Press Releases : 2007/09

New OCA Semesterplan

Published 2007/09/19

Mark Leckey, Londontella, 2003

WEEK 36–50

OCA announces the OCA semesterplan for Fall/Early Winter 2007. Launched in Fall 2006, OCA semesterplan offers a seasonal framework for OCA's public programming taking place in Norway and abroad. The Fall programme for 2007 includes the following:

*OCA's International Studio Programme includes upcoming artist residents Claire FontainePierre BismuthDessislava Dimova and Mark Leckey. In October, Claire Fontaine having recently exhibited at such venues as the Tate Modern in London and within the Lyon Biennale, discusses the devices, problems and contributions of its particular practice. Join Mark Leckey for the Guy Fawkes bonfire to be held in Oslo's fjord in early November. This to be followed in early December by Leckey's Cinema-in-the-Round scheduled at Frogner Kino.

*Alice Creischer, the 2006/2007 recipient of OCA's Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art is joined by her partner — artist Andreas Siekmann, in a presentation held at the Munch Studio at Ekely around the topic Intervention Is Not A Closed Term. The artists will discuss their recent opera production within Documenta 12 as a way to approach the subject of intervention within artist practice and to explore how it has become a rhetorical term for defining politically motivated works of art.

*Returning ISP artist resident Rosalind Nashashibi presents Bachelor Machines 2— a project evolving out of Nashashibi's residency in Oslo in Winter 2007 and her cooperation with then resident Thomas BayrleCorey McCorkle also returns to Oslo to screen Tower of Shadows, a film project produced during McCorkle's off-site residency in Chandigarh, India in December 2006.

*[OCA, NYC] launches Closed Session — a short term residency programme for Norwegian artists in NYC. This Fall, OCA participates by inviting artists Lina Viste Grønli (Oslo) and Karolin Tampere from Rakett (Bergen).

*[OCA, NYC] continues further with its expansive research project, Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? with a presentation by OCA Director Marta Kuzma in supplement to a presentation by Håvard Nilsen, an Oslo based academic who has written and researched extensively Wilhelm Reich — his practice and research in Oslo in the 1930s.

*OCA launches an expansive three day symposium on the topic — Film as a Critical Practice from 8 to 10 November. This two-day symposium and additional screening programme organized by Marta Kuzma of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and co-moderated by Pablo Lafuente from Afterall brings together artists, critics and theorists to discuss "film as a critical practice" by looking into the political and psychoanalytic dimension of film. Topics will range from strategies of the integration of documentary techniques and narrative rupture, delving into the development of these methods, employed by, for example, by Guy Debord's in The Society of the Spectacle. The symposium will work through references found in the cinematographic scope of work produced throughout the 1960s and '70s through to more recent examples of how artists structure works that are politically and critically engaged. At the same time, the symposium will explore repositioning of the spectator in relation to the image. Speakers include Lene BergKodwo Eshun,Boris BudenHarun FarockiPablo LafuenteLaura MulveyKristin RossKeith SanbornHito SteyerlZhang Xian Min. The supplemental film programme curated by Ian White, Curator of Film from the Whitechapel in London, will be held in conjunction with the symposium and on the evening of 10 November.

All this, in addition to further talks, seminars and lectures to be published and announced intermittently on

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