Gender and adornment research, documentation archive from San Francisco field trip, November 2016, photo: Lignel / Wiggers. This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc., which was administered by Art Jewelry Forum.


Residency dates — This residency is split into two periods //
23 April - 4 May and 21 May - 3 June

The call for applications is now closed for PRAKSIS’s 9th residency, Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversation developed with artist, writer and curator Benjamin Lignel, in collaboration with Norwegian Crafts. The residency will take place in Oslo from 23 April – 3 June 2018, with intensive collective activity taking place in two sessions (i) 23 April - 4 May and (ii) 21 May - 3 June. Selected residents have the option to stay in Oslo for the entire duration, or to commute for each of the two sessions (further details below).

Over the past two years, Benjamin Lignel has been researching together with Namita Wiggers. This duo are interested in how gender politics are intertwined with material practices of creating, putting on, customising, mixing adornment. They have been talking, with performers, thinkers, artists, collectors, dealers, asking them how adornment has informed their professional and or private lives, and how it contributes to (their) performance of gender.

In positioning the focus of this research centred residency, Benjamin writes:

“There is some urgency in documenting the role jewellery plays in individual expressions of gender, and making conversation around jewellery as a means to enforce and disrupt norms: we would like to understand how personal his and her stories mesh with social policies and body politics to inform the polyphony of adornment strategies. This may be achieved by interviewing subjects, photographing them, or asking them to share documents from their archives.

There is also urgency in understanding how to present documents of personal and artistic expression to a wider public in a way that respects speakers, amplifies their voices, and opens conversations about the intersection between jewellery and gender. This may be achieved by publishing interviews, pictures, archives, or presenting them in an exhibition.”

During Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversation a group of local and international residents from varied backgrounds, will work alongside Lignel to question these premises, collectively seeking alternative ways of making stories and evidence of adornment available to the public.

In the process, Lignel will share research conducted with Namita Wiggers to date, and proposes to test hypotheses about how most effectively disseminate findings. Residents are invited to question conventional dissemination formats (i.e. the book, the exhibition) and their premises: that an exhibition is ephemeral, that visitors know less than curators, that knowledge is scientific, and an exhibition a form of proof, that a book is more accessible than an online platform and so on.

The residency will be divided in two sessions:

Session 1 (23 April - 4 May) will be devoted to presenting participants’ involvement in subject, sharing sources (through reading sessions and screenings), discussing Lignel and Wigger’s material to date, questioning methodologies, harvesting new testimonies locally. A seminar will take place during this first session to hear artists, anthropologists, queer theorists, performance artists on gender and adornment.

Session 2 (21 May - 3 June) will focus on presentation strategies, online and in real life, of the material produced/discussed in session 1. During this second session, a series of visits will create the opportunity for participants to meet with: information designers, sociologists, educators, graphic designers, conservators.

Selected residents have the option to stay in Oslo for the entire duration from March 19 to May 4, or to commute for each of the two sessions.

PRAKSIS residencies are intensive and structured around the interests and needs of their participants. Bringing together a community that shares common interests through the theme is the first step in creating a beneficial working environment. The particular form that the residency then takes is developed collectively through discussion once the group comes together. Each member of the group is encouraged to discuss why they applied and what they hope to get out of their time with PRAKSIS. In addition to visits, public events and other activity arranged by PRAKSIS and Norwegian Crafts, residents are welcomed to suggest/lead an action that will both offer insight into and benefit, their own background, interests or methodologies.  Participants are also encouraged to contribute towards a shared reading list in advance of the residency, as well as to suggest films for potential screening during the residency itself.

The outcome(s) of the residency remain open.



Benjamin Lignel is an artist, writer and curator. He was the editor of Art Jewelry Forum between January 2013 and December 2016, and edited three books under AJF’s imprint, including the first book-length study of jewelry exhibition-making. His most recent curatorial project was Medusa, Jewellery and Taboos (2017) at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in collaboration with Anne Dressen and Michèle Heuzé. Benjamin has lectured extensively on craft, and likes to organize (or co-organize) symposia on jewellery, of which The Public and Private Lives of Jewellery (Zimmerhof, 2011), Forgetting Jewellery (Paris, 2017) and The Fuzzy, the Fake and the Double - Trouble in Ornament (Paris, 2017). He is a guest teacher at the Akademie der Bildende Künste (Nürnberg) and at Alchimia (Florence), and a mentor in the Handshake 4 pedagogical program (New Zealand). Ben regularly contributes essays to magazines, monographs and museum publications, and is currently working with co-editor Namita Wiggers towards a series of publications on jewelry and gender. He lives in Montreuil (France).



Norwegian Crafts (established 2012) is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to strengthen the position of Norwegian contemporary crafts. The organisation facilitates exchange between agents in the international craft scene in order to create more opportunities for Norwegian artists and craft professionals abroad. Norwegian Crafts works with a wide range of projects within five main areas: exhibition programmes; critical theory and publications; market development; network and exchange; and residencies and support programmes.



This residency is multidisciplinary: applications are welcomed from anyone with relevant experience and interests including but not exclusively: artists, curators, writers, designers, and sociologists. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome across generation and experience level.
Places are available for 1 non-local resident and up to 6 locally-based residents to work alongside Benjamin Lignel.



This residency offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at the residency studio space, and at organised events and meals.

Example of accommodation previously provided - a similar standard will be upheld

Weekly meals will bring the residency community together for discussion, debate and friendship. On week days PRAKSIS will provide lunch at the working space. Dinners for all residents with invited guests will be held weekly.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s cultural scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including among others: curators, writers, and artists.

Meals, events, visits and other activity from previous residencies

Activities and events will be mainly held at PRAKSIS’s space in central Oslo. At the start of the residency, participants are invited to make a presentation, informally introducing themselves and their practice to the rest of the group. Other activities include residency related visits, a tour of Oslo's galleries, networking events, discussions and group critiques – some open to the public. A screening/seminar event will address issues surrounding the residency theme.

PRAKSIS offers a stipend of 3000 NOK (€310 on 10/01/18) to participants based abroad.

While the residency is free and offers accommodation and meals, PRAKSIS regrets that we cannot yet offer transport costs or fee. However our team is happy to advise on and support applications for external grants wherever possible.


  • English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residencies must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity.
  • Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.
  • Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term


Please submit:
•    A completed application form. We kindly request that you send a PDF version of the application.
•    Recent CV/resume.
•    Portfolio (only one PDF file). Up to 5 images. The images should include captions or short descriptions.  For videos/films, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.
Please submit only electronic copies of the above in ONE email under 5 MB to:  residency9@praksisoslo.org
In the subject line of your email, please write your name and country of residence per the following order:  Last Name, First Name, Country.

Selections will be made by Benjamin Lignel and curators from Norwegian Crafts and PRAKSIS on the basis of each individual’s potential to contribute to and benefit from residency involvement, and are not based on applicants’ academic or professional backgrounds. Successful applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with residency admissions jury, which will take place shortly after the application deadline.


There is an application fee towards administrative costs of 70 NOK (€7.20 as of 10/01/18).

Alternatively you may pay by PayPal. Please contact info@praksisoslo.org for details.


If you require the application form in another format please contact info@praksisoslo.org.


Open Call // 10 January – 15 February
Interviews via Skype // 1 – 6 March
Announcement of selection // 9 March
Residency // 23 April - 4 May, 21 May - 3 June
Closing date for applications // Midnight CET 15 February 2018







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