Retake/Reuse: experiments to reactivate public space: the winter garden

Public Event + Roundtable
Saturday 3-18 December 2022
Arts Campus, Umeå, Sweden

Working Group

Art and AI Working Group

UmArts is leading research in Art, Architecture, Design and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Umeå University in partnership with the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) and Umeå University’s Centre for Transdisciplinary AI (TAIGA).

Luis Berríos-Negrón

UmArts is delighted to welcome Luis Berríos-Negrón as the first UmArts Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Architecture and Art, in partnership with Bildmuseet and Umeå School of Architecture (UMA).


Planetary Entanglements Panel

VR Conference, Luleå, Sweden
17 November 2022, 15.00-16.30

UmArts is hosting the Planetary Entanglements panel discussion at the Vetenskapsrådet conference Transformations ‘22: artistic research in times of change with Toms Kokins and the Moving North research group.


Art and AI TAIGA panel

TAIGA Conference 2022
Umeå University
27 October 10.30-12.00

Panel: Sarah Cook, Marion Carré, Mushon Zer-Aviv. Moderated by Ele Carpenter

Working Group

Displacement Working Group

The UmArts Displacement working group meets regularly to bring together researchers from different disciplines exploring the relationships between host and guest in relation to migration and displacement in the north of Sweden. 

Working Group

Forest Working Group

The Forest working group meets regularly to share their research on the geopolitics of the forest across art, architecture, political science and landscape ecology. The group are exploring how to develop holistic and interdisciplinary understandings of the human / forest relationship that can represent multiple, overlapping and conflicting interests.


Centring Arts Research 2021

UmArts Centring Arts Research Symposium
10 November 2021
Umeå School of Architecture

See below for recordings of all the presentations, and a pdf of the programme.

Reading Group

Mushroom Reading Group

The Matsutake Reading Group took place during 2021 inspired by Anna L. Tsing’s multispecies feminist perspective, reading the world through the matsutake mushroom (Tsing, 2015).


Kitchen Jam Sessions

Anders Lind’s Home Participatory Orchestra, 2021, ran experimental kitchen jam sessions online with new visual musical scores as part of his UmArts Small Visionary Project during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

About the Programme

The UmArts programme aims to strengthen and develop the artistic research environment at Umeå University to address urgent societal and environmental concerns.

Interdisciplinary research themes provide starting points for discussion and research, including the Commons, Planetary Care, Nuclear Anthropocene, and Decolonisation. The programme includes social events, conference panels, reading groups, workshops, symposia, exhibitions and field research.

Many of our events are recorded and available on the website, look out for the ‘online’ tag, and click through to watch the film.