News : 2014/05

2014/05/27

`Phoenix Public Sphere. Man is no Private Being'. A lecture by Rainer Stollman

Still fromThe Blind Director (directed by Alexander Kluge, 1985)

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OCA ANNOUNCES



‘Phoenix Public Sphere.
Man is no Private Being’

A lecture by Rainer Stollman


Followed by the screening of
The Blind Director (directed by Alexander Kluge, 1985)

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 19:00
Live audio streaming



Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no l info@oca.no

OCA welcomes Professor of Cultural History Rainer Stollmann with a lecture titled ‘Phoenix Public Sphere. Man is no Private Being’ on Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 19:00. The lecture will be followed by the screening of The Blind Director (directed by Alexander Kluge, 1985).

The term ‘public sphere’ and the idea of ‘publicness’ have been central to the investigation of the emancipation of the self and others in Alexander Kluge’s work as a theorist, novelist, filmmaker and television producer. Sketching the philosophic paradigms of the 19th and 20th century on such notions, which allowed to gauge a greater understanding of personal and collective exercise of freedom and its forum of expression, the presentation will examine the basic features of concepts formulated by Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) and key historical propositions such as the ones of Jürgen Habermas (b.1929). The presentation questions ‘public sphere’ and ‘counter public sphere’, terms on which Kluge posits his thinking, as the need for individual emancipation particularly when an historical subject no longer exists. The lecture will also scrutinise Kluge’s concept of ‘feelings’ pertaining to private and collective memory in its relation to possible spheres of action, while reading Kluge's practical work in the midst of the current historical development and its reflection within film and television productions by the author.

The evening will conclude with an introduction to, and a screening, of The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (directed by Alexander Kluge, 1985) aka The Blind Director.

For more information, please contact Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


About the OCA Semesterplan – Spring 2014

Alongside the exhibition ‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’, where works by Norwegian artists Brit Fuglevaag, Elisabeth Haarr and Sidsel Paaske are displayed, OCA is presenting a selection of Alexander Kluge’s eclectic collection of ‘raw materials’, a series of television programmes assembling photographs, drawings, diagrams and diverse footage construed to ‘strengthen the muscles of [our] power of imagination’. In Public Sphere and Experience (written by Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt in 1972) the authors draw from Walter Benjamin’s criticism of the information-driven content of modern forms of communication. Particularly they criticised the way in which television programmes communicate with their audience, in a decline in both the art of storytelling and the communicability of experience. The attempt, they claimed, should be to replace the ‘monologue’ format of information programmes with programme formats which can stimulate the participation of the viewer. Since the establishment of his own television company DCTP (Development Company for Television Programmes) in 1987, Kluge has produced thousands of programmes for German television to engage with the capacity of fantasy to organise individual experience otherwise concealed by structures of consciousness and the screens capturing our attention. ‘Alexander Kluge. Raw Materials: Present Impressions, Past Wishes and Future Fulfillment’ as presented at OCA, resonates with larger concerns within the Norwegian art milieu of the 1970s regarding what ‘art for people’ should be. The latter was eloquently exemplified by Elisabeth Haarr’s retrospective essay ‘Fantasy in Service of the People’ (2008), reflecting upon the militantism and realistic narrative as well as abstraction and non-narration as different forms of approaching the subject.

About the Speaker
Rainer Stollmann
(b.1947) is a leading authority on Kluge's work and has been Professor of Cultural Theory and Cultural History at the University of Bremen until 2012. His doctoral dissertation Aestheticization of Politics. Literature Studies on Subjective Fascism (1978) and his famous analysis Fascist Politics as a Total Work of Art (1978) drew attention at how fascism created a dystopian public sphere where a ‘beautiful illusion’ of reality different from the ‘beautiful illusion’ of art was used as a ‘mean for a private psychic flight from reality’. He has been conducting research and publishing extensively on critical theory, literature, film and mass media in the 20th century, as well as laughter and cultures of laughter (the grotesque, humor, and wit). Stollmann curated the 2008–09 Kluge’s film- and TV-programmes edition, with the support of the Goethe-Institut. He edited the TV-interviews between Alexander Kluge and the playwright Heiner Müller, all of which were videotaped and some of which were aired on German television between 1988 and 1995. His latest publications include, among others, (in German) The Sense of Beauty Emerging from the Ice. Conversations with Alexander Kluge (2005), and Fear as a Good Remedy Against Constipation (2010).


Office for Contemporary Art Norway

OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena.

2014/05/20

Reminder: OCA Pop-Up in Trondheim

From the performance YES,NIX by Tori Wrånes at Performa 13, New York. Photo: Linus Sundahl Djerf. The project was supported through OCA’s international support programme

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OCA ANNOUNCES

OCA Pop-Up at Trondheim Kunstmuseum a presentation of OCA's activities and a discussion with Trondheim's art communities including a talk by artist Anne-Karin Furunes

Event by nyMusikk Trondheim

Thursday 22 May 2014, 19:00

Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Bispegata 7B
7013 Trondheim


trondheimkunstmuseum.no
www.oca.no

AGENDA

I. Presentation of OCA’s activities
II. Presentation by guest artist Anne-Karin Furunes
III. Q&A
IV. Musical performance by
Michael Duch on double bass and Mette Rasmussen on saxophone

The OCA Pop-Up meetings form part of OCA’s new focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Tromsø, Bergen and Stavanger, in collaboration with local art institutions and different guest artists. The meeting will open with a presentation of OCA's various support programmes, followed by a talk by Trondheim-based artist Anne-Karin Furunes, after which there will be a Q&A session with the public regarding OCA’s tools and activities.

Furunes will share some of her professional experiences, further discussing how the support systems combined with strategic choices can help to launch and develop an artist career into the international sphere.

The evening will end in a performance in collaboration with nyMusikk Trondheim presenting Michael Duch on double bass and Mette Rasmussen on saxophone. The meeting will be held in Norwegian with some sections in English. Drinks and snacks will be served.

For more information, please contact Tara Ishizuka Hassel.

About the artists
Anne-Karin Furunes (b.1961 in Ørland, Norway, lives and works in Trondheim) is an artist and a professor in visual art. She studied art at the academies in Oslo and Trondheim, and architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and at The Architectural Association in London, UK. Furunes has presented solo exhibitions at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; Galleri K, Oslo; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden and Barry Friedman, New York, NY, USA. She also participated in the Beijing Biennial in 2005. In June 2014 she is opening a solo exhibition at Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Furunes currently holds the position as professor at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.

Michael Francis Duch (b.1978 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Trondheim) is a double bass player. He completed his project ‘Free Improvisation – Method and Genre’ as a research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2010, where he was doing research on free improvisation and the use of improvisation in experimental music. He has been involved in more than thirty recordings released in various formats, and has played solo concerts in Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim, Oslo, Tromsø, Glasgow, Gothenburgh, Athens and London. He has also played in several constellations with a number of Norwegian and international musicians, such as the improv quartet LEMUR with Bjørnar Habbestad, Hild Sofie Tafjord and Lene Grenager, a trio with Rhodri Davies and John Tilbury, and collaborations with Otomo Yoshihide, Taku Sugimoto, Sachiko M and Mark Wastell among others. Duch holds the position as associate professor at the Department of Music of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Mette Rasmussen (born in Skive, Denmark, Lives and works in Trondheim) is a saxophone player working in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences. Spanning from 1950s free jazz to textural sound work, she explores the natural rawness of her instrument, as well as experimenting with new ways of sound and timbre of the saxophone. The last couple of years she has played in various groups, projects and ad hoc settings with Rudi Mahall, Alan Silva, Chris Corsano and Axel Dörner among others.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The OCA Norway is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena.

2014/05/12

OCA Pop-Up in Trondheim

From the performance YES,NIX by Tori Wrånes at Performa 13, New York. Photo: Linus Sundahl Djerf. The project was supported through OCA’s international support programme

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

OCA Pop-Up at Trondheim Kunstmuseum
is the first in a series of discussion meetings throughout the country and will present artist Anne-Karin Furunes as a special guest

Thursday 22 May 2014, 19:00

Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Bispegata 7B
7013 Trondheim

trondheimkunstmuseum.no
www.oca.no

OCA has the pleasure to announce OCA Pop-Up at Trondheim Kunstmuseum on Thursday 22 May at 19:00. The OCA Pop-Up meetings form part of OCA’s new focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Tromsø, Bergen and Stavanger, in collaboration with local art institutions and different guest artists. OCA Pop-Up Trondheim will present Trondheim-based artist Anne-Karin Furunes, who will be sharing some of her experiences from the international art arena. The evening will end in a performance in collaboration with nyMusikk Trondheim. Drinks and snacks will be served.

OCA Pop-Ups have been designed in order to better connect with local art communities throughout the country, in collaboration with local host institutions, in order to present OCA's various support programmes, facilitate the use of OCA as a tool for art professionals in their internationalisation process, as well as further the transmission of information on the systems of the international art world. The aim of OCA Pop-Up is to strengthen the position of OCA as a discussion partner with art communities nationwide.

Anne-Karin Furunes will be OCA Pop-Up Trondheim's special guest. She will share some of her professional experiences, and discuss how the support systems combined with strategic choices can help to launch and develop an artist career into the international sphere.

For more information, please contact Tara Ishizuka Hassel.

About Anne-Karin Furunes
Anne-Karin Furunes (b.1961 in Ørland, Norway, lives and works in Trondheim) is an artist and a professor in visual art. She studied art at the academies in Oslo and Trondheim, and architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and at The Architectural Association in London, UK. Furunes has presented solo exhibitions at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; Galleri K, Oslo; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden and Barry Friedman, New York, NY, USA. She also participated in the Beijing Biennial in 2005. In June 2014 she is opening a solo exhibitio at Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Furunes currently holds the position as professor at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The OCA Norway is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena.

2014/05/02

Bjarne Bare Solo Exhibition at Palazzetto Tito in Venice

Bjarne Bare, Outboard Swaddle, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

Bjarne Bare Solo Exhibition
‘Outboard Swaddle (Studies from Venice)’

at Palazzetto Tito,
Dorsoduro 2826, Venice

Opening Reception: Thursday 8 May, 18:00
Exhibition Dates: 9–18 May 2014

www.bevilacqualamasa.it

As a result of his three-month residency at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, artist Bjarne Bare presents the solo exhibition ’Outboard Swaddle (Studies from Venice)’ at Palazzetto Tito from 9 to 18 May 2014.

Through the use of a large-format photographic series, the exhibition presents 'a somewhat disenchanted vision of Venice, constantly in the balance between nostalgia and modernity'. Bare’s analysis feature various outboard boat motors, and in particular the commonplace practice in Venice to cover them with protective sheeting. The artist captures the ironic and at the same time spectral side of them, hinting at the attempt to conceal their intrinsic and unequivocally modern mechanical component. The organisers state that ‘like contemporary ‘mummies’, the engines seem to re-emerge from a timeless, dream-like atmosphere which envelops the mystery of the lagoon, immersed in the mists and a salty wateriness, as if depicting phantoms caught in a modern vacuum. Thus, by shifting away from the most common photographic imagery of Venice, forever intent on playing up the most magnificent and picturesque aspects, Bare puts forward a study capable of grasping the contradictions brought about by the advent of modernity in the everyday life of the city’. The exhibition is held with the support of the Norwegian Photographic Fund.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Giorgia Gallina of the BLM press office.

About the artist
Bjarne Bare (b.1985 in Poznan, Poland, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) holds a BA from The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He is one of the co-founders of the artist-run initiative MELK in Oslo, where he has organised and curated more than thirty exhibitions with emerging artists. His works and publications have been presented in venues such as the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Bærum, Norway; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; the Galerie Dieschönestadt, Halle, Germany; Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London, United Kingdom, and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. In 2011 he published his first book, Hose Variations, Studies from Los Angeles and elsewhere (Cornerkiosk Press, Oslo), and in 2012 he was a contributor to the publication Entering a Site of Production – MoDERNISM MACHINE, accompanying the exhibition project ‘MoDERNISM MACHINE’ at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

About OCA’s Artist-in-Residency Programme at Bevilaqua La Masa in Venice
Bjarne Bare holds a fellowship from OCA as part of the Artist-in-Residency Programme at Bevilaqua La Masa in Venice. OCA offers a three-months residency for an artist at the Bevilaqua La Masa. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa will assist the artist in experiencing the cultural life of Venice and introduce him/her to the Venice arts’ community, and at the end of the residency period the artist will be offered a project room to exhibit the artworks carried out during the stay in Venice. Upcoming deadline: 1 September 2014.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The OCA Norway is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists both in Norway and abroad.

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