A conversation between National Museum's curator Ingvild Krogvig and artists Oddvar I.N. Daren and Lars Paalgard
Thursday 15 September 2016, 19:00
The Polar Museum
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
Søndre Tollbodgate 11
9008 Tromsø, Norway
As part of the ongoing programme 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, OCA is hosting a conversation between The National Museum’s curator of contemporary art Ingvild Krogvig and artists Oddvar I.N. Daren and Lars Paalgard on Thursday 15 September at 19:00 at the Polar Museum in Tromsø. The discussion will depart from Oddvar I.N. Daren and Lars Paalgard’s Humus Line (1984) which is included in the exhibition 'Silent Revolt: Norwegian Process Art and Conceptual Art in the 1970s and 80s' curated by Krogvig on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo) from 4 March to 18 September 2016.
The Humus Line was created when Daren and Paalgard were studying at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. One day they found an abandoned old rubber recycling factory of about 5000 m2. After inspecting the compound left in the hall, they felt a need to organise the material in a long trail of rubber scraps, glass shards, wood, straw, sand, stones and dust, which Daren and Paalgard had swept together in a run-off trough in the middle of the 100-meter long factory floor. They also composed their first Manifesto Ars Situare. Ars Situare, described as 'a philosophy of perception whose aim is to abolish a one-sided definition of phenomena, thereby permitting active communication between subject and object – on an imaginative and creative level'. Ars Situare (art in-situ) also alludes to what is left behind, a left-behind art.
When the Humus Line was firstly shown in an exhibition space for the diploma exam at the van Eyck Academie, the scrap material was placed together with photographs of the original humus line. The work was accompanied by a concrete poem in which the artists listed and analysed the contents of every meter of the work. The artwork Humus Line poetically addresses issues of industrialisation, detritus, pollution, and the world’s interconnection of waters and currents. Part of the artists’ concern and experimentation was to reach the northernmost archipelago under Norwegian sovereignty, Svalbard, and open up current and historical questions around the term and practice of conceptual art in Norway and globally.
The upcoming Tromsø evening conversation will commence with a poetry reading by Sámi poet, musician, actor and activist Niillas Holmberg.
This discussion is curated by OCA in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo), and co-organised with The Polar Museum, Tromsø Museum and UiT – The Arctic University of Tromsø. This event also coincides with and marks the first OCA Board meeting being held in the OCA offices in Tromsø. Please note that the conversation will be held in Norwegian.
For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.
About the Speakers
Oddvar I.N. Daren is an artist working across genres with paintings, objects, sculptures and land art. He received his education from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway (1977–81) and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (1982–84). He has held solo exhibitions at Bodø Kunstforening, Norway (2015); Trondheims Kunstforening, Trondheim (2013); Galleri F15, Moss, Norway (1986) and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum, Norway (1985). He was selected as the 1995 festival artist of the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Norway. His artworks are part of public and private collections across Norway, and he has produced works of public art for schools and sites accross Norway.
Lars Palgaard studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway (1978–82) and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (1983–85). He has been part of exhibitions in Norway and abroad, and his works is included in public collections such as the Arts Council Norway and the Trondheim kommune (Trondheim municipality).
Ingvild Krogvig is a curator of contemporary art at the The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo where her first exhibition, ‘Silent Revolt: Norwegian Process Art and Conceptual Art in the 1970s and 80s’, is currently on view. She received her Master’s degree in 2009 from the University in Oslo, where she wrote her dissertation on Norwegian conceptual art in the 1970s. Krogvig has been the editor in chief of Kunstkritikk, and a critic and commentator for Morgenbladet, Kunstkritikk, Billedkunst, Vagant and Vinduet as well as she has written several catalogue essays and research articles.
For more information about 'Silent Revolt: Norwegian Process Art and Conceptual Art in the 1970s and 80s’ please click here.
About 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’
The event forms part of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, a wide cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artist residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities activated through the new OCA pilot office in Tromsø, and its premises in Oslo.