FrAIday Talks

UmArts FrAIday Talks

UmArts is launching a new series of online Art and AI talks introducing artists, curators, designers and architects who are contributing to the social and ethical discourses of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. We are delighted to announce that Joanna Zylinska will be our first speaker on 24 February, 2023.

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. 


Extinction Burst

Extinction Burst: A conversation between writer Elvia Wilk, artist Annika Eriksson, and curator Fatima Hellberg, Thursday 26 January 19.00 CET; in the context of the exhibition ‘In the Shadows of Tall Necessities’ showing at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany.


Wide Load

Dr Tonia Carless will host the ‘Wide Load’ panel discussion at the Relate North 10 Symposium, Yukon School of Visual Arts, Canada, 27-28 January 2023. The panel expands on Tonia Carless’s Small Visionary Project ‘To the North’, investigating the social politics of house moving in northern Sweden.


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

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


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).

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).


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

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.

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.