This is the blog for the public seminars for the School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University. K3 consists of several disciplines, including Communication for Development, English Studies, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media and Communication Studies, Product Design, and Visual Communication, which make it helpful to share a platform aiming at generating discussions across these various practices. The seminars are opportunities for both K3-based researchers and external guests to present and discuss their works.

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Gunnel Pettersson: Experiments with Utopias

Welcome to a K3 seminar on Experiments with Utopias, based on the exhibition held at Ystad Art Museum this summer. The seminar is organized by Gunnel Pettersson, Senior Lecturer in Moving Image, K3.

It will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara. It includes a small exhibition, which will open at 10.00 on September 26.

Seminar structure and content

1 “Continued Conversation” – Exhibits from Experiments for Utopia: Anders Emilson, Gylleboverket, Gunnel Pettersson and Amit Sen.

2 ” Experiments for Utopia – Rough concept for a comic based on the exhibition of the same name at the Ystad Art Museum, June 2018″ A reflection on the exhibition by the cartoonist and archaeologist John G. Swogger. Contribution from Visual Communication-workshop 2018 (Jakob Dittmar)

3 Documentation and press material from Experiments for utopias (partly in Swedish)

4 Presentation and conversation


In this seminar I want to problematize the exhibition practice and, if possible together with the participants, identify research questions that may be a matter of interest for knowledge production within exhibition design and cultural production linked to K3’s research areas.

The starting point is the museum and gallery as a public space dedicated to “knowledging” dialogues and the creation of meaning. I see art as a platform for societal- and existential questions.

A concrete experience is presented from “Experiments for Utopia” at the Ystad Art Museum 2018. A production that I curated and participated in together with fourteen other artists and researchers. It is about efforts to create dialogues between the exhibitors, between the exhibited and the audience, with focus on the process and with the art institution’s tradition of mediation as context.

In the presentation I refer to Chantal Mouffe’s writings on artistic practice as something that still play a critical role in society, and Sarah Pennington, who uses the concept of “care” in design research, with examples that criticize galleries and museums reproduction of a dominant and normative tradition of representation and sentence construction.


Mouffe, Chantal, Agonistik: texts about thinking the world politically, Atlas 2016

Pennington, Sarah, Design as a catalyst for change: Vol 2, Paper 6, Taking care of issues of concern: Feminist possibilities and the curation of Speculative and Critical Design, DRS 2018, Limerick

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