Study Group on Migration
Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on social, cultural and environmental challenges. In 2016 the theme was migration and we dedicated a study group to the topic. The study group focused on how the current migration challenges the idea of the nation state, borders and questions of belonging. But it also discussed whether art and culture can play a particular role in relation to communicating this conflicted field and contribute to new ways of understanding ourselves and each other.
In the Study Group there was 17 participants meeting 5 times, each time for 3 hours, in the period from October to December 2016. Each participant suggested something for the curriculum of the group. It was a text, an event, a youtube video, an art work etc. The group met at various places in Roskilde and Copenhagen depending on the individual focus of each time.
The meetings was facilitated by Mai Takawira, project coordinator at the museum, while anthropologist and researcher of refugees and asylum seekers everyday lives, Zachary Whyte, was moderating the discussions. Additionally, a guest lecture (e.g. a journalist, artist, theorist, activist) was invited for each time. The curriculum, program and guest lectures was not scheduled from the beginning but was be shaped in relation to the participant’s profiles and inputs. The program will end with a seminar organised by the study group.
Participants was selected based on motivation, approach, profession and/or experience with migration. Participants received schedule, curriculum and list of participants. The Study Group was fully booked.
The meetings took place from 5.30 to 8 PM, 2016
Dates: 10/26, 11/9, 11/21, 11/30 and 12/14