At the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK), we value collaboration with the outside world. We are committed to making our research visible and relevant. We engage in collaborations with art and cultural institutions as well as with public and private authorities. We disseminate widely about art and culture and shed light on current societal issues.
Below you can find a range of examples of IKK's many contributions to society:
Statues and monuments are not static entities – they are dynamic agents and a living part of our history. In the project, the researchers investigate how time and space, place, power relations, perceptions of art and political winds contribute to this notion.
Unequal gender representation in the Danish art world
How can it be that we have more and more female artists – and yet the works of female artists are still significantly underrepresented in Danish museums? This is, among other things, what Kerry Greaves asks in her research project.
Influences between Danish and Japanese art and culture
When researcher Gunhild Borggreen and her team map the complex flows of objects, ideas, and personal connections between artists in Denmark and Japan they challenge conventional prejudices about how art interacts and develops culturally.
Danish culture seen through the eyes of Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen is one of Denmark's greatest composers, and in a new publication, Michael Fjeldsøe investigates Nielsen’s importance for Danish cultural history. Among other things, he examines Carl Nielsen's contemporary activities and looks at him as an integral part of the Northern European music culture of the time.
Art builds communities
At the Art as Forum center, the researchers examine the communities that evolve in and circulate around art, and they examine the social value of art. Experiencing art is usually considered to be an individual and personal experience, but at the center, the researchers examine the collective meaning of art.
Big brother is watching you
Humans are constantly 'archived' – through our smartphones, when we travel, through the healthcare system, etc. The archival of big data came from a desire to create more information, but recent years have shown us that archiving data comes with a price. The project examines the questions that follow in the wake of our growing data collection.
Researcher: Kristin Veel
Follow me! Relationships between influencers and their fans
The Follow Me (FoMe) project examines Danish influencers and which possibilities the influencers have for being creative on multinational social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok. The platforms exert constant control, and in the project the researchers examine how this affects the relationships between 20 different influencers and their fans.
Researcher: Bjarki Valtýsson
The avant-garde after the avant-garde
The avantgarde art died in the late 1960s – this is broadly agreed upon in art history. But in this project, researcher Mikkel Bolt argues that the avant-garde did not die; instead, the avant-garde found its way to protest culture and political activism. Bolt and his colleagues examine the relationship between art and politics after 1968, and they contribute to new understandings of protest culture today.
Researcher: Mikkel Bolt