An interesting group of Finnish and international guest speakers gathered at the IHME Festival 2014 to discuss the themes of the IHME Project. The program included events familiar from the previous years, i.e. The Trial, judged by philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna, and the IHME Marathon of artists talks.
THE TRIAL: NATIONAL ART
Friday 4.4. at 17.00-19.00. Old Student House, Great Hall. FIN
Nationality is said to be a product of a state and an education system, rather than a precondition for them. Nevertheless, a number of golden ages, whose cultural-historical significance few would dispute, have been achieved beneath national insignia. So, what, does nationality mean in art? Why might originality be specifically associated with nationality? What are we to think of national art now, when the importance of nation-states and their internal uniformity are in decline? Are these developments bringing a disintegration or a change in the framework for national art?
These and other tricky questions will be answered by the counsel for the defence for national art against its accusers in a trial of art in front of witnesses. In customary fashion the judge at The Trial, now being held for the fifth time, will be philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna. The guests representing the prosecution, the counsel for the defence, the prosecution wittness, and the wittness for the defence will be announced later.