Institut for (X) - en kreativ kamp for anerkendelse

Lea Tang Jensen & Arnela Raonic

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to investigate how the discourses, in an urban space that is undergoing creative urban development, affect the way the development take place. We wish to unfold how creative expression is being conducted in different contexts and what creative expression can create and give to the city’s citizens. We also wish to unfold what creative activism can contribute with. To specify our field, we found Institut for (X) interesting. Institut for (X) is a self-grown initiative, located on the Godsbanen in Aarhus. Godsbanen have been undergoing development governed by the city council with a vision of creating a creative part of town, where art and creative displaying are in focus. At the same time, Institut for (X) have been developing part of the same area, in their own alternative way. They’ve created a urban space for untamed creative conduct, where participation is key. Precisely the fact that Godsbanen is the scene for two different ways of using urban space and of creative expression is what makes this case particularly interesting. We are including theory by Dorte Skot-Hansen, who is dealing with experience economy. With our focus on creative activism and space appropriation, we have found Silas Harrebye and Louise Fabian very useful. We are including Nicolas Bourriaud, and his relational aesthetic theories, to get an understanding of the development of art, towards a more participatory way of interacting with it. Lastly we are including Jørgen Dehs and his theories regarding authenticity. Authenticity will be used as an analyzing term, as we wish to unfold the different types of creative expressions that take place at respectively, Institut for (X), and at the municipally planned Kulturproduktionscentret. Our theories have been applied on a variety of a empirical data, including a semi structured interview with one of the leaders of Institut for (X), Christian Juul. Other empirical data include documents regarding the municipality’s visions and plans for Godsbanen, and include development plan and overall plans. Throughout the conduct of this project, we can conclude that Institut for (X) creates room for a type of creative expression, which would be hard to plan and manage if it were to be planned by the city council of Aarhus. Furthermore we can conclude that Institut for (X) is criticizing the city council’s way of developing urban spaces in Aarhus, by performing creative activism. Lastly, we can conclude that a city’s ability to accommodate different types of creative expression is undeniably important for it’s citizens and for the city overall.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2016
VejledereHenriette Christrup


  • kreativ aktivisme
  • deltagelse