Symposium: Other Perspectives.
Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhus
Weekend 13 - 14 August.

The symposium was held in connection with the exhibition Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy. Discussions focused on the relationship between visual arts and philosophy, taking into account its different perspectives.


Moderated by Gunnar Harðarson.

Gunnar Harðarson, philosopher and historian of Icelandic philosophy, with additional research interests in the history of philosophy, history of ideas, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion. He has published articles on Icelandic philosophy, most especially on Icelandic medieval thought, including Littérature et spiritualité en Scandinavie médiévale: La traduction norroise du De arrha animae de Hugues de Saint-Victor (Paris & Turnhout: Brepols, 1995). Harðarson is a professor at the Department of philosophy at University of Iceland.

Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir, philosophy teacher. Sigurðardóttir studied philosophy with a specialisation in philosophy for children, Since 2002 she has taught philosophy at Gardaskoli elementary school and written articles on the subject of philosophy as a method for teaching, including Imagination, Thinking, Journal of Philsophy for Children (2002). Alongside artist and philosophy teacher Ingimar Waage, she has organized two philosophy-workshops designed for children that were held alongside the exhibition at Reykjavik Art Museum. 

Egill Arnarson, philosopher. Arnarson studied philosophy, history and latin in Reykjavík, Rennes (France) and Kiel (Germany). In recent years he has written and translated various articles on philosophy and related subjects, besides teaching medieval latin, philosophy and critical thinking. He is currently Chairman of the Icelandic Philosophical Association and co-editor of Glíman, a journal on theology and society. He works as a secretary for parliamentarians of Althingi and thus describes himself as a ‘philosophical bureaucrat’. 

Jón Proppé, philosopher, curator and art critic. He has written extensively on art, culture and society, including some hundreds of articles for journals, magazines and newspapers, and more than 100 exhibition catalogues published in Iceland and the other Nordic Countries, the United States and United Kingdom, Germany and France. Proppé has curated exhibitions for museums and galleries in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Germany. His published works include numerous exhibition catalogues, as well as essays in journals, magazines and newspapers.

Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, visual artist and author. He has held over 40 solo-exhibitions and participated in numerous international exhibitions and art events and projects. He has taught, lectured and run courses in various locations, such as The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, California Institude for the Arts, the Art Center in Los Angeles and Aki in Enschede in Holland. In addition, Þorvaldur has written several plays, for stage, radio and television and published books for both children and adults.

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