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Konsten att/som vara i Vara: En diskursteoretisk studie av offentlig konst, motstånd och identitet
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I have studied the conflicts that arose in Vara when the municipality ordered a sculpture by the artist Katharina Grosse in collaboration with The National Swedish Public Art Council and the Swedish Transport Administration in 2012. The aim of the study is to analyze the meaning-making of the sculpture as a process determined by social negotiations concerning variables such as identity, societal hierarchies and education. The material is foremost consisting of interviews with employees from The National Swedish Public Art Council and Vara municipality, a local objector whom organized a protesting Facebook group and a local newspaper journalist. The material is analyzed with discourse theory in order to examine how the discourses about public art are characterized in a local context today and how its meaning continually is being constructed and reconstructed through this. By studying the resistance and critique against The Blue Orange in Vara as local fragments of a more global context the analysis also targets how the practices and meaning-making of art in the public domain are conditioned by political ideologies and societal structures such as the neoliberal market, economic growth and competition.

The protesters and protagonists of the art work places the sculpture in different narratives about the municipality where the municipality is either described as something progressing; moving from a state where something is lacking, or as something with a fixed identity and already defined. The latter narrative is used by those who criticize the art work because it does not reflect their perceived shared identity while the former motivates the advocates who want to create a more distinct municipal identity, a branding of sorts, to attract tourists and stimulate economic growth. These narratives demonstrates how debates revolving art works and the public domain can bring up articulations and everyday experiences of power structures, citizenship and societal norms.

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2018. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
Vara, public art, identity, opposition, meaning-making, municipality, norms, public domain, branding, progressiveness, discourse theory
Keywords [sv]
Vara, offentlig konst, identitet, motstånd, meningsskapande, kommun, normer, offentliga rummet, branding, varumärke, progressivitet, diskursteori
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36546OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36546DiVA, id: diva2:1255621
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Ethnology
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2018-10-15 Created: 2018-10-13 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved

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