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2012/11/19

Agenda for `A Public Meeting: Norway's Official Representation in La Biennale di Venezia (Visual Arts section) / The Future'

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OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY calls

A Public Meeting:
Norway's Official Representation in La Biennale di Venezia (Visual Arts section) / The Future

Tuesday, 20 November / 19:00

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

OCA holds a public meeting at its premises in Nedre gate 7 on Tuesday, 20 November at 19:00 in an effort to openly explore the official Norwegian representation at the Venice Biennale and its possible future model with the aim to invite public views from those within the professional art community. Within such an autonomous platform, the meeting hopes to address the real needs for such a presentation in the future in an effort to build a constructive discussion as to how to address recurrent issues that relate to this forum in the past. Should Norway secure an earmarked allocation for the Venice Biennale so that this is visible both nationally and internationally? What is the optimal level of such an allocation to meet the minimum ambitions for such a project within the frame of the Venice Biennale today? Should OCA be the central authority in the development of the official Norwegian representation in the Venice Biennale? Should KUD form a council of professionals as an advisory body – even international in scope to advise on these matters? These and other issues are hoped to be addressed under the following agenda*.

AGENDA
I. Introduction
Gro Bonesmo, Chair of the Board, OCA

II. OCA and the history of the Venice Biennale since 2003
Marta Kuzma, Director, OCA

III. Short Presentations
NBK
Ebba Moi, Member of the Board, NBK

UKS
Marianne Hurum, Chair of the Board, UKS

Arts Council Norway
Geir Harald Samuelsen, Chair, Visual Arts, Arts Council Norway

On participating in the Nordic Pavilion in the 1999 Venice Biennale
Knut Åsdam, Artist

IV. Open discussion and response

V. Closing remarks and conclusions

Refreshments

MODERATORS
Velaug Bollingmo, Senior Advisor, Arts Council Norway
Sverre Gullesen, Chair of the Board, Kunstnernes Hus

*Please notice that the meeting will be held mainly in Norwegian.

2012/11/13

A Public Meeting: Norway and La Biennale di Venezia / The Future

Hanns Karlewski, Façade of the Nordic Pavilion within the XXXIV International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (1968)

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OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY calls

A Public Meeting:
Norway's Official Representation in La Biennale di Venezia (Visual Arts section) / The Future

Tuesday, 20 November / 19:00

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

In Spring 2012, Norway’s Ministry of Culture (KUD) released the White Paper #23 on Visual Arts, which laid out, in Chapter 7 under point 7.2.3. Conclusion and evaluation of actions:

OCA was founded as an independent professional organ with a mandate to evaluate what would be more beneficial in the international process of exchange in the visual field. With increased globalisation it is important to have an organisation like OCA to attend to and place the Norwegian art world on the international scene. The registration of a rise in applications for international participation for Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway) may be a signal pointing to the fact that OCA does not have enough funding.
The proposed action point leading out of this conclusion reads:
The Ministry of Culture will assess the need for strengthening OCA’s international activities in connection with the budget
.

On 8 October, the proposed national budget for 2013 was released, whereby KUD stated that they had attained ‘the best cultural budget ever’, claiming they ‘are about to reach their goal that was set with “The Culture Lift” (Kulturløftet) in 2004 and 2009, where one of the goals was that 1% of the state budget should be allocated to culture by the year 2014’. Although the White Paper #23 on Visual Arts set out a frame for actions to be considered in terms of the formulation of a future cultural policy and strengthening of budget in relation to internationalisation, OCA was overlooked in terms of possible increases for 2013 (other than for an adjustment according to consumer price index).

The central issue of this public call is to note that OCA, as organiser and commissioner for the official Norwegian representation at La Biennale di Venezia, has expressed within the past three annual budget applications a need for KUD to dedicate an earmarked and increased budget toward Norway’s official representation within La Biennale di Venezia (Visual Arts section). (These requests incorporated into OCA’s annual budget application were in the amounts of 800.000 NOK for the 2009 edition, 3.88 million NOK for the 2011 edition, and 1 million NOK for the 2013 edition – increase requests that were not granted). With the absence of a budget increase across the past three years, OCA has effectively faced a deficit in order to meet the challenges of organising such a project without constructive negotiations on how to meet these challenges in the future. In numerous past meetings, OCA has also expressed the need for a comprehensive evaluation to be conducted in relation to the financial and structural support for the official Norwegian representation at La Biennale di Venezia to reflect the dramatic changes that have affected the costs and realities of mounting an exhibition of contemporary art within the context of the Biennale, especially within the rotation format.

On the same day of the announcement of the national budget, OCA held a meeting of Norwegian art professionals to discuss the pressing issues relating to Norway’s official representation in Venice – for 2013 and into the future. The conclusion reached by the group was to host a public meeting at OCA’s premises for this topic to be taken publicly to bring the following questions and issues to the forefront:

– The optimal formulation of a budget for the official Norwegian representation at La Biennale di Venezia
– How is this budget reviewed, earmarked, and allocated by KUD?
– What is the optimal budget, both with the Nordic pavilion available and/or without the Nordic pavilion?
– Why both ministries KUD and UD do not cooperate on the funding of the official Norwegian representation at La Biennale di Venezia?
­– What has the role of Arts Council Norway been in the past as supplemental in funding the official representation?
– Should OCA be the central authority in the construction of the official Norwegian representation in Venice?
– Should OCA be the commissioner to hire the curator for the official representation?
– Should KUD form a council of professionals as an advisory body – even international in scope to advise KUD on such matter?
– Are there alternative optimal formats?
– Should the Nordic cooperation continue into the future after the conclusion of the agreement for the rotational model adopted for the years 2011–2015?

OCA holds this public meeting at its premises in Nedre gate 7 on Tuesday, 20 November, at 19:00 in an effort to openly explore these points in a discussion and debate with the aim to elicit public views from those within the professional art community and as a way to address Norway’s official representation at La Biennale di Venezia for the future as an autonomous platform. In doing so, the meeting hopes to address the real needs of this forum away from the heated political debates around OCA as an institution.

This public meeting was called after a session at OCA to discuss the problems and polemics of this situation with members of the arts community that included among others:

Birgit Bærøe, Head of Section, Visual Arts, Arts Council Norway
Ina Blom, Critic, Curator and Professor in Art History, University of Oslo (UiO)
Velaug Bollingmo, Senior Advisor, Arts Council Norway, part of founding of OCA
Marianne Hurum, Chair of Board, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS)
Marta Kuzma, Director, OCA
Jørn Mortensen, Dean, Visual Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), former Associate Director, OCA
Geir Harald Samuelsen, Chair, Visual Arts, Arts Council Norway

For more information related to the meeting please contact OCA’s Anne Charlotte Hauen, Administrative Associate or Maria Moseng, Press Officer.

16.10.2012

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2012/03/20

OCA presents a solo exhibition by artist and author Matias Faldbakken

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Matias Faldbakken
PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT OF OF
A A GENERATION GENERATION

Curated by Marta Kuzma

29 March–23 June 2012
Opening: Wednesday 28 March, 19:00
Press Preview: Tuesday 27 March, 11:00

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

A sculpture is something that if it falls on your foot, it will break it.
— John Chamberlain

Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.
— Ad Reinhardt

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Matias Faldbakken entitled PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION, curated by Marta Kuzma. This exhibition reflects Faldbakken’s continued interest in morphing a pre-existing language of forms into a deadpan vernacular. Through suspect negotiations and inferred mediations, Faldbakken sources iconic sculptures produced in the 20th century. The artist essentially de-skills modernist sculpture’s aspirations toward the aerodynamic, the minimal, and the abstract by acrobating revered works of ‘art’ into vessels for intoxication.

In his practice as artist and author, Matias Faldbakken displaces and reconfigures cultural signifiers in order to create a field of agitated idleness. In imposing a rupture to the original sequences of reading and interpretation, the artist points to the eradication of cause and effect in an alienated and onanistic society. In this particular project, made possible by the generous cooperation of The Vigeland Museum and with the Haukeland Family, Faldbakken prompts the sculptures and those viewing them to be slam dunked out of inebriated patterned regimens and to seek a rehabilitation of meaning.

About the artist
Matias Faldbakken (b.1973, Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has exhibited widely internationally and within Norway. His recent solo exhibitions include The Power Station, Dallas, TX, USA; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Belgium; Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland and The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo. He participated in the Nordic Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy in 2005. As an author, his publications include Search (2011), Unfun (2008), Snort Stories (2006), Cold Product (2006), Macht und Rebel (2002), The Cocka Hola Company (2001). Faldbakken received his education from the Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact OCA press officer Maria Moseng.


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.

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2012/01/13

OCA announces Condition Report: A symposium organised by Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal

OCA ANNOUNCES

the participation of Anne Szefer KarlsenStian Eide Kluge, Steffen HåndlykkenLinus ElmesMohamed Ali Fadlabi and Jet Pascua in

CONDITION REPORT
On building art institutions in Africa
A symposium in Dakar, Senegal, o
rganised by Koyo Kouoh and the Raw Material Company 
18–20 January 2012

OCA is pleased to announce the Norwegian participation in Condition Report, a 3-day international symposium on building art institutions in Africa organised by Raw Material Company in cooperation with the Goethe Institut and German Federal Cultural Foundation. The symposium takes place in Dakar, Senegal, from 18-20 January 2012. Representatives from Norwegian cultural initiatives invited by Koyo Kouoh (director of Raw Material Company and a participant in OCA’s International Visitor Programme in 2010) to take part in the symposium include Anne Szefer Karlsen (director of Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen), Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken (directors of 1857, Oslo), Linus Elmes (director of UKS, Oslo), Mohamed Ali Fadlabi (artist and curator of One Night Only exhibition series, Oslo) and Jet Pascua (director of Small Projects, Tromsø). 

According to the organisers, ‘Condition Report aims to address the changing role of art institutions and initiatives in relation to the broader artistic urgencies, and in relation to the society in its whole. The symposium is organised to evaluate a founding principle of many independent organisations that have emerged in recent years – namely that independent contemporary art institutions are an important voice in the construction of a strong cultural private sector as well as in forging a critical opinion from an open civil society. The importance of issues of action, space, power, control and quality will be covered. The sessions will also provide a platform for discussing case studies and experiences accompanied by an informed interpretative analysis’.

The symposium is divided into three leading chapters broken down into multiple sessions. In an effort to contextualise the African art scene and facilitate access and exchange to international participants, site visits to local art institutions are an integral part of the programme. The first chapter, Actors, Agents and Mainstream, ‘looks at existing institutions and how they work to build a shared understanding of artistic agency’. The second chapter, Remains of the Days, ‘discusses how former colonial powers define and implement their strategies of cultural representation and exchange in post-colonial areas’. The Norwegian delegation will participate in the third chapter titled Area Studies, which ‘investigates models and profiles of art institutions developed in other regions of the world with similar historical and contemporary settings’. The session scheduled on Friday, 20 January, titled Case Study: Norway, will elaborate upon a grass roots impulse that is assuming the scene of contemporary art and how it relates to international exchange.

Other international participants in the symposium include Abdellah Karroum (Appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco); Yto Barrada (Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tanger, Morocco); Oyinda Fakeye (Center of Contemporary Art Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria); Juan Gaitan (Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands); Livia Paldi (Baltic Art Centre, Visby, Gotland county, Sweden); Kerstin Pinther (Free University, Berlin, Germany); Dirk Snauwaert (Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium); Ousseynou Wade (Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal) and Marie-Cécile Zinsou (Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin), among others.

About Raw Material Company  
Raw Material Company is a not for profit center for art, knowledge and society. It is an art initiative unfolding within the realms of exhibition making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and archiving of theory and criticism. It works to foster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact OCA´s Head of International Relations Paul Brewer, or Odette Laurent and Camille Osterman from Raw Material Company.

About the Norwegian symposium participants

Mohamed Ali Fadlabi (b.1975) is a Sudanese-Norwegian painter based in Oslo. He works mainly with paintings, performance and text, and has had exhibitions in Norway, Germany, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland and France. In addition to his bachelor's from the National Academy of the Arts, where he is currently working on his master's degree, he received a bachelor's in political science at Elnaileen University 1995-1999, and studied painting at the Sudan University 1995-1997. Fadlabi is the founder of One Night Only Gallery in Oslo. He grew up in Sudan's capital Khartoum. After his political alliances and activities forced him to leave Sudan, he arrived in Norway in 2003 where he was granted political asylum. 

Anne Szefer Karlsen (b.1976) is a curator based in Bergen, Norway currently director of Hordaland Art Centre (2008-2014), which was established in 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Hordaland Art Centre is a non-profit gallery space, a residency programme and a bookshop and café. Szefer Karlsen is trained as an artist and curator, and for a number of years she acted as an independent curator as well as producer of different events and festivals. She was co-founder of Flaggfabrikken ー Centre for Photography and Contemporary Art (2002-2008) and is the co-founding editor of Ctrl+Z Publishing (since 2006). 

Steffen Håndlykken (b.1981) is an artist living and working in Oslo. Recent exhibitions include Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo and The Drawing Biennial, Moss, and, as part of the artist group Institute for Colour: 0047, Oslo; Volt, Bergen; and Common Lands, Oslo. In 2010 he founded 1857 with Stian Eide Kluge, an artist-run space devoted to producing new projects by international artists. Since 2009 he has been co-editor for UKS-forum, a journal of contemporary art and theory published by the Young Artists Society in Oslo.

Stian Eide Kluge (b.1977) lives and works in Oslo. He is a graduate from the National Academy of Art and Design, Oslo and School of Visual Arts, Department for Film in New York. His work has recently been shown at Kunstnerforbundet, Galleri Erik Steen, 0047, Galleri Trafo and Galerei Gabriel Rolt. In 2010 he founded 1857 with Steffen Håndlykken, an artist-run space in Oslo devoted to producing new projects by international artists.

Jet Pascua (b.1969) is a Filipino-born visual artist now residing in Tromsø, Norway. He studied at the University of the Philippines, Department of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen in where he attained his Master in Fine Arts degree. He has also taken part and organized several group and solo exhibitions internationally. He is the founder and director of Small Projects, a non-profit artist-run gallery supported by the Norwegian Arts Council and the city of Tromsø.

Linus Elmes (b.1972) is an artist, curator and writer with a background in Swedish artist initiated projects such as the deliberative collaborative project ak28 and the imaginary experiment Ersta Konsthall. He is currently director at UKS (Young Artists Society) in Oslo.

About O3–funds  
Condition Report has been supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in countries designated by the MFA. The purpose of the O3–funds as allocated to OCA is to further develop cooperation and professional networking between OCA and the constituency of artists, independent cultural producers, and organisations that are located in designated countries. This includes but is not limited to 'professional research visits by cultural producers, artists, and curators', 'short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists', 'seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries', and 'project development on an international scale'.