Skien International Ibsen Conference 2009

The artist Post Mortem. Managing literary heritage

From Stuff and accursed lies


What are the possibilites we have in promoting and managing the life and works of an artist – locally, nationally and internationally?
Which challenges and dilemmas arise when we consider the biographical, artistical and geographical background of the artist?

How can we view this in terms of a favourable development of identity and the community?
How may this influence people, places and new art forms?

The conference is moderated by Knut Olav Åmås, who is culture and debate editor at Aftenposten.
Speakers will be John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, in addition to Tore Slaatta and Odd Are Berkaak from the University of Oslo.

Birthplaces in Great Britain and Chile share their experiences: Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, James Joyce in Dublin and Dylan Thomas in Swansea. From Chile, the works of Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda are presented. The manager of the Hamsun centre shares her views on the foundation of the centre in Hamarøy.

The winner of The International Ibsen Award, Ariane Mnouchkine from Théâtre du Soleil, has been invited to participate in a public discourse.

Festive celebrations mark the end of the conference, and the International Ibsen Scholarships 2009 and the Ibsen Award will also be presented.

PHOTO: Dag Jenssen