Press Releases : 2010/09

Lene Berg and Anders Eiebakke to exhibit in Manifesta 8

Published 2010/09/16

Lene Berg, preparatory sketch for Shaving the Baroness (After Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp), 2010 Courtesy of the artist


Curators: Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Chamber of Public Secrets and
9 October 2010–9 January 2011
Press Days: 7 and 8 October
Opening Day: 9 October

Artists Lene Berg and Anders Eiebakke will participate in the 8th edition of the European Biennal for Contemporary Art,Manifesta, which takes place in the region of Murcia, Spain from 9 October 2010 to 9 January 2011.

Manifesta 8, curated by three autonomous curatorial units, ACAF (Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum), CPS (Chamber of Public Secrets) and, will be engaged with the north-south division, specifically with Europe's present-day boundaries with northern Africa and its interrelations with the Maghreb region. Curators Bassam El Baroni and Jeremy Beaudry (ACAF) have invited Lene Berge to take part in their curatorial programme, which focuses on cultivating a deeper awareness of art in relation to all aspects of contemporary life and culture. Berg will present the new video-work, Shaving the Baroness (After Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp), based on a film shot in the 1920s, of which only two frames remain, that were attached to a letter written by Man Ray. There are different voices around the original film, but no certitudes, especially on the role played by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, central figure in the story. Anders Eiebakke has been invited by curators Khaled Ramadan and Alfredo Cramerotti (CPS). His project consist of three parts: a TV programme entitled Border Crossing where he builds small radio controlled airplanes equipped with video cameras and GPS systems; two radio programmes in which the historical paradoxes of the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Northern Africa, and the city of Murcia in mainland Spain are discussed; and an installation built around two drones used to cross the Moroccan-Spanish border.

For press enquiries related to the project, please contact Manifesta 8 Press Office.

For accrediation please click here. Please notice the last day for accreditation is 24 September

About the Artists

Lene Berg (b.1965 in Oslo, Norway) lives and works in Berlin and New York City. She works with film, photography and texts context. Using different media and fictions in her installations, she explores relationships between contemporary images and inherited conventions, between clichés and facts, between politics and rules of narration. Selected solo exhibitions and presentations include: Cooper Union, New York, 2008; Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2008; and Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2007. Group exhibitions include: 'Contour', Mechelen, 2009; Biennale Cuvée, Linz, 2009; the Sydney Biennale, 2008; the Taipei Biennial, 2008; 'Headlines & Footnotes', Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, 2008; 'Conspire!', Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2008; and 'Pensée Sauvage', Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2007.

Anders Eiebakke (b.1970 in Oslo) is an artist, curator and critic based in Oslo, Norway. Eiebakke directed Samtidskunstforum gallery in Oslo, edited the magazine Kunstinnsikt and was chairman of the UKS (Young Artists Society in Norway). After 2001, he has focused on combining traditional craftsmanship with new technology and radical political analysis. He has spent the past three years researching the intricacies of aerial surveillance systems, developing and piloting small drones which can be flown through video goggles and GPS systems. Selected solo exhibitions include: 'Camp Dreamland', Tromsø Kunstforening, 2008; 'On History', Galleri 7011, Trondheim, 2006. His group exhibitions include: 'Art Reclaiming Foreign Affairs', Rotor, Graz, Austria – Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008; '7011', Vestfossen, 2007; 'Past/Present/Forever', Buia Gallery, New York City, 2005.


The participation of Lene Berg and Anders Eiebakke in Manifesta 8 has been supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway's International Support Programme.