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Don’t rest, narrate // Exhibition opening

  • Guttorm Guttormsgaards Arkiv Meierivegen 1 Blaker, Akershus, 1925 Norway (map)
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An exhibition by Vika Adutova, Maria Belić, Eva Funk, Araiz Mesanza, Daniela Müller,
Iz Öztat, Gabrielle Paré, and Per Westerlund.

"There are holes in Norway!" (Guttorm Guttormsgaard) What happens when an international group of artists is given access to the archive of Guttorm Guttormsgaard?

PRAKSIS and the residents of For a rainy day: Publishing as a site of collectivization welcome you to the opening of Don’t rest, Narrate, an exhibition at Guttormsgaards Arkiv. The show presents the group's deep engagement with and active mobilization of the holdings of the archive and will include a series of new publications, video, artworks produced for the show as well as objects from the archive. On the day of the opening the group will stage a performance in the attic, presenting the special opportunity to get behind normally closed doors.

The exhibition opens 18 November from 12.00 - 16.00. Trains to Blaker are a scenic 34 minutes from Oslo Central station, and leave at 4 minutes past the hour.


Enter the attic. We invite you to an hour-long performance in which we move with each other and the objects resting there. Find constellations between moving things. In the storefront and adjacent video projection room find traces of resonance between collective and individual processes of tuning into one another and into objects.  Even the thinnest voice will be heard. In the cafeteria, refresh while leafing through publications offering individual articulations on a collective flow that resists darkness, whispers into broken ears, makes circles and knots into each other. Start where the river goes underground.

Don’t rest, a refusal to “cease work or movement”, an inability to “be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position”, an acknowledgement that responsibility can’t be relinquished and needs to be owned. Narrate, labouring to produce written and spoken accounts in language but also going into the roots of the word to embrace experiential ways of knowing and making known.


The residency, For a rainy day: Publishing as a site of collectivization, was developed with Istanbul based artist Iz Öztat (Turkey) with contributions from non-profit bookshop and publisher Torpedo and publication design studio Eller Med A. PRAKSIS would like to offer a special thank you to Guttorm Guttormsgaard and Ellef Prestsæter for their boundless generosity and enthusiasm. For more information on the residency please see


Utstilling nummer 78:
Don’t Rest, Narrate & Arkivets venner 18.-19. og 25.-26. november, kl 12-16 Blaker gml. meieri / Guttormsgaards arkiv Dørene åpner kl 12. Åpning og boklansering i Meierisalen lørdag 18. november kl 14, etterfulgt av performance på loftet.

Det er hull i Norge! Hva skjer når en internasjonal gruppe kunstnere slippes inn i arkivet? I samarbeid med Praksis presenterer vi utstillingen Don’t Rest, Narrate, med Vika Adutova, Maria Belić, Eva Funk, Araiz Mesanza, Daniela Müller, Iz Öztat, Gabrielle Paré og Per Westerlund. Utstillingen vil inkludere gjenstander fra arkivet, film, publikasjoner og performance. Les mer om gruppen her.

& Arkivets venner I anledning den forestående etableringen av stiftelsen Guttormsgaards arkiv, som skal formidle og forvalte samlingen i framtiden, har de involverte blitt utfordret av Guttorm til å lage små utstillinger som demonstrerer deres forståelse av hva Guttormsgaards arkiv er.

Blant utstillerne er: Henriette Hall, Geirr Jakobsen, Tarald Lundevall, Ellef Prestsæter, Ola Sendstad, Bjørn Smith-Simonsen og Espen Søbye

Utstillingen lanserer dessuten: Blakerbiblioteket #2: «Archival Resonances: Guttormsgaard’s Bookworks» av Johanna Drucker Blakerbiblioteket #3: «Provinsmuseet: Et arkiv for allmenningen» av Guttorm Guttormsgaard & Ellef Prestsæter Guttormsgaards arkiv dokumenterer nødvendige impulser for å holde motet oppe.


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