Tracing the borders


345 pages

In December 2009 I participated in a European text exchange, which resulted in the publication 'Tracing the borders: A collective reaction from emerging European artists to their contemporary cultural environment' - conceived for the Trondheim bi-annual, 'Manufacturing Today', in April 2010.

Created through a number of email conversations 'Tracing the borders' began with a single question. Artists were asked to answer the initial question and to then ask another participant of their choosing a new question. This structure was followed throughout; eliciting over one hundred and fifty questions and answers among the group of artists.

The resulting text raises a variety of topics that preoccupy the minds of contemporary emerging artists practicing today. Those currently based in England, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland and Denmark discuss their experiences of the differing conditions in the art scenes that they have been part of. From London to Jerusalem to Lapland, the discussion raises questions about art education systems, governments’ roles in the art environment and the prevailing attitudes towards emerging artists in each location.

Co-ordinator: Sarah Walters