University of Gothenburg
A group of people sitting around a archeological excavation, Konstepedemin sign in the background.
Local and public dig in the KOM project
Photo: Jenny Högström Berntson

Heritage Academy 2019

In 2019 the Heritage Academy started the year an evaluation of the previous three years and a reorganization of the Cultural Heritage Academy's steering group. From 1 April 2019, the academy has a collaboration group. There is more information about this and other activities on Swedish version of this webb page.

Activities in 2019

7 March—Spring conference
25 March— seminar ”Breaking the surface”
4 April— kick off #Matarv
4 May — Archaeological excavation with KOM (konst och medicin)
16 October—Forum Kulturarv 2019
4 November —Announcement of the Cultural Heritage Academy's development funds

March 25th – Breaking the surface 1

This seminar is initiating the new collaborative project KOM - KonstOchMedicin (Art and medicine) - that focus the heritage of Konstepidemin.

The history of the former Gothenburg epidemical hospital is known and published, but there is a heritage still to be revealed something that the KOM project wants to do. Through this project, we want to examine the many layers of humans who have influenced the site since 1886 until present. The seminar is the start of a series of forthcoming seminars and workshops that will deal with different aspects of the site Konstepidemin - from architecture to death. The site contains stories of suffering, joy, death, fear, creativity and hope, in other words, what it means to be a human. It is a significant heritage in the history of Gothenburg and the project culminates in a permanent outdoor art exhibition at Konstepidemin 2021, which will be part of the Gothenburg's 400th anniversary.


13.15 Tomas Ferm, project leader of the KOM
What is the KOM project?
Anita Synnestvedt, Archaeologist, GU
Information about the forthcoming archaeological dig at Konstepidimin 4 May 14.00 Doug Bailey, professor in Visual Anthropology, San Francisco State University Cutting the surface: art, archaeology and beyond

When we cut a surface, we enter complex territory. This lecture examines the intentions, actions, and consequences of breaking surfaces. Beginning as an archaeological investigation (the speaker's dig of a Neolithic - 6000 BC - site in Romania), this talk quickly expands the discussion in broad terms. Specific topics include the following: the art of Lucio Fontana, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Ron Athey; the philosophy of "holes" (they are the ultimate paradox, being an object that does not exist); the visual perception of concave spaces; and the linguistic anthropology of cutting things. The lecture will be of interest to archaeologists, art historians, artists, anthropologists, and others who enjoy engaged intellectual conversation.

15.00 Coffee
15.20 -16.30 Alexander Wilczek, doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Freud and Archaeology

Freud used archeology as a metaphor for how one can approach humans and their story, something to be discussed in this presentation. By "penetrating the surface" and uncovering the layers of the psyche and the human experience, understanding can be reached.

16.30 Mingle buffet with drinks