Oslo is now the fastest growing city in Europe. Property prices and rents are rising creating new challenges for artists and small to medium arts institutions. PRAKSIS Director Nicholas John Jones will contribute to this pair of seminars organised by UKS with artists Ida Madsen and Ingrid Lønningdal, brings together a range of experienced contributors - both local and international - to address the issues being faced and seek possible solutions.
While in Oslo Seamus Harahan will be intuitively following interests in sound, music, movement and environment (most probably other areas too). Harahan has, together with PRAKSIS staff, selected two local and two international residents to join the Summer residency.
If one imagines the art world as a physical building, how does it appear? What condition is it in, externally and internally? What is there and what is missing? What weaknesses does it have, what gaps should be filled?
During the first years of their careers, before reaching the rather more well-greased echelons of the global art machine, artists can often be found on budget flights headed for more or less comfortable lodgings made available by more or less affluent organisations in more or less peripheral locations – so-called residences. Even though the resources on offer vary in scope and scale, such residencies are nevertheless important stepping stones and aids to professional growth for many artists. Oslo has hardly been teeming with such offers, certainly not any very high-profile or notable ones, and few have been open to a wider circle of not-yet-established artists. That era officially ended on Monday 21 March when Oslo-based PRAKSIS began its first batch of residencies.