Symposium: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, March 19-21, 2014

Georges Didi-Huberman • Jonathan Hay • Jacques Rancière (all confirmed)


The aim of this symposium is to contribute to our understanding of what the image does (its pragma). The awkward entanglement of being and non-being (Plato) calls for an examination of the image as an act or event. Through its event, the image-act instigates an image-related reflection upon the issues of being and non-being, physis and semiosis, actuality and potentiality. The concept of iconic difference as coined by art historian and philosopher Gottfried Boehm is vital to our concern. Iconic difference embraces an internal effect in the formation of images as an entanglement of being and non-being, matter/perception, imagination/representation, but also externally in the relations between images, language, and concepts.

Today, educational institutions within the fields of art, design, and architecture may no longer simply approach image making intuitively, but are requested to engage in a dialogue with academic research and science. Such primarily verbal discourse may, at best, support rather than suppress insights into the unique potentials of the image. Yet a prolific dialogue would not sustain the identity of the image as an already established reality (as re-presentation), but moreover articulate the particular behaviours of the image.

This three-day symposium brings together scholars from the fields of art, design, and architecture in order to discuss images theories and their implications to these fields. Papers will address topic such as:

• Iconic difference

• The epistemology of images

• The affect of images

• Images and time

• Art and the image

• Architecture and the image

• Design and the image

WHAT IMAGES DO follows upon the work of an international research network established in 2012 in collaboration between NCCR Iconic Criticism ‘eikones’ in Basel, TU Delft, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The network and its activities are funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities (FKK).


Charlotteborg Palace

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Schools of Visual Arts

Kongens Nytorv 1

1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark

WHAT IMAGES DO is organized by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art in collaboration with Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, NCCR Iconic Criticism ‘eikones’ in Basel and TU Delft.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art is an internationally-oriented educational and research institution continuing a more than 250-year-old tradition of developing artistic talent and enterprise to the highest standards, based upon the independent work of each individual student. Through the years, many leading artists have been trained and nurtured here, from Caspar David Friedrich and Bertel Thorvaldsen through Vilhelm Hammershøi to Olafur Eliasson, Kirstine Roepstorff and Jesper Just. The overriding objective of the Academy’s Fine Arts Schools is to provide an academically ambitious platform for the development of all aspects of the arts.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation are located at Holmen, the former dock area for the Danish navy. The School of Architecture is one of the world’s oldest of its kind. The school educates architects in the fields of architectural design and restoration, urban and landscape planning, and industrial, graphic, and furniture design. For more than 135 years, The School of Design has contributed to the development of Danish design with an international reach. The school is founded on the Nordic design tradition, where functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand with business sense, and today it is a modern, business-oriented design school where ground breaking partnerships, ambitious visions and new technologies go hand in hand with creative artistic development and professional innovation.

Charlottenborg Palace was built in 1672 as the residence for the Norwegian governor Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, the illegitimate son of the Danish King Frederik III. At the turn of the century the dowager Queen Charlotte Amalie bought the castle and her name has remained with it since. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts took over most of the building by its inauguration in 1754. Kunsthal Charlotteborg – an exhibition space for contemporary art – is part of the Academy and situated in an adjacent exhibition building, which opened in 1883 and also holds The Danish Art Library.


Registration fee: € 120. The fee is flat rate and covers lunches, coffee and participation in the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday, March 20, 2014. Registration deadline is March 5, 2014. To register, please follow the three steps below:

1. Send a registration email to Martin Søberg,, including your a) name b) title c) affiliation and d) email address. Please let us know of any special requests regarding your diet.

2. Transfer the registration fee of € 120 to The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. The participant must cover any transfer costs. Please write your full name, affiliation and WHAT IMAGES DO on your transfer.

Bank: Danske Bank

Reg. No.: 0216

Account: 4069022014


IBAN: DK0902164069022014

Bank’s address is:

Holmens Kanal 6-12

1260 Copenhagen K,


Branch number is:


3. Once we have received your registration email and the registration fee, we will email you our confirmation of participation.


Danhostel Copenhagen City

Booking code: 231175 for a special WHAT IMAGES DO discount.

Please contact Danhostel for current prices.

Wakeup Copenhagen Hotel

Standard single: DKK 470

Standard double: DKK 640

Sky standard single: DKK 570

Sky standard double: DKK 740

Heaven single: DKK 670

Heaven double: DKK 840

Prices include breakfast.

Please refer to WHAT IMAGES DO when booking.

Arp-Hansen Hotels

Phoenix Copenhagen, standard single: DKK 935

71 Nyhavn, standard single: DKK 1030

Copenhagen Strand, standard single: DKK 890

Prices include breakfast.

Please refer to WHAT IMAGES DO when booking.

Symposium Organizing Committee

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and Schools of Visual Arts

Henrik Oxvig

Jan Bäcklund

Troels Degn Johansson

Martin Søberg

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Ludger Schwarte

Charlotte Warsen

NCCR Iconic Criticism ‘eikones’

Michael Renner

Sabine Ammon

Toni Hildebrandt

TU Delft

Deborah Hauptmann

Marc Boumeester

Andrej Radman

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