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Part II: City Illumination
Architecture and Art in Urban context:                          14. February 2009, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Part I: Urban Planning and Art in Public Space:             10 May 2008, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

                                                                                               25 April 2008, 6p.m. - 8 p.m.






Participants (part II):
Jürgen Hasse, Dept. for Human Geography (Frankfurt) | Ellinor Coombs (London) | Deike Canzler (Stockholm) | Alexander Stublic (Berlin) | Roger Narboni (Bagneux) | Jeroen Everaert (Rotterdam)


Participants (part I)

Christopher Marcinkoski, Field Operations (New York) | FREEE art collective (London) | Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, HafenCity (Hamburg) | Louise Mielonen Grassov, Gehl Architects (Copenhagen) | Martin Biewinga, West 8 (Rotterdam) | Ólafur Elíasson (Berlin, Copenhagen) | Yvonne P. Doderer, Office for Transdisciplinary Research and Cultural Production (Stuttgart) | Vito Acconci (New York)

Harbour cities have long been formed by industrialization, shaped by international trade and constantly confronted with the untamed power of the ocean. Today, these cities compete on a global stage as they create new identities, new images to attract foreign business and tourists. As the industrial zones of business harbours are moving out of city centers to the outskirts of towns, prime waterfront areas are opening up for the development of commercial, residential, and leisure spaces. It is about revitalization of entire districts, a constant restructuring of city life, rejuvenating individual and community engagement with and within the urban environment, or in short: Reinventing Harbour Cities. Culture—measured in part by avant-gardist concepts and perspectives, architectural attractions and artist works—plays a significant role in creating cities’ new identities. Recently built concert houses and museums are emergent landmarks, parks and squares have become the stages for various art forms and performances, and all are important links to the social life of inhabitants and visitors alike.


Reykjavík, the largest city in Iceland and the world’s northernmost capital, had seen enormous economic and cultural growth in recent decades. The economic crisis has slowed down or even stopped this rapid developement and many major projects - giving the advantage of revaluation and rethinking concepts. The first part of the conference, held in April/May 2008, focussed on general aspects of urban planning, architecture and art in public space (see the interviews and articles in LIST icelandic art news). This seceond part analyses strategies of approaching the cities' nights with urban functional, architectural and artistic light concepts. A broad-spectered group of artists and lighting designers, architects and theoreticians give an insight in recent, inspiring projects related to the growing interest in new visions for city life, followed by panel discussions who might cast light on the position and possibilities facing the city of Reykjavik.

As the harbour and public spaces within the city continue to develop, policymakers, corporations, urban planners, artists, and individuals have a shared responsibility to discuss how Reykjavík’s future will be shaped for all who live and work here.


The first part of the conference was organized by CIA.IS – Center for Icelandic Art in cooperation with Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of the Arts) and the Nordic House.


The second part of the conference was organized by CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art in cooperation with the Nordic House.



Saturday, 14 February 2009


13.00     Welcome / Introduction: Christian Schoen / Guja Dögg Hauksdóttir


             Light and Perception


             Jürgen Hasse, University Frankfurt, Institute for Human Geography (Frankfurt)

             Light and Art: Case Study 1

             Ellinor Coombs, Guerilla Lighting


             Light and Architecture
14.45     Deike Canzler, Ljusarkitektur (Stockholm)

             Light and Art: Case Study 2

             Alexander Stublic, Mader/Stublic/Wiermann (Berlin)


16.15     Roger Narboni, Concepto, ACE, PLDA, (Bagneux)

             Light and Art: Case Study 3

             Jeroen Everaert , Mader/Stublic/Wiermann (Berlin)


17.30     Panel Discussion (Moderators: N.N.)


             Gathering with refreshments


Friday, 25 April 2008


18.00     Welcome / Introduction: Christian Schoen

             Christopher Marcinkoski, Field Operations (


             Ólafur Elíasson (


             Panel Discussion (Moderators: Jóhannes Þórdarson / Christian Schoen)

Saturday, 10 May 2008


10.00     Welcome / Introduction: Christian Schoen / Jóhannes Þórðarsson


             Harbour Cities Reconstructed


             Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO of HafenCity Hamburg (

             Martin Biewinga , West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (

             Louise Mielonen Grassov, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen (


              Panel Discussion (Moderators: Æse Sigurjónsdóttir)


              Lunch Break


             Temporary and Permanent Interventions in Urban Spaces


14.00     Yvonne P. Doderer, Office for Transdisziplinary Research, Stuttgart


              Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan, FREEE art collective (


              Vito Acconci, Designer/Architect (


              Panel Discussion (Moderators: Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir)







Further info:, T: +354-562 72 62









Program (part I):
CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art in collaboration with Iceland Academy of the Arts (LHÍ) and Nordic House

Christian Schoen (CIA.IS) with
Jóhannes Þórdarson (LHÍ, Dept. for Architecture and Design) and Kristján Steingrímur Jónsson (LHÍ, Dept. for Visual Arts)
Shauna Laurel Jones (CIA.IS)


Program (part II):
CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art in collaboration with Nordic House

Christian Schoen (CIA.IS) with Guja Dögg Hauksdóttir.



CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art
Hafnarstræti 16
IS-101 Reykjavík
T:+354-562 72 62
F:+354-562 66 56

Part II in cooperation with:
Nordic House
With generous support from:





The conference 2008 was generously sponsored by:

Samson Properties
Portus Group
Icelandic Ministry of Culture
City of Reykjavík

City Planning Department

American Embassy
Radisson SAS Hotel 1919
101 Hotel

center For Icelandic Art