The Art of Detour(s) – entanglements and failures as artistic navigation

The conference takes place Friday, May 20, 2022, from 9.30 am – 5 pm at BaneGaarden/Copenhagen.

The deadline for signing up is May 6th

At THE ART OF DETOUR(S), we will investigate the expanded field of artistic strategies and practices working with site-specific and public art projects. Together we explore how art projects are framed, transformed, and entangled into local contexts and we will discuss how detours, in theory, and practice, can form new modes of resistance, community, and inclusiveness.

The aim of the conference is to expand our notion on the unforeseen and uncontrolled layers of artistic practice and explore detours, in art and life, as a way to uncover, and navigate within or beyond, dominating logics and discipline of society. 

We invite artists, curators, producers, and people interested in the art- and culture field to take part in the conference containing art experiences, presentations, and dialogues. 

The conference is accessible for people in wheelchairs. We aim to make the conference as accessible as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us,, if you have any support needs and we will do our best to meet them.

Read the full program here


9.30 – 10.00: Registration and coffee/tea at the conference venue
10.00 – 10.05: Welcome to the venue, BANEGAARDEN, and to the program
10.05 – 11.00: An artistic walk in the nature of Sydhavn  by Tora Balslev and Maiken Vibe Bauer. Performers: Linh Le, Mikkel Mallow, Sarah Lee Armstrong, Tora Balslev
11.00 – 11.15: Presentation/Centriphery and necessary desired and undesired detours By Airan Berg (AT) and Tile von Damm (DE)
11.15 – 12.00: Presentation/Polyphonic entanglements in Sydhavn by Ditte Vilstrup Holm (DK)
12.00 – 13.00: Lunch
13.00 – 14.00: Keynote/Unworlding: An Aesthetics of Collapse  by Jack Halberstam (US)
14.00 – 14.30: Break, coffee/tea
14.30 – 15.15: Presentation/Performance practice as disentanglement – Place and temporality in contemporary art by Amanda Piña (MX)
15.15 – 16.00: Discussion/Reflection
16.00 – 17.00: Networking and mingling with a drink and a snack

The conference will be moderated by the artists Xiri Tara Noir and Boaz Barkan

The conference will be in English – follow the links in the program and read more about the presenters.

The background for the conference is the EU-project Centriphery (2019 – 2022) where nine organisations have been working together with 18 international artists from different disciplines, local artists, and citizens in developing participatory interdisciplinary art projects. Dansehallerne has carried out the danish project Sydhavn is buzzing in collaboration with Sydhavn Teater. The project was formed through residencies, workshops, and events with local artists and citizens of Sydhavn in autumn 2019, spring 2020, and autumn 2020. 

The conference program is curated by Lasse Mouritzen (Sydhavn Teater) and Anna Katrine Korning (Dansehallerne) with artistic consultation from Ditte Vilstrup Holm (post.doc).

Ditte Vilstrup Holm has followed the project Sydhavn is buzzing and will at the conference do a presentation of her article Polyphony and latent communities in South Harbor – which engage with the question of how site-specific art projects work with communities outside the established spaces of art. Abstract of the article here

For this conference program Members and Annual Pass holders are not eligible for free tickets.


The Art of Detour(s) – entanglements and failures as artistic navigation




20.5.2022, 09:30


7 hours 30 minutes


BANEGAARDEN, Otto Busses Vej 45, 2450 Copenhagen SV


Photo: From the walk City Matters; Credit: Karsten Piper

Creative Europe
Danish Arts Foundation (en)
Sydhavn Theater

Thanks to the partners in Centriphery: Festival der Regionen (AUT), Rijeka 2020 (CRO), New Culture Foundation(BUL), Espoo Theatre (FIN), La Manufactura (FR), Cultura Nova (NL), Walk&Talk (POR) and Ass. PRIN BANAT (ROM).