Throughout 2018 and ‘19 we will be holding a wide range of public events, seminars, field trips and picnics with Lund residents, architects, planners, geographers, academics, artists, local politicians, curators and developers to debate the nature of the Church’s development, the commissioning programme, other models of urban expansion and cultural provision, and to position the programme within a broader critical framework.
These events will range from conversations with local people held on Saturday afternoons, to in-depth seminars which address particular issues.
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Our seminar programme aims to address the fundamental principles of the development of Brunnshög. Each event will take a specific subject (Time, Money and Land) as a point of discussion and will inform the Church’s development programme.
Participants will include internationally renowned artists, curators, architects, developers, archaeologists and writers, and will include a broad range of activities such as walks, talks, themed meals, lectures and workshops.
The seminars are open to everyone including architects, urban designers, artists, curators, academics, historians and curious locals. We’d like these events to attract audiences from Lund, Malmö, Skåne, Sweden, Copenhagen and beyond, to enable a national and international conversation.
Seminar 1: Nothing is ever finished
The first Råängen seminar was held on 28 April 2018. Speakers from Lund, New York, Berlin and London considered the subject of time as a cultural construct and tool for project development. The theme linked to the Lund Cathedral’s presence in the town over a 900 year period (since 1123, when the east-alter in the crypt was consecrated) and the commitment to their land in Brunnshög a thousand years into the future.
We discussed the unique nature of long-term projects; the concept of earthly and heavenly time; our fragile relationship to the land; and the varying and magical ways that contemporary artists have worked with the subject of time. We challenged the idea that the future is the only place available for imaginative play; we located Råängen within the history of mankind, and considered pre-modern concepts of time as place.
CATHY HAYNES, writer, curator and artist
ANNA LAGERGREN, archeologist
FIONA RABY (Dunne & Raby), academic, architect and designer
LISA ROSENDAHL, independent curator
LENA SJÖSTRAND, Chaplain, Lund Cathedral
Chair: Jes Fernie, Råängen Curator
We are keen to involve local people in the discussion about the expansion of Lund, what it means, and how art and architecture can help extend the conversation. Råängen Conversations will take place on Saturday afternoons and involve local speakers and participants. All welcome!
What is heaven?
We were delighted with the response to our first Conversation event held on 27 January 2018 at the Domkyrkoforum in Lund. The subject under discussion was Nathan Coley’s artwork ‘Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens’, located adjacent to Lund Cathedral between Nov 2017 and March 2018. The work was a huge talking point in the town; became the focus of many social media posts and lit up a part of Krafts Torg throughout the dark winter months.Read more