On Languages and Landscapes of Mobilisation, 2023

Poster: ”Peace Week”, Channa Bankier, 1984


International symposium May 31 - June 1

On Languages and Landscapes of Mobilisation symposium is the first international event of On Mobilisation – Mobilising Micro- and Transnational Communities through Artistic Practice, a collaborative project co-funded by the European Union. The symposium consists of a roundtable discussion at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby on May 31st and a guided tour to parts of Gotland’s military heritage on June 1st. During these two occasions, the international project group, artists, researchers, and independent thinkers will come together to discuss how the military mobilisation affects language and landscape – locally on Gotland but also from a transnational perspective.

Round table discussion – On Languages of Mobilisation

Location: Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, Uddens gränd 3, Visby, Sweden
Date: May 31st
Time: 19:00-21:00
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Participants include: Gunilla Almström Persson, Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric and Swedish language at Stockholm University, Kalle Brolin, artist and Danae Theodoridou, artist.

The Swedish partners of the On Mobilisation project are based on Gotland, where cultural heritage has a strong presence in the culture. At the same time, the island, strategically located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, has always been at the centre of the region’s military security policy, which has left deep traces in the culture, architecture, landscape and perhaps also in the language. During the evening we will try to get a perspective on how language is used for mobilisation purposes and which concepts influence our thinking about, for example, readiness, security and peace.

The roundtable On Languages of Mobilisation is organized by the Baltic Art Center (BAC) in collaboration with Uppsala University’s Graduate School on Sustainable Studies (GRASS) and in collaboration with Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators

On Landscapes of Mobilisation – fully booked!

Date: June 1
Time: 9:00-17:00

A guided bus tour with architect Gunnar Sillén takes us from Visby to the architectural remains of Gotland’s military history. A guided bus tour with architect Gunnar Sillén takes us from Visby to the architectural remains of Gotland’s military history. The tour takes us to Tingstäde lake where we will visit the fortress-like bulwark that has been under water since the 12th century, as well as Tingstäde Fortress from the 1st World War.

On Mobilisation

is a collaborative project with the artistic residency organizations: wpZimmer (Antwerp), BAC (Visby), Studio ALTA (Prague), Lavanderia a Vapore (Turin), ARIA (Antwerp) and GRASS (Visby) and the invited artists: Kalle Brolin, Elisabetta Consonni, Daniele Ninarello, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Marika Smreková and Danae Theodoridou, who will collaborate in participatory artistic research projects. The project begins in April 2023 and runs for the next two years.

Authors of the project

wp Zimmer (Helga Baert, Dusica Drazic), Baltic Art Center (Helena Selder), Studio ALTA, (Petr Dlouhy, Ludmila Vackova), Lavanderai a Vapore (Chiara Organtini, Carlotta Pedrazzoli)