Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
01. 01 2011
Alternative North

November 2010 – Alternative North

Alternative North was a two day symposium that brought together an international group of curators, art writers and programme directors to discuss and debate the state of contemporary art in the Nordic countries.


Website to the programm with videos of the speaches.


The speakers were:

Anette Østerby, Director, The Danish Arts Agency’s Visual Arts Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aura Seikkula, independent curator and researcher, Helsinki, Finland.

Bergljót Jónsdóttir, Director, Nordic Culture Point, Helsinki, Finland.

Birta Guðjónsdóttir, Director, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Cecilia Widenheim, Director, Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program (Iaspis), Stockholm, Sweden.

Dorothee Kirch, Director, Centre for Icelandic Art, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Director, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jonas Ekeberg, Editor, Kunstkritikk, Oslo, Norway.

Judith Schwarzbart, independent curator, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Maria Lind, independent curator, Stockholm, Sweden.

Marianne Zamecznik, independent curator, Norway.

Marita Muukkonen, Curator, Helsinki International Artist-in- Residence, Helsinki, Finland

Markús Þór Andrésson, independent curator and writer, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mats Stjernstedt, Director, Index-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.


The symposium was organized by the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Living Art Museum and the Icelandic Art Center.