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Doctoral thesis defence: Charlotte Blanche Myrvold


16 May, 2017, 10.00 – 16.00
AHO, Auditorium Sverre Fehn

Charlotte Blanche Myrvold will defend her thesis “PUBLIC ART: URBAN LEARNING”.


– Trial lecture at 10: “What are the conceptual challenges and opportunities of joining the discourse and practice of urban planning with the discourse and practice of public and socially-engaged art?”
-The disputation starts at 12

Thesis description:
On the seaside of Oslo, the area of Bjørvika is undergoing a complete transformation in a culturally-driven redevelopment. The embeddedness of art in a process that reconfigures not only the area physically, socially and economically, but also reinvents its public character, calls for attention to how art is not only appearing in public, but also participates in the production of public arenas in the city.

The thesis explores ways in which public art interacts with the production of public spaces. It outlines art as a knowledge field in urban development that generates knowledge about dimensions of the city which otherwise remain unarticulated. Art is argued to enable necessary forms of urban learning and to perform an epistemological critique of the redevelopment. Public art is considered as a phenomena that we can think with in order to better understand the city as a sensible and inter-subjective field.

The approach of the study is empirical and theoretical. It discusses a selection of art projects in relation to a theoretical framework foremost consisting of aesthetic philosophy, art theory and urban theory.

About the candidate:
Charlotte Blanche Myrvold (1981) holds an MA in Cross-Aesthetic studies from the University of Oslo and a BA in Urban Space from ENSAV de la Cambre in Brussel. During her fellowship, she has also been part of the academic staff of Oslo and Akershus University College and a member of the research group Art in Society. In addition to public art and urban change, her research interests include art communication, aesthetic philosophy and practice-based research methods.

Associate Professor Janike Kampevold Larsen, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO, main supervisor. Associate Professor Boel Christensen-Scheel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, co-supervisor

Adjudication Committee
Professor Shannon Jackson, University of California Berkeley. First opponent
Associate Professor Jacob Lund, Århus University. Second opponent
Professor Victor Plahte Tschudi, Institute of Form, theory, and history, AHO. Third member and coordinator