. The course organizes a series of dialogues with a focus on global contexts where the understanding of public art and public space challenge knowledge situated in a Nordic context.

A list of invited and confirmed guest lecturers will be communicated two weeks before the start of the course.

Interdisciplinary student group
This course is open to artists, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, craft artisans, art historian, curator, consultant or project manager for public art commissions or another artistic profession with a particular interest in the subject area of the course.

Entry requirements
Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in art, architecture, design, craft, art history or another subject area relevant to the course, or at least three years of professional activity as artist, architect, designer, curator or equivalent (certified by submitting a CV).

In addition, a passing grade in English 6 required.

The selection is based on artistic merit through assessment of the applicant's portfolio, CV and letter of motivation.

Study start and end, study pace, study format
15 January - 2 June 2024
Konstfack and online. Teaching mainly takes place online using digital platforms such as Zoom and Canvas, with the exception of IRL campus meetings in connection with registration and final examination sessions.

Course syllabus: KOY035

Study places: 12

Main language of instruction: English

Teaching level: Advanced level

How to apply

1. Apply at (15 Sep - 16 Oct 2023)
( for English speaking applicants)

When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website /

2. Certify the entry requiremens and upload files for the selection (15 Sep - 1 Nov 2023)
You need to check that you have your academic qualifications at your account at universityadmissions / If your qualifications are not found under your account, make sure to upload files to certify the entry requirements (see under entry requirements above). Furthermore, you need to uploead files for the selection. 

For the selection, submit one (1) PDF file including

1. Portfolio

2. CV

3. Letter of motivation

Name your PDF file 'Cross Continental' and upload to your account at /
Note that once you have uploaded a file it is not possible to erase it.

Accepted file format: PDF

Application and tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA