News : 2016/06

2016/06/29

OCA and OSLO PILOT announce: Norway to host next IKT Congress

llustration: WergelandApenes

Norsk versjon

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway and OSLO PILOT, together with the North Consortium, will host the next IKT Congress

May 19–23, 2017

www.oca.no

www.oslopilot.no
www.iktsite.org

The Office of Contemporary Art Norway and OSLO PILOT, together with the North Consortium, are pleased to announce that they will host the next IKT Congress in Norway (Oslo and Tromsø) May 19–23, 2017. The Congress will feature two symposiums in the host cities, curated by Katya García-Antón, Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk in conjunction with North Consortium partners, and in coordination with the IKT board.
Further information will follow.

The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT) is a members' organisation that brings together curators from across the world to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional networks. IKT was founded in 1973 and its early members included groundbreaking curators such as Eberhard Roters, Eddy de Wilde and Harald Szeemann. The aim of the organisation is to stimulate and extend debates concerning curatorial practice, and to promote curatorial excellence. Currently the board consists in Ombretta Agrò- Andruff (Miami), Lars Grambye (Kopenhagen) Julia Draganovic (Osnabrück), Kati Kivinen (Helsinki), Emmanuel Lambion (Brussels), Katalin Timar (Budapest) and has its office with its President at Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs in 2001 to develop cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. Currently directed by Katya García-Antón, OCA curates exhibitions, seminars and publications; supports Norwegian artist's and curator's projects abroad, and invites international curators and artists to Norway for research purposes. Since 2001, OCA has been responsible for curating the Nordic Pavilion in the Venice Biennale.

OSLO PILOT is a project investigating the role of art in and for the public realm. Combining newly produced artworks with collaborative partnerships with arts institutions, this experimental initiative has set out to lay the groundwork for a future periodic art event in the Norwegian capital. Curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, OSLO PILOT's working process is based on collaborations with artists, poets, curators, writers, and other specialists in diverse fields, to explore new ways of working in the public realm and to create a critical framework and a long-term strategy for future production. OSLO PILOT has been initiated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in the City of Oslo, the owner of the project.

The North Consortium is a newly established group of art institutions from Northern Norway, coming together for the first time especially for the IKT Congress.

For immediate inquiries, please contact OCA's Communication Manager, Tara Hassel on: tara.hassel@oca.no.

2016/06/28

'Thinking at the Edge of the World' Press Coverage

New Scientist
Face to face in the Arctic with a terrifying new sublime
29 June 2016

Frieze
Postcard from the Edge of the World
29 June 2016

Artforum
Over the Edge
28 June 2016

Kunstforum
Fremtiden kommer tidlig til Svalbard
27 June 2016

Dagsavisen
Kunsten og miljøspørsmålet
25 June 2016

Aftenposten
Om å lytte til Svalbard
21 June 2016

The i newspaper online
Paint with the polar bear in arctic
16 June 2016

Artforum
Norway Launches Art Foundation and Residency in World's Northernmost Town
16 June 2016

The Art Newspaper
Paint with the polar bears: Norwegian government launches art foundation and residency on Svalbard
16 June 2016

2016/06/21

New programme of artist residencies on Svalbard in the Arctic Circle announced at ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World’ cross-disciplinary conference

l-r: Katya García-Antón (Director, OCA), Magne Furuholmen (Board member, Queen Sonja Print Award), Linda Hofstad Helleland (Norwegian Minister of Culture), Jérémie Michael McGowan (Director, NNKM) © Herman Dreyer, courtesy OCA

An artist residency in Svalbard, Norway, an archipelago of four islands in the Arctic Circle, has been announced by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Jointly operated by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the Northern Norwegian Art Museum (NNKM) and the Queen Sonja Print Award, and funded through the new Art in Svalbard Foundation, the programme plans to invite artists and cultural practitioners from Norway and abroad to take part every year, as well as foster exchanges with international institutions.

The announcement was made during 'Thinking at the Edge of the World’, a cross-disciplinary international conference initiated and developed by OCA and NNKM, and held in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. The conference brought together leading figures from the fields of art, architecture, psychology, history and science, who were invited to visit and think about the region, considering it as a unique vantage point from which to reflect upon the environmental, aesthetic, architectural, economic, political and scientific forces that are shaping the north of Norway and its relationship to the world. How are frontiers questioned from an Arctic vantage point, and how might this questioning catalyse new thinking regarding territory, power and resource exploitation? Could concepts of society, aesthetics and community explored during the 19th and 20th century - often led by artists and intellectuals from Norway and its indigenous communities - be sought again to enlighten this debate?

The programme included a conversation between Candice Hopkins, Chief Curator at The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM, USA, and legendary journalist and Sami political rights activist Niillas Somby; as well as AK Dolven, one of Norway’s foremost visual artists, in discussion with Kim Holmén, International Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute. A panel discussion on the future of the oceans was complemented by a boat trip to the glacier and a special screening of Leviathan, an experimental work about the North American fishing industry by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel. There was also a sensory intervention and scent workshop devised by design historian, writer and curator Emily King with leading perfumer Nadjib Achaibou.

Speakers included Lisa Philips, Director of New Museum in New York; Robert Templer, Director of The Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Elena Isayev, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter, UK; Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Luba Kuzovnikova, Director of Pikene på Broen, Kirkenes; Julie Decker, CEO and Director of Anchorage Museum, AK, USA; and Sami poet and visual artist Synnøve Persen.

The conference also coincided with the opening of a solo exhibition ‘The Expedition’ by the Norwegian contemporary artist Olav Christopher Jenssen at Northern Norway Art Museum’s Kunsthall Svalbard in Longyearbyen, which features new work inspired by Jenssen’s recent residency project with Kunsthall Svalbard and runs until 25 September 2016.

The Svalbard conference ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World’ is part of a wider cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artist residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities activated through the new OCA pilot office in Tromsø, beside its premises in Oslo.

Katya García-Antón, Director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), said: 'We are honoured to be key partners of the Svalbard Art Residency, as part of the Art in Svalbard Foundation. It is a natural fit with “Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North” - a programme of lectures, new writing, exhibition projects, research journeys and residencies curated by OCA - through which we are actively working with international artists, curators and other thinkers to link their concerns with those of the North. We are delighted this significant announcement coincided with the successful first Svalbard conference in collaboration with NNMK Tromsø, and we are excited about the international attention that it is bringing to the region. We look forward to helping forge many imaginative and profound intellectual and personal relations between artistic and other related communities within and beyond Norway as a result of this new residency programme and our wider focus on the North.'

About OCA
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (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 is recognised as an important contributor to the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications. It also supports Norwegian artists in their activities in the international art arena, and invites international curators and artists for research in Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

About the Northern Norway Art Museum
Established in 1985, Northern Norway Art Museum is today a central actor within the visual arts in Norway and, increasingly, the international circumpolar north. From its base in Tromsø, the Museum serves Norway’s three northernmost counties (Nordland, Troms, Finnmark) and Svalbard through exhibitions, research and related arts programming. The Museum’s core portfolio includes an exhibition of its permanent collections and a rolling calendar of temporary exhibitions of high international and national quality at its seat in Tromsø. A range of public outreach and educational offerings complement these exhibition activities, as well as a series of touring exhibitions within Norway and abroad. In addition, the museum founded in 2015 a satellite exhibition and project space in Longyearbyen on Svalbard—the Kunsthall Svalbard and its attendant Artist in Residence programme—dedicated to international contemporary art of the highest calibre.

2016/06/08

A talk by OCA's IVP Candice Hopkins and music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup at Small Projects in Tromsø

OCA, The Norwegian Association of Curators and Small Projects present

‘Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices’
a talk by OCA IVP, curator Candice Hopkins
with a music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup

The event is part of the OCA project ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016

Time: 19:00

Small Projects
Grønnegata 23
9008, Tromsø
Norway

www.oca.no

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), The Norwegian Association of Curators and Small Projects are pleased to invite you to an evening event with a presentation by OCA IVP curator Candice Hopkins and a music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup taking place at Small Projects, Tromsø, on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Canadian curator Candice Hopkins, part of the curatorial team for the upcoming documenta 14, which opens in Athens and Kassel in June 2017, will hold a presentation titled ‘Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices’ including her reflections on protest, indigenous artists and sound-based work. The practice of musicians Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup explore traditional and contemporary forms of music. They will present a vocal performance combining yoik – Sámi songs – with the spoken word.

The event is open to everyone but registration is required. Capacity is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending please send an email to info@smallprojects.no. For more information about this announcement, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

The event forms part of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, a wide cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artist residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities activated through the new OCA pilot office in Tromsø, and its premises in Oslo.

Also upcoming in ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ is a conference in the Svalbard archipelago to be held from 12-13 June 2016 initiated and developed by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and the Northern Norway Art Museum (NNKM). For more information about the Svalbard programme please click here. For a detailed day-by-day programme, please click here.

About Candice Hopkins
Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has held curatorial positions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, the Fillip Review and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Hopkins has lectured widely including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. In 2012 Hopkins was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the ‘sovereign imagination’ for documenta 13. ‘Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art,’ co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde, was the National Gallery of Canada’s largest survey of recent Indigenous art. Hopkins was co-curator of the 2014 SITE Santa Fe biennial exhibition, ‘Unsettled Landscapes.’ In 2014 she received the Joan Lowndes award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing. She currently is a curatorial advisor for documenta 14, opening in 2017.

About Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup
Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup are sisters and Sámi yoikers from the reindeer-herding community of Guovdageaidnu in the Finnmark county, northern Norway. They are born into a family of skillful yoikers and have been singing on stage since childhood. Sara Marielle Gaup is best known for her work with Adjágas, the acclaimed Sámi band who blends yoik with various contemporary influences. Besides beeing a traditional yoiker, Risten Anine Gaup is a songwriter, with her own unique vocal style.

About OCA IVP – International Visitor Programme
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway runs an International Visitor Programme to support international curators and cultural producers in their research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Participation in the programme is by invitation although requests for visits are considered based on availability.

About the Norwegian Association of Curators
The Norwegian Association of Curators was founded in 2011 as an independent organisation to enhance the understanding of curatorial practice in Norway and to promote the legal and economic conditions of its members vis-à-vis public policymakers and cultural institutions. To this end, the Association will initiate professional forums for discussions around contemporary curatorial practices, document the history of the profession, and contribute to discourses relevant to the field. The Norwegian Association of Curators collaborates with other arts organisations, institutions and groups in Norway and internationally.

About Small Projects
Small Projects began as a nomadic artist initiative in Manila in 2001 involving a small multicultural community of visual artists, political activists, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and performance artists. It manifested in many different forms, always making itself relevant to the community surrounding it. From art exhibitions, concerts, performance art to community work such as workshops with street children and fundraising for communities in need of assistance. Since then it has hosted and organised exhibitions and performances internationally. Small Projects promotes works and initiatives which challenge boundaries and encourage critical discussion, and provide space for emerging and mid-career artists. Based in Tromsø, Norway, for the past 6 years Small Projects aim to assist locally based artists, by providing them with a venue to exhibit or the opportunity to test works in progress, and by giving them access to experience works by internationally recognised artists and curators.


ABOUT OCA'S NOTATIONS
This event is part of OCA’s continuous programming Notations. OCA's 'Notations' unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action.

2016/06/07

Detailed programme for 'Thinking at the Edge of the World' now available

Detailed programme for 'Thinking at the Edge of the World’, a cross-disciplinary international conference in Svalbard initiated and developed by OCA and the Northern Norway Art Museum (NNKM) is now available

Longyearbyen, Svalbard archipelago
June 12–13, 2016

oca.no
www.nnkm.no

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and the Northern Norway Art Museum (NNKM) are pleased to release the detailed programme of 'Thinking at the Edge of the World’, a cross-disciplinary international conference initiated and developed by OCA and NNKM which will be held on the Svalbard archipelago from 12-13 June 2016.

Saturday 11 June 2016

PRE-PROGRAMME
Venue: Kunsthall Svalbard

8.30pm
Exhibition opening
Olav Christopher Jenssen: The Expedition
Curated by Jérémie McGowan
Northern Norway Art Museum opened Kunsthall Svalbard in 2015 as a dedicated exhibition and project space for interna-tional contemporary art. The Kunsthall’s inaugural Artist in Residence project presents a series of exploratory probes by Olav Christopher Jenssen into the biolog-ical, geo-political and cultural aspects of Svalbard’s contemporary landscape. Jenssen brought with him to Longyearbyen two custom-made expedition cases, each housing 25 aluminium plates upon which to record and react to his experiences in the Arctic. These plates are informed in turn by a group of over 200 watercolours that served as an initial mode of investigation and capture. Added to this are elements transposed from Jenssen’s temporary studio in Longyearbyen, a makeshift atelier inhabited by zoological specimens from the old Svalbard Museum. The underlying experimental nature of ‘The Expedition’ resonates with previous histories of Arctic exploration imagery, while simultaneously linking to the wide spectrum of scientific research activities central to Svalbard’s identity today.

Sunday 12 June 2016

PROGRAMME

OCEANS, FOOD, MYTHS, AND SEA MONSTERS
Venue: Cinema Kulturhuset Longyeabyen
A series of screenings and conversations unfolding the narrative constructions around oceans, alongside a panel of film-makers, anthropologists, artists, Arctic marine biologists, curators and writers. The panel, and correlated activities, debate the realities of life in the Arctic, its peoples and ecosystems, the future and past of water fluidly in relation to global food and survival systems, and the human obsession with the deep.

12am
Film screening
Leviathan (2012, 1h 27m), dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
Leviathan is a work of nonfiction set entirely on a groundfish trawler departing from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the very port from which Herman Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick. Avoiding standard equipment and traditional interviews, analysis and explanation, Leviathan impressionistically captures the collaborative clash of man, nature and machine. Shot on a number of small cameras – passed from fisherman to filmmaker – it is a cosmic portrait of one of humankind’s oldest endeavours.

LANDS, SETTLEMENTS, TIPS, BONES AND APPROPRIATION
Venue: Lecture hall, University of Svalbard (UNIS), Entry through Museum of Svalbard
A series of conversations around concrete and metaphorical notions of land addressing their conquest, domestication, and demo-graphics, as well as the socio-political and environmental crisis unleashed by the changing processes of climate, occupation and settlement. The session opens with a particular reference to the Nordic north as it considers the conflicted history of that region’s Sami people (the largest indigenous community in Europe) whose nomadic life-style has been challenged in modern times by questions of ownership and usage of land and its resources, nation states and borders, mobility and belief. The participants include Sami activists and artists, highlighting economic, spiritual, historical, legal, environmental, aesthetic and poetic questions. Indigenous alliances to connect apparent local issues with global ones are also explored.

9.50–10am
Welcome
Katya García-Antón and Jérémie McGowan
Katya García-Antón is the Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Jérémie McGowan is Director of Northern Norway Art Museum

10–10.45am
Conversation
Candice Hopkins and Niillas Somby
Candice Hopkins and Niillas Somby Calling forth the experiences of indigenous communities across diverse landscapes and cultures, Candice Hopkins and Niillas Somby will discuss the forms and language behind historical and contemporary politics of resistance. Taking the perspectives of arts and activism as a starting point, their discussion will link circumpolar and global debates on the subject.

Followed by Q&A

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a curatorial advisor for documenta 14, opening in 2017.
Niillas Somby is a Sami writer and political rights activist

11am–12pm
Panel discussion
Panellists: Robert Templer, Lutz Henke, Elena Isayev and Alberto Altés. Moderated by Katya García-Antón
Across the world the explosion of numerous old and new conflicts (armed and environmental) are leading to large-scale displacement of communities searching for new homes, temporary refuge or permanent asylum for political or economic reasons. Their movements catalyse complex debates regarding social friction and intolerance, as well as the nature of our planetary responsibility to others. If the paucity of a welcoming infrastructure within receiving nations has become a crisis in itself, these social displacements are enabling new forms of political brinkmanship. Terms like ‘crisis,’ ‘migration,’ ‘exploration’ and ‘conquest’ continue to pervade modern and mediatic global rhetoric. The Cold War confrontations of old once again inform many territorial debates. Yet evidence from the ancient world challenges our current understanding of social displacement, reminding us of the more quotidian historic nature of mobility. This panel sets forth aesthetics propositions, technological queries, and architectural responses to look at other forms of mobility and territorial usage that can stoke a rethinking of Arctic and world geopolitics.

Robert Templer is Director of The Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Lutz Henke is a cultural scientist and curator based in Berlin, Germany who recently collaborated on the project Black Flag by artist Santiago Sierra, in the North and South Pole
Elena Isayev is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter, UK
Alberto Altés is an architect, researcher and lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden

12–12.30pm
Conversation
Olav Christopher Jenssen with Jérémie McGowan
Framed within a critical historiography of Arctic exploration, its attendant expedition imagery, and the varying discourses about the Artic that such images have spawned, this dialogue explores the ways in which the north is both imaged and imagined. Held in proximity to one of the world’s leading research parks for Arctic studies, the talk advocates productive synergies between artistic and scientific experimental practices.

Olav Christopher Jenssen is one of Norway’s most acclaimed contemporary artists
Jérémie McGowan is Director of Northern Norway Art Museum

WINDS, STREAMS, SKIES & AURORAS
An experiment reflecting upon the amplification of sensory experiences and the impact of extended sunlight hours on the mind and body, humans and other species, and non-living organisms.

12.30–12.35pm
Introduction
Emily King
Over the last year Emily King has been developing a proposal for a natural-light festival. While most light festivals amount to large-scale displays of artificial light, becoming effectively light pollution, King draws from Longyearbyen’s extraordinary light quality and duration as a source of inspiration for her future research.

Emily King is a design historian, writer and curator based in London, UK

12.35–12.50pm
Sensory interventions
Duration: 24 hours
Emily King and Nadjib Achaibou
In collaboration with the perfumer Nadjib Achaibou, Emily King has been developing a scent, which will be released to magnify or alter the perception of light, time and place in Longyearbyen by encouraging a sensory experience akin to synaesthesia. Skies will be smelled, locations will be tasted and seconds will evaporate, affecting the discussions, feasting, dancing, sleeping and sport during the following twenty-four hours.

Nadjib Achaibou is a perfumer based in London, UK
Emily King is a design historian, writer and curator based in London, UK

2–2.30pm
Tour of Svalbard Museum
with Director Tora Hultgreen

LANDS, SETTLEMENTS, TIPS, BONES AND APPROPRIATION

2.30–3.15pm
Conversation
Lisa Philips in conversation with Edwina van Gal and Adam Kleinman
Addressing larger issues of art and the environment, the participants present specific examples that connect design to sustainability and natural landscapes, as well as to chemical pollution and technologies that affect native species. The discussion opens up proposals for transitioning to new forms of Earth maintenance and management that can contribute to climate change resiliency.

Lisa Philips is the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, NY, New York, USA
Edwina von Gal is an American landscape designer based in East Hampton, New York, NY, USA
Adam Kleinman is a writer, editor, curator, lecturer and is currently Editor-in-Chief & Adjunct Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and is Associate Curator of OCA’s programme “Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North”

3.20pm
Screening
In Girum Imus Nocte (2015, 13m), dir. Giorgio Andreotta Calò
‘I imagine a wooden boat on fire. A fire that illuminates the night and slowly consumes and transforms the fishing boat in coal. A fire that accompanies the travelling distance of the miners and fishermen. Change of substance from one physical state to another. An entropic event transforming matter and symbols.’ These words of Giorgio Andreotta Calò encapsulate the action undertaken by the artist in a small village in the south west of Sardinia, Italy – home to a local population of fishermen and miners, the only inhabitants of town – on the evening of 4 December 2014. They walked together from dawn to dusk, and reached a burning boat. The boat, tool of the fishermen, burns and ‘becomes’ coal, thus connecting the two categories of workers. The film goes beyond the artist’s action to open up old and new questions raised by their impoverished exploitation of earth and sea.

Giorgio Andreotta Calò is an artist living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Venice, Italy

3.45–4.30pm
Comments and interventions about the day
by Nabil Ahmed, Synnøve Persen and Elin Már Øyen Vister, Leif Magne Tangen, moderated by Antonio Cataldo

Nabil Ahmed is an artist, writer and Professor at The CASS, London, UK
Synnøve Persen is a Sami poet and a visual artist based in Porsanger, Norway
Elin Már Øyen Vister is an artist and founder of the residency programme Røst AiR in the Røst archipelago, the outermost part of the Lofoten archipelago, Norway
Leif Magne Tangen is the Director of the Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Antonio Cataldo is Senior Programmer at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway

4.30–4.45pm
Words by the Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland

7:00pm–12:00am

Boat trip, dinner, informal discussions Aboard MS Polargirl
Special reservation might be required for this event
A five-hour boat trip to a glacier front led by Kim Holmén, International Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Svalbard, who will discuss questions of biodiversity and glaciology during the journey. Holmén´s commentary will highlight significant environmental and conservation concerns in the Svalbard Archipelago crucial for under-standing global environmental changes and their consequences, as well as commenting upon his experience in lobbying for the environment across the world.

Monday, 13 June 2016

OCEANS, FOOD, MYTHS, AND SEA MONSTERS
Venue: Gruve 3 (mine)

10–11.15am
Panel discussion
Panellists: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, Camilla Svensen and Julie Decker. Moderated by Francis McKee
Sagacious, humorous and mesmerising, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) still casts a long shadow over the cogent issues of our time. As a back-drop illustrating the beginning of economic, scientific and environmental changes that have continued relevance today, this panel will use Melville’s ‘vessels’ of exploration to look into the food industry, and the role of contaminating materials such as plastics, coal and oil in the food chain of the deep sea. How these alterations will be dramatized in future storytelling is dependent on the tools of perception that enable us to see the oceans, as much as on the ethnography of navigation upon vessels that research them.

Followed by Q&A

Lucien Castaing-Taylor is an anthropologist, filmmaker and Professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Véréna Paravel is a filmmaker and anthropologist working at the Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Study Center at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Camilla Svensen is Associate Professor in Arctic Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Julie Decker is CEO and Director of Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK, USA
Francis McKee is Director of CCA, Glasgow, Scotland

11.15am–12pm
Conversation
AK Dolven with Kim Holmén
Framed within the larger concerns of Arctic politics, Kim Holmén will address Dolven’s ongoing artistic audio-acoustic research of the Arctic cod. Dolven recordings of the mating calls of the Northeast Arctic cod in its natural habitat, unveils the choral poetics of the ocean as much as it reveals the delicate balance of factors (depth and temperature) which if fractured will impinge seriously on marine reproductive cycles. Engines, propellers, fishing rods, and the water itself become a vibrant record of memories and interferences, tracing the geographical human disturbance of the planet.

Followed by Q&A

AK Dolven is one of Norway’s foremost visual artists and lives between London, UK and the Lofoten archipelago, Norway
Kim Holmén is the International Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Longyearbyen, Norway

12.15–1pm
Comments and interventions about the day
by Luba Kuzovnikova, Charis Gullickson, and Jan Martin Berg, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer

Luba Kuzovnikova is the Director of Pikene på Broen, Kirkenes, Norway
Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Charis Gullickson is Curator at NNKM, Tromsø, Norway
Jan Martin Berg is Director of Galleri Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway

2pm
Screening
Gáddegánddat – Who's Left on the Shore? (2003, 33 min.), dir. Niillas Somby
In 1911 the Norwegian Government revised the Tana Act (of 1888) making restrictions on who was permitted to fish in the Tana river. The Act, which still applies, deprived the Sami of their traditional rights and had a major impact on the local community. Niillas Somby’s documentary presents people from the local Sami community describing their concerns for the future of the life by the river as well as their dissatisfaction with local and national authorities.

Niillas Somby is a Sami writer and political rights activist

LANDS, SETTLEMENTS, TIPS, BONES AND APPROPRIATION
2.35–2.50pm

Introduction
Janike Kampevold Larsen
In advance of visiting the Gruve 3 mine, Janike Kampevold Larsen will introduce some thoughts about the convergence of geologic, political and economic forces in Longyearbyen, and how the multi-layered Svalbard landscape opens up possibilities of projecting between and into varying materialities.

2.50–4pm
Tour of Gruve 3 (mine)
Organised by Gruve 3

Janike Kampevold Larsen is associate professor in the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

WINDS, STREAMS, SKIES & AURORAS
Venue: Cinema Kulturhuset Longyeabyen

4.30pm
Sensory interventions: Feedbacks
Emily King with Nadjib Achaibou
Nadjib Achaibou is a perfumer based in London, UK
Emily King is a design historian, writer and curator based in London, UK

4.50–5pm
Closing Remarks
Katya García-Antón and Jérémie McGowan
Katya García-Antón is the Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Jérémie McGowan is Director of Northern Norway Art Museum

OCEANS, FOOD, MYTHS, AND SEA MONSTERS

5pm
Film screening
Leviathan (2012, 1h 27m), dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

7:30pm–12:00am
(optional, limited places)
Walk
Elin Már Øyen Vister
Venue: Fuglefjella, Bjørndalen (The Bird Mountains in Bear Valley) approx. 5 km from Longyearbyen
Places are extremely limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you are interest in attending please send an email to elin.vister@gmail.com
Artist Elin Már Øyen Vister is leading a collective meditative sound walk to sense, and get to know better the non-human inhabitants of Svalbard. It will be a walk by foot into Bjørndalen (the Bear valley) where the flora and fauna is rich. The route leads along the fjords, the inland valleys and into the mountains, where the pelagic seabird colonies are to be found. The hope is to see little auks, geese, murres, guillemots, gulls, fulmars and maybe even a Svalbard ptarmigan, polar fox and the local Svalbard reindeer. It will be possible to experience rock formations and to spot artic plants and flowers such as the Svalbard Poppy, Dwarf Birch and Alpine Rock Cress.

Elin Már Øyen Vister is an artist and founder of the residency programme Røst AiR in the Røst archipelago, the outermost part of the Lofoten archipelago, Norway

Venue: Huset
10.30pm
Music
DJ-set by Frost (Aggie Peterson and Per Martinsen) and Mental Overdrive (Per Martinsen) with live visuals by Petra Hermanova featuring historical photographs of Spitsebergen by Herta Grøndal

There are limited spaces at the conference available on a first come first served basis. For information please email: mail@oca.no


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About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (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 is recognised as an important contributor to the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications. It also supports Norwegian artists in their activities in the international art arena, and invites international curators and artists for research in Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

The Svalbard Conference 'Thinking at the Edge of the World’ is part of a wider cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artist residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities activated through the new OCA pilot office in Tromsø, beside its premises in Oslo.

About Northern Norway Art Museum (NNKM)
Established in 1985, Northern Norway Art Museum is today a central actor within the visual arts in Norway and, increasingly, the international circumpolar North. From its base in Tromsø, the Museum serves Norway’s three northernmost counties (Nordland, Troms, Finnmark) and Svalbard through exhibitions, research and related arts programming. The Museum’s core portfolio includes an exhibition of its permanent collections and a rolling calendar of temporary exhibitions of high international and national quality at its seat in Tromsø. A range of public outreach and educational offerings complement these exhibition activities, as well as a series of touring exhibitions within Norway and abroad. In addition, the museum founded in 2015 a satellite exhibition and project space in Longyearbyen on Svalbard – the Kunsthall Svalbard and its attendant Artist in Residence programme – dedicated to international contemporary art of the highest calibre.