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2012/05/22

dOCUMENTA (13) notebook no 067: `Hannah Ryggen'

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OCA ANNOUNCES

HANNAH RYGGEN
Edition no 067 in the notebook series
100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
published by dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz

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OCA announces the release of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook, Hannah Ryggen, as authored by OCA’s director Marta Kuzma. Numbered sixty-seven (067) in a series of one hundred notebooks entitled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, the publication is dedicated to a thought essay around the work, production, and political inclination of the Swedish-Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen. The notebook includes illustrations of Ryggen’s tapestries, personal notes, a textile dye recipe, letters, and sketches from a workbook belonging to Hannah Jönsson, (Ryggen´s maiden name).

According to the notebook’s author, Ryggen, ‘with a sense of public-mindedness, completed her tapestries around political themes marking a shift away from a general treatment of tapestry as a mere applied art form that conventionally effaced politics to convey with a sense of authenticity, immediacy, and contingency, the unfolding of a precarious socio-political landscape of her time’.

Hannah Ryggen was born in Malmø, Sweden in 1894, but lived most of her life on a small farm in Ørland, Norway, and was married to the Norwegian painter Hans Ryggen. Educated as a teacher, Ryggen studied painting under the Danish painter Fredrik Krebs. A self-taught weaver, she had a solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm during 1962 and exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 1964. She died in Trondheim in 1970.

This notebook was made possible with the additional editorial support of Tonja Boos, OCA’s research and programme coordinator. Lenders of images and materials for the notebook include: National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; The Hannah Ryggen Archive at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim; Hannah Ryggen Archive at Special Collection, NTNU University Library, Trondheim; Hannah Ryggen Archive at Yrjar Heimbygdslag, Ørland.

Hannah Ryggen
Introduction by Marta Kuzma, texts by Hannah Ryggen
Series: dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notizen - 100 Gedanken No 067
German/English
2012. 48 pp., 27 ills.
ISBN 978-3-7757-2916-1
Available in printed and e-book editions from Hatje Cantz

About the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts notebooks series
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.
A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind in a prologue state, in a pre-public arena. A space for intimacy and not yet of criticism, dOCUMENTA (13) is publishing the unpublishable, the voice—and the reader is our alibi and ally. Note taking encompasses witnessing, drawing, writing, and diagrammatic thinking; it is speculative, manifests a preliminary moment, a passage, and acts as a memory aid. 
With contributions by authors from a range of disciplines, such as art, science, philosophy and psychology, anthropology, economic- and political theory, language- and literature studies, as well as poetry, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts constitutes a space of dOCUMENTA (13) to explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of re-imagining the world. In its cumulative nature, this publication project is a continuous articulation of the emphasis of dOCUMENTA (13) on the propositional, underlining the flexible mental moves to generate space for the possible. Thoughts, unlike statements, are always variations: this is the spirit in which these notebooks are proposed. 
The notebooks, designed by Leftloft, have been published from March 2011 in three different formats, 16 to 48 pages, in English and German.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)’s Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev together with Agent, Member of Core Group, and Head of Department Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke. Among the authors to date include: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Matias Faldbakken, Kenneth Goldsmith, Erkki Kurenniemi, Christoph Menke, Thomas Mann & Theodor W. Adorno, Griselda Pollack,  Suely Roelnik, Ian Wallace, among others. 

2012/05/22

dOCUMENTA (13) notebook no 035: Matias Faldbakken / 'SEARCH'

OCA is pleased to announce the publication of SEARCH by Matias Faldbakken as part of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts.

no 035: Matias Faldbakken 
SEARCH
For SEARCH, novelist and artist Matias Faldbakken went into the log of his different hard drives and extracted parts of his Google search histories. The search phrases are printed chronologically according to when they were typed into the search box. The texts are largely based on image searches. In many respects they show the verbal semi-absurd foundation for the artist's image production: they are partly his notes, partly his research. These search-word texts are almost like automatic writing: unconscious (or accidental) text production. They allow the reader to witness part of his working process and could be seen as a cross section of his thinking. The texts occupy a space in between the artist's visual and textual production, ending up here as a form of (concrete) poetry.

About Matias Faldbakken
Matias Faldbakken (b.1973, Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has exhibited widely internationally and within Norway. His most recent exhibitions were held at the Power Station in Dallas, TX, USA, at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany and at the Neue Achener Kunstverein in Aachen, Germany.

About dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) together with Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations. The notebooks appear in three different formats (A6, A5, B5) and range from 16 to 48 pages in length. Contributors hail from diverse fields – art, science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, political theory, literature, and poetry. Matias Faldbakken is part of a list of authors that includes György Lukács, Suely Rolnik, Franco Berardi, Vandana Shiva, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Salvador Dalí and Ignacio Vidal-Folch, Chus Martínez, Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arjun Appadurai, Cornelius Castoriadis, Griselda Pollock, Donna Haraway, Pamela M. Lee, William Kentrige, Erkki Kurenniemi, Walter Benjamin and Nikola Doll, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, together with Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group, Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke. The 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series is launched at various places and in various moments, each accompanied by a discussion on the nature and the aim of this publications project. You can acquire individual notebooks or subscribe to the entire series of 100 notebooks in both printed and e-book editions at www.hatjecantz.de/documenta13.

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In Oslo you can acquire the notebooks at Torpedo Bookshop.


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2012/05/22

dOCUMENTA (13) notebook no 040: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev / `On the Destruction of Art—Or Conflict and Art, or Trauma and the Art of Healing'

In anticipation of the opening of dOCUMENTA (13) on 6 June in Kassel, OCA announces On the Destruction of Art—Or Conflict and Art, or Trauma and the Art of Healing by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev published in Spring 2012, as part of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts.

According to the dOCUMENTA (13) summary, 'Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev reflects on the historical as well as personal notion of destruction and art, as well as on the potential healing power that art can have. Guiding us through a web of etymological, historical, philosophical, personal, and art historical references, she takes the reader from Melanie Klein’s thinking about the dyadic relationship between mother and child and Walter Benjamin’s reflection on Klee’s Angelus Novus, to object studies starting with Man Ray’s metronomes, his Objects of Destruction, and Lee Miller’s photographs from the end of World War II, to Gustav Metzger’s “Manifesto of Auto-Destruction,” to melted objects from the Beirut National Museum and the blown-up Bamiyan Buddhas, which are accompanied by Michael Petzet’s report of ICOMOS’s response to the destroyed monuments, followed by artworks by Michael Rakowitz and drawings with poems by Anna Boghiguian, in addition to a postscript by art historian Dario Gamboni on the destruction of art, the concept of 'world heritage', and the legislation around it. For Christov-Bakargiev, 'the sphere of art is poised on the edge of the private and of history, and becomes the location where one can experiment the possibilities of being on the edge of the anthropocentric, where the rubble lies.' Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (*1957) is Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).'

About dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) together with Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations. The notebooks appear in three different formats (A6, A5, B5) and range from 16 to 48 pages in length. Contributors hail from diverse fields – art, science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, political theory, literature, and poetry. Matias Faldbakken is part of a list of authors that includes György Lukács, Suely Rolnik, Franco Berardi, Vandana Shiva, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Salvador Dalí and Ignacio Vidal-Folch, Chus Martínez, Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arjun Appadurai, Cornelius Castoriadis, Griselda Pollock, Donna Haraway, Pamela M. Lee, William Kentrige, Erkki Kurenniemi, Walter Benjamin and Nikola Doll, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, together with Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group, Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke. The 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series is launched at various places and in various moments, each accompanied by a discussion on the nature and the aim of this publications project. You can acquire individual notebooks or subscribe to the entire series of 100 notebooks in both printed and e-book editions at www.hatjecantz.de/documenta13.

www.documenta.de

In Oslo you can acquire the notebooks at Torpedo Bookshop.

2012/05/18

`(I)ndependent People: Collaboration and Artists Initiatives', Reykjavík Art Festival 2012, Iceland

The Leyline Project; Steingrimur Eyfjjörd, Ulrika Sparre and the cat Snudur at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. Courtesy of the artists

OCA ANNOUNCES

Participation in '(I)ndependent People:
Collaboration and Artists Initiatives'
at the Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012
Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Exhibition Dates: 18 May–3 June 2012
Opening Ceremony: Friday 18 May, 18:00


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Curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist has invited Steffen Håndlykken, Stian Eide Kluge, Toril Goksøyr, Camilla Martens, Steingrimur Eyfjord, Arild Tveito, Anders Nordby, Eirik Sæther and UKS to take part in the exhibition entitled '(I)ndependent People: Collaboration and Artists Initiatives' as part of the Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012. Taking place in multiple exhibition venues throughout Reykjavík and focusing on contemporary visual art from the Nordic and Baltic region, '(I)ndependent People' inquires, according to the curator, 'if and how collaboration can operate in a continual negotiation between contesting ideas and desires, yet allowing unplanned and transformative action'. Habib Engqvist further says that some of the many projects that will be realised during the course of the exhibition will have 'uncertain' outcomes. 'By putting the 'I' in parenthesis and giving up the authorship of a singular artistic Subject, a specific uncertainty is created and another, hybrid identity is made possible. The in-between state of such collaboration can become a site for social and cultural change. This temporary in-between space created in Reykjavík will serve as a platform for ideas yet to be imagined, examined and constructed. It's a position that can be portrayed as ambiguous and indefinable, but these very qualities often make contemporary art worth putting our hopes in'.

The official opening of the Reykjavik Art Festival will take place in Harpa concert hall on Friday 18 May at 18.00. The exhibitions as part of '(I)ndependent People' open on Saturday 19 May, accompanied by performances and seminars – and a series of events throughout the summer.

For press inquiries and more information on this exhibition, please contact Kristín Scheving, Reykjavík Arts Festival, or Edda Sigurjónsdottir or Dorothée Kirch, Icelandic Art Center.

About the artists
'(I)ndependent People' is an extensive project that brings together 29 artist-collectives with the collaboration of over 100 participants. Steffen Håndlykken and Stian Eide Kluge represent the Oslo-based artist-run gallery 1857; the UKS have been invited with their editorial project 'No Gods No Parents'; Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens are better known as the duo Goksøyr & Martens; Steingrimur Eyfjord will participate as part of 'The Leyline Project'; Arild Tveito, Anders Nordby and Erik Saether constitute the artist collective Institutt for Degenerert Kunst.

OCA Support
These individuals and collectives have been supported by OCA's International Support Programme.


Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2012/05/11

Crispin Gurholt at the 11th Havana Biennial

A former theatre building in Havana serves as the venue for Crispin Gurholt's installation project. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

THE PARTICIPATION OF CRISPIN GURHOLT
IN THE 11TH HAVANA BIENNIAL, HAVANA, CUBA


Exhibition Dates: 11 May–11 June 2012
Official opening of the exhibition spaces: Friday 11 May, 10:00
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Crispin Gurholt has been invited by curator Jorge Fernández Torres to produce a new installation in relation to an ongoing series of works entitled 'Live Photo' at the 11th Havana Biennial. Organised under the theme of 'Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries', the biennial will, according to Fernández 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'. Torres further says that 'it is essential to listen to the noise on the street; we must devise a way to leave the sacred sites of the big museums, gallery circuits or international events to think about the passer-by, he who is left out of the specialised circuits, to work for the site-specific, time-specific and public-specific'. In this context, Gurholt will produce a work within a former theatre building located in the Vedado district in Havana.

For press inquiries and more information on this exhibition, please contact Michele Nunez.

About Crispin Gurholt
Crispin Gurholt (b.1965 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) graduated from the New York University S.C.E. Film School, New York, NY, USA and the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo. His work has been presented at, among others, Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo; Nordnorsk Art Museum, Tromsø, Norway and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.

OCA Support
Crispin Gurholt's participation in the 11th Havana Biennial supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in countries designated by the MFA.

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