News : 2013/01

2013/01/30

London launch of Verksted #14: `The State of Things´

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
ANNOUNCES THE LONDON LAUNCH OF

Verksted #14: The State of Things

Thursday 31 January 2013 / 18:00

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA


www.oca.no
www.csm.arts.ac.uk

OCA announces the London launch of the publication The State of Things, a collection of essays by philosophers, activists and art theorists addressing the standpoint of the day and its artistic conjuncture. The essays, written by Jacques RancièreLeo BersaniVandana ShivaJan EgelandFawaz GergesEyal WeizmanJudith Butler, Franco BerardiSaskia Sassen and TJ Clark, offer historical perspectives on issues such as human rights, urban development and peace-making, and study recent responses to these conditions through new modes of subjectivity and direct action.

The London launch has been organised by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University, in conjunction with Howard Caygill’s lecture ‘Philosophy and the Black Panthers’ at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. This lecture is the first of a series organised in collaboration with the MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins.

About the book
The State of Things is the result of a series of lectures delivered by the authors as part of Norway’s official representation in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2011, within the programme of the same title. These lectures, organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway throughout the duration of the Biennale at key public institutions in Venice such as Università Iuav di Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, attempted to think through the world’s current situation and, simultaneously, explore alternative models for national representation within the Biennale, focusing on discourse production, critical thought and pedagogy. The ten essays are accompanied by an afterword by Angela Vettese, director of the Visual Arts Department of the Faculty of Design and Arts at Università Iuav di Venezia.

The State of Things is edited by OCA’s Director Marta Kuzma, OCA’s Associate Curator and lecturer at Central Saint Martins Pablo Lafuente and CRMP's Director Peter Osborne, curators of ‘The State of Things’ programme.

The State of Things is publication no.14 in the ongoing OCA's Verksted series. It is published by OCA and Koenig Books, in collaboration with the Course in Visual Arts at the Università Iuav di Venezia, and with the support of Fritt Ord. It is available in bookstores internationally, directly from OCA or the Koenig Books website.

About Norway's official representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
‘The State of Things’, a series of public lectures held throughout the Biennale period, constituted Norway’s official representation at the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale together with ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, an MA course delivered by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. Invited for the occasion as Guest Professor for the Graduate Programme of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia, Melgaard looked at the history and present of the AIDS crisis and its reflection within contemporary art and discourse, and included Leo Bersani as a Guest Lecturer into the programme.

The lecture and book launch are free, but please register at crmep@kingston.ac.uk in order to gain access to the building. For more information on the book, please contact Antonio Cataldo, OCA’s Senior Programme Coordinator.

2013/01/28

OCA Semesterplan – Winter 2013: Lecture by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Issa Samb, Famille de Ouakam (The Ouakam Family), 2000. Courtesy of the artist

Norsk versjon

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES  

‘Senghor’s Philosophy and Politics of African Art’
A lecture by philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne

within OCA’s programme: 
‘On Négritude: A Series of Lectures on the Politics of Art Production in Africa’

Friday, 22 February / 19:00
Live audio streaming 

OCA is hosting philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne within the International Studio Programme. During his stay in Oslo, Diagne will present ‘Senghor’s Philosophy and Politics of African Art’, a lecture at OCA on Friday 22 February 2013, at 19:00, as part of ‘On Négritude: A Series of Lectures on the Politics of Art Production in Africa’. The programme, which started at OCA in autumn 2012 focuses on the influence of the négritude movement and its political and cultural legacy in the continent. The series of events are part of a research project around the seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb and the Laboratoire Agit-Art, and are made possible with O3-funds*.

About the lecture
The oeuvre of Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) known as négritude was highly concerned with African art and the philosophy it expresses, namely a philosophy of vital force and rhythm. In presenting what Senghor as a philosopher and a poet has labeled ‘Negro-African Aesthetics’, Diagne will examine the way in which this subject was translated into the cultural policy he put in place while he was the president of Senegal, from 1960 to 1980. This analysis will be pursued in order to discuss the influence of Senghor’s cultural policy on Senegalese art.

About the programme ‘On Négritude: A Series of Lectures on the Politics of Art Production in Africa’ 
‘On Négritude: A Series of Lectures on the Politics of Art Production in Africa’ is a programme that during the autumn and winter of 2012–13 is exploring the history of cultural production in the continent. The first lecture in the programme was presented by Salah Hassan, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture at Cornell University on Monday 29 October 2012, under the title ‘The Conceptual Turn and the Postcolonial Moment in Africa: Laboratoire Agit-Art in Context’. The lecture contextualised the work of the Dakar-based Laboratoire Agit-Art within the rise of the postcolonial critique in post-independence Africa and the emergency of Conceptualism in art globally.

The second lecture, on 14 November 2012, was delivered by writer, filmmaker and cultural theorist Manthia Diawara. The presentation, ‘African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics’, read the history of African film through the lens of négritude, a political and intellectual current he traced to recent and contemporary developments.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER 
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
is a philosopher and a Professor of French at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. He works in the areas of the history of logic, the history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature, and is the author, among other titles, of Boole, l’oiseau de nuit en plein jour (Paris: Belin, 1989), Comment Philosopher en Islam (Paris: Panama, 2008), Islam and the Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (Dakar: Codesria, 2011) and African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude (Calcutta, London and New York: Seagull, 2011). His latest book, Bergson postcolonial: L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011. He is the co-director of the journal Éthiopiques, and a member of UNESCO’s Council of the Future.

*ABOUT O3–FUNDS    
This programme is supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professionals in countries designated by the MFA. The purpose of the O3–funds as allocated to OCA is to contribute to the development of the work of artists, independent cultural producers and organisations located in designated 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’, ‘seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries’, and ‘project development on an international scale’.

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2013/01/24

Bente Stokke at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

Bente Stokke, Right hand drawing, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Drawing in Space’
A Solo Exhibition by Bente Stokke
at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germay

Curator: Ferdinand Ullrich

Exhibition Dates: 3 February–7 April 2013
Opening: Sunday 3 February / 11:00

www.kunst-in-recklinghausen.de

Ferdinand Ullrich, curator at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, has invited artist Bente Stokke to present a solo exhibition from 3 February to 7 April 2013. The exhibition, titled ‘Drawing in Space’, which will occupy three floors in the kunsthalle, consists of drawings from the early 1980s until today. According to the curator, Stokke’s drawings are always ‘an action and physical movement as the immediate expression of a cerebral movement that does not want to hold onto the classical manifestations of the genre. The drawing is more an idea rather than a work that allows itself to be reduced to a material aspect’. The artist herself adds that ‘traces of action performed according to rules and conditions – time, motion and space can be read in the drawings’. The comprehensive catalogue Bente Stokke projects 1982–2012, presenting an overview of the complete works of the artist, is published parallel to the exhibition at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.

For press inquiries and more information, please contact Kunsthalle Recklinghausen's Hans-Jürgen Schwalm.

About the artist
Bente Stokke (b.1952 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo and Berlin, Germany) received her education from the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (now Oslo National Academy of the Arts); Camberwell College of Art, London, UK; Royal College of Art, London and Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has presented solo exhibitions in venues such as Bergen Kunstforening, Bergen, Norway; Galleri F15, Moss, Norway; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, USA; Center for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej), Warsaw, Poland; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo and Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway. Her works can be seen in public spaces such as the University of London; College of Science and Technology, London; Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, Trondheim, Norway and in the Dovrefjell-Sundalsfjella National Park, Hjerkinn, Norway. Her works feature in the collections of the Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Arts Council Norway; Malmö Art Museum; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Preus Museum, Horten, Norway; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, among others. In 1993 Stokke was part of the Nordic Pavilion at the 45th Venice Biennale, Italy. She is currently a professor in drawing at the Weissensee Art Academy Berlin, a position she has held since 2005.


OCA Support

Bente Stokke’s solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen is 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.

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2013/01/18

International Support, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and ISCP New York Upcoming deadline: 1 February 2013

Installation view of 'If You Want It You Can Get It For the Rest of Your Life. (Truth Is What Works.)' curated by Erlend Hammer, ISCP curator resident September–November 2012. Courtesy of the curator

OCA ANNOUNCES
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
International Artist and Curatorial Studio Programmes (ISCP), USA

Deadline: 1 February 2013

www.oca.no/grants

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
OCA administers the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel grant scheme in order to facilitate Norwegian contemporary art’s international position and strengthen its visibility abroad. We are currently accepting applications for the first quarter application review for International Support. Forms are due by 1 February 2013. 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 applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.

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.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. The upcoming 1 February 2013 deadline applies to Künstlerhaus Bethanien and ISCP New York City. Click here to read more about OCA's International Residency Programmes.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
In 2013–14 OCA offers a twelve-month residency programme for an artist at the International Studio Programme Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, from 1 December 2013 until 15 November 2014. 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. Click here to read more about Künstlerhaus Bethanien. 

ISCP New York City
In collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York, OCA offers two studio grants – one for a Norwegian artist and one for a Norwegian curator – at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. The artist residency has the duration of one year, from 1 September 2013 until 15 August 2014. The curatorial residency has a duration of 3 months, from 1 September until 30 November 2013. Only Norwegian citizens are eligible for these grants. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about ISCP New York City.

For more information, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.


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.

2013/01/17

Edvard Munch and Lene Berg at the 55th Venice Biennale

Edvard Munch, Samfundslære, årsak og virkning (Social Studies, Cause and Effect), Caricature: Lithographic crayon on paper, 1910. © Munch Museum / BONO 2012. Courtesy Munch Museum, Oslo

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BEWARE OF THE HOLY WHORE: 
EDVARD MUNCH AND THE DILEMMA OF EMANCIPATION

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa 
Galleria di Piazza San Marco 
San Marco 71/c 
30124 Venice, Italy 

31 May–22 September 2013 

www.oca.no

'Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch and the Dilemma of Emancipation' is a project organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, as the official Norwegian representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2013. The exhibition, which includes a series of rarely exhibited works by Edvard Munch in addition to a newly commissioned film by Lene Berg, revolves around emancipation as an issue always vexed with contradiction – between the realm of freedom and the consequences of the isolation that often accompany the pursue of a qualitatively different, ‘alternative’ life. In his Essay on Liberation, Herbert Marcuse notes that the striving toward a ‘new sensibility’ involves a psychedelic, narcotic release from the rationality of an established system, as well as from the logic that attempts to change that system. Such new sensibility, which resides in the gap between the existing order and true liberation, might lead to a radical transformation – and in this shift art functions as a technique through which to reconstruct reality from its illusion, its imitation, its harmony, towards a matter not yet given, still to be realised. 

The impulse to operate in the margins – on the outside trying to break in or on the inside redefining the context – is one of the key driving forces in the history of art, and is also at the centre of 'Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch and the Dilemma of Emancipation'. The exhibition, curated by Marta Kuzma, Director, OCA, Angela Vettese, President, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and Pablo Lafuente, Associate Curator, OCA, will bring together rarely exhibited works from the collection of the Munch Museum in Oslo with Lene Berg’s new film Ung Løs Gris (Dirty Young Loose, 2013), in order to explore the relationship between art, its social context and changing gender relationships, both in the age of emancipation in which Munch lived and today.

At the beginning of the 20th century, sexual norms and traditional gender roles were questioned amid new psychological theories of sex and politics and a struggle for women’s equality. Challenged by such developments, Munch faced the alienation that characterised the Christiania Bohemia, a society bidding for emancipation but trapped in ‘reality’, struggling between two options: assimilating shared values, or going beyond them in order to construct a new frame for perception. Munch’s emphatic treatment of these themes from 1902 to 1908, before entering the asylum, reflected an internal ambiguity and anguish. Munch described this period as an ‘eternal civil war’, after which his work moved to a more distanced treatment of subjects, in social caricatures in which he offers an ironic critique of an increasingly capitalist and permissive society. In Social Studies: Cause and Effect, made shortly after, Munch also reflected upon the conditions of artistic production and its reception, via patronage, sales, criticism and public opinion, opening new dimensions for his work, from a psychological perspective into social and historical realms.

These issues are echoed in Lene Berg’s Dirty Young Loose, a film that concentrates on three stereotypical characters who are interrogated about their roles as either victims or perpetrators in a complex situation. The film explores the interpretation of human behaviour based on preconceived concepts and established norms. Just like the exhibition as a whole, the film presents the deconstruction of an original scene which functions as a catalyst for a revision of the politics of liberation, of gender struggle and of internal conflict – the dilemma of emancipation.

For further information on this project, please contact Antonio Cataldo, OCA’s Senior Programme Coordinator.

‘Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch and the Dilemma of Emancipation’ will take place from 31 May to 22 September 2013 at Galleria di Piazza San Marco of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. It is made possible by the support of Fritt Ord and with the cooperation of the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Edvard Munch, Samfundslære, årsak og virkning (Social Studies, Cause and Effect), Caricature: Lithographic crayon on paper, 1910. © Munch Museum / BONO 2012. Courtesy Munch Museum, Oslo

2013/01/11

Nils Bech at Arnolfini, Bristol and ICA, London

Nils Bech. Photo: Benjamin A Huseby

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Look Inside’
A performance by Nils Bech in collaboration with Eirik Sæther and Julian Skar

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Thursday 17 January 2013 / 20:30

www.arnolfini.org.uk

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK
Thursday 28 February 2013 / 20:00

Look Inside is the title of performance artist Nils Bech's newest album, and defines his most recent performances to be held at the Arnolfini in Bristol and at the ICA London. Referring to rituals as tools, Bech reenacts emotional circumstances drawn from throughout his life through lyrics, movement, music and text. 
At Arnolfini, ‘Look Inside’ opens the programme ‘4 Days: A New Platform for Performance’, a range of live and performance art encounters featuring artists who, according to curator Jamie Eastman, ‘favours performance as a meeting point’. ‘Look Inside’ is performed alongside a sculptural installation rendered by visual artist Eirik Sæther and realised together with composer and musician Julian Skar. At the ICA London and under the curatorial direction of Matt Williams, Bech's performance will include composers and musicians Kari Rønnekleiv, Ole Henrik Moe and Julian Skar, with works by artists Eirik Sæther and Ida Ekblad.

For press inquiries and more information, please contact Rob Webster, Arnolfini Marketing Manager, or Naomi Crowther, Press Officer, ICA.

About the artists
Nils Bech (b.1981 in Ringerike, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is a singer and a performance artist. He has performed at Performa, New York, USA; La Biennale di Venezia, Italy; PS1 MoMA, New York and at the Frieze Foundation, London, UK. In Norway he has performed at the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival; Øya Festival; Kunstnernes Hus; The Norwegian Opera House; Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA); Henie Onstad Art Center and Kunsthall Oslo. In the spring 2013 he is scheduled to perform at the opening of 'Barocco Exuberante' curated by Bice Curiger at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, the 'Grundfrage' exhibition curated by Christian Kobald at CRAC Alsace, France and at the Grazer Künstverein, Austria, curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen.

Eirik Sæther (b.1983 in Halden, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) received his education at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Arts. He has exhibited at Listasafn Reykjavik, Iceland; Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden; WIELS, Brussels, Belgium; Kunstnerenes Hus, Oslo; Landings Projects, Vestfossen, Norway; Willy Wonka, Oslo; D.O.R Gallery, Brussels; Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France and Johan Berggren, Malmö, among others. He initiated Galleri Annen Etage in Oslo and is a founding member of Institutt for Degenerert Kunst together with artists Anders Nordby and Arild Tveito.

Julian Skar (b.1981 in Kongsberg, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) is a composer and the artistic and administrative leader for the new contemporary music ensemble neoN. He studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo and the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany. Skar’s works have been presented at the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and the Oslo Chamber Music festival among others.


OCA Support

Nils Bech, Eirik Sæther and Julian Skar at Arnolfini and ICA 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.

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