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ArtsForum: Torbjørn Kvasbø



Start Date

11 May 2011 11:30 pm

End Date

12 May 2011 12:30 am


School of Architecture & Design

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Artsforum is a public program of the School of Visual & Performing Arts. Contact: Zsolt Faludi P: 6324 4406 E.

Between clay and mind

I am not at all worried about the future of ceramic art:   A deeper understanding has grown of diversity as the only guarantee for the freedom of speech, and for our future. This can happen through increasing cooperation across disciplines and highly specialised competences; acknowledging that strong discipline categories and deep specialised knowledge are the keys to understanding and developing the potential of this cooperation to produce important and powerful knowledge.

The need to know and understand the time we live in and to understand our role and relevance as ceramic artists is much more important now than previously. This is why it is so important that we take part in this development ourselves. You are either passive and accept others deciding about your future, or you are active and make the premises for your own life.

My work is an attempt to learn about existence.

I want to bestow objects with subjective truths.

My objects are filled with dilemmas and conflicts, and I only learn when I exceed the borders of my knowledge, visualised in the making process, in the observing, thinking and acting.

Torbjørn Kvasbø

1996-2000 Professor and Head of Ceramic Department at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,
2000-2008 Professor and Head of Ceramic and Glass Department at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden,
Live and work in Venabygd, Norway.

Torbjørn Kvasbø