Nils Norman talks about his recent project Edible Park in the context of utopia and urban agriculture.
Presented as part of the the Penzance Convention, Penzance, Cornwall, UK. Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Utopia its here, if not now
Nils Norman talks about his past and present art projects, research, teaching and ideas based on utopia as a critical tool – a rhetorical concept that creates a space for the possibility of possibilities.
Presented as part of the Utopia Revisited Conference.
7 - 8 April 2011. Arken Museum for Modern Art, Arken, Denmark.
From bomb site to boutique: the playground and its journey from anarchy to economic development tool
Nils Norman talks about his ongoing research into Adventure Playgrounds and some of the more unusual and interesting playscapes found across Europe, Japan and the US that he has visited and photographed. He explores the history and ideas of the adventure playground movement in Europe and Japan and how certain playspaces, like adventure playgrounds and the playgrounds of the Dutch city planner Aldo van Eyke can be seen as potential alternative models for urban planning and the production of public space. He touches upon a brief moment in the 1950s when artists and architects were involved in innovative playground design and why this quickly fell out of fashion as fear of litigation and health and safety stifled creative collaborations. Making way for the "fixed play" risk-free playscapes of contemporary urban centres.
Presented as part of My City’s Still Breathing: A symposium exploring the arts, artists and the city. November 4-7th, 2010. Winnipeg, Manitoba - Cultural Capital of Canada 2010
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Dialogue with Harrell Fletcher and Nils Norman, opening statement and moderation by Clare Bishop
Jointly organised by the Serpentine Gallery and Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery, Deschooling Society brought together writers, artists and curators to discuss the changing relationship between art and education over two days at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room.