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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

January 2011 Newsletter

1 January 2011
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International Support


Next Application Deadline: !!!1 February 2011


OCA provides financial support on a quarterly basis for international projects involving Norwegian artists and/or cultural producers. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists living and working in Norway and non-profit organisations. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo and group exhibitions organised by international curators, as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. OCA has implemented an online system for applications for the International Support Programme. This system should be used for the 2011 First Quarter application deadline for 2011: 1 February.

The following application deadlines for 2011 will be 1 May, 1 September and 1 November. Please notice that these application deadlines are slightly earlier than those in place in the past.

Click here for more information on International Support and the application process.

For questions regarding applications for International Support, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen. For international institutional applications and biennials, please address your questions to Paul Brewer.

Norway at La Biennale di Venezia


Office for Contemporary Art Norway  announces  'The State of Things': A Series of Public Lectures in Venice June–November 2011  and  'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS': An M.A. Teaching Programme at Iuav led by Bjarne Melgaard February–May 2011


Norway's representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will consist of two programmes, running consecutively throughout 2011: 'The State of Things', a series of lectures by internationally renowned intellectuals in various cultural and academic institutions in Venice, and 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a teaching programme by artist Bjarne Melgaard at Università Iuav di Venezia.

The dates and the speakers for the Biennale opening days have been announced.
Click here to see further details.

Visual Identity: Hans Gremmen

OCA semesterplan


'Forms of Modern Life: From the Collection of Guttorm Guttormsgaard'


Exhibition dates: 9 March–25 June 2011 (TBC)
Public Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 12–16:00
/ Thu 12–18:00

'Forms of Modern Life: From the Collection of Guttorm Guttormsgaard' is an exhibition project taking as a starting point Guttorm Guttormsgaard's collection of printed materials and art objects. The exhibition considers the process by which the printed form — and by extension other forms of traditional figuration such as textile and painting — becomes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a universal, egalitarian form of expression. The project explores how artists such as Thomas Bewick, Frans Masereel, Albert Jærn, Hannah Ryggen, Peder Balke and Lars Hertevig among others employed specific graphic forms to address the cultural and political conditions of their time, intervening in their particular contexts through the development of new forms that were able to reflect the complexities and tensions of modern life.

Frans Masereel, Ilustration from Die Stadt, 1925. © Bono 2010

International Residencies


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is responsible for the Norwegian participation in the Platform China Residency, Beijing, People's Republic of China; the International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; the Residency Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, NY, USA; the International Artist in Residency Programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

OCA accepts applications for these programmes. Click here for more information.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency Programme — Upcoming Deadline: !!!1 February 2011


In 2011, OCA offers a twelve-month residency programme for an artist at the International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, from 1 December 2011 to 15 November 2011. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Capacete Residency Programme — Upcoming Deadline: !!!1 February 2011


In 2011 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist, an independent curator, a cultural producer or an independent art critic at Capacete, a forum and interdisciplinary project operating in Brazil since 1997. The duration of the programme is four months, from 1 September to 25 December 2011, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, including two-month stays in each city. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from Capacete.

WIELS Residency Programme — Upcoming Deadline: !!!1 February 2011


In 2011 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist, at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. The duration of the programme is nine months, from 1 April until 31 December 2011. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. The programme is designed for artists who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from WIELS Contemporary Art Centre.

Berlin Mitte Residency Programme


OCA offers four residencies for curators, critics and artists in Berlin in Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012, from September 2011 until the end of April 2012, for 2 months each. Applicants must be Norwegian citizens, or live and work in Norway. The residency period will be allocated in discussion with the selected candidates following the Jury's selection. Curators and critics are especially encouraged to apply and their applications will be given priority. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. The applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA.

Resident for January–February 2011


Natalie Hope O'Donnell
Curator b.1979 in Lørenskog, Norway, lives and works in London, UK

Natalie Hope O'Donnell studied Modern History and Politics at Jesus College, Oxford, UK and History of Art at the University of Oslo, Norway. Holding a postgraduate degree in law, O'Donnell graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2008 with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art. She has worked for the Norwegian National Touring Exhibitions, the DSV Network in Oslo and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. Currently undertaking a PhD at the London Consortium on institutional curatorial practices, O'Donnell works as a freelance writer and curator with interests in issues of cross-cultural translation, feminism, approaches to historiography and contemporary conceptions of 'community'. Curated exhibitions include: 'Tris Vonna-Michell performance', London, 2008; 'Of This Tale I Cannot Guarantee a Single Word', Royal College of Art, London, 2008; Chelpa Ferro performance, SPACE, London, 2007; 'On – Off Poltergeist', Mezkalito, Hollybush Gardens, London, 2007 and 'An A – Z of Doubt', Serpentine, London, 2007.

Natalie Hope O'Donnell, Of this tale, I cannot guarantee a single word, 2008. Courtesy of the author Natalie Hope O'Donnell Curator b.1979 in Lørenskog, Norway, lives and works in London, UK Natalie Hope O'Donnell studied Modern History and Politics at

OCA International — In Brief Norwegian Artists and Curators Abroad Selected International Venues




Ida Ekblad
to exhibit within
'Expanded Painting'
Prague Biennale 5
Directors: Giancarlo Politi and Helena Kontova
Prague Biennale 5
Prague, Czech Republic
19 May–11 September 2011

Ida Ekblad has been invited to participate within 'Expanded Painting', a macro section of the Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic. Inspired by Rosalind Krauss' text Sculpture in the Expanded Field, 'Expanding Painting' considers the work of artists 'who do not necessarily work only with painting, but rather with artists whose practices speak about the legacy of the medium'. Under the directorship of Giancarlo Politi and Helena Kontova, the fifth edition of the Prague Biennale will be structured in three sections, 'Expanded Painting', 'Art In General' and 'Focus Italy'.

Ida Ekblad, A Woman Under the Influence, detail of the installation, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Elmgreen & Dragset
to participate in
'Performa 11'
Curator: RoseLee Goldberg
New York, NY, USA
1–21 November 2011

Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has been invited to participate in 'Performa 11', New York, NY, USA, curated by Performa's founding director and curator RoseLee Goldberg, from 1 to 21 November 2011. Within the Biennial Elmgreen & Dragset will develop and present a theatrical performance titled Happy Days in the Artworld. The play draws references from Samuel Beckett's play Happy Days and Sarah Thorton's book Seven Days in the Art World. Co-commissioned with 'Dublin Contemporary 2011', Dublin, Ireland, Happy Days in the Artworld will be an approximately one-hour performance with two performers. Rachael Thomas, founding and artistic director of Dublin Contemporary, will host the project Happy Days in the Artworld for two nights during 'Dublin Contemporary 2011', from 6 September to 31 October 2011.

Solo Exhibitions and Projects


Olav Christopher Jenssen's solo exhibition 'The Protagonist' is currently on view at Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden. The exhibition presents paintings and sculptures by the artist from 2008 to 2010. 'The Protagonist' is the first solo exhibition to be presented within Västerås Konstmuseum's new museum space — which opened in a former industrial building in the city centre of Västerås in early September 2010. The exhibition, which is curated by Eva Borgegård, will be on on view until 30 January 2011.

Olav Christopher Jenssen, Händel No. 1, (detail), 2006-2008. Courtesy Galleri Riis

From 14 January to 6 February 2011 the Berlin-based Sommer & Kohl Gallery will present 'This Spectacle', a solo exhibition by artist Victor Boullet, as part of the Berlin-Paris Gallery Exchange. An exhibition project affiliated with Boullet's ongoing project The Institute of Social Hypocrisy, 'This Spectacle' will explore the 'relation between hypocritical and purely visual entertainment'. A publication titled The Sound of Downloading Makes Me want to Upload', anthologised by Boullet with contributions by thinkers and artists such as Matias Faldbakken, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Keren Cytter, Merlin Carpenter and Marte Johnslien will accompany the exhibition.

ZKM – Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Elmgreen & Dragset's first major solo exhibition in Germany organised by Andreas F. Beitin, head of ZKM – Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany. Elmgreen & Dragset's artistic presentation titled 'Celebrity – The One & the Many', 'emphasises the relationship between 'the one and the many,' the one being a prominent personality, an icon, an a-list type, and the mass that mass of 'normal' people, and investigates the ways in which the lifestyle of the rich and famous is mediated to a broad public by way of staged and affected realities'. 'Celebrity – The One and the Many' is on view until 27 March 2011. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication edited by Peter Weibel, professor and Chief Executive Officer ZKM and by Andreas F. Beitin, which will include comprehensive documentation of the presented artworks.

Elmgreen & Dragset, 'Celebrity – The One & The Many', 2010. © Elmgreen & Dragset / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

Synnøve G. Wetten holds a solo exhibition at Galleri S:t Gertrud, Malmö, Sweden, from 5 to 26 February 2011. Titled 'Trans Panthers — Abstract Labyrinths', the exhibition presents 'constructed narratives from found-footage material' melded together through the use of video, photo, sound and the text. Primarily based on Camilla de Castro's life, and by taking out the materials from the original contexts, 'the images are combined with sound productions, depicting psychoanalytic studies of erotic, uncanny and poetic undertows of the actress vicissitudes'.

Geir M. Brungot has been invited to hold a solo exhibition at Meetfactory — International Center of Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, from 3 to 20 February. Titled 'Fragile Memories Recycled' and organised by Dušan Zahoranský, curator of Cube Gallery, Meetfactory, the exhibition is opening a series of projects dealing with contemporary photography to be held at Meetfactory — International Center of Contemporary Art throughout the entire 2011. The exhibition will present the artist's new photographic prints series Campingvogner and Inside-Outside. Both series show 'human behaviours without human beings, recording remains of human activities in already abandoned countryside'.

Geir M. Brungot, from Campingvogner, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Group Exhibitions and Projects


Anne Hjort Guttu has been invited to take part in the exhibition 'Making is Thinking', organised by Zoë Gray, curator at the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art , Rotterdam, the Nederlands. Opening on 22 January and on view until 1 May 2011, 'Making is Thinking' presents a range of work in diverse media exploring 'the making process, formalism, conceptual craftsmanship, tacit knowledge, and the complex relationship between the handmade and the industrially produced'. Within the exhibition Guttu will present Static Dynamic Tension Force Form Counterform. A comprehensive publication will be produced with essays and contributions by Solveig Øvstbø, director of Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, Sandra Patron, director of Parc Saint Leger, Centre d'art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions & Displays Tate, Liverpool, UK, among others. Other participating artists include Eva Rothschild, Hans Schabus, William J. O'Brien, Edgar Leciejewski and Koki Tanaka.

Anne Hjort Guttu, Static Dynamic Tension Force Form Counterform, #6 , 2009. Courtesy of the Artist

Sandro Droschl, director of the Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria, has invited Yngve Holen to take part in the exhibition 'The Smart Frrridge. Chilly Forecast for Internet Fridge', on view from 11 December 2010 to 19 February 2011. 'The Smart Frrridge' proposes a reflection on the appliances 'that include not only handhelds and smart devices, but also web-enabled versions of typical household appliances'. Participating artists in the exhibition include Simon Denny, Marlie Mul and Nicolas Ceccaldi, among others.

Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany presents 'MicroScenes', a project curated by Lise Nellemann. Starting 1 February and continuing through 1 September 2011 the project presents a series of 'surveys of different artist communities based in Berlin'. Nellemann has invited Marianne Zamecznik and Anders Smebye to act as 'scouts' for the project in relation to the Norwegian Berlin-based community. They will be provided with studios in the periods of March and August 2011 respectively. Within the programme, Marianne Zamecznik will conduct research on exhibiting architecture for a public presentation. Anders Smebye, founder of Bastard project space, Oslo, Norway, will give a talk in Berlin, which will explore the ethos of Bastard gallery, its profile as a space of performances, screenings, happenings, discussions and other live events.

Anders Smebye, installation view White on the Summit is not Snow but Volcanic Ash or Dust (detail), Landings, Vestfossen, Norway, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

From 13 to 20 February 2011 curator Camila Marambio organises a workshop titled 'Essay No 1' at the Parque Natural Karukinka, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. 'Essay No 1' — as part of a research programme and residency initiated by Marambio in collaboration with Karukinka Natural Park — will involve a number of professionals from the art-field, humanities and science, who will come together to work through a series of topics such as 'the use and management of the land, use value and uselessness, the history, politics and recent trends in conservation, representation and image making in relation to preservation and the tourist industry'. Camila Marambio has invited Karolin Tampere, Søssa Jørgensen, Geir Tore Holm and Stefan Mitterer to take part in the research project. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

Ignas Krunglevicius will participate in the series of workshops, talks and an exhibition project 'Spheres. Poverty in Power', at Uqbar, Berlin, Germany from 1 February to 11 June 2011. Invited by curator Juste Kostikovaite, the panel series examines 'the role of artistic production in the process of interpretation, reinterpretation, appropriation or fixation of concepts such as poverty and power'. Other participating artists include Arturas Bumsteinas and Elva Olafsdottir.

The artist-run initiative Small Projects and the artist-group Entrée have been invited by Supermarket organisers' Pontus Raud, Andreas Ribbung and Meggi Sandell to participate in Supermarket 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, from 17 to 20 February 2011. Founder of Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway, Jet Pascua, has invited Laurent Fauconnier, Karen Skog, Sigmund Skard and Margarida Paiva to participate in 'Supermarket 2011'. Curators at Entrée, Bergen, Norway, Cato Løland and Randi Grov Berger have invited Gabriel Kvendseth to present a project in 'Supermarket 2011'. Within the exhibition Kvendseth will present 'Omnivm-Finis-Imminet', an ongoing started in 2010 from 'textual and sculptural objects, prints, and a series of handmade weapons produced from ordinary tools'.

Matias Faldbakken and Gardar Eide Einarsson have been invited to participate in 'To the Arts, Citizens!' by João Fernandes, Director of the Serralves Museum and by Óscar Faria, journalist and art critic at Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal . On view through 13 March 2011, the exhibition explores 'the intersections between art and politics, through concepts such as activism, citizenship, archive, emigration, exile, ideology, iconoclasm, crisis'. 'To the Arts, Citizens!' brings together works produced by artists born after 1961, the year of the construction of the Berlin Wall, as 'an object that materialises an ideological divide which marked the twentieth century, and whose shadow still impinges upon political and cultural thought at the beginning of the twenty-first century'. Other exhibiting artists are Carlos MottaClaire FontaineSam Durant and Hito Steyerl.

Gardar Eide Einarsson, Untitled (Hard Luck), 2006. Courtesy of the Artist

Yaffo 23, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel presents 'Happily Ever After'. Within the exhibition, curated by Maria NicolacopoulouBe Andr has been invited to produce a new site-specific installation. The new work will question 'the misconceived happiness and the artificial contentment achieved through superficial means, with which social networks affect people's way of perceiving their happiness and the one of the others'. The exhibition will run from 15 Marchto 29 April 2011. Other participating artists include Silla Ka TungPablo Ferrer and Angelbert Metoyer.

Curator Maria Lind presents 'Abstract Possible', a research project which aims at exploring 'notions of abstraction in contemporary artistic practice' at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, from 26 March to 14 July 2011. The first exhibition within 'Abstract Possible' was presented in the Autumn 2010 at the Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden. 'Abstract Possible' will be part of the Museo Tamayo's exhibition series 'Minor Histories, Larger Worlds', which looks at 'how artists investigate history, and how their work reconsiders and reshapes the past, articulates the present and imagines the future'. Within 'Abstract Possible' Matias Faldbakken has been invited to present his work and to contribute with a new text that will be part of the volume accompanying the exhibition. This will be the third volume of the publication series, planned to be released in March 2011 in conjunction with 'Abstract Possible' exhibition opening. Other artists in the exhibition include Doug AshfordClaire BarclayGoldin+SennebyWade Guyton and Mai-Thu PerretClaudia Fernández and Jose León Cerrillo. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

Maddy Rosenberg, executive director and curator of Central Booking, New York, NY, USA, has invited Kristoffer Myskja for the upcoming exhibition at Gallery II, Central Booking, which will open on 10 February and run until 3 April 2011. The new exhibition-project follows a series of science-based exhibitions, that started in November 2010 with 'Attract/Repel', featuring artists whose main research was related to physics. Within the exhibition Myskja presents Rule 30, a machine whose patterns are produced by 'a rule-set designated from a simulation system called 'cellular automata'. This rule-set creates random information nevertheless controlled on a roll of paper'.

Kristoffer Myskja, Rule 30, detail, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist

Lotte Konow Lund has been invited to participate within the project 'Azerbaijan Art Stations' in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2 to14 May 2011. 'Azerbaijan Art Stations' was initiated by Jahangir Selimkhanov, Arts & Culture Program Director of the Open Society Institute –AF, Azerbaijan, to create artworks dealing with communities in chosen locations across suburbs and villages around the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Four cultural centres around Baku have invited international cultural producers to contribute to 'Azerbaijan Art Stations'. Lotte Konow Lund has been invited by Catrin Lundquist, Curator, Art & Learning Department, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, to create a site-specific work for the Qala Cultural Centre. The project titled 'The natural meeting point: Quala', will consist of two parts, an 'English Course', on a short term, as a way to understand Qala's people dream of becoming English interpretators, and 'Stage Carpet', on a long term, an item sewed with the women of the village'. Other participating artists in the project include Eva KochAnna Lindal and Johanna Hyrkas. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

Curated by Sol Kjøk, the exhibition 'North Stars: Blue, White and Red' gathers 28 contemporary artists from Norway who will present their works at NO, a non-profit, artist-run gallery in New York City, NY, USA, in the period 4 February to 28 April 2011. Organised in three consecutive series, the exhibition starts with musings on the theme of the colour Blue, referring to elements of 'coldness and melancholy often associated with the Nordic region'. White features 'pared–down pictorial languages and minimalist investigations of form', before the final chapter, Red is closing the series with presentings of 'narratives on the eternal themes of love, passion, gender, sex, pain, violence, and lust for life'. Other artists in the project include Åsil BøthunKurt JohannessenMikkel Wettre and Stefan Schröder.

International Opportunities


Apexart: Open Call for Emerging Curators


Providing a platform for young curators, apexart's 'Unsolicited Proposal Program' asks for curatorial proposals for a group exhibition. The submissions will be evaluated by a large international jury and the winner will receive the funding and administrative support from apexart to mount an exhibition in their space in Manhattan, New York, NY, USA. Proposals are accepted from 14 January to 14 February 2011.
Visit the apexart website for more information.

'Artists' Books on Tour': Call for Submissions


The MAK, Vienna, Austria, in cooperation with the MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia and the UPM, Prague, Czech Republic, launch the 'Artists' Books on Tour – Artist Competition and Mobile Museum' in which artists are invited to submit their artists' books. Arranged for the first time, the competition seeks to 'create more public awareness for the book itself as an independent genre of art production'. Submissions are accepted as complete physical or digital objects as well as in the form of conceptual designs for projected works. Outstanding works will be awarded a grant by an international jury. Application deadline: 2 May 2011. For more information, visit the ABoTwebsite.

Visual Arts at The Banff Centre: Now Accepting Applications


The Banff Centre, in Alberta, Canada, is currently accepting applications for its 'Thematic Residencies'. The 'Thematic Residencies' offer a structured program where 'artists are brought together under the umbrella of a common theme that runs through their work'. Varying application deadlines and programme dates. Visit The Banff Centre website for more website for information and to apply.

In Norway


Joselina Cruz will present a screening programme of video and film at SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Norway on view until 12 March 2011. Organised by Pontus Kyander, director, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, 'Roving Eye: A Survey of South East Asian Film and Video Art' is a programme that Cruz, a Manila-based curator will present with a public lecture in relation to the projects included in the exhibition programme. The exhibition, according to Cruz, 'assumes the position of the 'roving eye' as it scours the landscape of concerns that currently occupy artists from the region'. This project is supported by 03–funding*.



*03–funding: The purpose of the 03–funds, as allocated by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to OCA, is to further develop cooperation and professional networking between OCA and the constituency of artists, independent cultural producers and organisations that are located in designated countries or associated with 03–countries. This includes but is not limited to professional research visits by cultural producers, artists and curators, short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists, and the development of seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops, etc. that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries, project development and pilot projects on an international scale.


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