News : 2011/10

2011/10/29

International Support, Platform China and Wiels Residency Programmes upcoming deadline: 1 November 2011

Lina Viste Grønli: 'The Albaphet and Other Writings' installation shot. Wiels Contemporary Art Centre 15–30 January 2011. Courtesy of Wiels Contemporary Art Centre

OCA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

International Support
Platform China Residency Programme, Beijing, China
Wiels Residency Programme, Brussels, Belgium

Deadline: 1 November 2011

www.oca.no

International Support
OCA is currently accepting applications for the Fourth Quarter Application Review for International Support. Forms are due 1 November 2011. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit entities. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad.

The objective for support is to foster the professional consideration and exhibition of Norwegian art abroad, innovative artistic production, and a creative process of dialogue and collaboration within the spectrum of contemporary cultural practice. OCA's International Support Programme aims to enable international institutions and international curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with individual artists, art groups and professionals to convey the critical initiatives behind their production. OCA also finds it important to provide artists, art professionals, curators, and cultural producers the possibility to network professionally within the international arts community. OCA also stimulates research, programme development and initiatives that further invigorate the interest in contemporary art production taking place within Norway and by Norwegian artists working abroad.

Platform China Residency Programme
In collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, China, OCA offers two studio residencies, for an artist or a curator at Platform China Beijing Residency Programme. The first one from 1 April until 31 May 2012 and the second from 1 September until 31 October 2012. Applicants must be Norwegian citizens, or live and work in Norway. Please notice that residency is not available for BA or MA students. The applications will be accessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about the Platform China Residency.

Wiels Residency Programme  *NEW DEADLINE*
In 2012 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist, at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The duration of the programme is nine months, from 1 April until 31 December 2012. 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. Click here to read more about the Wiels Residency Programme .

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

2011/10/26

Elmgreen & Dragset and Nils Bech at Performa 11

OCA ANNOUNCES

Happy Days in the Art World
a Performa Commission by Elmgreen and Dragset
1 November 19:30
3 November 19:30
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

and

Look Inside
Nils Bech with Bendik Giske and Sergei Tcherepnin
presented in conjunction with Performa 11
11 November 19:00
New Museum

Performa 11, New York, NY, USA

About Happy Days in the Art World
The artists Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset) will present a theatrical performance titled Happy Days in the Art World in the opening days of the festival. Commissioned by Performa, the play is ‘a darkly comic self-portrait of the two artists', drawing references from Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961). The play tells the story of two main characters, played by actors Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards, directed by Toby Frow. According to Performa's founding director and curator RoseLee Goldberg, 'the characters use a droll sensibility to unveil their personal history together, their experience of being a “single work of art”, and their fears about what will happen to their substantial art careers when they break up’. In the tradition of Beckett’s absurdist theater, the production will take place on a traditional proscenium stage with minimal sets designed by the artists. Happy Days in the Art World will also feature a cameo by the artists themselves, and will expand on the artists’ ironic take on contemporary art and the art world’s intrigue with celebrity in general.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Hyatt Mannix, Press and Marketing Assistant, Performa, or Ashley Tickle, Press and Marketing Manager, Performa.

About the artists
Michael Elmgreen
(b.1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b.1969, Trondheim, Norway) live and work in Berlin and have been collaborating since 1995. Their work explores the relationship between art, architecture and design through a wide range of installations, performances and environmental works. Through the last decade, they have been showing their works in numerous institutions including Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, MCA Chicago, New Museum, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Hamburger Bahnhof, MMK Frankfurt, Louisiana Museum, Moderna Museet, Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthalle Zürich. In 2009 they were officially representing Norway at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

About Look Inside
Presented at the New Museum in collaboration with Art Since the Summer of '69 and Rhizome, Look Inside is based on Nils Bech's upcoming album, which includes collaborations with Bendik Giske (saxofone and electronics) and Sergei Tcherepnin (piano and electronics). According to curator Hanne Mugaas, ʻthe songs are a retrospective of sorts, of the chronology of events of the last six months which include Bech meeting and breaking up with his boyfriend, as well as figuring out how to be able to keep doing what he always knew he loved: performing and making artʼ.

About Nils Bech
Nils Bech
is a singer who focuses on the performative aspects of music. A key actor in the Norwegian art and music scene, he has participated in exhibitions of contemporary art both in Norway and internationally, as well as performing with his band, Nils Bech, with musician Bendik Giske, at a wide variety of festivals. Bech combines sparse a capella versions of contemporary and classical music with electronica, in a conceptual stage show laced with cabaret, contemporary dance and sculptural elements.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Hanne Mugaas.

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2011/10/17

`The State of Things' closing lecture: `The Experience of Defeat' by T.J. Clark

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES

The Experience of Defeat

a lecture by T.J. Clark

Thursday 17 November, 18:00
Auditorium Santa Margherita, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, Venice

www.oca.no
OCA Channel

The Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), as commisioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce The Experiene of Defeat, a lecture by art historian T.J. Clark as part of 'The State of Things'. Following previous contributions by Jaques Rancière, Leo Bersani, Vandana Shiva, Jan Egeland, Eyal Weizman, Judith Butler, Franco Berardi and Saskia Sassen, T.J. Clark’s lecture will be the closing event of 'The State of Things', a programme that for six months has brought to the Venice Biennale a discussion of the urgent issues affecting the world today.

About the lecture
The Left in advanced capitalist countries has lived for the past two decades looking failure square in the face. The disappearance of a Left alternative from the space of politics, or even from the space of political imagination, remains the great fact of our time. Taking its title from Christopher Hill's great study of radical writing after the English Civil War, this lecture is concerned with the Left's sense of progress. It asks what it could mean to a Left politics for it no longer to consider itself 'on the side of history': not to imagine its task, in other words, as the realisation of the baulked potentials of capitalism and/or modernity, not to see its eventual victory written into the DNA of an economic order, not to posit some version of utopia – not, in a word, to 'have the future in its bones'. Is a Left with no future a contradiction in terms? If not the future, then what? Is it only the Right that can (imaginatively, politically) dispense with the myth of freedom waiting to be realised – freedom at last  in full possession of a technics? What aims and imagery might there be for an 'un-modernity' to come?

About T.J. Clark
T.J. Clark (b.1943, Bristol, UK, lives and works in London, UK) has until last year held the George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair as Professor of Art History at UC Berkeley in California. His writings on art history throughout the 1970s and 80s single-handedly redefined the history of modernism internationally. His books include The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France, 1848–51 and Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (both 1973); The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1985); Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999); Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (co-written with Iain Boal, Joseph Matthews and Michael Watts under the name Retort, 2005) and The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006).

About The State of Things
'The State of Things' is a series of public lectures that is held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the 'state of things' today, drawing from the speakers' fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway's representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway's representation at the 54th  International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

*The lectures are free and open to everyone. They are also available through live streaming and later archived on OCA’s website. A publication compiling all the papers will be published upon the completion of the programme in 2012.


'The State of Things' has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.

2011/10/06

Saskia Sassen upcoming lecture as part of `The State of Things' / Norway at La Biennale di Venezia

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES

When the Acute Challenges of Our Epoch Materialise in Cities
a lecture by Saskia Sassen

Thursday 20 October, 17:30

Aula Tafuri, Palazzo Badoer, Università Iuav di Venezia, Calle della Lacca, San Polo 2468, Venice

www.oca.no
OCA Channel

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce When the Acute Challenges of Our Epoch Materialise in Cities, a lecture by Saskia Sassen within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’.

About When the Acute Challenges of Our Epoch Materialise in Cities
Cities have long been sites for conflicts, including wars, racism, religious hatred and exclusion of the poor. And yet, while national states have historically responded to these conflicts by militarising them, cities have tended to triage conflict through commerce and civic activity. Major developments in the current global era signal that cities are losing this capacity, as they become sites for a whole range of new types of conflicts, such as asymmetric war, urban violence and acute environmental challenges. Further, the dense and conflictive urban spaces, overwhelmed by inequality and injustice, can become the sites for a variety of secondary, more anomic types of conflicts, from drug wars to the major environmental disasters looming in our immediate futures. New calls for ‘intelligent cities’ with massive installations of closed technical systems supervised by private firms further weaken the civic, displacing political functions onto privately controlled structures. All of these factors challenge the traditional commercial and civic capacity that has allowed cities to avoid war more often than not when confronted with conflict, and to incorporate diversity of class, culture, religion and ethnicity. We need to bring back all these variables and work at the making of an ‘open source’ urbanism.

About Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen (b.1949, The Hague, the Netherlands, lives and works in New York, USA) is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee of Global Thought, at Columbia University. She is the author of many books on migration and transnational movement, including The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (1991), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2006, published in Italian by Bruno Mondadori in 2008) and A Sociology of Globalization (2005, published in Italian by Einaudi in 2008). For more information, please visit www.saskiasassen.com

The lecture is free and open to everyone. Simultaneous translation to Italian will be available.
The lecture will be streamed live through the Università Iuav di Venezia website. The recordings of the lectures in the series 'The State of Things' are subsequently stored in the audiovisual archive on OCA's website. A publication compiling all the papers will be published upon the completion of the programme in January 2012.

Map to the venue:


‘The State of Things’ – Upcoming Autumn Lecture

Lecture no.10:
T.J. Clark – The Experience of Defeat


Date and Time: Thursday, 17 November / 18:00
Location: Auditorium Santa Margherita, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, Venice

About ‘The State of Things’
'The State of Things' is a series of public lectures that is held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the 'state of things' today, drawing from the speakers' fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway's representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway's representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

'The State of Things' has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.