Programme

‘All that is Banned is Desired’
- A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression

Organised by Fritt Ord and Freemuse

 


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Introduction

Over the two days of ‘All That is Banned is Desired’A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression, artists, journalists, activists, scholars, curators and others will respond to censorship of the arts around the world.

We will discuss and investigate why, where, and how artistic expressions is condemned, banned and persecuted. In particular, we will focus on the three principal agents of censorship — religion, state and market.

Although the effects of censorship can be easily identified in cases where artists are imprisoned or killed, the social and economic repercussions of censorship are more difficult to measure. A culture deprived of its artistic creations and cultural heritage clearly loses an important link to its history and identity.

Cultural artefacts carry with them the power to influence the minds and motivations of the masses and with it, the power to divert people from an awareness of and compliance with the normative behaviours of a society, as dictated by religious and political ideologies. The control of culture is thus a major concern for both clerics and politicians.

But where religion and state decline in importance in the control of artistic expression, another censor appears quite ready to step in to fill the censorial void — namely the market. And there is no guarantee that it will prove to be any less censorious than its religious and political predecessors.

Censorship is characterized by the contradictory fact that by imposing limits it provokes reactions to those limits. By limiting freedom it helps fuels the desire for even greater freedom, as the title of the conference evokes: ‘All that is banned is desired’.

In many ways, the power of nation-states to carry out censorship is being undermined as global communication networks expand and international trade barriers crumble. This means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for governments to control what their citizens have access to; however, history suggests that nation-states will be reluctant to relinquish control.

Conference participants will be invited to debate these and other concerns in relation to specific cases. These cases will be drawn from a wide range of conditions and contexts and will include some that are well known and others that are known to only a few.  In addition to deepening our understanding of the fundamental propositions of freedom of expression, the conference will also work toward proposals for monitoring censorship globally, and organising to advance freedom of expression for artists around the world.



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Conference programme

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Information about the speakers, moderators and performers

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This event is restricted to registered conference participants.

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Programme Schedule

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2012

Session 1
10:00: BEAUTY UNDER PRESSURE
Zarganar, Comedian, Actor, and Film Director (Burma)
Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, Poet and Filmmaker (Burma)
Win Maw, Musician and Composer (Burma)
Moderator: Frances Harrison, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 2
10:40: RELIGION AND ARTISTIC FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programmes, National Coalition Against Censorship (USA)
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Playwright and Screenwriter (UK)
Azhar Usman, Comedian, Activist and Lawyer (USA)
Moderator: Kenan Malik, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 3
11:40: MORAL PANICS: SEXUALITY AND ART
Zanele Muholi, Visual Artist (South Africa)
Pang Khee Teik, Arts Consultant and Human Rights Activist (Malaysia)
Robert Sember, Artist and Researcher (South Africa/USA), Moderator

12:30: Lunch
Session 4
13:45: CORPORATE CENSORSHIP
Larissa Sansour, Visual Artist (Palestine/UK)
Nadia Plesner, Visual Artist (Denmark)
Fredrik Gertten, Film Director (Sweden)

Session 5
14:30: PUBLIC SPACE AND ART CLASHES
Mustapha Benfodil, Writer and Visual Artist (Algeria)
Lars Ø Ramberg, Artist (Norway/Germany)
Alessandro Petti, Architect and Researcher (Italy/Palestine), Moderator

Session 6
15:15: Hungary : Artistic Freedom and Responsibility in the Age of
Xenophobia
Adam Fischer, Chief Conductor (Hungary)
Yngve André Søberg, Soloist at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (Norway)

15:30: Coffee break
Session 7
16:00: TIBET: ARTISTS IN EXILE
Tenzing Rigdol, Visual Artist and Poet (Tibet)
Tenzin Gönpo, Musician (Tibet/France)
Moderator: Frances Harrison, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 8
16:30: THE INVISIBLE RED LINE: MANOEUVRING CHINESE ARTS CENSORSHIP
Si Han, Curator (China/Sweden)
Moderator: Frances Harrison, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster (UK)Session 9

Session 9
17:00: THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED: MALI
Manny Ansar, Festival Director (Mali)
Terakaft, Performance (Mali)

 

DAY 2 – FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2012

08:45: Doors open
09:00: Doors close

Session 1
09:00: OVERCOMING: WOMEN, ART AND EGYPT
Sherine Amr, Singer (Egypt)
Sondos Shabayek, Writer, Theatre Director and Actress (Egypt)
Petr Lom, Filmmaker (Czech Republic/Canada), Moderator

Session 2
09:45: STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREAT
Deeyah, Music Producer (Norway/UK)
Arshad Hussain, Actor and Culture Activist (Pakistan)
Moderator: Ole Reitov, Program Manager, Freemuse (Denmark)

Session 3
10:05: THE ART OF LOVE: CULTURAL TABOOS AND ARTISTIC REPRESENTATIONS OF
ROMANCE IN TRIBAL PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN
George Gittoes, Painter, Photographer and Filmmaker (Australia)
Moderator: Frances Harrison, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 4
10:30: ORGANIZING FOR FREEDOM: CULTURAL WORKERS IN RUSSIA
Nikolay Oleynikov, Visual Artist (Russia)
10:50: Coffee break

Session 5
11:20: ARTS IN RESISTANCE | RESISTANCE IN ART: SYRIA AND TUNISIA
Rachida Triki, Film Director and Researcher (Tunisia)
Donatella Della Ratta, PhD Fellow (Italy), Moderator

Session 6
12:00: FREEDOM THEATRE: WHAT KIND OF FREEDOM?
Jonatan Stanczak, Co-Founder and Administrative Manager, The Freedom Theatre
(Sweden/Palestine)

Session 7
12:15: ARTISTS IN AN INESCAPABLE POLITICAL CONTEXT: CUBA
Tania Bruguera, Interdisciplinary Artist (Cuba/USA)

Session 8
12:30: OUTSPOKEN
Artist and Community Activist (Zimbabwe)

13:00: Lunch
Session 9
14:00: NOTHING TO ENVY IN THIS WORLD
Moderator: Sigrun Slapgard, Writer, Foreign Correspondent and Board Member of Fritt Ord

Session 10
14:20: THE LASTING IMPACT OF THE RUSHDIE CASE
William Nygaard, Publisher and Defender of Freedom of Expression (Norway)
Moderator: Kenan Malik, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 11
14:30: TURNING OUT THE LIGHT: TURKEY
Asli Erdogan, Writer (Turkey/Austria)
Pelin Basaran, Researcher and Arts Producer (Turkey)
Moderator: Kenan Malik, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster (UK)

Session 12
15:00: THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE
CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT
Maran Turner, Executive Director, Freedom Now (USA)
Alexander Cheparukhin, Music Producer, Promoter and Founder and
Director of GreenWave Music (Russia)

Session 13
15:30: MANTA, extract from a dance performance
Héla Fattoumi, Dancer and Choreographer (France)

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The conference is organised by Fritt Ord and Freemuse, and is generously supported by

The Norwegian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

and
PostkodLotteriet, Sweden

 

 

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