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The curators behind "Generation WHY": Marcia Harvey Isaksson, Vidar Koksvik and Charlotte Jul.

Seminar: Generation WHY

Gender as a concept and a sign of the times is the focal point of this seminar, in which a group of Nordic curators, artists and designers provide insights into their practice and a sneak peek into the exhibition “Generation WHY”.

How do Nordic designers and artists engage with gender themes? In connection with the exhibition, where a generation of Scandinavian designers addresses weighty and existential themes, we invite you to a seminar with the exhibition curators and a selection of participating artists.

Gain deeper understanding of the artists and their works in the exhibition, and experience the exhibition before it opens to the public at 14.30 on the same day.


Croissant and coffee/tea

Kl. 10.15
Welcome by Charlotte Jul and introductory talk.

Kl. 10.45
Presentation by curators Charlotte Jul (Denmark), Vidar Koksvik (Norway) and Marcia Harvey Isaksson (Sweden)

Short break

Kl. 11.10
Talk by Villvin Kunsthåndverkmarked about the background for the exhibition and the importance of focusing on the younger generation of Scandinavian artists and designers.

Short break

Artist talk with Ina Vang (Norway)


Artist talk with Stine Bidstrup (Denmark)

Artist talk with Matilda Kästel (Sweden)

Panel discussion with Matilda Kästel, Ina Vang, Stine Bidstrup, Villvin and the curators

Networking, exhibition visit

Moderator: Charlotte Jul

Seminar, croissant, coffee/tea and a sandwich for lunch are included in the ticket.

About the exhibition

A generation of Scandinavian voices is expressed in the traveling exhibition “Generation WHY,” where chosen Nordic designers and artists from Generation Y (born between 1977 and 1994) focus on various aspects of existence.

Three curators from each Nordic country have selected a group of craftspeople and designers from a generation of creators who have significant themes on their agenda and take life, their practices, and the world seriously and personally. The selected artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland convey emotions, experiences, and perspectives through powerful, poignant works.

The exhibition was initiated by the association behind the Norwegian Villvin Crafts Market in connection with the 300th anniversary of Risør city in 2023, and is curated by Charlotte Jul, Marcia Harvey Isaksson og Vidar Koksvik.

The exibition is supported by:
Augustinus Fonden
Statens Kunstfond
Knud Højgaards Fond
Ellen og Knud Dalhoff Larsens Fond
Konsul George Jorck og hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond

Lecture by Michelle Hanlon

“Protecting Human Heritage in the Cradle of Our Spacefaring Civilization” (in English)

Lecture Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 19:00 by Michelle Hanlon on the occasion of Space Days and the exhibition “Around the Moon”

The World Heritage Convention protects our human heritage here on Earth. There are many World Heritage sites in Denmark, including the Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church – reminders of the Vikings who perfectly illustrate the exploratory character and incredible perseverance of the human species.

These sites are recognized for their outstanding value not just to Denmark, but to all humanity and consequently preserved and protected for posterity by the United Nations and the international community as part of our common human heritage. They capture momentous events in our shared human history and celebrate remarkable achievements in our evolution. We as a human species share these achievements, just as we share ancestors who discovered fire, who figured out how to domesticate animals, and who decided to reach for the Moon.

But sites on the Moon, including Luna 2, the first human object ever to reach another celestial body, and Apollo 11, the site where humans left the first off-Earth footprint, do not enjoy any protection. Or even any recognition. The lecture will debate the possible aim to change that.

Photo: NASA.