News : 2016/03

2016/03/18

OCA Pop-Up in Stavanger

Rogaland Kunstsenter. Photo: Contemporary Art Stavanger / Anna Tuvike

OCA ANNOUNCES 





OCA Pop-Up at Rogaland Kunstsenter
Guest speaker: Bridget Donahue, gallerist

Monday 4 April 2016, 19:00

Nytorget 17, 4013 Stavanger
rogalandkunstsenter.no/

OCA is happy to present the fifth edition in the OCA Pop-Up series, in collaboration with Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger on Monday 4 April at 19:00. The presentations form part of OCA’s focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Kirkenes, Tromsø, Bergen and Stavanger, in collaboration with local art institutions and guest artists. Guest speaker at OCA Pop-Up Stavanger is Bridget Donahue. She will talk about the connection between the non-profit and the commercial arenas by presenting her non-profit art space Cleopatra’s in Brooklyn and the commercial gallery Bridget Donahue on Manhattan, both in New York, NY, USA. Drinks and food will follow.

The OCA Pop-Ups have been designed in order to connect with local art communities, 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. The fourth meeting was held at Bergen Kunsthall in November 2014. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Communication Manager Tara Hassel. 


About Bridget Donahue
Bridget Donahue has worked with artists at Gladstone Gallery, D’Amelio Terras, Gavin Brown's enterprise and most currently as the owner of her eponymous gallery on the Bowery in New York. In 2008, she co-founded Cleopatra’s, a curatorial art project with storefront spaces in Brooklyn, NY, USA, and Berlin, Germany. Donahue has taught at The City College of New York and has been invited for public lecture at Hunter College, Columbia University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design to discuss collaboration and professional practice to art students at the graduate level. She serves on New Art Dealers Alliance's Board of Directors and consults for Creative Capital. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary Textile Culture from Norwich University College of the Arts, UK, and a BA in Anthropology and Journalism from Boston University, MA, USA.

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.

2016/03/17

The 'Rapture' books from Venice Biennale 2015 are available for purchase through OCA’s website

OCA ANNOUNCES

Rapture, volumes 2 and 3

complete the series of books forming part of the eponymous project by Camille Norment at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, curated by OCA Director Katya García-Antón in collaboration with OCA Senior Programmer Antonio Cataldo, now available for purchase through OCA's website

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo

oca.no/publications/verksted/

OCA proudly announces the completion of the critically acclaimed project 'Rapture' developed by artist Camille Norment for the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, with the publication of the two concluding books in the series. 'Rapture' at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, was visited by more than 300 000 people. Interviews and videos including excerpts from the first cross-pavilion talk are available here.

'Rapture' is an artist’s project which includes a three-part publication. Its baseline is the eponymous installation presented by Norment in the Nordic Pavilion – a site-specific and immersive work unfolding through a series of performances. The associated publications explore the dialogue between sound and the visual arts, past, present and future, to challenge the hegemony of vision in contemporary theory and art practice. The contributing essays reflect on how sounds shape our environment, our bodies and our minds.

The first Rapture volume was launched in May 2015. In the book, musician, author and Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation David Toop evokes the centrality of sound within the Romantic sublime. Associate Professor of Spanish American Literature María del Pilar Blanco scratches at the underbelly of modernity to reveal the role of bodily dissonance as a stage for multiplicity. Author and Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies Rob Stone speculates on the possibilities of acoustic fictions: if we were to cut into sound what would it reveal?

In the recently published second volume, Oslo-based music expert and journalist Anne Hilde Neset analyses disembodied voices and the meaning of sounds, the origins of which are unseen. Through the emblematic figure of Jimi Hendrix, writer, musician, producer and Columbia University’s visiting professor Greg Tate addresses the way in which music is ultimately measured by a performer’s ability to elicit the body in pain, the militarised body and the injured body. Philosopher and postdoctoral researcher at the American University of Beirut Sami Khatib writes about the fugue: a term belonging both to the realm of music and psychiatry, and its potential to denote a state of dissociation, a crisis of identity related to altered environments, affecting the memories, personality and other identifying characteristics upon which individuality hinges. The volume also contains an array of images related to Norment's project in the pavilion, with installation views, maquettes and studies.

For the most recent third volume artist, researcher and Goldsmiths lecturer Nabil Ahmed speaks about chaos and its sonorous multiplicity, not as absolute disorder but rather as the unpredictable, whirling vibration of nonhuman forces that bind the universe. Researcher and curator Nida Ghouse analyses the ancient Indian concept of na-da, a metaphysical assumption that places the entire cosmos and all the forms of life within it as producers of audible and inaudible vibrations. The volume focuses on the performative component of ‘Rapture’. A reprint of Sara Teasdale's poem There Will Come Soft Rains, penned in 1920 and a source of inspiration for Norment as well as her performance with composer and author David Toop, is also featured.

Each volume in the Rapture series also includes a discussion between curators Katya García-Antón and Antonio Cataldo with Camille Norment, reflecting upon the notion of sound as a powerful mediator of cultural experience and exploring the reasoning behind an artistic practice that seeks to remistify sound's shaping of our collective consciousness.

Click here to browse through and to purchase the publications.

Contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel for questions and to request a review copy.

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.