Hugarflug 2023: Call for proposals /
deadline is November 28, 2022

Hugarflug, annual research conference at IUA will be held February 10, 2023


Many futures - Futures of the many 


What we have taken for granted might not be certain anymore. Our identities are challenged by new circumstances which calls for new approaches. The future is here and we feel its presence and even as a young democracy in the middle of the North Atlantic, we cannot avoid the challenges that have been brought to all living creatures across borders, statuses and existences. As we grapple with a colonial legacy that has touched every being, human and non-human in our world, new thoughts and analyses of our histories have emerged to shed new light on, and bring new understanding to, the challenges and problems we face as both global and local communities.  


New ideas, discoveries and researches have enriched our understanding of histories and surroundings near and far,  revealing  the challenges that face us in the present and future. What tools do we have in the arts, to counter, change or transform such legacies of the past that are no longer true for us? Is one of them to advocate for public frameworks that ensure the legal rights of the global ecosystem; of non-human entities; other animal species, trees, rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, and its delicate flora?  Is one of them to continue to draw attention to, not for the first time, the immediate need for democratic justice and equity in all our human societies? 


We know that new generations are ready to tackle these challenges and that their views of the futures ahead are deeply different from those we have pertained in the past. Do we dare to dream up new scenarios, new norms, new visions? What kind of future do we dream of? Can we allow us to dream together? Or is the future about me and others or us and others? Is utopia only impossible until it isn´t? 


The theme of Hugarflug 2023 is Collective Futures - Margfeldi framtíða. 


Hugarflug will be held Friday, February 10th, 2023, deadline for open call is Monday 28th of November 2022. 


We encourage participants to use diverse methods, media and approaches to find the appropriate form for their contributions. As an example, a contribution could take on a material or visual form (exhibition, installation, graphic dissemination), a staged form (performance, intervention), or a verbal form (paper presentation, Pecha Kucha, auto-interview, panel discussion, seminar, workshop etc.). Apart from word-based presentations we will only accept fully developed contributions containing video, audio, photography, or other forms of dissemination of artistic research, artistic practice and design. 


Conference Committee: 

Brogan Jayne Davison

Guðrún Elsa Bragadóttir

Hanna Styrmisdóttir 

Hulda Stefánsdóttir 
Hrefna Sigurðardóttir

Ingimar Ólafsson Waage

Massimo Santanicchia 
Sigurður Halldórsson

Elín Þórhallsdóttir 

Karólína Stefánsdóttir

The conference will take place at IUA February 10, 2023, apply here

Application form 

Apply here for Hugarflug 2023

Nánari upplýsingar / contact info: 

Karólína Stefánsdóttir
karolinas [at] / hugarflug [at]