How do you know?




How meaning is created, circulated, and manipulated in the post-truth era is not self-evident. How are we to distinguish between the distribution and power of constructed information and knowledge production? These were questions at the core of the discursive project on epistemology entitled How do you know? at KHiO Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2017/2018. How do you know? was initiated by professor Apolonija Šušteršič, a Slovenian architect and visual artist whose work is related to critical analysis of public space, and Maria Lind, a Swedish curator, art writer, and educator. In this project, they focused on current ways of thinking and how these generate significance across fields such as art, philosophy, science, and education. In the following conversation, Šušteršič and Lind use their experience from How do you know? to look back on how they have worked together on several occasions since 1997. The conversation is conducted in response to a list of topics proposed by Olga Schmedling, editor of the current issue of Researching public art and public space, part 2.

Author Biographies

Apolonija Šušteršič, Artist, researcher

Apolonija Šušteršič (Ljubljana, Oslo) is a visual artist, architect, researcher, writer, and teacher. Her research-based practice is situated, cross-pollinating different fields of spatial practice and critical theory with projects that activate cooperation between people or groups. She creates processes for engagement and platforms for action where people are able to reconnect with their own sense of agency by becoming involved in working with space and place.

Maria Lind, Curator, director

Maria Lind is a Swedish curator, writer, and educator. She is currently the Director of Kin Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiruna. Lind served as the Director of Tensta Konsthall (2011–2018), Artistic Director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008–2010), Director of IASPIS in Stockholm (2005–2007), and Director of Kunstverein München, Munich (2002–2004).


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Šušteršič, A. (2013). "Hustadt Inshallah: Learning from a Participatory Art Project in a Trans-local Neighbourhood". PhD diss.

Zephyr, Suggestion for the (Next) Day, Art Encounters, Timișoara, 2019, photo: Apolonija Šušteršič




How to Cite

Šušteršič, A., & Lind, M. (2024). How do you know?. Nordic Journal of Art & Research, 13(2).