News : 2014/11

2014/11/26

Upcoming within OCA's Notations

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Pirates, exiles, runaway youths, merchants and other migrants in ancient Italy and Plautus: the comedy and reality of a borderless world’
A lecture by Elena Isayev

Within the programme ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / 19:00
Live audio streaming


Office for Contemporary Art Norway 

Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no I info@oca.no

In conclusion of this season's discursive programme, OCA welcomes historian Elena Isayev on Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 19:00 for a lecture titled ‘Pirates, exiles, runaway youths, merchants and other migrants in ancient Italy and Plautus: the comedy and reality of a borderless world.’

High rates of migration are often seen as the prerogative of the modern global condition, yet the evidence from the ancient world surprises us, as to the quotidian nature of mobility. Isayev’s presentation will explore the possibility of knowing the extent of movement in the Mediterranean in the last centuries before the Christian Era, and the problems of trying to apply our contemporary concept of migration to this context. In particular Isayev will focus on ancient Italy through one of the earliest remaining Latin works, the comedies of Plautus – one of the most interesting narrators of the period.

Throughout the lecture, Isayev will present a society which had no national borders, nor citizenship which was defined by territory. As such the presentation will end with a brief exploration of how space and place were differently perceived in a world uninterested in mapping out territory, preferring an alternative kind of cartography.

The discussion is part of Staging One in the programme Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings, a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected stagings involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, all of which contribute to speculations around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally.

About the Speaker
Elena Isayev is an Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, UK. As an historian she uses the ancient Mediterranean to explore questions about society, belonging and perception. Her research and teaching interests range from re-constructing histories of pre-Roman groups in South Italy, by using the rich material remains, to de-constructing theories of generation conflict and youth in Republican Rome. The most current research concerns human mobility, the construction of place, and the fragility of the bond between site and memory. The aim of these investigations is to challenge preconceived ideas and stereotypes within and about ancient society, and the effect that these have on our understanding of the contemporary world. Isayev is a keen supporter of interdisciplinary initiatives, and has organised workshops on peace, poverty, and suicide, and was co-director of the Migrations Network at Exeter University. She is the founder of the Future Memory projects, first funded by the ‘AHRC Beyond Text’ scheme, and works on interdisciplinary initiatives with artists, architects, contemporary migrants as well as young people of all ages and backgrounds. Some of these have led to her participation in various fora beyond the ancient context, including most recently a presentation of ‘Ancient presence: Memory of places never visited and people never met’ for the workshop Al Masha - the Space of the Common’, curated by Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti for ‘A Journey of Ideas: In Dialogue with Edward Said’, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany, in 2013.

UPCOMING WITHIN PROGRAMME
21 January–15 February 2015 

STAGING TWO. "THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY"

A Project by Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas

April–May 2015 

STAGING THREE. "INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS"
A Project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas

For more information about the programme, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Ishizuka Hassel. 





ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS

'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’ launches OCA's new programming series entitled ‘Notations’. During the next years Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

2014/11/20

OCA Notations: `Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life’

Still from Chronique d'un été (1960, directed by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin)

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life’
A conversation between artists Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, and anthropologists Caterina Pasqualino and Arnd Schneider

With a book launch of Experimental Film and Anthropology, a book by Arnd Schneider (co-edited with Caterina Pasqualino)

Within the programme ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / 19:00
Live audio streaming


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

OCA welcomes artists Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, and anthropologists Caterina Pasqualino and Arnd Schneider for a discussion titled ‘Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life’.

Schneider, Pasqualino, Anastas and Gabri will engage in a conversation to analyse radical anthropological approaches and modes of observation that have built scenarios of spontaneity, scripting and speculation. Touching upon several moments in history, with particular emphasis on practices set forth by visual anthropologist Jean Rouch which have become influential on means deemed appropriate to visually analyse our everyday life and our very existence, Pasqualino, Schneider, Gabri, and Anastas will shed light on how anthropology has influenced artistic practices and how artists continue to influence the anthropological approach.

The event is part of the programme ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’, a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected stagings involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, all of which contribute to speculations around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally. Click here to read more.

About Experimental Film and Anthropology
Experimental Film and Anthropology (edited by Arnd Schneider and Caterina Pasqualino) urges a new dialogue between two seemingly separate fields. The book explores the practical and theoretical challenges arising from experimental film for anthropology, and vice versa, through a number of contact zones: trance, emotions and the senses, materiality and time, non-narrative content and montage. Experimental film and cinema are understood in this book as broad, inclusive categories covering many technical formats and historical traditions, to investigate the potential for new common practices. An international range of renowned anthropologists, film scholars and experimental film-makers, including Nicole Brenez, Kathryn Ramey, and Rane Willerslev engage in vibrant discussion and offer important insights for all students and scholars involved in this exciting field of new cross-over practices.

About the speakers
Arnd Schneider

Arnd Schneider is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He writes on contemporary art and anthropology, migration and film. His main publications include Futures Lost (2000), and Appropriation as Practice: Art and Identity in Argentina (2006). He co-edited (with Chris Wright) Contemporary Art and Anthropology (2006), Between Art and Anthropology (2010), and Anthropology and Art Practice (2013). He was a co-organiser of the international conferences Fieldworks: Dialogues between Art and Anthropology (Tate Modern, 2003) and New Visions: Experimental Film, Art and Anthropology (Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, 2012).

Caterina Pasqualino
Anthropologist and documentary film-maker (Research Fellow at C.N.R.S. (IIAC/LAIOS Paris. Bronze medal, 2000) Caterina Pasqualino teaches Anthropology of Performance at E.H.E.S.S. She first conducted research in Sicily (Milena. Un paese siciliano vent’anni dopo, 1990), then on andalusian flamenco, a musical genre usually perceived in folkloric terms, from a purely anthropological perspective (Dire le Chant. Les Gitans flamencos d’Andalousie, 1998 republished as pocket edition: Flamenco gitan, 2008 and film Bastian and Lorie, Notes on gypsy’s flamenco, 2009). She is currently researching palo monte possession rituals in Cuba. Along with her intention to develop new issues, she has turned toward contemporary art and experimental cinema and she initiated confrontations between ethnographic material and artworks.

Rene Gabri
It is 18:42, 26 October 2014, the one who writes this note is laying down on a couch inside an apartment on the island of Giudecca. Earlier in the day, this same person sat in a sun spotted garden occupied by students who refuse its privatisation by their university. She sat with him and he with them, they sat together discussing the ever increasing imposition of debt and structural adjustments of different sorts to preempt and determine the forms life can take. The request to try to summarise oneself or give an account of oneself seems strange, no matter the frequency and apparent normality. One writes, one erases, a movement backward forward. This person who emerges in the midst of this writing is at this moment hesitant to say anything which could add up to a sum. A fragment of a day could suffice? Writing about oneself is not a neutral act. One writes with a hope to disappear in the process. So maybe this is a biography about a dis-appearance, a biography for an artist who is perpetually trying to dis-appear, to become something, one or an other, two, three, or four. How to give an account of proliferation, propagation, dissemination? It could resemble notes regarding a poem to come, where the poem becomes multiple. A life which only writes itself in the steps it takes away from power and from commandments, toward difference. It is 19:12, on that same day, ‎minutes have passed by. Numbers or experience? But something has changed, the person who started writing this note and the one who writes now is not the same. How does one know? How can one be sure? Can it be proven? No. But this text can be understood as a testament and testimony to this event, in a life, which can be called by a name, but not delimited or circumscribed by it.

Ayreen Anastas
Ayreen Anastas is her name and yet she is not the same. She is an image dissolving itself in a landscape of thyme, of earth, of dirt, of olive trees, of stones and cement walls crawling, enclosing, menacing, dispossessing and smashing life everywhere they go. She refuses the language of mere descriptions, the idea of one’s own distinctions and all discourses of biographies and definitions. She desires, thus postulates and hallucinates: A. the suspension of laws, orders, state police, all elites, elitism including egalitarianism. B. the inclusion and appreciation in her life- their lives of: the invisible, inaudible, unsayable, imperceptible, immaterial, intangible and the general. C. the putting into question the will in all its forms and especially the confusion arising from the translations of the will to power as power over and not power to, and finally D. the weariness of work as life, of work over life and all regimes of property over lives, times and spaces.


UPCOMING WITHIN PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / 19:00
Pirates, Exiles, Runaway Youths, Merchants and Other Migrants in Ancient Italy and Plautus: The Comedy and Reality of A Borderless World
A Lecture by Elena Isayev

January­–February 2015
STAGING TWO. "THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY"
A Project by Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas

March­–May 2015
STAGING THREE. "INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS"
A Project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas

For more information about the programme, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS
'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings' is the opening project of OCA's ‘Notations’. During the next years OCA’s Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of OCA's Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. The Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

OCA’s Notations will be activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations will find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, OCA's Notations will reflect upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.

2014/11/14

OCA Notations: Upcoming this week

Photo:Bundesarchive

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

'Divine Violence and the Ban of the Law'
A Lecture by Sami Khatib

Within the programme ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / 19:00
Live audio streaming

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

OCA welcomes philosopher Sami Khatib to give a lecture titled 'Divine Violence and the Ban of the Law' on Wednesday 19 November at 19:00. In his lecture Kathib will address the inherently instrumental role of violence in the formation of ethics and aesthetics in the modern concept of the state. The new burst of violence in so-called Western democracies in the past months appears as a warning on a conflict that goes hand in hand with the crisis of the nation state and clearly questions the legitimacy of its politics.

'Divine Violence and the Ban of the Law' is the first lecture within the programme ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’, a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected stagings involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, all of which contribute to speculations around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally. Click here to read more about the programme.

About the lecture
In his essay on the ‘Critique of Violence’ (1921), Walter Benjamin vigorously exposed the violence of the modern state and its legislation, jurisdiction, and executive forces. Against the nexus of law, life and violence, he introduced the cryptic term ‘divine violence’ without further specifying its qualities.

In his presentation Sami Khatib will take the symptomatic indeterminacy of divine violence as his starting point to explore other forms of socio-political relations which could escape the ban of the law.

For Benjamin, it was clear that there was something fundamentally ‘rotten in the law’ – be it the law of monarchy, western democracy or autocratic regimes. The violence inherent to the law contradicts itself since law enforcement – e.g. the police – always blurs the line between law-preserving and law constituting violence. And vice versa, every rebellious attempt to break the law and its supporting powers leads to the establishment of a new law. In other words, is there a realm of truly revolutionary politics outside of the law – a sphere of justice and non-legal violence?

About Sami Khatib
Sami R. Khatib, Ph.D., is a Berlin based critical theory scholar and former researcher at the Theory Deptartment of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He taught media and cultural theory at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is author of a book on the idea of Messianism in Walter Benjamin's philosophy titled ‘Teleologie ohne Endzweck.’ Walter Benjamins Ent-stellung des Messianischen (2013). English translation will be published in 2015.


UPCOMING WITHIN PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / 19:00
Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life
A conversation between artists Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, and anthropologists Caterina Pasqualino and Arnd Schneider

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / 19:00
Pirates, Exiles, Runaway Youths, Merchants and Other Migrants in Ancient Italy and Plautus: The Comedy and Reality of A Borderless World
A Lecture by Elena Isayev

January­–February 2015
STAGING TWO. "THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY"
A Project by Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas

March­–May 2015
STAGING THREE. "INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS"
A Project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas

For more information about the programme please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS
'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings' is the opening project of OCA's ‘Notations’. During the next years OCA’s Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of OCA's Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. The Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

OCA’s Notations will be activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations will find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, OCA's Notations will reflect upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.

2014/11/11

Reminder: `Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings'

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘OF LOVE, DEPARTURES AND COUNTERING DEFEATS IN CHOLERIC TIMES. THREE STAGINGS’

STAGING ONE. "LOVE LETTER TO MARS"

A project by Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili

Lecture Performance and Opening Reception tomorrow: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / 19:00
Staging Dates: Thursday, 13 November–Sunday, 21 December 2014
Opening Hours: Wed. & Fri. / 12:00­–16:00; Thur., Sat. & Sun. / 12:00–18:00

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

OCA is pleased to announce "Love Letter to Mars", the first performative moment in the programme 'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings', a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected stagings involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, all of which contribute to speculations around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally.

"Love Letter to Mars" is a project by artists Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili, whose starting point is an unfinished lecture performance that unfolds formally into various exhibition fragments. The performance is based on an exchange of letters between two earthly lovers and a fictional character named Waad, who left for Mars in the year 2024 and now plans to reside there for the rest of her life. Modern man has plundered Earth at a pace that has outstripped the planet’s capacity to support human life. In order to survive, Earth’s population begins to move to other planets in the third decade of the century.

"Love Letter to Mars" encompasses text, voice, video, photography and sound to present a constellation of aesthetic fragments from Earth, the desert, the Gulf, Palestine, outer space and the red planet. Khaldi and Khalili work with fictitious yet plausible documentation of life and its ‘urban environment’ that might have existed once, or will do in the future, on Mars. The letters give rise to conflicting opinions regarding their friend’s decision to leave which creates an unsurpassable rift: should they stay and be dedicated to the transformation of planet Earth or, in despair, should they look to shape other communities and colonies elsewhere? With this project the artists continue their research in revitalising the epistolary genre, developed in the last years with All the Other Lovers (2012) and Love Letters to a Union (2013).

Staging One. “Love Letter to Mars” at OCA is the premiere of a new project by Lara Khaldi & Yazan Khalili. The lecture performance Love Letter to Mars was made possible through a grant from Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Cairo.
A light dinner will be served after the event.

UPCOMING WITHIN PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / 19:00
Divine Violence and the Ban of the Law
A Lecture by Sami Khatib

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / 19:00
Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life
A conversation between artists Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, and anthropologists Caterina Pasqualino and Arnd Schneider

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / 19:00
Pirates, Exiles, Runaway Youths, Merchants and Other Migrants in Ancient Italy and Plautus: The Comedy and Reality of A Borderless World
A Lecture by Elena Isayev

January­–February 2015
STAGING TWO. "THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY"
A Project by Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas

March­–May 2015
STAGING THREE. "INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS"
A Project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas


ABOUT THE ARTISTS IN STAGING ONE
Lara Khaldi is an independent curator based between Ramallah, Palestine, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She recently completed the de Appel curatorial Programme, Amsterdam, and is also pursuing her MA degree at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Khaldi was director of Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012–13). She has co-curated a number of exhibitions, which include among others ‘Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning?’, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2014); ‘Gestures in Time (Show 6, Jerusalem, Israel, and the Riwaq Biennial 5, Ramallah, 2013); ‘Lonely Crowd’ within the /si:n/ festival of video art and performance, Ramallah and Brussels, Belgium (2013–14); the 5th Jerusalem Show ‘On/Off Language’, Al Ma'mal Contemporary Art Foundation (2012); film and video programmes in 2009 and 2011 as part of the Arab Shorts initiative by Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt. Khaldi held the position of Assistant Director for programmes at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2009–11), and co-edited Provisions I&II with Bidoun Magazine (Sharjah Biennial 9 catalogues, 2009).

Yazan Khalili is an artist who lives and works in and out of Palestine. Through photography and the written word, he unpacks historically constructed landscapes. Borrowing from cinematic language, images become frames where the spectator embodies the progression of time and narratives. Khalili has woven together parallel stories over the years, forming both questions and paradoxes concerning scenery and the act of gazing, all of which are refracted through the prism of intimate politics and alienating poetics. Solo exhibitions include, among others, ‘Regarding Distance’ at E.O.A. Projects, London, UK (2014); ‘On Love and other Landscapes’ at Imane Fares Gallery, Paris, France (2013); and ‘Landscape of Darkness’ at Transit Gallery, Mechelen, Belgium (2011). Selected group exhibitions include ‘Future of a Promise Pavilion’, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia; Venice, Italy (2011); ‘Re-emerge’, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013); and ‘Deep Into that Darkness Peering’, KSCC, Ramallah, Palestina (2013). Khalili’s writings and photographs have been featured in several publications.

Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili often collaborate on lecture performances such as: ‘All the Other Lovers’, as art of the NEME symposium ‘Through the Roadblocks’, Limassol, Cyprus (2012); and ‘Love Letters to a Union’ at Home Works 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013).

For more information about the programme please contact OCA’s Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS
'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings' is the opening project of OCA's ‘Notations’. During the next years OCA’s Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of OCA's Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. The Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

OCA’s Notations will be activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations will find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, OCA's Notations will reflect upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.

2014/11/07

OCA Pop-Up in Bergen

Bergen Kunsthall. Photo: Nina Aldin Thune

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

OCA Pop-Up at Bergen Kunsthall, Landmark
Guest speaker: artist Ignas Krunglevicius

Thursday, 20 November 2014 / 19:00

Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen
www.kunsthall.no

OCA has the pleasure to announce the fourth OCA Pop-Up at Bergen Kunsthall, Landmark on Thursday 20 November at 19:00. The OCA Pop-Up meetings form part of OCA’s focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Kirkenes, Tromsø and Bergen, in collaboration with local art institutions and guest artists. Guest-speaker, artist Ignas Krunglevicius, will speak about his experiences and activities in the international art arena.

The OCA Pop-Ups have been designed in order to connect with local art communities throughout the country, present OCA's activities, 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 dynamics 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. The series was inaugurated in May 2014 at Trondheim Kunstmuseum. The second and third meetings were held in collaboration with Pikene på Broen in Kirkenes, and Northen Norway Art Museum in Tromsø, both in October 2014.

For more information, please contact Tara Ishizuka Hassel.

About Ignas Kunglevicius
Ignas Krunglevicius (b.1979 in Kaunas, Lithuania, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) graduated with an MA from the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo. As an artist and composer he participates in both the visual art and contemporary music scene, whereby the two occupations influence each other. His main interests lie in the psychology of power, and the political and existential realities generated by the global technological development. Recent exhibitions include the Nordic pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition organised by la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2014); ‘Crime in Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland (2014); ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, the 19th Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia (2014); the Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2013); Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, the Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2013); Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo (2004, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013); and The Turku Biennale, Turku, Finland (2013).


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 international 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. Since 2001 OCA has been responsible for Norway's representation in the Visual Art sector of the Venice Biennale.


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2014/11/05

OCA Notations

Norsk versjon

ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS
OCA is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Notations’. During the next years Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. The Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

Notations will be activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations will find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, Notations will reflect upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.

2014/11/04

`Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings'

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘OF LOVE, DEPARTURES AND COUNTERING DEFEATS IN CHOLERIC TIMES. THREE STAGINGS’

STAGING ONE. "LOVE LETTER TO MARS"
STAGING TWO. "THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY"
STAGING THREE. "INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS"

STAGING ONE. "LOVE LETTER TO MARS"
A project by Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili

Lecture Performance and Opening Reception: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / 19:00
Staging Dates: Thursday, 13 November–Sunday, 21 December 2014
Opening Hours: Wed. & Fri. / 12:00­–16:00; Thur., Sat. & Sun. / 12:00–18:00

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

OCA is pleased to announce ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’, a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected presentations involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, which speculate around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally.

Contemporary historians are currently debating the degenerative roots and consequences of the uncertain conditions within which we currently exist, affecting socio-political, religious, environmental and financial terrains. The project’s three reflexive stagings consider how the unraveling of modernity, in its social and temporal instances of techno-scientifically produced risk has been, and is, relying on an ongoing sense of fracture and instability. In ‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’, the artists and various cultural protagonists involved, invite us to ride on the back of this descent into a modernity chasing its own tail, in order to counter the sense of frozen inaction these vertiginous forces provoke.

Within this context, the project speculates on the possibility to transform the degeneration of an open-ended state of affairs into a moment of intellectual and social strength, through experimental, flux-based and un-concluded artistic projects developed throughout autumn 2014 and spring 2015, at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

‘Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings’ explores the new junctures between physical and imagined realities in the years to come, unveiling experiences which artistic practice embodies within itself as a promise. Collapsing defined parameters of past, present and future, the project reflects therefore upon various questions.

How can we recognise the events in past and recent history, and the destruction they have left behind, without succumbing to their defeats?

How can the past and future actively re-structure the present?

How can a genealogy of history be reinvented in its own writing, perpetrating an experimental practice of piracy, appropriation, rejection and alteration to let new origins emerge which can threaten the history of an error called truth?

How can one destabilise the very medium of analysis, and perform the moment of now, shaping time instead of being harnessed by it?



STAGING ONE. "LOVE LETTER TO MARS"
A Project by Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili
Opening with a Lecture Performance on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / 19:00
"Love Letter to Mars" is a lecture performance based on reading a letter written to Waa’d, a friend who left Earth on the first manned mission to Mars in 2024. In the letter the artists seek parallels in order to relate to Waa’d’s new life on the ruined promise of the red planet. In so doing they question the contemporaneity of her futuristic life and the geopolitics of present life on earth that led to such a mission, touching on the bleakest possible question: aren’t we already living on Mars?

Khaldi and Khalili have invited other artists to think through this predicament by participating in their epistolary process; as a result the duration of the reading cannot be precisely foreknown, given the anticipated interjections and artworks from their artist peers Dirar Kalash, Maha Maamoun, Gerard Ortin, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

"Love Letter to Mars" will be accompanied by a video screening programme titled 'All the Other Lovers', curated by Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili, which includes works by Alaa Abu Asad, Jumana Emil Abboud, Basma Alsharif and Monira Al Qadiri.


UPCOMING WITHIN PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / 19:00
Divine Violence and the Ban of the Law
A Lecture by Sami Khatib

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / 19:00
Ethnography of the Self: The Status of Everyday Life
A conversation between artists Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, and anthropologists Caterina Pasqualino and Arnd Schneider

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / 19:00
Pirates, Exiles, Runaway Youths, Merchants and Other Migrants in Ancient Italy and Plautus: The Comedy and Reality of A Borderless World
A Lecture by Elena Isayev

January­–February 2015
STAGING TWO. 'THEY WENT AWAY TO STAY'
A Project by Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas

March­–May 2015
STAGING THREE. 'INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS'
A Project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas


ABOUT THE ARTISTS IN STAGING ONE
Lara Khaldi is an independent curator based between Ramallah, Palestine, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She recently completed the de Appel curatorial Programme, Amsterdam, and is also pursuing her MA degree at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Khaldi was director of Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012–13). She has co-curated a number of exhibitions, which include among others ‘Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning?’, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2014); ‘Gestures in Time (Show 6, Jerusalem, Israel, and the Riwaq Biennial 5, Ramallah, 2013); ‘Lonely Crowd’ within the /si:n/ festival of video art and performance, Ramallah and Brussels, Belgium (2013–14); the 5th Jerusalem Show ‘On/Off Language’, Al Ma'mal Contemporary Art Foundation (2012); film and video programmes in 2009 and 2011 as part of the Arab Shorts initiative by Goethe Institute, Cairo. Khaldi held the position of Assistant Director for programmes at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2009–11), and co-edited Provisions I&II with Bidoun Magazine (Sharjah Biennial 9 catalogues, 2009).

Yazan Khalili is an artist that lives and works in and out of Palestine. Through photography and the written word, he unpacks historically constructed landscapes. Solo exhibitions include ‘On Love and other Landscapes’ at Imane Fares Gallery, Paris, France (2013); ‘Landscape of Darkness’ at Transit Gallery, Mechelen, Belgium (2011); and ‘Margins’ at The Delfina Foundation, London, UK (2008). Selected group shows include ‘Invisible’, Ramallah, Amman, Jordan and Rome, Italy (2006–07); ‘No Man’s Land’ at Video Art, Granada, Spain (2008); ‘Mapping’ at Art Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2009); The Jerusalem Show (2011 and 2010); ‘External: New Art from Further East’ at Newertown | Art, London (2010); ‘Future of a Promise Pavilion’, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2011); ‘Passport to Palestine’, London (2011); ‘Forum Expanded’, Berlinale 62, Berlin, Germany (2012); ‘Re-emerge’, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah (2013); and ‘Deep Into that darkness Peering’, KSCC, Ramallah (2013). Khalili’s writings and photographs have been featured in several publications, including among others Manifesta Journal, Frieze Magazine, Race & Class, C-Print, Ibraaz, Contemporary Art: World Currents, and Subjective atlas of Palestine.

Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili often collaborate on lecture performances such as: ‘All the Other Lovers’, as art of the NEME symposium ‘Through the Roadblocks’, Limassol, Cyprus (2012); and ‘Love Letters to a Union’ at Home Works 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013).

For more information about the programme please contact OCA’s Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


ABOUT OCA’S NOTATIONS
OCA is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Notations’. During the next years OCA’s Notations will unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that will explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of OCA's Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer. The Notations replace the institution’s previous Semesterplan.

OCA’s Notations will be activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations will find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, OCA's Notations will reflect upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.