International Support

Recipients : February 2012

Number of applications: 70
Number of grants: 41

Total amount applied for: NOK 3.245.354
Total amount granted: NOK  748.624

International Biennials and Institutional Grants for Solo Exhibitions

Dag Nordbrenden

3 – 27 May 2012
Dag Nordbrenden Artist

Dag Nordbrenden, Atatürk, 2010, from Rub with Ashes, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for a solo exhibition by artist Dag Nordbrenden (b.1971 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) at CFF– Centrum för Fotografi in Stockholm, Sweden. The works included in the exhibition will be based around images produced for an artist book, titled Rub with Ashes, which will be published and released during the exhibition. According to curator Gunilla Muhr, Norbrenden’s work is ‘rooted in a documentary tradition including practises such as using found images and street photography’. The artist indicates the exhibition and book ‘vehicles for bringing together an eclectic mix of pictures, and a way of exploring the potential meaning these photographs can convey’. Curator: Gunilla Muhr, Director, Center for Photography, Stockholm, Sweden.

NOK 12 000

Konsthall C

23 May – 16 September 2012
Konsthall C Kunsthalle
Lene Berg Artist

Support provided for solo exhibition by artist Lene Berg (b.1965 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) at Konsthall C in Stockholm, Sweden. Berg will exhibit her video project The Man in the Background and the related publication Gentlemen and Arsholes. The project focuses on the political intrigue surrounding the journal Encounter, published by the Congress of Cultural Freedom in 1953. According to curator Kim Einarsson, Berg’s ‘approach calls into question what was defined as a ‘liberal conspiracy’ and what was otherwise deemed a successful state sponsored cultural effort carried out by a powerful intelligence agency’. Curator: Kim Einarsson, Director, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden.

NOK 12 000

Maja Nilsen and Anders Kjellesvik

1 – 16 June 2012
Maja Nilsen Artist
Anders Kjellesvik Artist

Maja Nilsen, digital collage from Zoo, or Letters not about Love, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Maja Nilsen (b.1978 in Klæbu, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Klæbu, Norway) and Anders Kjellesvik (b.1980 in  Stord, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Bristol Biennial in Bristol, UK.  According to curator Catherine Bourne, the biennial, titled ‘Storytelling’, explores ‘the artist's balancing act between the objective and subjective enables him to create mesmerizing stories that go far beyond the reality, but still being recognised as relevant and true’.  Kjellesvik is currently producing a sculpture built of charred blocks of wood inspired by a cairn – an important communication tool for thousands of years. Nilsen will present her project Zoo, or Letters not about Love, a series of collages inspired by the love letters of the Russian writer Viktor Shklovsky. Other participating artists include Seila Fernandez Arconada, MadeScapes, Trond Perry & Erik Pirolt, and Ferocitas Lions. Curator: Catherine Bourne, Programme Director, Bristol Biennial, Bristol, UK.

NOK 10 000

Goksøyr & Martens

15 September – 25 November 2012
Toril Goksøyr Artist
Camilla Martens Artist

Support provided for the participation of artist-duo Goksøyr (b.1970, Ålesund, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) & Martens (b.1969, Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Liverpool Biennial in Liverpool, UK. Titled ‘City States 2012’, the biennial is organised around the theme of ‘hospitality’. According to curator Sally Tallant, ‘Hospitality is the welcome we extend to strangers, an attitude and a code of conduct fundamental to civilisation, as well as a metaphor whose conditions and energy inspires artists’. Goksøyr & Martens will contribute their ongoing project Palestinian Embassy, which they describe as a ‘hot-air balloon fashioned in the colours of the Palestinian flag, featuring the text "Palestinian embassy" in Arabic’, which will fly over the city with prominent politicians and academics inside ‘discussing issues related to Palestinian people’s situation and their limited democratic and diplomatic space’. Other participating artists include Charles Avery, David Bade, Chiho Aoshima, Ai Weiwei and Monica Bonvicini. Curator: Sally Tallant, Artistic Director and CEO, 2012 Liverpool Biennial in Liverpool, UK.

NOK 55 200

International Biennials and Institutional Grant for Solo Exhibitions with 03–funding

Crispin Gurholt

11 May – 11 June 2012
Crispin Gurholt Artist

Crispin Gurholt, By Ekebergåsen, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Crispin Gurholt (b.1965 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Bienal de la Habana. Organised under the theme of ‘Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries’, the biennial will, according to curator Jorge Fernandez Torres, ‘be developed in international circumstances where the debates regarding the scenarios of contemporary art have been substantially modified and have acquired new meanings for artists as well as for the institutions and the different audiences’. Gurholt will produce a new installation in relation to his ongoing series `Live Photo’ in which he stages models in real environments and documents their performances using photography and film. He writes that his installations are ‘frozen expanded moments that are carefully directed and appear to be concentrated and complex narratives where the past, present and future merge’. Curator: Jorge Fernández Torres, Director, the Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.

NOK 25 000

International Support

Erwin van der Werve and Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir

11 December 2011 – 10 March 2012
Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Artist
Erwin van der Werve Artist

Erwin van der Werve, Mixed media on photograph, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Erwin van der Werve (b.1974 in Papendrecht, The Netherlands, lives and works in Aalvik, Norway) and Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir (b.1975 in Akureyri, Iceland, lives and works in Aalvik, Norway) in residencies in Iceland at the Museum of Akureyri and the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjordur. The artists plan to present their work to the public in the form of exhibitions, lectures and discussions. They will also develop collaborative relationships with artists and curators working in the regions in order to develop future projects. Curator: Sigríður Ágústadóttir, responsible, Gil-Society, Akureyri, Iceland and Þórunn Eymundardóttir, Director Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, Seydisfjorur, Iceland.

NOK 10 000

Ingrid Berven

17 – 21 February 2012
Ingrid Berven Artist

Ingrid Berven, Passion and Polemics. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Ingrid Berven (b.1951 in Bergen, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in the Nordic Panorama documentary and short film festival at CZKD (Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Pavilion Veljkovic) in Belgrade, Serbia. Berven will present the video installation Passion and Polemics, which she describes as ‘12 large video projections of 12 art critics who simultaneously answer 15 questions about what criticism is, why we have criticism, and other academic questions’. According to curator Milica Radenkovic, Berven’s installation was selected because ‘it invokes various questions about the relationship between art and criticism’. Curator: Milica Radencovic, Project Manager, Balkankult Foundation, Serbia.

NOK 7 000

Kurant Visningsrom

17 – 19 February 2012
Kurant Visningsrom Artist-run space
Matilda Carlid Artist
Øystein Wyller Odden Artist
Sille Storihle

Øystein Wyller Odden, Conference Room, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Kurant Visningsrom, an artist-run space in Tromsø, in the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. The fair is an artist-run art fair for artist-run galleries and other artist-run initiatives. Kurant will exhibit works by Matilda Carlid, Sille Storihle (b.1985 in Tromsø, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Øystein Wyller Odden (b.1983 in Notodden, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway). All three of these artists have been connected to Kurant’s programming in various ways in recent years. Other participating artists initiatives include Candyland, MOBA, Studio 44, and Nest. Curator: Pontus Raud, curator, Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. 

NOK 10 000

Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen

20 February – 14 May 2012
Eline Mugaas Artist
Elise Storsveen Artist

Support provided for the participation of artists Eline Mugaas (b.1969 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Elise Storsveen (b.1969 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the exhibition ‘Millennium Magazines’ at the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA. According to curators Rachael Morrison and David Senior, ‘Millennium Magazines’ is a ‘survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000, which explores the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilize the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text’. Included in the exhibition is Mugaas and Storsveen’s zine ALBUM, which they describe as consisting of ‘found images juxtaposed to create new and visual puns suggesting a meta-narrative involving sex, gender and the human body’. Other participating artists include aTree zine, An Architektur, A Prior Magazine, Bidoun Magazine, Cabinet and many more. Curator: David Senior, Bibliographer, and Rachael Morrison, Senior Library Assistant, MoMA Library, NY, USA.

NOK 7 282

Anna Ring

24 February – 6 May 2012
Anna Ring Artist

Anna Ring, 24 06 12, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Anna Ring (Born 1979 in Örebro,Sweden, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the organisers, the Spring Exhibition ‘features 69 participants from around the world with works covering a wide variety of genres associated with art and design, and this year’s exhibition includes a notable group of works that explores the body, performance and sexuality’. Ring will present 24 06 12, a site-specific architectural intervention with melted chocolate painted onto the wall. According to the artist, ‘the unstable characteristics of the chocolate stand in contrast to the more solid construction of the architecture’. Other participating artists include Sofie Alsbo, Claus Bjerre, Tom Bogaert, Gitte Broeng & Mikkel Damsbo. Curator: Helle Westergård, Exhibition coordinator, Charlottenborg Fonden.

NOK 5 000

Ann Iren Buan

24 February – 6 May 2012
Ann Iren Buan Artist

Ann Iren Buan, Whatever I Do, All Remains the Same, 2011–. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Ann Iren Buan (b.1984 in Stjørdal, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the organisers, the Spring Exhibition ‘features 69 participants from around the world with works covering a wide variety of genres associated with art and design, and this year’s exhibition includes a notable group of works that explores the body, performance and sexuality’. The artist plans to present Whatever I Do, All Remains the Same, an ongoing project she describes as a series of paper sculptures ‘used over and over again until they dissolve into nothing’. Other participating artists include Sofie Alsbo, Claus Bjerre, Tom Bogaert, Gitte Broeng & Mikkel Damsbo. Curator: Helle Westergård, Exhibition coordinator, Charlottenborg Fonden.

NOK 5 000

Elin Melberg

24 February – 6 May 2012
Elin Melberg Artist

Elin Melberg, I wish I wish I wish in vain, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Elin Melberg (b.1976 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Stavanger, Norway) in the 2012 Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the organisers, the Spring Exhibition ‘features 69 participants from around the world with works covering a wide variety of genres associated with art and design, and this year’s exhibition includes a notable group of works that explores the body, performance and sexuality’. Melberg plans to present her large-scale installation I wish I wish I wish in vain, a room completely covered with thousands of beads, mirror tiles and glossy photographs. According to the artist, the installation constitutes ‘my personal interpretation of the tension between having control and losing control, and how vulnerable this edge can be’. Other participating artists include Sofie Alsbo, Claus Bjerre, Tom Bogaert, Gitte Broeng & Mikkel Damsbo. Curator: Helle Westergård, Exhibition coordinator, Charlottenborg Fonden.

NOK 5 000

Kari Steihaug

24 February – 6 June 2012
Kari Steihaug Artist

Kari Steihaug, from The Unfinished Ones. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Kari Steihaug (b.1962 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the organisers, the Spring Exhibition ‘features 69 participants from around the world with works covering a wide variety of genres associated with art and design, and this year’s exhibition includes a notable group of works that explores the body, performance and sexuality’. Steihaug will present a documentary project titled The Unfinished Ones, which she describes as focusing on ‘the poetry in imperfection and about directing attention to something failed and lost’. Other participating artists include Sofie Alsbo, Claus Bjerre, Tom Bogaert, Gitte Broeng & Mikkel Damsbo. Curator: Helle Westergård, Exhibition coordinator, Charlottenborg Fonden.

NOK 5 000

Mai Hofstad Gunnes

16 – 25 March 2012
Mai Hofstad Gunnes Artist

Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Bike and Bolex production still. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Mai Hofstad Gunnes (b.1977 in Lørenskog, Norway, lives and works in Brussel, Belgium) in an exhibition at Souterrain, a project space in Berlin, Germany. The artist will present her new 16mm film Bike and Bolex, which, according to the artist, ‘echoes her ongoing reflection on the construction of identity’. The film is constructed with footage by five women bicycling in circular paths while filming each other with Bolex cameras. Gunnes also plans to exhibit a new series of works on paper. Curator: Elke Giffeler, Founding member and curator of Souterrain, Berlin, Germany. 

NOK 5 000

Institute of Contemporary Art

3 April – 10 June 2012
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) --
Matias Faldbakken Artist

Matias Faldbakken, Television sculptures, Institute for Contemporary Arts 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Matias Faldbakken (b.1973 in Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the group exhibition ‘Remote Control’ at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, UK.  According to curator Matt Williams, the exhibition ‘offers an insight into the impact of television broadcasting on cultural and socio-political phenomena by looking at the physical shift in news and entertainment consumption, from the public social space of the cinema to the private and enclosed space of the home’. Faldbakken will contribute a new series of his ongoing container sculptures using empty flat screen TV boxes and plastic jugs (typically used for producing and distributing moonshine) as molds. Other participating artists include Bob Stanley, Experimental TV Center, Stephen Sutcliffe, Jonny Woo and Lucky PDF. Curator: Matt Williams, curator, Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, UK. 

NOK 9 903

Agnes Nedregard and Raquel Nicoletti

9 – 15 April 2012
Agnes Nedregård Artist
Raquel Nicoletti Artist

Support provided for the participation of the artists Agnes Nedregard (b.1975 in Lillehammer, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) and Raquel Nicoletti in the project ‘Route FMALE’ at the Sierra Centro de Arte in Sierra, Spain. The project is conceived as a series of interventions by female artists along a three kilometer trail in the landscape near the art centre. Nedregard and Nicoletti will collaborate on the project Carrying A Man, in which they will literally carry a man (in this case, the mayor of the town of Sierra has volunteered) along the route. The artists indicate that they ‘will make breaks in the journey for small ceremonies including cast objects of typical objects associated with females, for the man to choose from and leave along the route, meditating on his personal story of women who have been part of carrying him through his life’. Other artists include Laura Mars. Curator: Ruben Barosso, Co-Director, Arts Center Sierra, Sierra, Spain.

NOK 6 000

Ambulante A.C.

16 – 19 April 2012
Leif Magne Tangen
Ambulante Festival

Support provided for the participation of artist Leif Magne Tangen (b.1978, Reine, Norway, lives and works in Leipzig, Germany) in the 2012 Ambulante Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. Titled ‘The Space of Affections’ the festival consists of a curated programme of experimental and artists’ films along with a series of conversations and lectures. According to curator Eduardo Thomas, the programme ‘proposes a revision of the moment emerging in cinematic projection: a specific space-time, resulting form the process shared by the viewer and the artist, which effectively and affectively fosters our perception of reality, as much as it changes/transforms/disrupts the idea that we have of ourselves’. Tangen will take part in a panel discussion on the notion of projection in relation to cinematic images. Other participating artists include Maja Borg. Curator: Eduardo Thomas, Head of Programming, Ambulante Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico.

NOK 9 935

Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen

20 April – 17 June 2012
Eline Mugaas Artist
Elise Storsveen Artist

Support provided for a project by artists Eline Mugaas (b.1969 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Elise Storsveen (b.1969 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) at Kunsthalle Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland as part of the ongoing exhibition series ‘Human Valley’, curated by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera. The curators describe ‘Human Valley’ as a ‘one-year project for hybrid presentations of borderline topics in an area comprising three rooms inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's Une Femme Mariée with first an entrance like a provincial cineclub then a bedroom for two with books on bookshelves and also a projection room’. According to the artists, their project mirror the playful juxtapositions found in their zine ALBUM and address Scandinavian topics such as ‘nudity and the universe, desire and pet hold, melancholy, motherhood and lonely men’. Curator: Tristan Bera and Dominique Gonzalez-Forester, curators, ‘Human Valley’, Kunsthalle Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. 

NOK 22 254

Camilla Dahl

21 April 2012
Camilla Dahl Artist

Camilla Dahl, Diamonds of Eternity, from the performance at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2012.

Support provided for the participation of artist Camilla Dahl (b.1971 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) (as part of the artist collective Der Strich) in a performance at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany as part of the event ‘Long Night at the Museum’. The artists plan to present Diamonds of Eternity, which will consist of six meter long floating champagne bar held up by seven businessmen in suits. According to Der Strich, they are ‘focused on questioning gender identity and cliches in the form of group exhibition, events and performance’. Curator: Matthias Ulrich, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Main, Germany.

NOK 5 000

New Museum

23 April – 5 August 2012
New Museum Museum

Support provided for the participation of trans-activist Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad (b.1949 in Norway, lives and works in Grimstad, Norway) and scholar Mathias Danbolt (b.1983 in Norway, Copenhagen, Denmark) in a public programme in association with the project ‘Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently’ at the New Museum in New York, NY, USA. According to curator Eungie Joo, the project ‘explores “difference” as a way of being in the world, and how it represents a prospect of individual and collective empowerment, social and political enrichment, and freedom’. Pirelli Benestad and Danbolt will contribute to a two-day symposium organised by Carlos Motta and performance studies scholar Raegan Truax-O’Gorman. Other participants include Todd Shalom and Juan Betancourth, Jeannine Tang and Reina Gossett, and Jared Gilbert. Curator: Eungie Joo, curator, New Museum, NY, USA.

NOK 18 000

Maia Urstad

25 April – 24 May 2012
Maia Urstad Artist

Maia Urstad, MEANWHILE, IN SHANGHAI#1, Flandern Festival Kortrijk, Belgium, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Maia Urstad (b.1954 in Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in a project at singhur – hoergalerie within the Kunsthaus Meinblau in Berlin, Germany. Urstad will produce a sound installation titled Meanwhile in Shanghai #4, which she describes as ‘part of an ongoing series of works related to radio, time and location, carried out in various editions over recent years’. According to curators Carsten Seiffarth and Markus Steffens, Urstad’s project reflects her fascination with radio as an object, as a technology, as a source of sounds and as a means for globe-spanning communication’. Curator: Carsten Seiffarth, Artistic Director, Singhur-hærgalerie, Berlin, Germany.

NOK 4 000

Liv Dysthe Sønderland

5 May – 9 September 2012
Liv Dysthe Sønderland Curator
Pushwagner Artist
Asbjørn Hollerud Artist
Espen Dietrichson Artist
Stefan Mitterer Artist
Peter Mitterer Artist
Anna Christina Lorenzen Artist

Hariton Pushwagner, Getting Up, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Terje Brofoss, Pushwagner (b.1940 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Asbjørn Hollerud (b.1976 in Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway), Espen Dietrichson (b.1976 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Stefan Mitterer (b.1983 in Zell am See, Austria, lives and works in Bergen, Norway), Peter Mitterer (b.1982 in Zell am See, Austria, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) and Anna Christina Lorenzen (b.1981 in Hamburg, Germany, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in the 2012 Graphica Creativa International Print Triennial in Jyväskyla, Finland. Titled ‘Neighbors’, the triennial presents artists from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. According to curator Liv Dysthe Sønderland, the Norwegian artists included in the triennial produced graphic works with a tendency for the ‘surrealistic, absurd, or pushing beyond rationality’, while at the same time being ‘highly relevant because they are rooted in modern history and use common references’. Other participating artists include Kadri Alesmaa, Peeter Allik, Maija Albrecht,
Heli Kurunsaari, Yuri Belyj, Mikhail Karasik, Nina Bondeson and Eva Björkstrand. Curator: Liv Dysthe Sønderland, curator, Graphica Creativa 2012 International Print trienal, Jyväskyla, Finland.

NOK 20 000

Morten Andersen

15 – 25 May 2012
Morten Andersen Artist

Morten Andersen (2012A International Support recipient), from the Black and Blue series, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for a project by artist Morten Andersen (b.1965 in Lørenskog, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) at Lauba House in Zagreb, Croatia. Andersen plans to exhibit photographs from his recent publication Black and Blue, which he says explores ‘architectural details, graffiti, objects and vegetation that are often overseen but nevertheless important for the city of Oslo’s identity’. According to curator Vanja Zanka, Andersen’s project will help Croatians ‘understand the infrastructure and art system in Norway in order to develop long-term collaborations’. Curator: Vanja Zanka, curator, Lauba House, Zagreb Croatia. 

NOK 12 000

Greg Pope and John Hegre

18 – 20 May 2012
John Hegre Artist
Greg Pope Artist

Greg Pope, Cipher Screen. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Greg Pope (b.1960 in London, UK, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and John Hegre (b.1967 in Bergen, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in a series of screenings and performances at the San Francisco Cinematheque in San Francisco, CA, USA. Greg Pope plans to present Cipher Screen, a live art installation using two 16mm film projectors and a live sound feed produced by John Hegre. In describing Cipher Screen, Pope writes that ‘the constant, reductive physical process applied to the surface of the film loops results in a slow transformation on the screen surface; out of aural and visual darkness builds a cacophonous crescendo of sound and image’. In addition, a retrospective of Pope’s films will be screened, including War Film (2012), Art Prole Threat (2010), Shot Film (2009) and Shadow Trap (2007). Curator: Steve Polta, Artistic Director, San Fransisco Cinematheque, San Fransisco, USA.

NOK 10 000

Jonatan Habib Engqvist

18 May – 3 June 2012
Jonatan Habib Engqvist Curator
Steffen Håndlykken Artist
Linus Elmes Artist
Steingrimur Eyfjord Artist
Toril Goksøyr Artist
Camilla Martens Artist
Eirik Sæther
Arild Tveito Artist
Lars Cuzner Artist
Anders Nordby Artist

Support provided for the participation of artists Steffen Håndlykken (b.1981 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Linus Elmes (b.1972 in Skovde, Sweden, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Steingrimur Eyfjord (b.1954 in Reykjavik, Iceland, lives and works in Dale, Norway), Toril Goksøyr (b.1970 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Camilla Martens (b.1969 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Arild Tveito (b.1976 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Stian Eide Kluge (b.1977 in Oslo, lives and works Oslo, Norway), Lars Cuzner (b.1974 in Södertalje, Sweden, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Anders Nordby (b.1975 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Erik Saether (b.1983 in Halden, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the 2012 Reykjavik Arts Festival at multiple exhibition venues throughout Reykjavik, Iceland. According to curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist, the 2012 iteration of the festival, titled ‘(I)ndependent People, collaboration and artists initiatives’ will investigate collective activities in which ‘giving up the singular artistic subject creates the specific uncertainty that makes another, hybrid identity possible; where the in-between of collaboration can become a site for social and cultural change; “around identities”, between defined singularities’. Other participating artists include Jamie Stapleton, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, The Artist Formerly Known as Geist, AIM Europe and Wooloo. Curator: Jonatan Habib Engqvist, curator, Reykjavik Arts Festival 2012, Reykjavik, Iceland. 

NOK 96 000

Anders Kjellesvik and Andreas Siqueland

6 June – 1 July 2012
Anders Kjellesvik Artist
Andreas Siqueland Artist

Support provided for the participation of artists Anders Kjellesvik (b.1980 in Stord, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Andreas Siqueland (b.1973 in Oslo, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the exhibition TORINOver 012 at the Museum of Oriental Art in Torino, Italy—one of many regional institutions taking part in the exhibition. According to curator Elisa Lenhard, the ‘exhibition aims to present artistic work and experimentation executed while travelling, with the concept of travelling itself as an artistic practice’. Kjellesvik and Siqueland indicate that they plan ‘to make a new situation specific work that will relate to a museum outside the traditional contemporary art venue’. Other participating artists include Michele Dantini, Gosia Turzeniecka, Michael Hopfner, Emanuel Licha, Ilana Halperin, Cosimo Veneziano and Diego Canato. Curator: Elisa Lenhard, curator TORINOver 012, Torino, Italy.

NOK 4 000

Anders Smebye and Marianne Zamecznik

4 – 31 July 2012
Anders Smebye Artist
Marianne Zamecznik Artist

Support provided for a project by artists Anders Smebye (b.1975 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) and Marianne Zamecznik (b.1972 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) at Space for Art and Industry in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Smebye and Zamecznik—working together as B-Bastard—indicate they plan to ‘work closely with local company Duggal Visual Solutions to develop a holographic window foil’ as well as North Brooklyn Mill Works to collaborate on ‘building a freestanding wall which is to be placed in the middle of the room’. According to curator Marc Ganzglass, his interest in B-Bastard resulted from their ability to ‘consistently upend divisions between individual work, curatorial practice, communal art and educational programming’. Curator: Marc Ganzglass, Director, Space for Art and Industry, New York, USA.

NOK 12 000

Book & Hedén (Ingrid Book and Carina Hedén)

4 – 31 August 2012
Book & Hedén Artist

Book & Hedén, Soldiers UXO Clearance 1. Courtesy of the artists

Support provided for the participation of artists Book & Hedén (Ingrid Book b.1951 in Malmö, Sweden, lives and works in Oslo, Norway and Carina Hedén b.1948 in Mora, Sweden, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the exhibition ‘Extreme Crafts’ at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Germany. According to curators Ulrike Solbrig, Jole Wilcke and Hilde Methi, the exhibition seeks to ‘bring together current approaches in art that deal with the ethical and aesthetic dimension of craft and its potency as an idea in art’. Book & Hedén will exhibit two series of photographs: Soldiers UXO Clearance 1-7, in which they document ‘soldiers cleaning a landscape shaped by the military itself in order to give the landscape back to civil society as a nature reserve; and Produced Green, a series of images shot from a vehicle along Route E6, the main highway connecting Norway to Europe. Curators: Ulrike Solbrig, independent curator, Jole Wilcke, independent curator, Hilde Methi, independent curator for the Extreme Crafts, Freies Museum in Berlin, Germany.

NOK 10 000

Charlotte Nilsen, Geir Tore Holm, Kristin Tårnesvik and Hilde Methi

4 – 31 August 2012
Charlotte Nilsen Artist
Kristin Tårnesvik Artist
Hilde Methi
Geir Tore Holm

Charlotte Nilsen, from Tivoli Re-design, 2009–. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artists Charlotte Nilsen (b.1969 in Mehamn, Norway, lives and works in Tromsø, Norway), Geir Tore Holm (b.1966 in Trømsø, Norway, lives and works in Skiptvet, Norway), Kristin Tårnesvik ((b.1964 in Tromsø, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) and curator Hilde Methi (b.1970 in Kirkenes, Norway, lives and works in Kirkenes, Norway) in the exhibition ‘Extreme Crafts’ at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Germany. According to curators Ulrike Solbrig, Jole Wilcke and Hilde Methi, the exhibition seeks to ‘bring together current approaches in art that deal with the ethical and aesthetic dimension of craft and its potency as an idea in art’. Nilsen, Holm and Taarnesvik will present works that, according to Methi, ‘connect to issues of ethnicity, the “Sámi situation”, and indigenousness in different ways, as well as dealing with complexities around use of nature and resources’.  All of the artists will participate in lectures and discussions during the opening weekend of the exhibition. Other participating artists include Yvette Brackman, Kristinn G. Hardarson, Suwan Laimanee and Field Work. Curator: Ulrike Solbrig and Jole Wilcke, curators, and co-curator Hilde Methi, for Extreme Crafts, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany.

NOK 30 000

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

25 August – 22 September 2012
Aaron Bergman Curator
Alejandra Salinas Artist
Frido Evers Curator
Per-Oskar Leu Artist
Inger Wold Lund Artist

Frido Evers, tudamdamdam~dadudamdam, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for participation of artists Frido Evers (b.1980 in Mainleus, The Netherlands, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Per-Oskar Leu (b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Inger Wold Lund (b.1983 in Bergen, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in ‘The Library of INCA’ at the Institute for Neo-Connotative Action in Detroit, MI, USA. According to curators Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, the project is inspired by a ‘popular image of a tree growing out of the decaying remains of books in the ruined Detroit Public Schools Book Depository’. Evers will design and build a library structure. Lund will present a new version of her book project The State of Being Close Together or Side By Side. Leu plans to exhibit a revised version of his project titled The Trial and present a performance. Other participating artists include Cary Loren and Lina Persson. Curators: Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, curators, the Institute for Neo-Connotative Action in Detroit, USA. 

NOK 15 000

Anthea Buys

4 – 27 October 2012
Anthea Buys Curator
Pedro Gomez-Egana Artist
Magnhild Øen Nordahl Artist
Toril Johannessen Artist
Cameron MacLeod Artist

Magnhild Øen Nordhal, Statics, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artists Pedro Gomez-Egana (b.1976 in Colombia, Colombia, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Magnhild Øen Nordahl (b.1985 in Ulsteinvik, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway), Toril Johannessen (b.1978 in Harstad, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) and Cameron MacLeod (b.1975 in Halifax, Canada, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in the exhibition ‘Machine Worries/Machine Hearts’ at blank projects in Cape Town, South Africa. According to curator Anthea Buys, the exhibition brings together a ‘selection of contemporary artists on the theme of the possibility of empathy with machines and mechanical processes’. Buys participated in a residency at Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway during January 2012 where she met the artists included in the exhibition whose work resonated with her specific curatorial interests. A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. Other participating artists include James Webb, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Dineo Sheshee Bopape and Donna Kukama. Curator: Anthea Buys, Director, Contemporary Art Development Trust, South Africa. 

NOK 86 000

Karen Kipphoff

1 – 30 November 2012
Karen Kipphoff Artist

Karen Kipphoff, Worker and Farmgirl, Moscow, 2002. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of artist Karen Kipphoff (b.1958 in Hamburg, Germany, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) in the URRA Artist Residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to curator Melina Berkenwald, URRA ‘provides a platform dedicated to generate several necessary and innovative projects supporting and displaying contemporary culture, favouring the creation of international networks’. Kipphoff writes that her projects often focus ‘the presence, erasure, re-configuration and re-definition of monuments and public spaces as determined by historical events and political decisions’. She plans to use the urban environment of Buenos Aires to develop a new project, which will be exhibited at the end of her residency. Curator: Melina Berkenwald, Director, URRA, Artist Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NOK 7 000

Marte Eknæs

22 February – 17 March 2013
Marte Eknæs Artist

Marte Eknæs, Enhancement II, Installation view, Nomination exhibition, Statoil Art Award, 2011. Courtesy of the artist  

Support provided for the participation of artist Marte Eknæs (b.1978 in Elverum, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) in a project at Exilo, a non-profit art initiative in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Eknaes plans to produce a project that uses the structural strategies of the introductions to television series as a guiding format, which she describes as ‘a presentation of styles and atmosphere, like a surface or the façade of the plot that follows’. According to curators Nicolau Vergueiro and Pilar Wiley, Eknaes will use ‘Exilo’s site, the historic Broadway district in downtown LA, with all the myth that Hollywood can provide, in order to articulate notions of spatial history and represented narrative in a manner that illuminates her current explorations of the breaking point between sculpture and the moving image through her content analysis of television shows openings’. Curator: Nicolau Vergueiro og Pilar Wiley, running and curating, Exilo, LA, USA. 

NOK 8 000

International Support with 03–funding

Helga-Marie Nordby

7 – 29 June 2012
Helga-Marie Nordby Curator

Support provided to curator Helga-Marie Nordby for the participation of artists Bassam El Baroni (b.1974 in Egypt, lives and works in Alexandra, Egypt) and the Russian artist collective chto delat? in the exhibition ‘Reality’ at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway. According to the curators, the exhibition is ‘a reaction to and exploration of the state of our time – a discussion or rather an intellectual space where art and theory can be connected in order to practice how to map out theoretical landscapes around artistic desires, interests and ideas'. Other participating artists include Bini Adamczak, BADco., Jeremy Beaudry, Anna Daniell, Valentina Desideri, Miriam Haile, Nav Haq, Tara Mahapatra and Jet Pascua. Curators: Helga-Marie Nordby & Nicolas Siepen, for the exhibition ‘Reality’

NOK 8 000

Hordaland Art Centre

29 June – 31 December 2012
Hordaland Art Centre Art Center

Support provided to Hordaland Art Centre for the participation of Abdellah Karroum (b.1970 in Rif, Morocco, lives and works in Rabat, Morocco), Juan A. Gáitan (b.1973 in Bogota, Colombia, lives and works in Bogota) and Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (b.1980 in Accra, Ghana, lives and works in Accra) in ‘The Midsummer Night Collegium’ 2012 at Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, Norway. Structured as sessions, a seminar and an anthology, ‘The Midsummer Night Collegium’ uses the concept of the Midsummer Night as the title ‘evokes ideas of accumulation – accumulation of light, thoughts and discussion’. It is structured as a three-part project, where the participants will be present in Bergen in June and in October 2012. The project will result in an anthology publication. Other participating artists include Dóra Hegyi and Arne Skaug Olsen. Curator: Anne Szefer Karlsen, director, Hordaland Art Centre

NOK 20 000

The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts

27 September – 28 October 2012
The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts Artist association

Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Blue Shield, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts for the participation of artists Abbas Akhavan (b.1977 in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in Toronto Canada), Shahryar Nashat (b.1975 in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) and Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (b.1976 in Ghana, lives and works in Accra, Ghana) in ‘Material Information’, a group exhibition in multiple venues in Bergen, Norway. According to curator Juan Gáitan, the exhibition will ‘bring a set of contemporary art and craft practices together in order to present a multiple view on how objects of industry are collected, the kind of world that these collections signify, and how this idea of the world that emerges from these collections may help us better articulate a critique that attends to the scattered realities that take part in today’s globalised industrial networks’. Other participating artists include Goldin+Senneby, Iman Issa, Alex Morrison, Amalia Pica and Ola Vasiljeva. Curator: Juan Gáitan, for the exhibition ‘Material Information’.

NOK 10 000

Stiftelsen 3,14

1 October 2012 – 31 January 2013
Stiftelsen 3,14 Foundation

Cao Hui, Cow, 2007. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway for the participation of artists He Yunchang (b.1967 in Yunnan, China, lives and works in Beijing, China) Cao Hui (b.1968 in Kunming, China, lives and works in Beijing) and Feng Feng (b.1966 in China, lives and works in Guangzhou, China) for the participation in ‘My Gu Rou Pi’ at Stiftelsen 3,14, curated by Feng Boyi. According to the curator, ‘"My gu rou pi" refers to "my body". Artists have long been using the human body as subject matter for their work, a kind of direct and intense self-expression. Changes of time, the identification of, appeal for, and even the ideology about the human body are shown automatically in an unexpected way’. Curator: Feng Boyi, independent art curator and critic based in China

NOK 30 000