“To speak of utopia is always to speak of the present intolerable arrangements” 
              - Pietr Kropotkin, the anarchist formerly known as Prince (quoted from Ian Boal)

Time: Thursday, March 12, 16.00-18.00
Location: Muralen at 
Kungliga Konsthögskolan / The Royal Institue of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen

Nils Norman talks about his past and present art projects, research, teaching and ideas based on utopia as a critical tool – a rhetorical concept that creates a space for the possibility of possibilities.

The public talk is organized in the context of Professor Nina Möntmann's current master seminar in art theory on "Utopias".

Photo from: “Rubbing Against Architecture”, a summer workshop led by Stephan Dillemuth, Henriette Heise, Nils Norman and Johannes Paul Raether. Bad Tölz, Bavaria Germany. 2013.
Photo by Nils Norman.

NILS NORMAN is an artist living in London.
He works across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. His projects challenge notions of the function of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Informed by local politics and ideas on alternative economic, ecological systems and play, Norman’s work merges utopian alternatives with current urban design to create a humorous critique of the discrete histories and functions of public art and urban planning. He exhibits and generates projects and collaborations in museums and galleries internationally.

He has completed major public art projects – including pedestrian bridges, bird screens, play pavilions, playgrounds and landscaping projects. He has participated in various biennials worldwide and has developed commissions for SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; London Underground, UK; Tate Modern, UK; Loughborough University, UK; Bristol City Council, UK; Cambridge City Council, UK; Creative Time, NYC and the Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.

He is the author of four publications: Edible Park, Nils Norman. Eds. Taco de Neef, Nils Norman, Peter de Rooden, Astrid Vorstermans. Valiz, NL. 2012; Thurrock 2015, a comic commissioned by the General Public Agency, London, UK, 2004; An Architecture of Play: A Survey of London’s Adventure Playgrounds, Four Corners, London, UK, 2004; and The Contemporary Picturesque, Book Works, London, UK, 2000.

He is a Professor at the the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, where he leads the School of Walls and Space.