TEXTS SELF-ORGANISEDOpen Editions (London) and Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen) publish the third book in the Occasional Table series: Self-organised, edited by Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen.
INFORMATION & CONTACT HORDALAND ART CENTRE SEEKS NEW DIRECTORNorway’s leading Art Centre is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person to further develop our strong profile; representing continuity as well as new ideas.
Matt Bryans: Lands by Matt Packer accompanies the exhibition Lands with new works by Matt Bryans, curated by Matt Packer and Sam Basu.
EXHIBITIONS THE STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF MATTER
Group exhibition with works by Dominique Hurth, Jonas Ib F. H. Jensen, Ferdinand Krag, Learning Film Group (Ilya Budraitskis, Nikolay Oleynikov, Yevgeny Fiks, David Riff), Signe Lidén og Agnieszka Polska, curated by Frans Jacobi and Åse Løvgren.
Text by Tore Vagn Lid will be available in English soon!
The launch is led by a conversation between Toril Johannessen and art historian and cultural theorist Julia Moritz. Starting from Johannessen’s book ‘Unseeing’ they will discuss topics as far apart as eyes and art as illustration.
EXHIBITIONS FILIPA CÉSAR
Solo exhibition with Filipa César, curated by Kjersti Solbakken.
INFORMATION & CONTACT ANTHEA BUYS WILL BE HORDALAND ART CENTRE'S NEXT DIRECTOR
Anthea Buys is the new Director of Hordaland Art Centre from June 2014 to June 2018, taking over from Anne Szefer Karlsen who has served since 2008.
RESIDENCY JOHAN FREDERIK HARTLE (NLD)
Johan Frederik Hartle is Hordaland Art Centre's resident July 2014.
Launching of the two fanzines Splittet Kjerne 39 and Konstruksjon.
With no other dogmas than spending time creating every day, MA-student Lasse Årikstad set out to make one work every day in 2013.
Vilde Andrea Brun from the City of Bergen will present the plan focusing on the field of visual arts.
A seminar consisting of one performance and two lectures addressing issues of humanism, universality and tactics of observation.
Leigh French is Hordaland Art Centre's resident February 2014.
Publicinformation meeting for everyone interested in Bærekraftige liv på Nordnes (Sustainable lives at Nordnes).
The current issue of Kunstjournalen B-Post is dedicated to the three biennales in Norway this past year. For the launch Erlend Hammer (curator for Momentum 2013) and Anne Szefer Karslen (curator for LIAF 2013) will engage a conversation about aspects of curating biennales.
Krõõt Juurak is Hordaland Art Centre's residentNovember 2013.
B-open invites you to a conversation with artist Gabriel Johann Kvendseth about The Escapist Disintegrated interspersed with readings from the text.
The Art Object Considered Through a Series of Transitions (Notes towards an Investigation) by Pablo LafuenteThe Art Object Considered Through a Series of Transitions (Notes towards an Investigation) by Pablo Lafuente accompanies the exhibition Calling Out of Context; an exhibition of works by Asier Mendizabal which has been conceived and developed by the artist in discussion with curator Pablo Lafuente.
‘Calling Out of Context: An exhibition of works by Asier Mendizabal’ has been conceived and developed by the artist in discussion with curator Pablo Lafuente for Hordaland Art Centre, and is the fifth and last exhibition in the 2013-programme Recovering an Art School.
Max Schumann from Printed Matter will host a two-hour workshop for artists and other interested professionals about artist books. He’ll bring a suitcase with books with him from New York to Hordaland Art Centre.
Book launch: DUBLETT – Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf, and talk by Max Schumann (Printed Matter)
Hordaland Art Cente is pleased to launch a new book series called ‘Dublett’, focusing on an artist’s practice, an artistic collaboration or an artistic project from this region. The first publication is dedicated to the practice of Annette Kierulf and Caroline Kierulf. For the launch we have invited Printed Matter’s Max Schumann to give a talk and a workshop on artist books.
Park(ing) Day is an international project happening once every year. Activists, artists, designers and others all over the world aim to take back public spaces by using parking lots as parks, or simply for something completely different than parking. Hordaland Art Centre has invited artists Frøydis Lindén and Malin Lobell on this occasion.
As part of Hordaland Art Centre's residency programme we collaborate with Bergen Assembly - An Initiative for Art and Research autumn 2013. Mariusz Tarkawian is resident in September.
'The Necessary Angel – An essay on the American poet Wallace Stevens' by Finn Øglænd accompanies the exhibition Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Annette Kierulf and Caroline Kierulf.
Annette Kierulf and Caroline Kierulf have for many years collaborated on exhibitions. In Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird they stage a landscape where different interests and life forms coexist, where your gaze or viewpoint will determine what you see.
As part of Hordaland Art Centre's residency programme we collaborate with Bergen Assembly - An Initiative for Art and Research autumn 2013. Alexey Buldakov is resident in August.
Aaron Schuster is Hordaland Art Centre's July 2013 resident.
Imre Bukta’s works are full of stories about the society he lives in. His works are well known in his home country, but still not in Norway. During the summer months we will show a selection of his works from 2010 to 2012 at Hordaland Art Centre.
“To me, art is not a profession, it is a way of life” – Interview with Imre Bukta, conducted by Dóra Hegyi
“To me, art is not a profession, it is a way of life” – Interview with Imre Bukta, conducted by Dóra Hegyi accompanies the exhibition Works 2010-2012 by Imre Bukta.
Hordaland Art Centre contributes to One Night Only at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo with a screening of AS THE ACADEMY TURNS by Tiong Ang.
Eszter Szakacs is Hordaland Art Centre's resident June 2013.
To launch the anthology Self-Organised (Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen Eds.) Hordaland Art Centre hosts a conversation between contributor Jonas Ekeberg (kunstkritikk.no) and editor Anne Szefer Karlsen.
The London based open access-group IF... organise simultaneous reading groups in London, Tokyo and Bergen.
Kim Einarsson and Marius Dybwad Brandrud are Hordaland Art Centre's residents April 2013. They will spend their residency In conversation about the conditions of production in collaborations.
Jens is an exhibition presenting three different artworks that sheds light on how knowledge is put into systems and mediated by society, communities and individuals.
Hordaland Art Centre's March resident, curator Angela Serino presents her own practice through artists' films and video works.
Angela Serino is Hordaland Art Centre’s resident for March 2013.
As part of the 2013 edition of Vestlandsutstilling (VU) we would like to welcome everyone to a conversation between Kjetil Berge, curator of VU 2013 and Sarah Williams, jury member for VU 2013 and Manager at Jerwood Space Art. Maria Hjelmeland, who chairs Vestlandsutstillingen, will moderate the conversation.
Just below the surface of world's oceans there is a floating layer of plastic debris. Since 2008 Maarten Vanden Eynde has collect plastic trash from the five major ocean gyres. From this he has created Plastic Reef; a long term project that is being finalised for this exhibition at Hordaland Art Centre.
By taking part in and contributing to Mixed Martial Arts Kausland has been able to capture images no one else would. Book launc with DJ and open bar.
In 2012 the authout Rolf Enger has been our witness and he has written The Oids (Meditations over the Robot Seal Paro) as a response to our programme.
With this latest edition, Kunstjournalen B-Post introduces audio art, sonic art, sound art – art that makes use of sound in one form or another.
Made in collaboration with several local craftswomen and craftsmen, HUMANE MATERIALE is a video installation about contemporary and traditional crafts by Carolina Caycedo for the space at Hordaland Art Centre.
The 125th National Art Exhibiiton, The Autumn Exhibition 2012, opened September 8th at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. Hordaland Art Centre will screen a selected video programme from The Autumn Exhibition.
Everyone is welcome to a conversation between hosted by Volt between Ana Vujanović and Bojana Cvejić their research on Performance and the Public initiated within the frame of the editorial collective TkH [Walking Theory] three-year long project How To Do Things By Theory at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. In the current phase of the research, they focus on “social choreography” and “social drama”.
the foetus factory by Alexander Bertin accompanies the exhibition Conditions of a Moment, and is a result of a week long writers' workshop during the exhibition with the Writers' Academy of Hordaland. The text is thus published after the closing of the exhibition.
Some art works never lose their value and current interest, and their repetitions different places at different times will lead to an accumulation of stories and associations. Falha (Failure) by Renata Lucas is such a work. Different from all her other works, which are place- and time specific, this one can be moved. Throughout the summer the flexible floor installation will visit Hordaland Art Centre.
Failure, in particular by Daniela Castro accompanies the exhibition Falha (Failure) by Renata Lucas.
Hordaland Art Centre’s international residency for 2012 is partly realised as a group seminar titled The Midsummer Night Session. The participants are Juan Gáitan (CAN/COL/MEX), Dóra Hegyi (HUN), Abdellah Karroum (MAR), Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (GHA/UK) and Arne Skaug Olsen (NOR).
Screening: When the Pepper Blossoms - a story about the swedish emigration to Brazil (2011) by Anna Wessman and Nilsmagnus SköldThrough letters and interviews, we are introduced to the history of a number of Swedish emigrants who were lured by the green paradise, and the promise of a better life.
In conjunction with the exhibition A neutral, flexible structure by Morten Torgersrud, Hordaland Art Centre welcomes you to the seminar Blank Identification, touching on themes of photography, abstraction and economy.
For many years Morten Torgersrud has photographed various landscapes in the Barents region and investigated their meaning; from residential areas, architecture and town plans, to the ideological landscape created by certain ideas of geography in older photographs. In the exhibition A neutral, flexible structure it is the economic and abstract landscapes that are investigated through a series of images from this area.
Like Smoke by Matt Packer accompanies the exhibition A neutral, flexible structure by Morten Torgersrud. Like Smoke was published in a 28 page bilingual English/Norwegian publication in 500 copies made avliable to the audience in the exhibition.
B-open workshop with historian Richard Sheldon, curator and writer Charles Esche and economist Ove Jakobsen.
Conversation on economy and art with curator Charles Esche, economist Ove Jakobsen and historian Richard Sheldon.
Visp - production unit for visual art organises a presentation by Dag Wiersholm, senior adviser from Public Art Norway (KORO) .
Stine Hebert is Hordaland Art Centre's December 2011 and February 2012 resident. During her residency, she will work on the international anthology project Self-Organised Subjects.
In conjunction to the exhibition Back to basics, artist Frøydis Lindén, also an agroecologist, has invited Åsmund Asdal and Asbjørn Børsheim to talk about how we can help maintaining diversity in our own gardens, with focussing on apples.
New works by Frøydis Lindén, Inger Wold Lund, Tore Reisch and Anngjerd Rustand, curated by Eva Rem Hansen.
The text Back to basics accompanies the exhibition with the same title, curated by Eva Rem Hansen with new works by Frøydis Lindén, Inger Wold Lund, Tore Reisch and Anngjerd Rustand.
B-opens first reading group in 2012 is hosted by Anthea Buys, resident at Hordaland Art Centre this January. Buys has chosen two texts and one recipe for the reading: The Man of The Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe, an extract from Three Banquets for a Queen by Charlotte Birnbaum and a recipe for great great Aunt Bessie´s biscuits. In the study circle, Buys wants to look at the rise of incidental amateur professionalisms in contemporary artistic and curatorial practice and the relationship of knowledge in traditionally “non-art” fields to the art-specific practices which this knowledge informs. The texts and the discussion will be in English.
Anthea Buys is Hordaland Art Centre’s resident for January 2012. During her residency, she will be researching the rise of “amateur professionalisms” in contemporary artistic and curatorial practice.
Retrospective Catalogue 2011 is the collection of the texts that have accompanied our exhibitions in 2011, as well as visual documentation of the exhibitions. In addition you can read a text by one of our 2011 residents; Valentinas Klimašauskas' The Barman Says, and Arne Skaug Olsen's evaluation of the two first years of the Collaborative Research Residency; Back to the future - Evaluation of Collaborative Reseach Residency. Our 2011 witness has been artist and philosopher Andrea Spreafico, who has written the witness report Dog-Thoughts on Hokaës.
“The project places emphasis on the creative process and aims to foster new ideas, different forms of knowledge production and the development of new working methods. At the same time we would like to shift the traditional focus in residency programmes from individual practitioners to collaborative practice. As the project is focused on the research phase, the goal is to encourage new relationships, the testing of new ideas and the taking of creative risks.”
Excerpt from the position statement of Collaborative Research Residency
Collaborative Research Residency (hereafter called CRR) has been a two year joint venture between Baltic Art Center – BAC in Visby, The Factory for Art & Design – FFKD in Copenhagen and Hordaland Art Centre. These three institutions initiated the project in 2010, on a trial basis, with financial support of the Nordic Council of Ministers. This transnational project was inspired by a desire to create a new residency platform, giving the participants more freedom than what is commonly the case in most residencies, including the ones currently operated by the three institutions themselves.
Common to most current arrangements is the insistence on productivity. This may be an expectation that the participants will provide some kind of “payback”, either in the shape of some definite production in connection with the work or mandate of the host institution, or its role in a national or regional context. The visitors, be they artists, curators or writers, are usually invited on the basis of a proposed project, to be started or completed during the visit. By focussing on the period of creative work ahead of any project formulation, CRR has actively tried to break with instrumental thinking as far as the production of meaning in the art scene is concerned. This freedom has been linked to the concept of “creative risk”, which should be the fulcrum for participants in CRR, rather than production. Putting freedom in the driving seat also increases the risk that knowledge produced through this research will not be applied. The other element counteracting instrumentality is the highlighting of cooperation and a collective situation with actors representing different specialties; the only criterion for the group is that at least one member must belong to the art scene.This text is an assessment of CRR commissioned by the institutions behind CRR. The evaluation was made on the basis of public presentations online, the open call, the application materials, internal documents and the criteria provided by the sponsoring partner, the Nordic Council of Ministers. The method employed was to subject these linguistic elements to semantic and rhetorical speculations in the light of concepts derived from economics and philosophy. Thus the evaluation does not try to review what CRR is, but rather to create a discursive platform which pushes to extremes some of the challenges presented to participants and institutions by contemporary transnational (art) economics and politics.
Master night: Tor Steffen Espedal - Artist and maniera. The concept of sublimity in manierism and contemporary art
In his presentation on Master Night, Tor Steffen Espedal will take as his starting point Miroslaw Balka’s How it Is, and try to outline the concept of sublimity related to contemporary art
We are sorry to inform that this Master night is cancelled due to illness.
Resident at Hordaland Art Centre, Vilnius based curator and writer Valentinas Klimašauskas, was very pleased to find the archives of documentation of Norwegian public art projects (1977-2001) in his Bergen studio. Having no prior knowledge of the Norwegian (public) art scene he consciously has chosen to use this chance of incompetence as an opportunity to test his own knowledge and imagination by preparing a selection of documentation and comments for the slide night as a way to present his practices. The presentation is accompanied by home made soup to everyone attending.
Several of Hito Steyerl's documentary film essays will be screened, and the artist speaks with curator and writer Tone Hansen
Valentinas Klimašauskas is Hordaland Art Centre's November resident. During his residency, he will work on his ongoing writing projects – exhibition menus, a collection of language-based artworks manifested into written exhibitions.
Textile and photography: the two media seem, at first, to be antithetical. On the one hand we have a painstakingly slow craft, and on the other an immediate and automatic process. One is constructive, the other indexical. Weaving is rooted in the past, photography the ultimate medium of modernity.
Shot Through - Textile and Photography by Glenn Adamson accompanies the exhibition Shot Through, showing works by Chuck Close, Lia Cook, Kari Dyrdal, Johanna Friedman, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Kate Nartker and Karina Presttun.
In 2011 B-open organises a seminar on Sunday October 23rd on the top of Mount Fløien at Fløien Folkerestaurant. The title of the 2011 edition of the B-open seminar is VISIONS: UPHEAVALS AND UNPRACTICAL IDEAS. Lectures by Charles Esche, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Jakob Jakobsen and Per-Oskar Leu.
Master night: Julie Tessem - Underground art in the USSR! Everyday life and the symbols of Stalin: the deconstructive universe of the Moscow Conceptualists
This Master Night, Julie Tessem will present her MA-thesis, where she studied the production of three of the most acknowledged underground artists of the Soviet Union; the Moscow conceptualists Ilya Kabakov and Komar & Melamid.
35 years ago in 2011 the first Art Centre was established in Norway. Hordaland Art Centre has through its history, firstly at the two galleries Galleri 1 and Galleri NK then on its premises at Klosteret, showed artists’ new works. Often these artists have had their first solo exhibition with us. We wish to mark the anniversary together with artists and everyone else interested, and will focus on the art that has been on display.
Walk Along Various Paths is a performative element of the exhibition Ways of Losing Oneself in an Image by Elsebeth Jørgensen. This atypical walking tour manifests itself as an hours walk between the Hordaland Art Centre and The Picture Collection of the University of Bergen; the two locations of the exhibition consisting of installations of video-, sound- and photo montages. Academic librarian and historian Bjørn Arvid Bagge takes us on a walking tour where he tells a montage like manuscript with three narrative tracks.
On the occasion of the release of the publication, Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear #2 (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin), artist, writer and editor Brandon LaBelle will give a talk on the theme of sound and architecture.
Master night: Helga Nyman - Art and archive: History, place and narratives in the practice of Elsebeth JørgensenIn this Master Night Helga Nyman will present her master thesis, where she explores the presence of the archive in contemporary art through the works of Danish artist Elsebeth Jørgensen, currently showing Ways of Loosing Oneself in an Image at Hordaland Art Centre.
In relation to the exhibition Ways of Losing Oneself in an Image by Elsebeth Jørgensen Hordaland Art Centre organise a twin lecture at the University of Bergen with Elsebeth Jørgensen and Christine Hansen.
Ben Cain is Hordaland Art Centre's September resident. During his residency, Cain will research an installation and a series of related texts, objects and posters that explore the notion of a 21st century workshop or communal workplace.
Since the 90s a number of artists have sourced from archives to create what has been referred to as archival art. What is this, and why has this method been re-actualised today?
Remembrance and repression. Displacements in Elsebeth Jørgensen's archival-aesthetic practice - Sanne Kofod Olsen
Remembrance and repression. Displacements in Elsebeth Jørgensen's archival-aesthetic practice by Sanne Kofod Olsen accompanies the exhibition Ways of Losing Oneself in an Image by Elsebeth Jørgensen.
As part of Hordaland Art Centre´s Outside-programme, Øyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizu´s new piece Damsgård will be on display at Kabuso in Øystese from August 20th to September 18th. The project follows a traveling residency organised by Hordaland Art Centre.
By using the eye witness as his source artist Omer Fast builds meticulous filmed narratives, like the one in Nostalgia (2009).
Accompanying the upcoming exhibition of Omer Fast's Nostalgia, Hordaland Art Centre hosts an artist talk Tuesday June 28th at 7 PM.
Art historian and curator Maija Rudovska was a resident with Hordaland Art Centre in September 2010. Epifanio no 14/2011 has publisher her text On space and spatiality where she reflects on the work of four artists she met during her residency in Bergen; Hilde Angel Danielsen, Eva Kun, Arne Ingvaldsen og Cato Løland.
The Specialist (documentary, 128 minutes) by Eyal Sivan is screened Thursday May 19th, Tuesday May 31st and Thursday June 16th at 7 PM as part of the exhibition project The Bergen Accords curated by Sarah Rifky.
Kuk & Parfyme takes one step further by launching a fanzine in paperback format. The first edition will be launched in Bergen with the lecture The Meta-Politics of (Post-) Pornography by Tim Stüttgen, writer, artist, and the editor of Post Porn Politics – The Symposium Reader (b_books, 2009).
Master night: Espen Johansen - The art of Terence Koh: "artist's artist or the most popular artist?"
At the semester's last Master Night, Espen Johansen will talk about his brand new master thesis The art of Terence Koh - "artist's artist, or the most popular artist?". In remarkably short time, Terence Koh has become an internationally recognized artist, partly because of his use of unconventional materials such as chocolate, and his experience-based works that exposes the viewer to overwhelming sensory stimuli from the strong (pulsing) lights, or the intense smell of perfume and incense.
The Bergen Accords - Oraib Toukan, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová and Eyal Sivan curated by Sarah RifkyFor one of our exhibitions to mark the 35th year of Hordaland Art Centre, we have invited curator Sarah Rifky to reflect on issues of the history and future. Her response is the exhibition titled The Bergen Accords, a three part project which will manifest as a living sculpture on Torgallmenningen May 1st by the artist duo Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová titled If not Us, Who? If not Now, When?, a solo exhibition presenting a commissioned work; This one is for the birds, by Oraib Toukan, and a procedure to permanently change the name of Hordaland Art Centre is begun, a process which will continue to be part of the inner workings of the Art Centre for the coming year. Artist Malak Helmy has been invited to write a text for this exhibition, to be published online during the exhibition period.
B-open organises monthly reading groups in collaboration with artists in Bergen, and the May reading group is hosted at Hordaland Art Centre by B-open. B-open has chosen the introduction and chapter 1, Animal Spirits: A Conceptual Bestiary, from Matteo Pasquinell's Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons (2008).
Living sculpture to be staged on May 1st close to Sjøfartsmonumentet (The Maritime Monument) on the main square Torgallmenningen in Bergen at 2 PM.
MA-student at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Jason Dunne, creates a community which the viewer does not automatically get enty to in his MA-weekend exhibition.
Looking for painting is a one-day public seminar focusing on painting, organised by researche fellow Partik Entian at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Dep. Art Academy. The seminar offers lectures and artist talks by the invited speakers Nina Roos (Finland), Pontus Kyander (Sweden) and Gerd Tinglum (Norway), as well as an introduction to Patrik Entian´s fellowship project Looking for Painting.
Len LIVE! is an evening screening of three of Len Lye's films: All Soul's Carnival (1957), Kaleidoscope (1935) and Tusalava (1929), created as a companion to the ongoing exhibition at Hordaland Art Centre. We have invited the three sound artists Espen Sommer Eide, Lasse Marhaug and Maia Urstad to create new scores for Tusalava. Sommer Eide and Urstad will perform live.
Hordaland Art Centre is proud to present a day of presentation and development of new thoughts on how to look at and research exhibition practices, a one day seminar + round table with the four curators Branka Ćurčić, Dóra Hegyi, Magdalena Ziółkowska and Jelena Vesić Friday March 4th 10.00 - 16.30.
This text was commissioned by Hordaland Art Centre after the seminar Art Always has its Consequences Marc 4th 2011.
Yesomi Umolu is Hordaland Art Centre's resident March 2011. During her residency, Yesomi will develop a proposition for a series of curatorial experiments that address the irony of transnational spaces.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. The Swedish artist Fredrik Strid is Hordaland Art Centre's guest in February. Strid will present his contribution to the trans-disciplinary project PolArt, which he was recently involved in. PolArt is a project where artists are invited to join a scientific research expedition in Arctic Ocean, and is a collaboration between theresearchnetwork Arctos, Tromsø kunstforening and the artist residency at Troms fylkeskommune.
Nora Sørensen Vaage will present her current resarch on the American artist Eduardo Kac (1962 - ), who is renowned and criticized worldwide for provocative use of biotechnology and gene manipulation in his art works.
Screening of Shirley Horrocks’ documentary Flip & Two Twisters – a documentary about the great film maker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye from 1995.
Kunstjournalen B-post is an contemporary art magazine published annually, which contains contributions from contemporary artists. Each issue investigates a central topic through commissioned texts and art projects. On February 8th the fifth edition of Kunstjournalen B-post will be launched at Hordaland Art Centre. The launch starts at 8 PM, and everyone who shows up before 8.30 will receive a complimentary magazine. The artists Heidi Nikolaisen and Camilla Haukedal will present their contributions in this issue of Kunstjournalen B-post.
Fredrik Strid (1973, Sweden) is Hordaland Art Centre'sresident February 2011.
Diane Torr gives an artist talk and performative reading from the new book Sex, Drag and Male Roles-Investigating gender as performance
Related to the exhibition Len Lye Per Kvist will give the lecture The Musicality of Modernism: Fragments from the history of abstract film and video art.
Len Lye (1901-1980) is to the general audience a rather unknown artist from the previous century. Despite this his works are well known among artists, as well as filmmakers. His kinetic sculptures are made of steel, wood and fibreglass, often dramatically staged with lights, and his films were groundbreaking.
To accompany the exhibition Len Lye we re-publish Guy Brett's text Force Field and Sonic Wave. This text first appeared in the book Len Lye, edited by Tyler Cann and Wystan Curnow, published by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Foundation on the occasion of the 2009 retrospective exhibition of Lye’s work at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. Our January resident guest is artist Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson.Thursday 13th of January he willgive a lecture at Rom 8, Vaskerelven 8, Bergen in relation to his exhibition Interesting Places.
Einar Garibaldi Eiriksson (1964, Iceland) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident January 2011.
As a side programme to the exhibition Leila by aiPotu we would like to welcome you to a film screening Friday December 17th at 2 PM.
Hordaland Art Centre's Collaborative Research Residency group 2010 is from Sweden: Miriam Fumarola, Marti Manen og Katarina Stenkvist, and guest Olav Fumarola Unsgaard. On December 16th, there will be a presentation.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. Our December resident guest is artist LeRoy Stevens. Tuesday December 7thyou are welcome to his artist talk and the launch of his new artist book Quadrangle.
aiPotu's exhibition Leila can be seen in relation to their ongoing project The Island Tour - a series of island expeditions which since 2007 has led them to Iceland, Australia and the British Isles. Based on The Island Tour the two artists were challenged to seek out the island Leila in the Strait of Gibraltar in March 2009. The journey was made, but the destination never reached.
This review by Zachary Cahill accompanies the exhibition titled Leila by aiPotu.
LeRoy Stevens (1984, USA) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident December 2010.
The MA-weekend this autumn, Rammen består ikke av noe annet enn akkurat dette (The frame consists of nothing more than this) by Therese Hoen, has the physical frames we can recognise as a spatial floor plan.
Hordaland Art Centre's Collaborative Research Residency group 2010 is from Sweden: Miriam Fumarola, Marti Manen og Katarina Stenkvist, and guest Olav Fumarola Unsgaard. On December 16th, there will be a presentation.
In relation to the exhibition Upstream by Øyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizu, we welcome you to a lecture by Charlotte Bik Bandlien, anthropologist and researcher om material culture with SIFO.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. The Swedish curator and writer Johan Lundh is Hordaland Art Centre's guest in November, and he´ll give a talk on November 2nd at 7 PM.
Johan Lundh (1980, Sweden) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident November 2010.
The text Upstream: The Dérive within the Immersion by Denise Carvalho accompanies the exhibition Upstream by Øyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizu.
In this exhibition we will be introduced to the universe of Øyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizu through previous and current works, as well as through works pointing into the future.
Hordaland Art Centre contributes to an exhibition at the Hamburg Kunstverein this autumn. Participating artists are Oliver Bulas, Nick Evans, Julia Horstmann, Alon Levin, Cato Løland, Ingrid Lønningdal, Ciara Phillips et al., and is curated in collaboration with Annette Hans (Hamburg Kunstverein) and Jamie Kenyon (Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow). The exhibition is created on site in Hamburg Kunstverein during a residency for the artists, and the audience is invited to an exhibition in constant change and an evening programme put together by the artists and curators.
Cécile Belmont (1975, France/Germany)is Hordaland Art Centre's resident October 2010. She will give a talk on Tuesday October 12th at 7 P.M.
Seminar on Artist Residency in conjunction with the launch of The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010. plan b, Toril Johannessen and Dieter Lesageare invited to discuss aspects surrounding the increasing numbers of Artis Residencies.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. Our August resident guest is art historian and curator Maija Rudovska.
As part of Hordaland Art Centre’s Outside-programme 2010, Vicotria Brännström’s new work Strikkekonsert (Knitting Concert) will be performed September 11th at 11:30 at the Grieg Hall.
Between September 3rd and October 3rd the two artists Lutz-Rainer Müller and Stian Ådlandsvik transform the house on Holmedalshammaren 67 at the island of Askøy outside of Bergen to a sculpture. This is one part of the two part exhibition titled You only tell me you love me when you're drunk. The other part can be seen at Hordaland Art Centre at Nordnes in Bergen. On the opening night there will be a free shuttle bus beween Hordaland Art Centre and Holmedalshammaren 67.
Dispatches from the Hinterland by Petra Reichensperger accompanies the exhibition You only tell me you love me when you're drunk by Lutz-Rainer Müller and Stian Ådlandsvik.
Maija Rudovska (1982, Latvia) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident September 2010.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. Our August resident guest is curator Juan A. Gaitan.
Juan A. Gaitan (1973, Canada/Netherlands) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident August 2010.
Gaitan will give a talk on August 31st at 19:00.
Bertram Haude (1971, Germany) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident July 2010.
Resident curator in May, Daniela Castro, wrote the text In & Out: Everything You Do Is a Balloon for Kunstkritikk.no. Published 25.06.2010.
James Webb will discuss his recent exhibition, One day, all of this will be yours, which was presented at Blank Projects in Cape Town earlier this year, through a restaging of the documented works accompanied by the story of the show.
Marco Bruzzone (1974, ITA/GER) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident June 2010
Hordaland Art Centre becomes a picnic site, with a screening, sound works, exchange, food and drinks hosted by resident Daniela Castro.
Vanna Bowles' exhibition Wild Tree makes drawings and photographs come alive through sculptures and specially commissioned texts by authour and artist Linn Cecilie Ulvin.
The unforgivable, the remorse and histories about the silent forest by Linn Cecilie Ulvin accompanies the exhibition Wild Tree by Vanna Bowles.
Each month our residency guests will present their own work, a chosen theme, a current interest or present their residency project. Our May resident guest is writer and curator Daniela Castro from São Paulo, Brazil.
THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN MONDAY MAY 3RD AT 7 P.M. (ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR APRIL 22ND)
Accompanying the exhibition Archipelago, a World Map by Hamdi Attia we have invited artist and reseacher Matthew Flintham to address issues related to mapping, power and territories. With this presentation we'd like to focus on more general themes in the exhibition.
Margret Holz is Hordaland Art Centre’s resident this April. In this artist talk she will present some of her latest works: Choreographie Lichtlabor, Experiment Krolloper and Simultan.
Adriana Alves' projects are based in reflections on the contemporary, where doubdt and distrust patches up the fragments. The role, or roles, of mass media is visible in her work through references to fil, popular culture and theatre.
The exhibition Archipelago, a World Map by Hamdi Attia is the so far last manifestation of a long term project titled World Map developed by the artist since 2004, and his first solo exhibition in Norway. Curated by Abdellah Karroum.
This interview with Hamdi Attia by Abdellah Karroum accompanies the exhibition Archipelago, a World Map.
Margret Holz (1942, Germany) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident April 2010.
MA-student Sol Hallset tackles the large, and often pathos-laden question “what is it to be human?” without fear. Hallset’s approach is factual and direct, her means are simple, but powerful – this also shines through in the format of her work.
Talk by Paul Otto Brunstad on the occasion of the exhibition Palinca Pastorale by Sveinung Rudjord Unneland.
BEK invites former contemporary artist Ron Sluik for a public lecture Thursday 4th March at Hordaland Art Centre.
Hyunjin Kim (1975, South Korea) is Hordaland Art Centre's resident March 2010.
There is a promise in Sveinung Rudjord Unneland’s title to his first solo exhibition: Palinca Pastorale promises a landscape of transgression.
Doubt, lightness and multiplicity by Thomas Hestvold accompanies the exhibition Palinca Pastorale by Sveinung Rudjord Unnelan.
The curartorial project DIG IT by Linus Elmes (UKS, Oslo) and Anne Szefer Karlsen (Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen) was initially shown at Hordaland Art Centre May and June 2009. The second edition of this project will be on show at the artist run gallery Verkligheten in Umeå, Sweden for two weeks.
Retrospective catalogue 2009 is the collection of commissioned texts accompanying our exhibitions, as well as documentation of all the exhibitions with the witness report on the 2009 programme written by artist Are Hauffen.
That was then... This is now is a group exhibition made to discuss the position of craft today. Curated by Heidi Bjørgan with works by Pia Aleborg, Bjørn Båsen, Erik Hellsten, Maria Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Göran Kling, Håkan Lindgren, AnnaSofia Mååg, Marianne Pedersen and Anders Ruhwald.
Seminar curated by Heidi Bjørgan dealing with issues relating to contemporary crafts. Organised in relation to the opening of the exhibition That was then... This is now.
Marking Time is a commissioned text by Glenn Adamson who is Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. This text accompanies the exhibition That was then... This is now.
In "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" Line Halvorsen will address the myth of the artist.
B-open welcomes everyone to a seminar about conversation, verbalisation, mediation and knowledge production. We have invited Bosko Blagojevic, Will Holder, Falke Pisano and Mick Wilson to reflect on language and verbalisation in contemporary art through various formats for this year's seminar titled Object + Verbal. An online reader will be published prior to the seminar.
To speak- The Practice of Conversation in Contemporary Art.
Guðrún Benónýsdóttir graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts spring 2000 and spent altogether 7 years in Oslo, studying and working (1995-2003). At the moment she lives in Berlin.
Accompanying his solo exhibition blink, HC Gilje will give a presentation of his work.
blink is an exhibition with two new works by Norwegian artist HC Gilje.
Right Here, Right Now - HC Gilje's Networks of Specificity by Mitchell Whitelaw is a specially commissioned text to accompany HC Gilje's solo show blink.
Artist talk by Bjørnar Habbestad. He will present his work from the twilight between musical performance, conseptual sound projects and technological development. Starting with specific sound experiences he tries to draw on different traditions and perspectives to develop musical tangents between acoustic techniques and digital transformation.
Elida Brenna Linge shows her new work On the Marionette Theatre made for Hordaland Art Centre.
In relation to Curated by Erlend Hammer curator Erlend Hammer will hold a presentation.
Presentation by Terry Flaxton. Since the late 70s Flaxton has been active as film maker, educator and artist. As part of England's art video- and underground film environment he has worked with different filmic expressions, documentary, video installations and tv-productions. Today Flaxton is seniour researcher in HD Video Production ath the University of Bristol, England.
Ctrl+Z Publishing was approached by the Bergen Kunsthall winter 2008 with a request to edit a publication on the occasion of the Bergen Biennial Conference in September 2009 which would in some way mirror the local art scene’s response to the City of Bergen’s proposal to create a Bergen biennial. The anthology Localised is rooted in, but edited independently from, this conference.
The Parliamentary elections are more important than art.
from In Defence of Eye Candy, Erlend Hammer, 2009
This text accompanies the exhibition Curated by Erlend Hammer.
Dialogue between curator Linus Elmes and artist Ylva Ogland about her contribution to the exhibition situation DIG IT and how the works in DIG IT affect contemporary art.
With DIG IT we have created an exhibition situation, more than an exhibition, which for the first time shows a number of little recognized works by artists with different social, political and ideological attitudes to and reasons for their artistic practices.
DIG IT is a conversation text written on the occasion of the exhibition situation with the same title.
Marieke Verbiesen works with animation, live performance and installations in electronic arts, where she uses old and new media. In addition she makes music videos and short animation films.
Canopy, parasol, awning – or how to work together as artist and curator by Andreas Siqueland (visual artist) and Anne Szefer Karlsen (curator and director of Hordaland Art Centre)was originally published in Billedkunst 03/09.
The two artists Toril Johannessen and Sidsel Meineche Hansen will expand on issues relationg to an object's status in the lecture The Generic Stone, which is a part of their exhibition at Hordaland Art Centre with the same title. Here they will talk about the process of manufacturing The Generic Stone.
The ultimate consequence of conceptually based art is a total absence of objects. With this exhibition we will take a closer look at the status of the art object and its’ value by mapping the process of production and the materiality of the one object on display in the exhibiton - a stone produced in a laboratory.
Sidsel Meineche Hansen is HKS' guest in the period April 12th to 26th 2009. During her stay she will create the exhibition and lecture The Generic Stone in collaboration with Toril Johannessen.
We continue to host presentations related to the exhibitions at Hordaland Art Centre. This time we want to highlight thoughts on art's relation to site in the presentation On articulating Works and Places by Abdellah Karroum, and a dialogue between him and Pedro Gómez-Egaña.
Participants are recomended to arrive a bit before the presentation to have the opportunity to see the last day of Might arrives by Pedro Gómez-Egaña; a performance which looks like an installation.
Working with sound, music, urban environments and people, Brandon LaBelle explores the intersections of the private and the public.
The best part of space travel is the moment when you leave the earth’s atmosphere and realise that there is no longer a danger of falling. You are taken by a fantastic machine to the rolling, black softness of space.
Orbiting is a combination of strengths that result in a circle.But then, when you re-enter, you get reminded that mortality means that you are trapped. You are inside a pull that makes down out of any place. A magnetic field is a roundness that makes you look up and take cover.
Mechanics of the soul is an extensive excerpt of a coming essay on Pedro Gómez-Egaña's work, written by the dramaturg Bojana Bauer.
Hordaland Art Centre (HKS) hosts three guests from the Nordic countries in 2009, and the first is Felice Hapetzeder from Sweden. Felice works with video, using documentary strategies to discuss issues relating to identity. Tuesday March 10th at 7 P.M. we will host the first guest artist talk where Felice will present his artistic practice and talk about his collaborative projects ak28 and solo-show. The videos Onkel Kurti and Capital of the world will be screened. The floor will be opened for discussion.
The MA-weekend we present this spring is the exhibition An Elaborated System of Human Longing by Chloe Lewis and Andrew Taggart. This ongoing project is, so far, a series of objects and two videos.
Hordaland Art Center (HKS) will from now on invite an artist/writer/researcher/curator to present ideas directly or indirectly relevant to the current exhibition.
The first in this series of presentations is the Swedish artist Lisa Torell who will have an artist talk on the last day of the exhibition posisjoner by Aud Marit Skarrebo Holmen.
The text Reflective positions was written in the event of Aud Marit Skarrebo Holmen's exhibition posisjoner (positions).
For the first time Aud Marit Skarrebo Holmen enters the white cube on her own.
Victoria Brännströmis currently Hordaland Art Centre’s artist in residence.
Victoria says: - In my presentation at HKS I will talk about a few of my projects, describe their background and process, thoughts about documentation and the pitfalls and highlights of collaborative work.
Victoria Brännström's work is often the result of social interaction where the audience or an invited group interacts inside of the work itself.
This year's B-open seminar is called Hot House - Art and Human Ecologycurated and moderated by Samir M'kadmi at landmark, with Tine Mareen Buddeberg, Karen O'Brien, Susanne Jaschko, Samir M'kadmi, Peter Fend, Heather Ackroyd.
By re-using materials they create their worlds. Dahlstrøm through image manipulation and Fahlstrøm through looking at sections of the already unreal world of film. Rythm and space absorbs both artists, but in different ways. Dahlstrøm creates the spaces in his meticulous photographs through manipulation, while Fahlstrøm uses time, space and sound to create her video works.
Hordaland Art Centre collaborates with BKFH and NKVN on the annual event B-open. This year there are open studios, a seminar, exhibition openings, magazine and book launches and a bit more.
How is the Norwegian portrayed by the American entertainment industry? This is the answer!
What is the social role of art, and what status does art hold in today's knowledge society? What characterises the artist role as a producer today?
Hordaland Art Centre (HKS) contributes to the project Le Monde Autours de Vous by Abdellah Karroum/L'appartement 22. The project is also part of the first Brussels Biennale, artistic director Barbara Vanderlinden.
Le Monde Autours de Vous was co-curated by L’appartement 22, Hordaland kunstsenter and Stacion Center for Contemporay Art Prishtina, with participating artists Hamdi Attia, Elodie Carré, Ninar Esber, Seamus Farrell, HC Gilje, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Flaka Haliti, Agon Hamza, Fatmir Mustafa, Pascal Sémur, Batoul S’Himi.