Frailty, Body, Humanity, Power
The Monster Network at Kunsthall Stavanger
The Monster Network invites you to an open panel discussion at Kunsthall Stavanger that grapples with issues of vulnerability, bodies and power.
Convenor: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (FI), post doc, University of Jyväskylä, and member of The Monster Network.
The panel discussion is taking place in conjunction with a workshop addressing the figure of the monstrous Other as a haunted and haunting presence in contemporary ethical and political landscapes. In light of migratory challenges and increasing nationalism in the Nordic countries, this workshop seeks to critically engage with ongoing debates about exclusion and inclusion through the figures of monsters, ghosts and haunting. Contributors to the workshop are scholars and artists working with questions of difference and differentiation, borders and boundaries for bodies and territories, and ethical and political considerations concerning the excluded as haunting monsters. The workshop explores the figure of the monstrous Other not only as important historical contexts for how monsters emerged as justifications for discrimination and violence, but also as figures that haunt the foundations of the very idea of humanity, and what it means to be human today.
The Monster Network connects those with an interest in monsters and the monstrous. The aim of the Network is to spark international collaborations such as conferences, workshops, publications and symposiums as well as create a space for discussions and information on all things monstrous.
After the discussion, it will be possible to visit the exhibition Frail Mighty.
The project is supported by Nordic Culture Point.
Photo: Ane Graff, The Bruise, 2015.