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2013/09/10

Bjarne Melgaard and Ann Lislegaard at the 12th Lyon Biennial

Installation view of 'A New Novel by Bjarne Melgaard', (2012). Courtesy of the Biennale de Lyon

OCA ANNOUNCES

the participation of artists Bjarne Melgaard and Ann Lislegaard
at the 12th Biennale de Lyon: 'Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then’

Exhibition dates: 12 September 2013–5 January 2014
Professional preview: 10–11 September

Curator: Gunnar B. Kvaran

12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France


According to the organisers of the 12th Biennale de Lyon, curator Gunnar B. Kvaran has invited artists who 'work in the narrative field and use art to experiment with the modalities and mechanisms of storytelling’. Kvaran states that ‘for some decades now, artists have been more concerned with creating new narrative structures for their stories, whether real or imaginary, and for their experiences, whether major or minor. The starting point is no longer the matter and technique of traditional painting or sculpture, but a concept, an idea or a story, which is then given concrete form. Up to a certain point it can even be said that the originality of the artistic act hinges on the originality of narrative constructions marked by great diversity of materials and innovative forms of spatial organisation’. For the 12th edition the exhibition will include work by 70 artists from 21 different countries that reflect the curatorial theme. Artists among others, include James Richards, Hiraki Sawa, Hannah Weinberger, Tabor Robak, Matthew Barney, Helen Marten, Jeff Koons, Karl Haendel, Dineo SesheeBopape, Ed Atkins, Yoko Ono, Robert Gober, Mary Sibande, Paulo Nimer Pjota and Mette Edvardsen.

In this context Ann Lislegaard will present her new video animation, based on Philip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps?. The video presents two owls, inspired by the replicant owl from the movie Blade Runner, engaged in a monologue consisting of aphorisms. The different fragments of the animation can be viewed as ‘prophecies from the I-Ching or a feminist speaking in tongues’. Lislegaard sees science fiction 'as an experimental take-off point for the invention of new narrative structures’.

Bjarne Melgaard will present new installations from his recent solo exhibition ‘A New Novel’, that shares its title with his latest novel. The installations, created in collaboration with designers and craftspeople, are based on the story of the novel; ‘its protagonist’s tortured infatuation with a doorman and the willing degradations of a surrounding cast of characters, an exploration of the ways in which sex and violence dovetail with love and loneliness’. This work is meant to illustrate his ‘defying of established narrative norms, his overlapping ideas and digressions, confronting reality in all its chaotic splendour’.

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ABOUT THE CURATOR
Gunnar B. Kvaran (b.1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has since 2001 been the Director of the Astrup Fearnly Museum in Oslo. He holds a PhD in Art History from l´Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France. From 1989 to 1997 he served as Director of The Reykjavik Art Museum and was the Director of The Bergen Art Museum in Bergen, Norway, from 1997 to 2001. Kvaran was the commissioner and curator for the Icelandic pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ann Lislegaard (b.1962 in Tønsberg, Norway, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and New York, NY, USA) holds a MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also served as a professor from 2004 to 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Tapping of the Fox Sisters’, Marabouparken Contemporary Art Centre, Sundbyberg, Sweden (2010); ‘What if, MOCAD’, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA (2009); ‘2062, Ann Lislegaard’, The Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA (2009). Her work has been presented at the group exhibitions ‘The Smithson Effect’, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, UT, USA (2011); Busan Biennale 2010, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea (2010); ‘Wall of Sound’, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (2010): 'Power Games’, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary (2010); 'Automatic Cities’, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA (2009); ‘Nyerhvervelser 2007–2008’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2009), among others.

Bjarne Melgaard (b.1967 in Sydney, Australia, lives and works in New York, NY, USA) studied at the Jan van Eycke Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands; Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at public institutions such as Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway (2012); Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; de Appel, Amsterdam (2010); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2003); MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (2002). In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at La Biennale di Venezia, with the teaching programme ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, commissioned and organised by Office for Contemporary Art Norway, together with the lecture series 'The State of Things'.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2013/03/11

Norway at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

Norsk versjon

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa

‘Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch, Lene Berg and the Dilemma of Emancipation’

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
Galleria di Piazza San Marco
San Marco 71/c
30124 Venice, Italy

Exhibition dates: 1 June–22 September 2013
Opening hours: Wed.–Sun. / 11am–6pm


www.oca.no
www.bevilacqualamasa.it

‘Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch, Lene Berg and the Dilemma of Emancipation’ is a project organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, as the official Norwegian representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2013. The exhibition, which includes a series of rarely exhibited works by Edvard Munch in addition to a newly commissioned film by Lene Berg, revolves around emancipation as an issue always vexed with contradiction – between the realm of freedom and the consequences of the isolation that often accompany the pursuit of a qualitatively different, ‘alternative’ life. In his Essay on Liberation, Herbert Marcuse notes that the striving toward a ‘new sensibility’ involves a psychedelic, narcotic release from the rationality of an established system, as well as from the logic that attempts to change that system. Such new sensibility, which resides in the gap between the existing order and true liberation, might lead to a radical transformation – and in this shift art functions as a technique through which to reconstruct reality from its illusion, its imitation, its harmony, towards a matter not yet given, still to be realised.

The impulse to operate in the margins – on the outside trying to break in or on the inside redefining the context – is one of the key driving forces in the history of art, and is also at the centre of ‘Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch, Lene Berg and the Dilemma of Emancipation’. The exhibition, curated by Marta Kuzma, Director, OCA, Angela Vettese, President, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and Pablo Lafuente, Associate Curator, OCA, will bring together rarely exhibited works from the collection of the Munch Museum in Oslo with Lene Berg’s new film Ung Løs Gris (Dirty Young Loose, 2013) in order to explore the relationship between art, its social context and changing gender relationships, both in the age of emancipation in which Munch lived and today.

At the beginning of the 20th century, sexual norms and traditional gender roles were questioned amid new psychological theories of sex and politics and a struggle for women’s equality. Challenged by such developments, Munch faced the alienation that characterised the Christiania Bohemia, a society bidding for emancipation but trapped in ‘reality’, struggling between two options: assimilating shared values, or going beyond them in order to construct a new frame for perception. Munch’s emphatic treatment of these themes from 1902 to 1908, before entering the asylum, reflected an internal ambiguity and anguish. Munch described this period as an ‘eternal civil war’, after which his work moved to a more distanced treatment of subjects, in social caricatures in which he offers an ironic critique of an increasingly capitalist and permissive society. In Social Studies, Cause and Effect (1910), made shortly after, Munch also reflected upon the conditions of artistic production and its reception, via patronage, sales, criticism and public opinion, opening new dimensions for his work, from a psychological perspective into social and historical realms.

These issues are echoed in Lene Berg’s Dirty Young Loose (2013), a film that concentrates on three different characters who are interrogated about their roles as either victims or perpetrators in a complex situation. The film explores the interpretation of human behaviour based on preconceived concepts and established norms. Just like the exhibition as a whole, the film presents the deconstruction of an original scene which functions as a catalyst for a revision of the politics of liberation, of gender struggle and of internal conflict – the dilemma of emancipation.

ON PETER WATKINS' EDVARD MUNCH (1973)
Edvard Munch is considered by Watkins as his most personal film. The work dramatises three decades of the life of the artist in the form of a docudrama that conveys Munch’s subjective vision about tragic family events, difficulties in his first sexual relationships, and opposition from the conservative forces in Christiania (Oslo) following his engagement with its bohemian circle in the mid-1880s. The film concentrates on Munch’s personal reactions to these events, enfolds them in the social and historical reality of the time, and shows how they directly affected the development of his style as a painter.

In parallel to his work as a filmmaker, Peter Watkins analysed and challenged for over four decades the widely accepted escalation of the standardised pictorial and narrative form of Hollywood within all forms of contemporary audiovisual communication, including modern internet technology. The artist Edvard Munch is often referred to as a ‘modern’ artist, but – Watkins asks – how are we to define ‘modernism’ in the broadest sense, in a world that idolises manipulative audiovisual forms which encourage mass consumerism, political passivity, and escalating environmental disaster?

For press inquiries and to obtain press images, please contact Petter Dotterud Anthun, OCA’s Information and Web Manager. For Italian press, please contact Giorgia Gallina at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa’s press office.

‘Beware of the Holy Whore: Edvard Munch, Lene Berg and the Dilemma of Emancipation’ will take place from 31 May to 22 September 2013 at Galleria di Piazza San Marco of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. This exhibition in its entirety has been commissioned and funded by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in cooperation and with the generous support of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice and its Board. Additional support is provided by Fritt Ord – the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo. Lene Berg’s film is produced by Studio Fjordholm AS, and made possible with the additional support of NFI, the Norwegian Film Institute – Film commissioner: Åse Meyer, Norsk Kulturråd/Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde/Audio and Visual Fund, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Norwegian Visual Artists Remuneration Fund.


* Access to the Pavilion Press and Professional Previews will require the appropriate official accreditations. Please email Maria Moseng if you have any enquiries.

Background image: Edvard Munch: Samfundslære, årsak og virkning (Social Studies, Cause and Effect) © Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen gruppen/ BONO, Oslo 2013

2013/01/18

International Support, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and ISCP New York Upcoming deadline: 1 February 2013

Installation view of 'If You Want It You Can Get It For the Rest of Your Life. (Truth Is What Works.)' curated by Erlend Hammer, ISCP curator resident September–November 2012. Courtesy of the curator

OCA ANNOUNCES
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
International Artist and Curatorial Studio Programmes (ISCP), USA

Deadline: 1 February 2013

www.oca.no/grants

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. We are currently accepting applications for the first quarter application review for International Support. Forms are due by 1 February 2013. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit entities. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. The applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.

The objective for support is to foster the professional consideration and exhibition of Norwegian art abroad, innovative artistic production, and a creative process of dialogue and collaboration within the spectrum of contemporary cultural practice. OCA's International Support Programme aims to enable international institutions and international curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with individual artists, art groups and professionals to convey the critical initiatives behind their production.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. The upcoming 1 February 2013 deadline applies to Künstlerhaus Bethanien and ISCP New York City. Click here to read more about OCA's International Residency Programmes.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
In 2013–14 OCA offers a twelve-month residency programme for an artist at the International Studio Programme Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, from 1 December 2013 until 15 November 2014. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. 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 Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Click here to read more about Künstlerhaus Bethanien. 

ISCP New York City
In collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York, OCA offers two studio grants – one for a Norwegian artist and one for a Norwegian curator – at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. The artist residency has the duration of one year, from 1 September 2013 until 15 August 2014. The curatorial residency has a duration of 3 months, from 1 September until 30 November 2013. Only Norwegian citizens are eligible for these grants. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about ISCP New York City.

For more information, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.


OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2012/09/03

Upcoming dOCUMENTA (13) September events

Artist Toril Johannesen, marine biologist Tron Frede Thingstad and neuro-scientist Karel Jezek will take part in the conference 'On Seeds and Multispecies Intra-Action: Disowning Life [PART I]', within the Maybe Education and Public Programs of dOCUMENTA (13) on 10 September 2012. Johannessen will also be part of Nature Addicts Fund's ‘Travelling Academy’, an itinerant academy that brings together artists, philosophers and writers on 11–16 September in Kassel.

Smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas is part of Hypnotic Show in the Reflection Room by Marcos Lutyens. These individual and group sessions will take place in the Reflection Room, Lutyens's project for the exhibition which consists of two mirroring wooden prefabricated houses in Karlsaue park, from 15 June to 16 September 2012.

According to artistic director Christov-Bakargiev, dOCUMENTA (13) 'is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory'. Until 16 September 2012, the works of Matias Faldbakken, Toril Johannessen, Hannah Ryggen and Aase Texmon Rygh are on view within the exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Faldbakken is presenting the intervention Book Sculpture (2008/12), which is shown at the Stadtbibliothek and Jugendbibliothek. Johannessen and Rygh are part of 'When you step inside it is filled with seeds', a project revolving around notions of art, biodiversity and ecology that is installed at Ottoneum, the Natural History Museum. The presentation of Hannah Ryggen includes the six tapestries Etiopia (1935), Gru (1936), Drømmedød (1936), Hitler-teppet (1936), Spania / La Hora se aproxima (1938) and Jul Kvale (1956), and is installed in the rotunda of the Fridericianum. Click here to read more.

2012/01/18

Upcoming deadline for International Support and International Residencies: 1 February 2012

Linn Pedersen (Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2011-2012 resident), installation view from 'De innbygde', Galleri Maria Veie, Oslo, Norway, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

OCA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

International Support

International Residencies
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Capacete Residency Programme, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
ISCP New York City, NY, USA

Deadline: 1 February 2012

www.oca.no

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
OCA is currently accepting applications for the First Quarter Application Review for International Support. Forms are due by 1 February 2012. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit entities. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad.

The objective for support is to foster the professional consideration and exhibition of Norwegian art abroad, innovative artistic production, and a creative process of dialogue and collaboration within the spectrum of contemporary cultural practice. OCA's International Support Programme aims to enable international institutions and international curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with individual artists, art groups and professionals to convey the critical initiatives behind their production. OCA finds it important to provide artists, art professionals, curators, and cultural producers the possibility to network professionally within the international arts community.


INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. The upcoming 1 February 2012 deadline applies to Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Capacete Residency Programme and ISCP New York City. Click here to read more about OCA's International Residency Programmes.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
In 2012-13 OCA offers a twelve-month residency programme for an artist, at the International Studio Programme Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, from 1 December 2012 until 15 November 2013. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. 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 Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Click here to read more about Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Capacete Residency Programme
In 2012 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist, an independent curator, a cultural producer or an independent art critic at Capacete, a forum and interdisciplinary project operating in Brazil since 1997. The duration of the programme is four months between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, including two-month stays in each city. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. 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 Capacete. Click here to read more about the Capacete Residency Programme.

ISCP New York City
In collaboration with the American Scandinavian Foundation, OCA offers two studio grants – one for a Norwegian artist and one for a Norwegian curator – at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. The artist residency has the duration of one year, from 1 September 2012 until 15 August 2013. The Curatorial residency has the duration of 3 months, from 1 September until 30 November 2012. Only Norwegian citizens are eligible for these grants. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about ISCP New York City.

For questions regarding applications for International Support, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen. For international institutional applications, biennials and residencies, please address your questions to Paul Brewer.