Programme Archive: 2006-14: Projects

The Semesterplan Programme was curated by Marta Kuzma during her tenure as OCA Director between 2005 and 2013.

Screening : 10 April – 22 June 2014

Alexander Kluge. Raw Materials: Present Impressions, Past Wishes and Future Fulfillment

Alongside the exhibition ‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’, with the Norwegian artists Brit Fuglevaag, Elisabeth Haarr and Sidsel Paaske, OCA presented a selection of Alexander Kluge’s eclectic collection of ‘raw materials’, a series of television programmes assembling photographs, drawings, diagrams and diverse footage construed to ‘strengthen the muscles of [our] power of imagination’.

Exhibition : 10 April – 22 June 2014

Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane

‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’ presents the works of Norwegian textile artists Brit Fuglevaag, Elisabeth Haarr and Sidsel Paaske.

Exhibition : 4 May – 23 June 2013

WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is presenting ‘WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form’, the first solo exhibition in Europe by the seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb.

Retrospective : 7 – 15 May 2012

Peter Watkins: A Retrospective

The retrospective reflects on Watkins's fundamental contribution to the history of film as a critical practice, and will have a special focus on his engagement with Norway through the figure of Edvard Munch, to whom he dedicated a film in 1973 titled with the artist's name. In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of Munch's birth in 2013, OCA gives a renewed look at the artist's life and work by revisiting Watkins's indispensable account.

Exhibition : 29 March – 23 June 2012


The solo exhibition PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION by artist and author Matias Faldbakken 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.

Exhibition : 9 March – 25 June 2011

Forms of Modern Life: From the Archives of Guttorm Guttormsgaard

'Forms of Modern Life: From the Archives of Guttorm Guttormsgaard' is an exhibition taking as a starting point Guttorm Guttormsgaard's archives of printed materials and art objects. The exhibition considers the process by which the printed form becomes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a universal, egalitarian form of expression. The project explores how artists such as Thomas Bewick, Frans Masereel, Albert Jærn, Hannah Ryggen, Peder Balke and Lars Hertervig employed specific graphic forms to address the cultural and political conditions of their time.

Exhibition : 15 September – 15 December 2010


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway presents 'BIG SIGN – LITTLE BUILDING', an exhibition that looks at the expanded temporal and spatial field for cultural production resulting from the modern shift in the notion of landscape from the Kantian sublime to the space of leisure time. The exhibition departs from and extends beyond a seminal project developed by the architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, who, in their book Learning from Las Vegas (1972), drew from existing critiques of urban space at the time to explore the role that signs played in providing order to the landscape.

Exhibition : 29 April – 26 June 2010

Sheela Gowda: Postulates of Contiguity

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway presents 'Postulates of Contiguity,' the first European solo exhibition by the Bangalore based artist Sheela Gowda. The project takes the form of a dialogue between two works -And… (2007), a languorous serpentine rope produced from individual threads and needles that coils throughout the exhibition space to intercede the spectator's path and field of vision, and Best Cutting (2008), a display that combines a constructed newspaper, The Chronic Chronicle, overlaid by tailoring patterns.

Exhibition : 21 October – 19 December 2009

Sol LeWitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art: Manuscript and Draft Materials 1968–69

OCA launched its autumn/winter 2009 semesterplan with the presentation of Sol LeWitt's 'Sentences on Conceptual Art: Manuscript and Draft Materials 1968–69', and the lecture 'Fragment and Project: From Schlegel's Athenaeum Fragments to LeWitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art' by Peter Osborne. The lecture linked the ideas put forth by the early German Romantics in the 18th century, principally within the Athenaeum Fragments, with the aesthetic concerns of artists within the Conceptual movements of the 1960s.

Exhibition : 21 October 2009 – 17 April 2010

Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms' On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution

'The Grammar of Forms' was a series public events, workshops and presentations that took place throughout autumn 2009 and winter 2010 at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, with the aim to look at language, writing, criticism and publishing in relation to contemporary art, exploring its diverse modes of operation and possibilities within historical and contemporary practices. As a complement to this programme of events, OCA hosted a series of projects, including presentation of artworks and libraries of publications, further transforming OCA's public space into a place for production and exchange of discourse.

Exhibition : 6 March – 20 June 2009

Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes – Reflections on Indian Modernism (Part 1)

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway presents 'Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes - Reflections on Indian Modernism (Part 1)', the first solo exhibition in Europe of Nasreen Mohamedi. Curated by Suman Gopinath and Grant Watson the exhibition is part of 'Reflections on Indian Modernism', a comprehensive programme of public projects and residencies organised by Gopinath and Watson for OCA and CoLab Art & Architecture, Bangalore, India. Regarded as one of the most important Indian artists of her generation, Mohamedi (1937-1990) produced, from the early 1960s to the late 1980s, paintings, drawings and photographs that constitute a key body of work within the modernist canon.

Exhibition : 8 November 2008 – 31 January 2009

Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?

'Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?' is a research project that consists of three platforms - an exhibition, a programme of public events and a publication - examining the juncture of the political and the erotic through the work of artists produced predominantly in the context of the countercultural movements of the 1960s and 70s. Part of OCA's Verksted series, the exhibition and public programme are the result of an extensive research project about the international perception of Scandinavia during the 1950s, 60s and 70s as a utopic region of socialism and sexual freedom. This project introduces OCA's new premises at Nedre gate 7 in Oslo.