News : 2015/09

2015/09/17

Upcoming application deadline for funding and residency opportunities

Marianne Heier, video still from Onepercenter, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. The work was presented within the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art with support from OCA.

OCA ANNOUNCES

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR GALLERIES AND INDEPENDENT EXHIBITION SPACES (ISGIES)

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
Wiels Residency Programme, Brussels, Belgium

Deadline: 1 October 2015

www.oca.no/grants

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR GALLERIES AND INDEPENDENT EXHIBITION SPACES (ISGIES)
The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) to stimulate Norwegian galleries and independent exhibition spaces to promote Norwegian contemporary art abroad in international art fairs and temporary exhibition arenas. The categories covered by the grant is art fair or display fee, transportation, insurance and information material associated with the presentation. Click here to read more and to go to the ISGIES application form.

The applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.
The following application deadlines are 1 February and 1 May 2016.

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. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists living and working in Norway and non-profit organisations. Support is also extended to solo and group exhibitions organised by international curators, as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. Click here for more information and to go the application forms.

The applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.
The following application deadlines are 1 February and 1 May 2016.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
Wiels Residency Programme
In 2016 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The duration of the programme is nine months, from 1 April until 31 December 2016. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. The programme is designed for artists who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from WIELS Contemporary Art Centre. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) 

OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

2015/09/08

Upcoming performance within `Rapture’ at OCA as part of Ultima

The Camille Norment Trio playing at the opening of the Nordic Pavilion on 6 May 2015. Photo: OCA / Marta Buso

OCA ANNOUNCES

A new performance as part of Camille Norment's project ‘Rapture’, co-produced with and presented within Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Including the Camille Norment Trio, David Toop, Sofia Jernberg and the vocal ensemble Oslo 14

Sunday, 13 September 2015 / 18:00–19:10
With an introduction by Director of OCA Katya García-Antón, and a welcoming speech by the Director of Ultima Lars Petter Hagen / 17.00-17:30

See below for ticket information.

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

OCA is pleased to announce a new performance by Camille Norment in collaboration with the Camille Norment Trio, David Toop, Sofia Jernberg and the vocal ensemble Oslo 14. The performance is developed in relation to Norment's project 'Rapture' at the Nordic Pavillon – Norway’s contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia – and as part of a collaboration with Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival’s programme.

During the course of la Biennale di Venezia, Norment is performing new compositions on the glass armonica, and invites artists and musicians to participate in a series of performances that echo elements in her installation.

The performance in Oslo brings together an organic union of the voices represented in Venice, and will unfold as a sequence of discreet movements. They include Norment’s new compositions with her trio (consisting of the artist playing the glass armonic, Vegar Vårdal playing the Hardanger fiddle and Håvard Skaset playing the electric guitar); a sonic dialogue between the glass armonica, Jernberg's versatile vocalisation and the chorus of the vocal ensemble Oslo 14 (Norment used their voices in the composition for the soundscape of the Nordic Pavilion); as well as segments of Norment and David Toop's abstracted 'performance lecture' (which was presented in Venice, and encompassed text, the voice and sound, in relation to vibration, the body and hysteria).

'Rapture' was commissioned by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and curated by its Director Katya García-Antón, in collaboration with OCA's Senior Programmer Antonio Cataldo. The performances are co-produced by OCA, nyMusikk and Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

Click here for more information and to see video clips from ‘Rapture’ in the Nordic Pavilion.

For media enquiries related to Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, please contact Head of Information Cathrine Nysæther

For media enquiries related to the Norwegian participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, please contact OCA's Communications Manager Tara Hassel

Tickets are purchased through Billettservice. A limited number of tickets are reserved to OCA, which is making them available on a first come, first served basis. To request a complimentary ticket (individual request only) send an e-mail to Tara Hassel.
Please notice that there is only a limited number of seats available. The rest of the audience will be asked to stand.


About Camille Norment
Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment has exhibited and performed extensively, including at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York (2013); The Kitchen, New York (2013); Transformer Station (The Cleveland Museum of Art), Cleveland (2013); The Museum of Contemporary Art (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design), Oslo (2012, the museum commissioned a new performance to accompany the exhibition tour in Norway); The Thessaloniki Biennale, (2007); Kunsthalle Bern (2009); UKS, Oslo (2004); Bildmuseet, Umeå (2004); the Charlottenborg Fonden, Copenhagen (2003); Radioartemobile, La Biennale di Venezia (2003); The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2001); and The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York (2001). Among several public artwork commissions, a permanent outdoor sound installation was commissioned by the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden (outside Oslo), Norway, in 2011.

About the Camille Norment Trio
The Camille Norment Trio’s instrumentation parallels Norment investigations into the relationship between vibration and the body as perceived during the Enlightenment period, and today through social and scientific discussions. The Camille Norment Trio consists of the glass armonica, played by Norment; the Hardanger fiddle, played by Vegar Vårdal; and the electric guitar, played by Håvard Skaset. Each of these instruments was thought, at various points in history, to invoke a socially and sexually transgressive experience in the body, especially the female body, and subsequently banned. The Camille Norment Trio’s performance credits include The Kitchen, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden. Their first release, Toll, is available on Prisma Records. Reviews of their work have appeared in The Wire, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Aftenposten and KuNordische Musik.

About Sofia Jernberg
Sofia Jernberg is a soprano, voice-artist, improviser and composer. Born in Ethiopia, she grew up in Sweden, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and is currently based between Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden. She studied jazz at Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv, Sweden and trained at Gotlands Tonsättarskola, Visby, Sweden, a school exclusively devoted to music composition. Jernberg was the 2008 Royal Swedish Academy of Music Jazz Award recipient and she co-leads and composes for modern jazz octet Paavo and contemporary Lieder quartet The New Songs. Throughout the years she developed a unique vocabulary of sounds and techniques which include split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing which allow her to appear in a broad constellation of music performances across time and genres.

About David Toop
David Toop is a composer, author, curator and Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. He has published extensively. His first book, Rap Attack, is now in its third edition. Since the publication Ocean of Sound in 1995 he had recorded five solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Pink Noir and Spirit World and published Exotica: fabricated Sound-scapes in a Real World.

About Oslo 14
Founded in November 2014, the vocal ensemble Oslo 14 consists of 19 improvising singers under the artistic direction of Elin Rosseland. Performers at the concert on 13 September are Karoline Ruderaas Albrigtsen, Ingrid Vik Henriksen, Hanne Kalleberg, Therese Lech, Hanna Nydal, Lisbeth-Anita Grimsø Olsen, Astrid Elisabeth Pedersen, Ingrid Støylen Runde, Seshen, Live Sollid Schulerud, Thea Emilie Haaland Wang and Sigrid Aase.

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

2015/09/02

Carl Størmer’s Northern Lights at the 14th Istanbul Biennial

Model of particle orbits. Photo: Carl Størmer/ Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

OCA ANNOUNCES

Thale Elisabeth Sørlie and Arne Langleite from The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology presents Carl Størmer in the 14th Istanbul Biennial titled 'SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms'

Drafted by: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

5 September–1 November 2015
Professional preview: 3–4 September 2015.

14b.iksv.org

OCA is pleased to announce the presentation of Norwegian mathematician and physicist Carl Størmer (1874–1957) in the 14th Istanbul Biennial 'SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms' drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The project entitled 'What may result when a pure mathematician also happens to be an enthusiastic amateur photographer', is presented by Thale Elisabeth Sørlie and Arne Langleite of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo, Norway.

According to Sørlie and Langleite, the presentation is the result of 'a rigorous artistic and historical research into the photographs of aurora borealis recorded by Carl Størmer. In photographing the northern lights for the first time, Størmer not only captured a natural phenomenon that had thus far not been seen in photographs, but he also acted as a creator of the same. His observations made manifest a fleeting phenomena and guided us towards understanding instead of believing'. They go on to explain that 'we aim at re-experiencing the singular gaze of a man who not only looks at the skies, but who also had a strong visual appetite for people, and a technical creativity that helped him develop the necessary equipment to capture what he needed to see. Our aim is to understand the photographic experience of the year 1910. Whereas the people of today are jaded, very experienced viewers of images of any kind, depicting almost anything imaginable (and many things beyond the limits of most people's imagination), the visual competence of the audience in 1910 was very different, and much more limited. The foundation for this investigation will be the entire scope of Størmer's photography, looking at visual relationships between images of spatial phenomena and the holiday snaps of his summers, but also drawing on the visual representation of mathematical formula and the sketches and diagrammatic representations of the movement of atomic particles'. Størmer's historical photographs and camera as well as research material from the collection of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology will be included in the presentation.

The project has been supported through OCA's International Support Programme.

About Carl Størmer
Fredrik Carl Mülertz Størmer (1874–1957) was a Norwegian mathematician whose main preoccupation was the aurora borealis. The lights unfolding in the sky were still a mystery at the beginning of the 20th century, before Størmer managed to make them manifest and comprehensible. As an amateur photographer, he developed a method for photographing the lights that made it possible to calculate their altitude. As a mathematician, he developed formulae and made numerous calculations on the theoretically possible orbits of charged particles entering the earth's atmosphere and checked these against calculations of orbits based on data from his photographic material.

About the 14th Istanbul Biennial, 'SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms'
According to Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial 'hovers around a material - salt water - and the contrasting image-forms of knots and waves. It looks for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It does so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds. This city-wide exhibition on the Bosphorus considers different frequencies and patterns of waves, the currents and densities of water, both visible and invisible, that poetically and politically shape and transform the world. With and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, of many communities that have co-inhabited this space, leaping from form to flourishing life.'

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact İKSV Media Relations team on media@iksv.org
High resolution images of the 14th Istanbul Biennial can be found at www.iksvphoto.com

Click here to go to the website of the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and to read the press release in Norwegian.


About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

2015/09/01

Information meeting about the new grant scheme from OCA

Entrance view of Art Basel 2015.

Norsk versjon

OCA invites to an information meeting about

The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES)

Tuesday 15 September 2015, 14:30-17:00
Live audio streaming

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

OCA has the pleasure to invite you to an information meeting introducing the new grant scheme International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES), on Tuesday 15 September 2015, from 14:30 to 17:00.

The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) to stimulate Norwegian galleries and independent exhibition spaces to promote Norwegian contemporary art abroad in international art fairs and temporary exhibition arenas.

The International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) should contribute to the increased demand and the internationalisation of Norwegian contemporary art, including visual arts and crafts. The grant should stimulate international efforts for galleries and independent exhibition spaces who work in Norway to promote Norwegian contemporary art abroad, particularly with respect to participation in renowned international art fairs, as well as in temporary exhibition arenas. The categories covered by the grant are art fair or display fee, transportation, insurance and information material associated with the presentation.

For the information meeting OCA has invited representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arts Council Norway, independent artist-run spaces, artist union and other professionals of the field to speak about their experience in relation to OCA's new support scheme.

Speakers
Katya García-Antón, Director, OCA
Tore Aas Hanssen, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Culture
Marit Sande, Assistant Director General, Section for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Geir Harald Samuelsen, Chair, Academic Committee for visual arts, Arts Council Norway
Johanne Nordby Wernø, Director, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS)
Randi Grov Berger, Founder and Director, Entrée
Elizabeth Dee, Founder and Director of Independent Art Fair and Elizabeth Dee gallery

Light refreshments will be served.

Please contact OCA's Communication Manager Tara Hassel for more information.


About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.