OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
OCA SUPPORT AND COOPERATION IN O3
OCA has been allocated O3–funds to frame a programme of support underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in the countries designated by the MFA. The list of countries may be accessed here. 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 organizations that are located in designated countries or associated with these 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', 'the development of seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops, etc. that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries', and 'project development (and pilot projects) on an international scale.'
In Summer 2008 and throughout the Fall/Winter 2008, OCA is actively involved in supporting and initiating various programmes in these regions to extend to support in designated and critically important biennale curated by prominent international curators, exhibitions, residency opportunities, and other avenues of cooperation with professionals in countries including China, South Africa, India, Turkey, Morocco, among others.
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sissel Tolaas (b. 1959 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) and Verdensteatret (lead by Lisbeth J. Bodd and Asle Nilsen) are exhibiting within Synthetic Times – Media Art China 2008, at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The exhibition, curated by the New York, USA based media curator, Zhang Ga, is organized around four distinctive yet interrelated themes – Beyond Body, Emotive Digital,The Recombinant Reality, and Here, There and Everywhere. According to the curator, the exhibition is to 'call for a return to the imperative ontological question of how, in the technological construct of time and space, in the ubiquitous presence of otherness, we perceive reality and what it means to be human at the threshold of human-machine symbiosis and in the vortex of convergent media that blurs the boundary between the physical and the digital'. For Synthetic Times, Sissel Tolaas contributes with the project Fear 9, in which she collects and displays the smell of different men who have nothing in common but the fear of body contact, or , as described by Zhang Ga, the 'opening of the ephemeral odor that smells of fear real and near'. The Norwegian collective Verdensteatret presents the installation The Telling Orchestra, which, acording to the cuartor, can be describe as 'The Greenlandic voodoo ritual performed in an utterly unlikely fashion with circuit fabricated instruments, phantom shadows dance a electrified folklore'. The exhibition includes approximately 50 media works, from both established and emerging artists, such as Herwig Weiser and Henrik Menné and also presents Screening Programs. A full-color catalogue was co-published by NAMOC and MIT Press, and an online forum dedicated to the discourse of the respective exhibition themes and beyond was created prior to the opening of the event. A pre-Exhibition symposium was held in New York City in collaboration with MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) relating to the exhibition and its topics of exploration. Synthetic Times – Media Art China 2008 runs from 9 June through 3 July, 2008, as one of the more important cultural events leading up to the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Platform China Residency
In collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, People's Republic of China, OCA offers a studio residency for an artist or curator at the Platform China Beijing Residency Programme, for two months either in spring (April/May) or fall (September/October) 2009.
Current resident May–June, 2008
Stian Ådlandsvik (b. 1981 in Bergen, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with sculptures and photography. Ådlandsvik's projects often map up unusual connections in social, political and economical administration and he relates this to questions concerning national identity. Working with estrangement and reorganization of objects, he is blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction. During his residency in Beijing, the artist investigates the rapid growth in the Chinese economy and its impacts on the city, examining its physical appearance and the way the city changes and expands. Ådlandsvik holds a degree from HfBK in Hamburg and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo.
Upcoming resident September–October, 2008
Since the mid-90s, Torbjørn Rødland's (b. 1970 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) photographs – and, for a few years now, also experimental video works – have been exhibited widely. Rødland gathers his material from amateur photography and popular visual culture. Always adding or subtracting meaning, these images appear both recognisable and eerie. Reality is constantly negotiated and slipping into fantasy and myth. During his residency, the artist will further his research related to colored liquids on human skin, reflecting upon China's official intolerance toward the public display of body painting.
Hans Hamid Rasmussen (b. 1963 Algeria, lives and work in Oslo, Norway) is invited by international curators Gao Shiming, Sarat Maharaj and Johnson Chang Tsong-zung to exhibit within the Third Guangzhou Triennial. The triennial takes place from 6 Septemberto 16 November, 2008 at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China under the title Farewell to Post-Colonialism. According to the curators, the title and framework of the triennial refers to a desire 'for the renovation of the theoretical interface of contemporary art, to depart from its all pervasive socio-political discourse, and work together with artists and critics to discover new modes of thinking and develop new analytical tools for dealing with today's world'. In addition to the exhibition, The Third Guangzhou Triennial will present an International Symposium and a Round-table forum in November 2007. For the triennial, Hans Hamid Rasmussen will produce a new textile work, which departures from the perception of geographical places in relation to social bodies. A press preview will be held on 6 September, 2008. For more information please refer to the triennial website or contact Tang Xiolin and Asea Dai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raqs Media Collective Among the Curatorial Team of Manifesta 7
Raqs Media Collective, former OCA's International Studio Programme (ISP) visitors (March–April 2008) are among the curatorial team for this Summer's upcoming Manifesta 7, taking place in the region of Trentino – Südtirol/Alto Adige, Italy, from 19 July to 2 November, 2008. The biennial will emphasize the use of of public spaces by inviting artists, curators, intellectuals, and diverse publics to consider the region as a zone of contact. Each curatorial team is working as a coordinated, but autonomous curatorial unit: Raqs Media Collective, will be presenting the exhibition entitled The Rest of Nowin Bolzano. Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg, will develop their exhibition entitled The Soul (or, Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls) in Trento. Adam Budak, OCA's International Visitors Programme (IVP) visitor in October 2007, will develop his exhibition entitled Principle Hope in Rovereto. The curators will collaborate on the fourth venue within the fortress of Fortezza in Eisacktal/Valle Isarco with a project entitled Project Scenarios.
The New Delhi based Raqs Media Collective, by formed by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Senguptahave invited Annie Anawana Haloba Hobøl (b.1978, Zambia, lives and works in Oslo, Norway), Kristina Bræin (b. 1955 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo), and Helen & Hard Architects to exhibit with the biennial. Raqs Media Collective have also invited Elisabeth Byre (b. 1971 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) and Espen Sommer Eide (b. 1972, in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) to participate in Manifesta 7 within the special projects Hot Desking: Four broadsheets, four cities, four events and The Rest of Now — Tabula Rasa: 111 days on a long table. Annie Anawana Haloba Hobøl will premiere the sound installation The Air between Two Women: a conversation between Italian video artistFrancesca Grilli and Anawana Haloba about their mental 'residue'. Kristina Bræin will exhibit a partly site-specific installation entitled The Problem of Functionality. The Stavanger based architecture office Helen & Hard will present a site-specific installation entitled The Naked Garden.
Invited by Adam Budak, Knut Åsdam (b. 1968 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) will exhibit, withinPrinciple Hope, a new work entitled Oblique – a hybrid narrative of cinema and architecture.
OCA International Visitors Programme
In September, Office for Contemporary Art Norway invites Suman Gopinathas part of OCA's IVP. Gopinath, who directs CoLab, an independent centre for art and architecture based in Bangalore in South India is a curator, who will participate in a larger programme initiated by MuKHA curator Grants Watsonfor OCA under the project title, The Santhal Family. Gopinath, a graduate of Goldsmith's College, has worked extensively and internationally with institutions such as InIVA (London), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Project Art Centre in Dublin, and MuKHA in Antwerp, among others.
OCA Support for Networking and Research in Norway
OCA supports a travel/research grant for Sonia Khurana to participate in a research residency programme at Kysten, Culture Center of the Troms County Council. During her eight week stay in Norway from end of June to mid August, Khurana will pursue a research project relating to insomnia. The research for Khurana's new video-based project will reinvest the relationship between the landscape of the mind and cyclical phenomenon of light and seasons.
OCA supports a travel grant for Shaina Anand as part of her invitation by Caroline Ugelstad (b. 1972 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo), Curator at Henie Onstad Art Centre to exhibit within Reality Effect, a group exhibition taking place at Henie Onstad Art Centre in Høvikodden, Norway, from 23 August to 29 November, 2008. For Reality Effect, curated byTone Hansen (b. 1970 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Caroline Ugelstadthe, the artist intents to work on two new films in the frame of the ongoing project involving CCTV in Manchester, UK.
As a follow up to his IVP research trip to Oslo at the invitation by OCA, Clive Kellner, Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery drafted a project entitled Disturbance – Contemporary Art from Scandinavia and South Africa as an exhibition that aims to examine the relationship that Scandinavian and South African artists have with respect to identity and notions of place. The project's thematic will focus explicitly on 'disturbance' as a concept to explore ruptures in society. OCA provided the Johannesburg Art Gallery with a major grant for realization of the project as curated by Clive Kellner andMaria Fidel Regueros and with the participation of Norwegian artists to include Torbjørn Rødland, Goksøyr & Martens (Toril Goksøyr b. 1970 in Oslo Norway and Camilla Martens, b. 1969 in Oslo, Norway, both live and work in Oslo, Norway), Bodil Furu (b. 1976 in Askim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Maia Urstad (b. 1954 in Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway). For DisturbanceTorbjørn Rødland will present various c-prints on aluminum – works with a pop culture element, which pokes fun at clichés. Bodil Furu will exhibit My Ambience, (2005) and Kabul Ping Pong (2005, with Beate Pedersen (b. 1962 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway)), works which filter the immediate reality using the mediums of video and sound. Maia Urstad will exhibit a sound installation consisting of a wall of radios and a performance entitledCleopatra's Needles. The artistic duo Goksøyr & Martens will exhibit a new work created for Johannesburg. The Danish artistPaul Gernes, and the Finnish Alija-Lisa and Veli Granö are also to participate in the exhibition along side South African artists such as Anthea Moys, Lerato Shadi and Siemin Allen. Disturbance – Contemporary Art from Scandinavia & South Africa takes place at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa between October, 2008 and January, 2009.
2008 Taipei Biennial
International curator and Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, IstanbulVasif Kortun, a visitor in OCA's IVP in April 2008, and Manray Hsu invite Lene Berg (b. 1965 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in New York, USA) to exhibit within the 2008 Taipei Biennial. The biennial takes place in various venues throughout the city of Taipei, Taiwan from 13 September, 2008 to 4 January, 2009. According to the curators, The 6th Taipei Biennial 'will not have a single theme, but a constellation of correlated themes, most of which address the chaotic states of things in this time of globalization'. Within the biennial Lene Berg will exhibit Stalin by Picasso, which has as its point of departure the so-called 'Portrait Scandal', – an old dispute about Picasso's portrait of Stalin with a moustache and feminine features. The project centers around two great, short men and a drawing that created strong reactions. On one level, it is about how two icons from the 20th Century, Stalin and Picasso, once were perceived and how much their public personas have changed since then. On another level, it is about art and artistic freedom, or un-freedom, and of ways of reading and using images, particularly images of so-called great men. Among other artists exhibiting withing the biennial are: Superflex, Mario Rizzi and Wong Hoy-Cheong. A media and professional preview will take place 9 November, 2008. For Press inquires, please contact Ruth Hu Hui-Ju at email@example.com.
Milumbe Haimbe (b. 1974 in Lusaka, Zambia, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is invited into a solo exhibition at the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, in Lusaka, Zambia, between 7 and 21 July, 2008. The exhibition entitled Color Book explores a socio-political texture by making a comparative study between the democratic landscape of Scandinavia and Sub-Sahara. The exhibition seeks to generate interest among art scholars and practitioners to engage in social-political and cultural explorations in the context of democracy and free-expression.
Mette Tronvoll (b. 1965 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is invited by curator Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Director-General Office of Contemporary Art and Culture and former curator of the Sidney Biennale and Asia-Pacific Triennal, to exhibit, within Traces of Siamese Smile: Art + Faith + Politics + Love, taking place at the new Bangkok Art and Culture Center from 20 September to 23 November, 2008. The exhibition brings together works of contemporary art by more than 100 Thai and international artists, which, according to the curator 'interconnects with one another to tell the stories of Siamese Smile through different aspects of art, faith, politics, and love'. For the Traces of Siamese Smile: Art + Faith + Politics + Love, Mette Tronvoll will produce a new video work. Among international artists who are invited to exhibit are Nobuyoshi Araki, Pierre et Gilles, Louise Bourgeois and Jean Michel Basquiat.
Platform Garanti Istanbul Residency Programme
OCA makes a three months residency available at Platform Garanti for art critics, for artists working as writers, for curators, as well as for artists. The residency made available at Platform Garanti, is a premiere one at the renown non-profit arts centre directed by Vasif Kortun in Istanbul, Turkey.
Upcoming resident September–November, 2008
Jan Freuchen (b. 1979, Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany) is an artist working with installations, drawings, sculptures and constructions. Freuchen reconsiders human achievements in the light of a non-linear, dynamic theory where natural processes and the feedback loops of contemporary cultural expressions provides the fundaments for his deconstructive artistic practice. He holds a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen, Norway and Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Among Jan Freuchen's recent exhibitions are: Lights On, Astrup Fearnley (2008) andDestroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial (2007) in Greece.
At invitation of Jack Persekian, Director of Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, and curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial, Henrik Placht (b. 1973 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) is to exhibit within The Jerusalem Show, edition 0.1. The exhibition, which takes place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem between 9 and 19 July, 2008, will present the works of 26 Palestinians and international artists in a diverse range of mediums. The works reflect on the spiritual import of the city of Jerusalem, and will be installed in a great variety of venues: in the streets and alleys, on the Old City walls, etc, promoting the re-reading of the city in a creative, accessible and interactive manner. For The Jesuralem Show, Henrik Placht will create a new work entitled We apologize, which has as its theme the act of apology and takes different expressions shuch as a neon sign and buttons. Among other participating artists are: Phil Collins, Hana Farah, Judy Price, and Emily Jacir.
Anne Szefer Karlsen (b. 1976 in Halden, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) is invited by Abdellah Karroum, Artistic Director of L'appartement 22, in Rabat, Morocco, for a residency at L'appartement 22, an independent space that provides artists worldwide with the opportunity to live and work in Rabat. While in Residency, artists are spected to develop projects specific to the space or taking the space as a starting point. Anne Szefer Karlsen's residency is to develop into an artist project that will take shape in several formats: an exhibition, texts, web casts and interviews. The project intend to carry out a discussion on what independent and institutional collaboration is and can be. The project is entitled Collaborative Structures Based in a Chance Meeting and the residency takes place between 16 and 23 September 2008, in Morocco.
Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in fall 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 profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.