[artinfo] post-master course: Of Public Interest

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Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm

Of Public Interest

Of Public Interest is a one-year 
interdisciplinary post-master course by artist 
and guest professor Jonas Dahlberg for applicants 
with a MA in art, architecture, landscape 
architecture, curatorial studies or another 
relevant field.

Application deadline: May 5, 2020, 11:59pm

What we call "public space"-and the activities 
that occur within it-are increasingly surveilled, 
politicized, and privatized. What does this mean 
when public spaces have throughout history served 
as important sites in shaping how, when, and 
where people relate to each other within a 
society? What role does art have within these 

For a long time art in public space has had a 
reputation of being large scale, mostly 
decorative objects placed outdoors. Yet if we 
recognize and explore the changes that are 
occurring in public space, and marry that with 
emphasizing the knowledge, methods, and values 
that art and related practices create, then we 
enter into a far more interesting, and 
consequential arena for both art and public 
space. As artist Sharon Hayes has said, "Anything 
that happens in public space 'actually' happens."

The course will focus on artistic values and 
practice-based thinking/making as a means to 
explore the significant role art can have within 
the realm of public space. To take a seat at this 
table is a complex task when faced with various 
regulations, public policies, profit-driven 
interests, as well as differing goals, attitudes 
and aesthetics. Participants will consider, 
discuss and work on actual projects in order to 
gain knowledge from experience in dealing with 
the complexities of making work for and in the 

Of Public Interest is a one-year 
interdisciplinary course intended for those with 
experience in art, architecture, landscape 
architecture and other relevant fields. It is not 
a merit for an applicant to have previous 
experiences in working with art in the public 

The course gathers a diverse group of people 
working with different approaches, as we believe 
different backgrounds and life experiences will 
enrich the learning experience and add an 
important quality to the course and the 
discussions that will be held within it. The 
ideal participants are those with strong artistic 
integrity, abilities in critical thinking, and an 
interest in working with others to develop 
projects in an interdisciplinary setting with 
peer to peer learning.

Of Public Interest is structured with the aim of 
having participants, individually and 
collaboratively, create and develop new projects. 
To facilitate this, the course will have 
established collaborations with external partners 
within the fields of art and architecture who are 
interested in exploring the possibility of 
realizing actual projects.

The course will be led by artist and Guest Professor Jonas Dahlberg.

The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm is a 
leading artistic higher education institution 
with a long tradition dating back to the 
beginning of the 18th century. The institute 
offers a combination of artistic breadth and 
excellence within both undergraduate and Master 
programmes in Fine Art, as well as 
post-postgraduate education in architecture.

The Royal Institute of Art is public institution 
and it is free for participants that reside in 
Europe. Non-European residents can apply for a 
scholarship that cover the annual fee required 
for non-European residents.

Read more and apply 

Royal Institute of Art - Kungl. Konsthögskolan (KKH)
Box 163 15
SE-103 26 Stockholm Sweden

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