Hugarflug 2021: Call for proposals / Open call 

Open call for papers and other events for the programme of Hugarflug 2021, Iceland University of the Arts’ 10th annual research conference on 12 February, 2021. This 10th edition of the conference will be held in a digital format. 
The conference is a platform for an open, informed and critical dialogue on the arts, architecture and design; on knowledge production in the expanded field of the arts as well as their intersections with other fields. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of the approaches, methods, content, dissemination, and research that characterizes the field. 
We stand at a turning point in history which requires that we critically reflect on the role and value of the arts in rebuilding societies and communities in the wake of current major world events. Ahead of us are demanding challenges in relation to the climate and the environment, the circular economy, democratic empowerment and the social structure. How can we respond to these challenges and provocations from within the field of the arts? How do we begin to understand and respond to the profound changes we face in our environment? How can we make use of ideological renewal, which is a fundamental driving force in the arts, for the benefit of our environment and society? How have the arts hitherto responded to such challenges?  The Hugarflug 2021 theme is: 
Turning Point - Vendipunktur
One of the main objectives of the conference is to offer a safe space for peers to ask open questions, perform experiments and present works in progress. Staff, students, and part-time lecturers at the Iceland University of the Arts (IUA), as well as other practicing artists, designersarchitects and scholars are encouraged to respond to the call. 
As the conference will take place as an online event, we encourage participants to use diverse methods, media, and approaches to find the appropriate form for their digital 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). Apart from paper presentations and seminars, which will be streamed by the IUA, we will only accept fully developed contributions containing video, audio, photography, text and/or other forms of dissemination of artistic research, artistic practice and design. 
Proposals should contain the following: 
  • Names, job titles, and e-mail addresses of participants. 
  • A description (max 300 words) including title, length (30, 60, 90 or 120 min.), content, subject matter, and form of dissemination.  
  • Please note that only fully finished films, audio work, visuals, and texts for digital presentation will be accepted, if your proposal is selected the final deadline for work is January 20, 2021. 
  • Lectures and seminars will be sent out live 
  • Short bio on participants (max 50-100 words each). 
  • In case of combined contributions, please include a description for each format.

The deadline to fill out Hugarflug´s application form is December 1, 2020.  


Conference Committee: 

Hanna Styrmisdóttir (chair) 

Atli Ingólfsson 

Ásgerður Roberts Gunnarsdóttir 

Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir 

Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir 

Magnea Einarsdóttir 

Karólína Stefánsdóttir (project manager) 

Application form 

Apply here for Hugarflug 2021

Nánari upplýsingar / contact info: 

Karólína Stefánsdóttir
karolinas [at] / hugarflug [at]