Larry Achiampong & David Blandy

 

David Blandy & Larry Achiampong led PRAKSIS's inaugural residency, "New Technology And The Post-Human," in March - April, 2016. Through their work, Blandy and Achiampong examine ideas of communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate cultural hierarchies and the “fiction of the self”.

Blandy and Achiampong have exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, both individually and as a duo, at venues including Tate, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; and MOMA PS1, New York. Their 2014-15 hip-hop-inspired collaboration Biters was funded by the Arts Council of England and is “unique, in that it unifies both appropriation as a methodology and “biting” [the stealing of taggers’ or hip-hop artists’ personal styles] as an existential state”, critic Morgan Quaintance has written. “Biters…is a project about attraction and repulsion, and in hip-hop Achiampong and Blandy have recognised a musical genre pulsating with all the contradictory energies of hierarchical value systems, based on race, privilege and subjection”.

 


David Blandy and Larry Achiampong, Finding Fanon 2, 2015
Commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival 2015, supported by Arts Council England. Finding Fanon 2 is made using the Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game video editor. The Finding Fanon series is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation.

 
 

Vika Adutova


Vika Adutova's artistic practice is rooted in the research of language and perception. Vika uses video, sound, drawing, and sculpture, working primarily with the subject of the affect of time on human and non-human life, and language as the tool of description. Born in Tashkent and previously based in New York, Adutova is currently living and studying in Oslo, and is an MFA candidate from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts due to graduate in 2018.

Beatrice Alvestad Lopez

 
 

Oslo based artist, Beatrice Alvestad Lopez works across mediums including painting, installation and performance. She is co-founder of the independent press; Inner Space, which publishes books of art and poetry. The publication Colour will be part of CICA museum exhibition entitled; Colour 2019 taking place in August. She holds a BA from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan including an exchange at the Pratt Institute, New York. Solo exhibitions include Ritual Lines at Art Licks festival, London and she has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including White Space gallery, House of Foundation and SiM gallery. Her ongoing interest in nature led her to be part of the programme Arts Territory Exchange, a collaborative correspondence project based on ecology and topographies. In May 2019 Beatrice participated at the SiM residency in Iceland with her project Glitch, working environmentally along the coast of Reykjavik. She writes texts/journals of her encounters and experiences of place that contextualise them within broader socio-political and environmental concerns. A recent example is her project on water - having participated in an artist’s residency organised by An Lanntair on a sailboat in the Hebrides, Scotland.

Isfrid Angard Siljehaug

 

Isfrid Angard Siljehaug graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2010 and from Mater Artistic Research at the Royal Academy in the Hauge in 2012. Through her work she researches art history looking for images that reoccur through the ages, which could offer clues to perspectives important for the future. She explores the integration of art and artistic thought in daily life — especially through historic cultural developments and often using textile and text. Angard Siljehaug's work can be described as an interlacing of text and textile where she stitches, prints and draws images and words on textiles or draws directly on the wall. Working with textile as curtains, wall-hangings, carpets, tent and clothes, her work reside in the space between the surface of the body and the interior of our dwellings. Her practice includes performance, workshops and collaborations with various artists, architects and designers. Isfrid has exhibited her work in Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands including 'Shifting Spaces' at the W139 Amsterdam (2016) and 'A Supernova' at the Hortus of VU Amsterdam (2015).


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In time, we too will become ancestors...
 

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Jeremy Bailey

Self-styled “Famous New Media Artist” Jeremy Bailey’s inventive and endearingly self-deflating performance practice collides the vulnerabilites and embarrassments of physical embodiment with the tricks of internet marketing and digital imaging’s sleek pictographics. His work has featured in an international roster of venues and festivals, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Liverpool; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Transmediale, Berlin; Museums Quartier, Vienna; and the New Museum, New York. Via his project The You Museum (2015-ongoing), Bailey’s displays – individually tailored to suit the viewer’s personal tastes – can be accessed globally online: see here.

 

 

Jeremy Bailey, The Future of Television, 2012.
Software demo created for Random Acts: Artist Interventions into Broadcast 26 October 2012 - http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk/programmes/festivals/whatson/0/4/2012/459/random-acts-artist-interventions-into-broadcast/ Commissioned by Omar Kholeif for FACT, Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Channel 4 and Arts Council England Thanks to Kyle McDonald for developing Face OSC

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Belić, Westerlund and Müller


Working collectivly Belić, Westerlund and Müller work with structures of relationships and varying forms of acts of imitation. They develop performative works through a process of learning from internet sources. 

Maria Gordana Belić received her BA in Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway and her MA degree in Fine Arts from Valand Academy of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her practice uses inter-biographical stories, meetings or events which become magnetic mantras, where companions, nervous technique or collaborations modify the narrative. Things are repeated, looped and multiplied through various formats. She is fascinated by structures around support and what it means to struggle with personal problems in pubic.

Per Westerlund works with animation depicting sensational bliss using Windows Paint. While the angular shapes of the medium resist painterliness he uses the movement of the images and coloring to create impassioned effects. Recurring motives include naked skin, wind and sun light, and images sometimes paraphrase stereotypes from the romantic era. The rhythmic feature of the animations has recently led him to work with music videos. He graduated from Oslo Academy of Fine Art in 2013.

Daniela Müller studied Media Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts and Fine Arts at the Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, completing her MA in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2013. From 2012-15 she curated the ad-hoc gallery “One Night Only Zurich”. Müller's practice employs acts of appropriation to examine the purposeful conditions of language. She copies, loops and recontextualises mundane material, such as commercial signs, leaked pictures, spam mails and prophecies, leading toe moving images, installations and collaborations.

Anton Benois

 
 

Anton Benois (b.1979 Moscow, USSR) is a Norway-based Australian artist whose work collects found, made and commissioned objects within environments that trouble their worth. Benois' practice-based artistic research explores themes of provenance and dispossession, the ritualisation of the everyday and the universality of dissociative flows in the digital age. 

Benois graduated from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (NTNU) in May 2019. He has exhibited at Trondheim Kunstmuseum Gråmølna, Small Projects (Tromsø, NO), Kudos Gallery (Sydney, AU) and First Draft Gallery (Sydney, AU) with both individual and collaborative projects. His MFA graduate work will be shown as part of Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen in Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, NO) in 2019. 

Image 1: 'Distant Relatives,' 2019, Trondheim Kunstmuseum Gråmølna (Trondheim, NO) materials: commissioned oil painting, 3D printed frame, bench, sound. Image Credit: Lili Zanetta

Image 2: ‘Come Inside Me,’ 2018, Tromsø, Norway. Site-specific installation using 57 recycled radios and fm transmitters in northern Norways oldest wooden kiosk. 

Image 3: ‘On a Clear Day you can see into Forever’ 2018, Video Still



Olivia Berkowicz

 
 

Olivia Berkowicz is a curator and editor based in Stockholm. She works at the intersection of critical visuality studies, contemporary art theory and psychoanalysis. This manifests in work exploring geopolitics and human geography. Her previous studies include an MA in Curatorial Studies and a BA in History of Art, at Stockholm University and Goldsmiths College, University of London respectively. For the former, she completed a thesis titled Ecologies of Care and Intimacy – Curatorial Practices in the Capitalocene. The work sought to explore curatorial methodologies of intimacy, relatedness and non-capitalist modes of production. Recently she worked at Sörmlands Museum where she co-curated Mending a Broken World, a retrospective exhibition on the Hungarian-Swedish artist Lenke Rothman, with contributions by contemporary artists Alina Chaiderov and Gery Georgieva. She is one of the founders of Ferrara Residency, an international residency program in Ferrara, Italy. Since 2017, artists and researchers have been invited to explore forms of togetherness while reflecting on means of precarious and affective labour under capitalist conditions.

Image 1. Sensory Futures: Consciousness razing (2018), Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm. Photo: Emmeli Person

Image 2. Lenke Rothman & Alina Chaiderov - Mending a Broken World (2018-2019), Sörmlands Museum, Nyköping. Curated with Joanna Nordin. Photo: Valdemar Asp

Image 3. A Fluid Haze, Ferrara Residency (2018), Ferrara. Untitled degraded painting by Ruth Angel Edwards. Photo: Andrea Bighi

Image 4. Who Cares? Ferrara Residency (2017), Ferrara. Photo: Karolina Mikeskova

Tone Bjerkaas

 

Tone Bjerkaas, born in 1987, lives and works in Oslo and her birthplace Tromsø. Bjerkaas' works with clothing and textile based craft to explore the fields of fashion, art and political activism.

Bjerkaas is currently situated at VORTA atelier in Middelalderparken, where she is a member of EUFORISK the collective for experimental club culture, as well as working as designer for the art & public space project Detroit Kunsthalle. Last year she received a grant from SNN-stiftelsen to launch her first un-gendered clothing collection. Bjerkaas holds a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2015) and is a MA candidate at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts due to graduate in 2020.

Robert Bordo

 
 

Robert Bordo makes thematic paintings that integrate a notion of formalism with a range of personal and theoretical narratives. Since the mid-1980s, his work has been exhibited extensively and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Highlights include shows at the National Exemplar Gallery, Bortolami Gallery, Alexander and Bonin Gallery, MoMA PS1 and the Brooklyn Museum (all New York); The Suburban, Oak Park, IL, Mummery + Schnelle, London, the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Collections in which his work features include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE. Awards and fellowships he has received include the 2014 Robert de Niro Sr. Painting Prize, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Canada Council Arts Grant, the Tesuque Foundation Arts Fellowship Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Ballinglen Fellowship, a Hermitage Retreat Fellowship and a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has designed sets, costumes and posters for the Mark Morris Dance Company, including designs for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 revival of Dido and Aeneas. As Associate Professor of Art he led the Cooper Union’s painting program from 1996 until 2017. He lives and works in Columbia County and Brooklyn, NY.

Emma Bäcklund

 
 

Emma Bäcklund is a Swedish multi-disciplinary artist based in Berlin and London. Working with photography, performance, sculpture and writing she explores the body, its boundaries and consequences of its environment. She investigates social systems, power relations and cognitive impact on the physical body. While questioning preexisting structures, habit and gesture she strives to invent unexplored patterns of form, movement and thinking processes. The physical relationship is essential in her process of making and the photograph as a performative document explore elements of gesture. There are slippages between image, object and subject.

Emma received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art (2017) and her BA in Photography from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (2015). Her upcoming solo exhibition Clench in Leeds (10 - 17 Oct ) explore contradictions in meaning between materials in relation to body, mimicry and power relations.

Edwin Cabascango

 


Edwin Cabascango (Ecuador / Norway) - professional dancers based in Oslo. He started dancing in Quito, Ecuador at the contemporary dance school Frente De Danza Independiente (FDI) dance school and Metrodanza dance school, Ballet Nacional del Ecuador (BNE), as well as with different ensembles practicing modern and contemporary dance. Later he continued his dance studies at The Norwegian College of Dance (NDH) and also studied performing arts and movement at The University College of Eurythmy in Oslo. After finishing his education, Cabascango performed in Gullhanen with the Sean Curran dance company in the Bergen National Opera. He has attended workshops by Tom Weksler, Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek, Ultima Vez, Sidi Larbi Cherakoi, Cullberg Ballet, Physical Momentum Project, Martin Kilvady, Akram Khan and others. He has worked with artists including Terry Araujo, Eddie Borgues Lopez, Ingrid Midgard Fiksdal, Marianne Kjærsund, Monica Emilie Herstad and Sean Curran among others. In 2014 he choreographed and performed Green Tea in both Oslo and Trondheim. The same year he started developing his Texture and movement system, which he has presented at Contemporary Dance Workshop at The National M.K. Ciurlionis School of Art, Vilnius Contact Improvisation Festival (Lithuania) and Oslo Kontakt Impro. He has been practicing different somatic movements and martial arts since 2004.

 

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Morgane Clément-Gagnon

 
 

Morgane Clément-Gagnon is a Canadian self-taught visual artist and photographer whose images explore the uncanny through optics, modified cameras and color study. She draws inspiration from her background as a philosophy academic and professor. Her images are a reminder that our existence is complex, strange and fragile. She has exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Jewish Montreal, McCord Museum and Espace F. Morgane currently works and lives in Montreal.

Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper (b. 1983) is a British artist living and working between the UK and New York City, US. Group exhibitions include Play, Game, Place, State, Collyer Bristow Gallery London UK, Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery Birmingham [2012] touring to Rich Mix Cinema London [2014]. VideoGud program Stockholm Sweden [2015] Eyes As Sieves, Global Committee Space Brooklyn NY. Solo exhibitions include Nomadic Glow, Centro ADM Mexico City Soft Revolutions, Space In Between Gallery London [2013]. Residencies include Shrewsbury International School Bangkok with the British Arts Council Thailand [2008-9], SAP Seoksu Market International residency in Anyang City, South Korea [2010], IPark in CT, USA [2012]. She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance [2012/13] and an International Artist Development Fund by the Arts Council England for her project at LAN 360 Degrees Biennale, Mongolia [2014]. Cooper currently co-directs Global Committee in Brooklyn NY. She received her MFA in Fine Art Media at The Slade School of Fine Art London [2012] and BFA from Glasgow School of Art [2006].

 

Nomadic Glow - A Colour Poem[For Hyesou's Herd], 2015, HD Video

This Color Poem is part of a larger project and installation made up of charts, video and sculpture called Nomadic Glow. Nomadic Glow attempts to record—in a deliberately limited, schematic fashion—the elaborate naming system that Mongolian nomadic herdsman use to identify each individual horse in their herd, which is based on their nuanced perception of horse coat colors. When visiting the Mongolian Steppe, I brought with me a range of industrial paint color chips and invited Hyesou—a local nomadic herdsman—to match the horses in his herd through this limited selection of paint colors. The poem is the result of his selections. The voice in the video has been auto-tuned and restricted to a color scale where color tone corresponds to musical tone.

 
 

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Juan Covelli

 

Juan Covelli is an artist living and working in London. His work has focused on new materialities generated by the digital era; in particular, on the dynamics and approaches of the physical within the digital world. In the last few years, he has been exploring the relationship between technology, heritage, archaeology and digital colonialism. In his execution, he employs photography, video, 3D printing, coding, and data streaming, where data manipulation of the image is used to produce installations, as well as web-based works. Recent shows include: How to dust the surface (2018) Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK; Life 2.0 The wrong Biennale (2017) Online; Neixcuitilamatl (2017) ADM Galería, México City, México; Connecting Columns (2017) Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016) Moscow, Russia.

Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana

 

Devoted to a critical media performance project entitled Black Hydra's Discharge Springs Forth Errantly From Her Many Mouths, emerging multimedia artist and producer Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana works to interrogate matters related to transience, narrative structure, and system metabolism. Their interrogations have spawned music projects, objects of generative design, forays into speculative finance, video, and visual art. Brandon was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Marte Dahl

 
 

Marte H S Dahl (b. 1989, NO) is an artist based in Oslo. She holds a BFA from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo (2018). Her works revolve around themes such as the body, movement, material, feminism, honesty and desperation, mostly taking the form of live performance and video. In working intuitively in front of the camera in a clean space, with a few rules or props, she creates a space in the meeting between the object, space, movement and body, allowing anything to happen. She explores how one can be drawn to one’s aversions, using her own as inspiration when working with projects. She has exhibited at Sommerøya Music Festival, Rom for Kunst og Arkitektur, Galleri Ramfjord and Akademirommet.

Image 1: uten tittel, 2018, Video installation, during graduation show “Neste Næste Nästa”, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo. (photo: Istvan Virag)

Image 2: Still from video, uten tittel, 2018

Image 3: Still from video documentation of performance "Recital No. 1", 2017 (photo: Mari Storm-Gran)

Phoebe Davies

 

Selected extracts from A Navigation by Phoebe Davies and Nandi Bhebhe, 2017. [Please listen with headphones/speakers, as audio is sensitive]

 

Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher, presently based at Somerset House Studios in London. Her practice investigates people’s perceptions of their social framing, and she frequently uses collaboration, collective action and Do It Together strategies to make work with individuals, groups and communities.

Through her work Davies often finds herself referencing and exploring collaborative models of working across different social and cultural sectors. Recently, she has investigated ideas taken from areas as disparate as basketball, feminist organisation, science fiction and methods of organic farming.

Recent projects have led  her to work with sex educators, secondary school students, elderly residents in care homes, sports teams and DJs as well as art spaces and institutions, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), South London Gallery (London), Wysing Arts Centre (London), Steirischer Herbst (Graz, AUT), Assembly (Portland, USA) and SA-UK SEASONS 2015 (Johannesburg, ZA).

The final forms of Davies’s work are project dependent, and have included live performances, video, audio, print works and constructed social spaces. She currently co-facilitates three research groups: Bedfellows, a radical sex re-education research project; Synaptic Island, a London-based womxn and non-binary DJ collective; and Art is Action, a UK-based social practice research group. In 2015 she was awarded the British Council’s Social Practice Fellowship for the International Cultural Exchange U.S.Program, and she is currently supported by Syllabus III, an UK-wide alternative peer-led learning programme for artists.
 

Smadar Dreyfus

 

 

Smadar Dreyfus’s projects excavate scenes of everyday life for reverberations of a wider socio-political context. Focusing in particular on the role of the voice in the enactment of contested public spaces, she uses documentary recordings gathered over long periods of research. Her video and sound installations consist of specific architectural enclosures, designed to immerse viewer-listeners in affective soundscapes, raising questions about communication and translation across cultural and political divides. Writing on the installation Mother’s Day at Extra City, Antwerp, Doreen Mende has observed how Dreyfus“modestly yet decisively conveys a vivid sense of how politics and the burden of history affect the lives of individuals in our present-day realities”.

Dreyfus’s selected solo exhibitions include: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2014, Magasin III, Stockholm 2009, Extra City, Antwerpen 2008, IKON Birmingham 2005 and Victoria Miro, London 2006. Selected group exhibitions include the 2011 Folkestone Triennial, S.M.A.K. Gent 2010, Mediations Biennial, Poznan 2010, ArTLV Biennale, Tel Aviv 2009, MUSAC Leon, Spain 2006, and the 9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005.

 

Esra Duzen Sandemose

 

Esra Duzen (1983) is originally from Istanbul, Turkey and lives in Oslo. After more than a decade of working in the insurance sector in Istanbul and London, she decided to study art and moved to Oslo to dedicate herself to becoming an artist full time. She currently studies Fine Arts at The Oslo National Academy of Art (KHIO). Esra's passion in art comes from her strong belief in people and change. She incorporates themes of enlightenment and rebellion against oppression of all forms in her art. Her practice involves installation, painting and drawing. She is currently expanding her work to include digital and analogue animation.

Elvira Dyangani Ose

 

Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, London. She is currently affiliated to the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Until November 2018, she will serve as Creative Time Senior Curator. Recently she was part of the curatorial team of the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2016, and was curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA 2015. Previously, Dyangani Ose served as Curator International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014), Curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, as Artistic Director of Rencontres Picha, Lubumbashi Biennial (2013), and as Guest Curator of the triennial SUD, Salon Urbain de Douala (2010). Dyangani Ose has published and lectured on modern and contemporary African art and has contributed to art journals such as Nka and Atlántica.

Rina Eide Løvaasen

 

Rina Eide Løvaasen’s (Porsgrunn, 1988) work combines astrology, mythology, archaeology, occult
biology, pop culture and science fiction to predict the future by resuscitating the past and
allegorically point to the mistakes we made to cause the anthropocene. Løvaasen received her MFA from the Malmö Art Academy in 2015 and is based in Malmö and Kragerø. The following year she received the Ellen Trotzig fund from Malmö Art Museum and Malmö Stad. In 2017 she had a
solo show at Galleri CC, Malmö, and was most recently represented at Brusfabrikken, Kragerø.
Previous solos exhibitions include: KHM, Malmö; Galleri Blunk, Trondheim, and artmade gallery,
Copenhagen. Two person shows include: ArtSafari, Bucharest and Makeriet, Malmö. Her work has also been shown at venues including: the Malmö Art Museum, Prague Quadrennial, and Liljevalchs Art Hall, Stockholm.

Vibeke Frost Andersen

 

Vibeke Frost Andersen recently graduated from The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo with a MFA in Art and Public Space. She also holds a BA(Hons) in Graphic Communication from University of Wales Institute Cardiff, a Norwegian post-graduate diploma in education and has completed university courses in art history, sculpture and photography in Norway and the UK. Frost Andersen has run a local design practice for several years, and has participated in art projects and - exhibitions both locally, nationally and internationally. She lectures on a variety of art-related topics, and has developed syllabi and administered new educational opportunities within the arts in Norway.

How does places acquire meaning? What is it that gives us a sense of belonging? Through her practice, Frost Andersen seeks to respond to these questions through an investigation of edge lands, voids and forgotten space. Considering economic, social and political structures governing the appearance and perception of landscape, both physical and mental, her research projects asks if it is possible to see, represent and understand some of the larger forces shaping our time. Frost Andersen works mainly in the media of photography, installation and social interference. By engaging with a site and people connected to it, the work evolves along a path of enquiry and possible outcomes. The works are executed in a mix of low key materials and digital technology, alternating mediums by how they are related to the underlying idea and how it sits in the public sphere. By which medium is information about a specific topic usually mediated an accessed? What are the common ways of representing a specific theme, and what are the potentialities and limitations of those technologies and techniques? By working with material in this way, Frost Andersen explores the possibility of generating other perspectives with a new local public. The works follow each other, with discoveries made in one project forming the basis for the next. In this way Frost Andersens practice connects to the overarching problem influencing most of her work: That late capitalism brings with it a sense of totalisation implacably at work everywhere, and that our lives are ruled by abstractions of such immense vastness, invisibility and complexity that they can only be understood parts at a time - if at all.


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Eva Funk

Eva Funk is an Austrian artist and writer based in Berlin. She was educated at the Berlin University of the Arts and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Her recent practice makes use of repetitive motifs across different contexts, building up large scale installations with performative interventions in the investigation of relationships between objects, language and spirit often in relation to notions of failure.

Funk works with physical bodies (of people and objects), as well as writing. She has self-published artist writings under rotato press, and is interested in the book as an alternative to the exhibition. Funk has exhibited and performed in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Canada.

Rodrigo Ghattas

 

Rodrigo Ghattas (b.1989) is a Peruvian-Palestinian artist and cultural producer. His practice travels between a range of different media; site-responsive installations, social sculpture, creative writing, daily performativity and art intervention. Artistic concerns involve perception of public space and connections between temporality and social discovery, new visions of the unfamiliar within everyday settings.

He holds a BFA in Sculpture from PUCP (Peru) and is a current MFA Art and Public Space candidate at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Norway. Ghattas is the founder and director of Machaqmara Center for the Arts (MQA) which he has been running since 2014. Additionally he has been working as OSLO PILOT artistic collaborator since 2016 . His work has been exhibited in Thailand, Peru, USA, Norway, China and Italy.

Tiril Guttorm

Tiril Guttorm lives in Oslo. Having graduated from the Norwegian School of Photography in Trondheim (2013), she now studies Film Arts at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Through her work Guttorm explores personal family relations using digital photography; most of her family and relatives live in the area surrounding Karasjok in north of Norway. She is currently expanding her work to include moving image as well as still photography.

 

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In time, we too will become ancestors...
 

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Anne Haaning

 

Anne Haaning's practice revolves around an interest in digital ontology and myth and usually employs CG animation and video installation. She is currently a research fellow with The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. Her work has been shown internationally in among other venues: The Jerwood Space, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, the Islandic Biennial: Sequences Vll, CPH:DOX, Kurtzfilmtage Winterhur, Nottingham Contemporary, FACT, Liverpool, CCA, Glasgow International and Jeune Creation, Paris. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards and won the Solo Prize at the Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg Kunsthal in 2014.

Through animated, fleeting and disintegrating images Haaning's work seeks to convey the impermanence of matter and identity in a digital context; she considers the digital as something comparably fluid, infectious and viral as the bacteria that literally enters the human body to breed and subsequently migrate from person to person through bodily fluids. This notion of a digital flow is linked to her interest in ancient myth and its often conspicuously fluid perception of the connections between people, creatures, times and places; the spirit is far from bound by the body and its physical circumstances. In Haaning's work myth is employed as a parallel to the conditions that were introduced with the emergence of the digital world.

Looking at the employment, performance and meaning of technology through a mythical perspective, she tries to unmask, or perhaps re-mask, some of the structures the digital imposes on us. She explores and comments on how production and circulation locks us in a loop of unpaid digital labor, violated privacy, continued human de-skilling, post factual manipulation and other potential traits of Digital Colonialism.

 

Ina Hagen

 

Ina Hagen (b.1989, NO) is an artist and writer based in Oslo. She holds a BFA from the National Academy of Art, Oslo (2014). Her work constantly shifts the roles of artist, curator, assistant and collaborator in dealing with the mediation of art as artistic practice. Hagen has exhibited at: INCA, Seattle (Solo); Tidens Krav, Oslo; Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Podium, Oslo; Kurant Visningsrom, Tromsø; Quartier 21, Museums Quartier, Vienna, among others. She was awarded a one year studio grant at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo in 2015, as well as being artist-in-residence at BAR Project, Barcelona from March to May, 2017. Currently she writes for the Scandinavian online art journal kunstkritikk.no, and is vice-president of the board of UKS (Young Artist’s Society). Since July 2016, Hagen has been running the not-for-profit space Louise Dany together with artist Daisuke Kosugi from their home, studio and adjacent store-front.
 

Images:
  • Ina Hagen, Round Robin Reveries: Gathering for the Other Magic Fountain, Barcelona (2017), Montjuïc, Barcelona. Photo: Christina Inocencio.
  • Apichaya Wanthiang, Ban # 1 Practice Models (2016). Two day workshop at Louise Dany, Oslo. As part of the group exhibition Roaming curated by UKS (The Young Artist’s Association). Photo: Margit Selsjord.
  • Sondra Perry, Resident Evil Seminar, 2016. Seminar at Louise Dany, Oslo. Image courtesy of the artist and Louise Dany, Oslo.

Seamus Harahan

 
 

Seamus Harahan was invited by PRAKSIS in collaboration with Oslo Pilot, and selected the theme of mucker mate around which to form a residency. Harahan's deceptively simple work engages with his surrounding environment, discovering a sensual poetics in everyday, marginal and overlooked subjects and peripheral details. his work was described by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, as: “challenging and experimental while also humorous and accessible.”

Harahan is represented in London by Gimpel Fils and has exhibited widely internationally, including at Tate Britain, London, and representing Northern Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2009, and won the 2015 Jarman Award. He is ex-director of Catalyst Arts Belfast. Harahan lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

Seamus Harahan, Stay here a while, 2008

 

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Johnny Herbert

 

Johnny Herbert studied music composition in U.K and Germany before studying art in Norway. He is co-founding editor of Grafters’ Quarterly, a free newspaper publication series. Johnny also works as a writer and copyeditor. He is presently a PhD candidate on the Curatorial/Knowledge research programme within the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London.

 

Jasmine Hinks

 

Jasmine Hinks (1989) is a British curator and writer based in Stockholm, where she is currently completing her MA in Curating Art at Stockholm University. Hinks’ practice investigates the relations between artwork, context and audience. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, her projects unpack and re-think curatorial approaches, with a specific interest in spatial and textual framing. Ongoing research focuses on the affordances of public space – and the public sphere – within the expanded art field and in a broader social context.

In 2016, Hinks presented the curatorial project Codified Environments: Renderings of Public Space at Färgfabriken, Stockholm. The exhibition featured works by filmmaker Lucia Pagano and artist Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, and constructed an extended platform for dialogue around notions of public and private. Her curatorial approach has grown out of her experience working alongside artists in self-organised platforms in her native Scotland.

Bianca Hisse

 
 

Bianca Hisse (b. 1994) is a Brazilian artist based in Tromsø, Norway. Her practice traverses performance and visual arts, exploring dislocations within social systems, collaborative circuits or interdependent arrangements, and often looking on how relational structures can be affected, sustained or destroyed by its own dynamics.

Hisse has presented work at Centro Cultural São Paulo; OC Oswald de Andrade; Casa Líquida (São Paulo, Brasil); Kulta Scenekunsthus; Galleri Snerk (Tromsø, Norway); Frystiklefinn Theater, Iceland; and others. Bianca holds a BA in Body Arts from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and is currently taking her MA in Contemporary Art at Kunstakademiet i Tromsø.

Karoline Hjorth

 
 

Karoline Hjorth (b. 1980) is a Norwegian photographer, artist and writer with a journalism and tall-ship sailing background. She completed her BA Photographic Arts and MA International Journalism from the University of Westminster (London) in 2009. Hjorth's artistic practice explores the space between staged photography, documentary and text. Her photographic work has received the Deloitte Award at the National Portrait Gallery (London) and her first book Mormormonologene (Eng. The Mormor Monologues) was published in 2011 (Forlaget Press). She is currently working on three books to be published in 2017; Eyes as Big as Plates (with Riitta Ikonen (FI)), Billett Merket (Eng. Personals, Forlaget Press) and Time is a ship that never casts anchor (Hjorth / Ikonen / Mesén). Her recent works have been exhibited at NADA Miami, Pioneer Works (NYC), Fotogalleriet (Oslo), Greenland National Museum, Norwegian National Museum (DKS) and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), amongst others. 

 

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http://karolinehjorth.com/
https://eyesasbigasplates.com/

Tze Yeung Ho

 

Tze Yeung Ho is a Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent. Despite being a native of Oslo, Norway, he spent most of his formative years in Toronto, Canada. His music is regularly performed in Toronto and Oslo venues such as the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, Gallery 345, Hart House, Kunstnernes hus, Kulturhuset, Levinsalen and Array Space and has also been recorded by the Blue Bridge Festival Orchestra in Sutton, Ontario and the ACCO Academy in Lithuania. He is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers (Norsk Komponistforening), a board member in NyMusikk composers' group and an associate of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild. Tze Yeung was also one of the seven young composers to represent Norway in the UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikk) festival of 2015 held in Helsinki, Finland, where his saxophone concerto ingest thrice, as prescribed; received its premiere by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. The same work is currently highlighted in the Norwegian Society of Composer's jubilee orchestral catalogue. Recent events include his participation in the Druskomanija festival (Vilnius, Lithuania) and the founding of the Oslo-based new music ensemble: +47. Tze Yeung has also worked with German recorder virtuoso, Caroline Hausen, on an electroacoustic project, funded by the Culture Council (Kulturrådet) of Norway. "The juxtaposition of the grotesque and the ethereal," "brutal," and "visceral and gritty" are among some descriptions for Tze Yeung's repertoire. He has a keen interest in developing different forms of intra- and inter-personal symbolisms in his compositions.

 

Robert Holyhead

 
 

Robert Holyhead studied Fine Art at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, between 1993 and 96, and at the Chelsea School of Art and Design between 1996 and 97. Solo exhibitions include shows at Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, in 2016; PARTS Project, The Hague, in 2016; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, in 2014; PEER, London, in 2012; and Karsten Schubert, London, in 2009, 2010 and 2012. He was a recipient of the five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency (2005) and in 2009/10 he was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce two site-specific works for the new British Embassy in Brussels. In July 2018, he completed a residency at SoART in Austria. He is represented by Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Paris. In 2018, he was selected for one of the Art Foundation’s 20th Anniversary awards. Public collections holding his work include the UK Arts Council Collection, the UK Government Art Collection, Tate and the Centre Georges Pompidou. Recent writing projects include What is Seen: a catalogue essay published by Tate for Patrick Heron’s retrospective at Tate St Ives.

International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP)

 


International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP) is a global participatory initiative which uses drawing as a starting point for cooperative creation. Founded in London in 2010 by artist Ivan Liotchev, the project works with diverse cultural organisations and communities to develop drawing events, exhibitions, public art, and multi-media spectacles that explore drawing within a wide context.

ICDP has developed projects throughout the UK, Europe and USA, with communities ranging from Hopi and Acoma Native American pueblos in the American Southwest to underpriviledged youths in London and Wakefield, England. Recent projects include: London Brain Project, London (2016); COLLABORATE!, Glyndwr University/Focus Wales, Wrexham, UK (2015); The Kingswood Draw, produced by Emergency Exit Arts for Southwark Council, London (2014); Right Up Our Street, DARTS, Doncaster (2014); Light Up Lancaster, (2013); A Million Minutes, produced by AIR @ Central Saint Martins for Islington Council, London (2012). Ongoing work with The Guinness Partnership facilitates opportunities for social housing residents to create their own public art across the UK.

 

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www.icdpdraw.com/

 

Maria Jonsson



Using sculpture, installation, and performance, Maria Jonsson's practice investigates ways in which art can create social spaces. Different strategies and methods help facilitate processes that are both artistic and interpersonal. Her art is either based on, or inspired by human relations and there social context. Jonsson is born in Colombia, raised in Sweden, and currently based between Bergen and Oslo. She holds an MFA from the KMD, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design 2016.

Ayesha Jordan

 
 

Ayesha Jordan is a multidisciplinary performance artist who often uses characters and stories to create indelible moments for cerebral and visceral experiences. Jordan’s characters each represent a facet of herself and act as a tool to playfully disguise herself and to uniquely connect with guests. Much of Jordan's work is about audience engagement, bringing participants as close to the work as possible – creating moments, tasks, and prompts allowing the opportunity to engage with the performer, as well as with fellow audience members.

Some of her previous performance events include Shasta Geaux PopCome See My Double D'sEnter & Exit: Playing HouseEnter & Exit: Family ReunionInter 1-to-1, and In the Tube. Other works include video projects Living Room Dance Breaks, Drunk & Famous, as well as a host of other songs and videos. Jordan has been seen as an actor in the Broadway production of Eclipsed by Danai Gurira and directed by Liesl Tommy, Home by Geoff Sobelle, Failure Sandwich and Ludic Proxy, by Aya Ogawa, Platonov: Or the Disinherited by Jay Scheib, and Stairway to Stardom and Harold I Hate You by Cakeface. She has also been featured in video work and photography by visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. 

Clara J:son Borg

Clara J:son Borg (1986) is an artist from Sweden, based in Rotterdam (NL). She graduated in 2016 from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, with an MA in Fine Art. The attention of her works and research is directed towards staged situations where verbal language and bodily movement find themselves interacting. By setting up and enacting these staged situations (mainly executed through video and performance) her aim is to provoke moments where verbal and physical communications methods fit loosely to one another. She understands this looseness as a way of storytelling, but also as an invitation to observe different elements of interpersonal relationships, social choreographies, knowledge hierarchies and bodily relation to physical space and images. 


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In time, we too will become ancestors...
 

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www.clarajsonborg.com/

Maren Dagny Juell

Maren Dagny Juell is an Oslo based artist working with moving image and installation. Her subjects are alienated, filled with doubt and with a yearning for control and personal development. Maren is interested in the borders of subjectivity and individual autonomy. This is approached with narrative text often collected from online forums and tutorials. The works seeks to embody an investigation into the reality of appearances, surfaces and definition of visual space aided by technology.

Maren studied in London and has an MA from Chelsea College of Art. Recently exhibitions has been at Stavanger Art Museum and Papay Gyro Nights (Orkney and Hong Kong) amongst others. She won an award for video at BEERS contemporary (London) in 2013 and was included in Lights On Norwegian Contemporary Art at the Astrup Fearnely Museum in Oslo in 2008.

 

 

Maren Dagny Juell, Tutorial#6: It’s our ability to create stylish meals that separates us from the animals (Bear Grylls)

Tutorial#6 refers to instructional videos by survivalists. Three men meet and have a conversation made up by fragmented quotations collected from instructional tutorial videos and on-line forums about survival. During the meeting, they all make a flower out of gaffer tape, zip-ties and para-cord.  The work was initially made for an exhibition related to the tapestry weaver Frida Hansen (1855-1931) and also includes sculptures. Juell was interested in the gender roles assigned to textile craft and the purpose of these activities (craft clubs- craft as therapy). Her project is a fictional account of themale dominated culture of survivalist preparing for the apocalypse.

 

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Gereon Krebber

 
 

Sculptor Gereon Krebber studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Royal College of Art, London, and has exhibited extensively since the early 2000s. His work has featured in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, London and elsewhere, and he has received commissions to develop public work in Bonn, Bochum and Viersen (DE). Awards received include the UK’s Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2003) and the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Stipendium (Duisburg, 2009). His working processes probe questions about sculpture as a discipline in relation to site, time, language, communication and the body, and extend across a highly experimental range of media, including writing and speech: for example, via the Laberflash, a new form of performance that he has developed, in which participants’ bodies, voices and thinking processes become unexpected new media for sculptural experimentation.

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen

 
 

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen (b.1981) is an artist based in Oslo, Norway. He is currently occupied with his ongoing contemporary post-studio practice, interest for self-initiated venues, performative strategies, site (and situation) specific projects, pseudonyms, monochromes and polar bears. And also a belief that public art and democracy somewhat are the same, since the one thing cannot function without the other.

Kristensen is founder of the artist-run laboratory for art & public space Detroit Kunsthalle and co-founder of the organisation and collective September Split. He co-founded the collaborative curatorial platform and professional skateboard-art-team Contemporary Cruise Crew as well as the artist-run studio space VORTA at Lokomotivverkstedet in Middelalderparken, Oslo.

Kristensen holds a BA from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art (2011) and a MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2018). He has exhibited at Nebbelux, Fredrikstad; Gallery SØ, Copenhagen; Trinosophes, Detroit; Studio17, Stavanger; space 4235, Genova; The NY Art Book Fair, New York; MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Haikou; Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø; Akademirommet - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Kurant Visningsrom, Tromsø; Occupy Landscape, Stavanger; Dronning Sonja KunstStall at The Royal Palace, Oslo and Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad among others.
 

Kirsty Kross

Photographs by (from left to right) Miguel Lope, Thor Brødreskift, Zane Cerpina
 

Kirsty Kross holds a Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Art in Context from the Berlin University of the Arts.  Her work has been featured in Bedfellows at Tate Modern London, The Partisan Cafe at The Bergen Assembly, Østlandsutstillingen, ONO and PINK CUBE in Oslo as well as in Berlin at Parkhaus Projekts, Galerie Crystal Ball and Galerie Walden.  From 2000-2010 Kirsty Kross was a co-creator and performer in the music/performance group, Team Plastique and performed extensively across Europe and Australia at clubs and events such as Glastonbury, Kunstsalon Berlin and the closing party of the 2006 Berlin Biennale. Kirsty Kross’ work combines performance, drawing, music and installation and deals with thehuman condition questioning appropriate adult behaviour and the relationship between the artist, artwork and audience. Her recent work deals with the attention economy, global economic and social changes as well as impending ecological doom. Kirsty Kross moved to Oslo in 2015 and is a board member of Performance Art Oslo.

Tina Kryhlmann

 
 

Tina Kryhlmann (b 1986, Oslo) completed her MFA in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy 2017. Working in an extended field of practises, varying from text, scuplture, installation, video and artist books, she uses painting as a pivot point and vantage point, to question the role of the self.

Gunnlaug Kuløy

 

Gunnlaug Bina Kuløy uses visual media, audio and sculptural installations to explore the intricate weave of circumstance, coincidence, emotion and decision that define a present situation or a state of mind. In turn this opens up a space to reflect upon interconnectedness in its many forms, and possible future trajectories. Her work evolves around themes as diverse as nostalgia and the immaterial connotations of objects, as well as biodiversity and the extinction of species. It often intersects with the realm of science; negotiating the ground between personal experience, observation and scientific research. Her intense focus on detail often results in the creation of spaces that demand full attentiveness in exchange for a sense of intimacy.

Gunnlaug holds a masters degree in Visual anthropology and has worked in various fields including cinematic production in Cuba, research on visual literacy in developing countries, media in exile and theatre production. The past few years she has divided her time between Oslo and Burma/Myanmar, working on projects related to wild endemic orchid conservation and mangrove forest restoration, resulting in the exhibitions Black Orchid Red Line, Goethe institute, Yangon (2016) and Macro Mangrove, Gallery 65 (2016). Her most recent exhibition Fate Undecided (2017) examined nostalgia in a socio-political context and was held at a site-specific location in Yangon.

 

Mathew Lacosse

 
 

Mathew Lacosse (b. 1990, CA) is an artist and organiser whose work reevaluates and embellishes both architectural and natural space—its components, histories, and potentials. He holds a BFA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba (2018) and is currently living in Oslo. Lacosse has exhibited at Gallery 623 (Solo, Winnipeg), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts (Winnipeg), and curated exhibitions at the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, GoSA, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, and others. His writing has appeared in SCAN Journal and rip/torn magazine.



Image 1. Between Two Bridges, Wild Grass, 2016

Image 2. Separation, Reclaimed Spruce and Fir, 2017

Image 3. SOFA Students Association, Spectator / Boundary Net, Exhibition for Nuit Blanche in Winnipeg, Canada. 2017

Auli Laitinen

 
You wear, you watch the wearer, and you watch the wearer being watched.
- Auli Laitinen               

Auli Laitinen is a jewellery artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is interested in contexts involving collaborative thinking and ideas including maker, wearer and viewer. Laitinen uses text, textile, and ready-mades to explore contemporary adornment. She sees jewellery as an active art form, whereby willing exhibitors carry signs of the makers ideas. Ideally, the wearer is engaged with the concept and aesthetics, and encourages conversation around what they wear.

Laitinen's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since her graduation in 2000. She has received numerous grants and is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm and the Röhss Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. She occasionally. teaches.

Matt Lambert

 

Matt Lambert's work pushes the preconceptions and possibilities of jewelry and adornment as traditionally understood. Adornment has the ability to blur the fields of design, craft, fashion, and art—and through inhabiting queer and/or liminal spaces adornment has great strength. Lambert believes that this aspect has yet to be fully explored as a terroristic act towards Westernized institutions.

Based in Detroit, Lambert holds an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art with addition to specific university training in craft skills, such as metalsmithing, ceramic, and fiber. Through apprenticeships Lambert has also studied semi-antique rug restoration and leather working. Lambert holds academic training in art history, psychology/human sexuality, and cultural studies from Wayne State University in Detroit MI.

Lambert's work has been collected internationally and shown at venues including: Swedish Center for Architecture and Design (Stockholm, Sweden); Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo, Norway); the Craft Council of British Columbia Gallery (Vancouver, Canada); Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern (Munich, Germany); the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and the Queer Culture Center (San Francisco, California). In 2017-2018 Lambert was the first international artist based in jewelry/metalsmithing to be invited as a resident at IASPIS the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s programme for visual artists and designers in Stockholm, Sweden.

Silja Leifsdottir

 
 

Silja Leifsdottir is currently curator for the Norwegian Sculptors Society in Oslo. She is on the board of The Norwegian Association of Curators and is the co-founder of SKREID publishing, an independent publisher of Nordic photobooks. She was a co-curator at the artist-run gallery Holodeck in Oslo for two years (2012-2013) together with Lina Norell and Kjersti Solbakken, and is the co-founder and director of U.F.O. – Exhibition Guide For Oslo. In addition to her own practice, she has worked as a coordinator at Fotogalleriet, a non-profit institution for contemporary camera-based art in Oslo established in 1977. While running Holodeck Silja initiated the Grønland Gallery Weekend (2013) together with Lina Norell, Kjersti Solbakken and other art spaces at the east side of Oslo which later transitioned into the Oslo Art Weekend (2014), currently organized by U.F.O. – Exhibition Guide For Oslo. Silja studied at the Fine Art Photography department at The Glasgow School of Art (2005-2008) and Curatorial Practice at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2015-2017).

 

Benjamin Lignel

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.
 

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).

Natasha Marie Llorens



Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based in Marseille and New York. Recent curatorial projects include “We the Watchers are Also Bodies,” at Hercules Art Studio Program in Manhattan, "The Exposed Suture" in Marseille, and "Mine are True Love Stories...." at the Skowhegan offices in New York. Llorens has held curatorial residencies at Marra Tein in Beirut and at Triangle Arts Association in New York, and is currently the 2017 Entrée Principale curatorial resident at Rond Point Projects in Marseille, France. Her writing has appeared in ArtReview, Modern Painters, BOMB Magazine, Pastelegram, WdW Review, Contemporary Art Stavanger, Ibraaz, and elsewhere. Institutions taught at include Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York City, and the Curatorial Studies MA program at Parsons in Paris. She is currently developing a PhD at Columbia University, focused on the representation of war in Algerian national cinema between 1965 and 1979.  

 

Images:
  • Kerry Downey at "In This Hello America" as part of Action Club's collaboration with Douglas Paulson, April 2011, Double Session, a thesis exhibition for the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College curated by N. M. Llorens. Photo: Douglas Paulson.
  • Natasha Marie Llorens photographed by Natalie Hope O'Donnell.

Eli Maria Lundgaard

Eli Maria Lundgaard (b.1989 in Trondheim, Norway) finished a BFA at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2015. She will start on a MFA at Malmö Art Academy in 2016. She works with video, drawing, collages and sculpture.

Her art is about comprehension. She explores different concepts of the psyche, for instance anxiety or hypochondria. She also questions the subject and its surroundings: how body and environment are shaped by influences, direct intervention, or evolution and natural changes. The relationship between the natural and the artificial is interesting. Both science and art are curious and concerned the absence of information. We are looking for systems and definitions to put things in. Everything around us should be categorized and organized. These categories and systems come from what we are learned to look for. What cannot be described "physically", but only sensed, leads to speculation and fantasy. What do we do when explanations are missing? What we cannot see or explain turn into myths, monsters and magic. Fiction and dreams blends with reality and makes a setting we can live within and think.

 
 

Eli Maria Lungaard, How To Become a Sea Creature, 2016

 

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Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas & Siri Hjorth

 

Siri Hjorth (1986)  and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas (1985) are two contemporary artists accomplishing high performance, premium, award-winning works that are safe, healthy, and certified sustainable.

When Kjølaas and Hjorth first got married in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in 2016 - they had already been working closely on a series of artistic projects since 2009. They now live and work in Oslo. Their artistic output include ceramics, textile, watercolours, latex and eggs.

Hjorth recently had her solo show “Looner Mooner" at Nebbelux in 2016, and participated in the production of “From Butter to Margarin” in 2017, directed by Pernille Lindstad and organised by “Munchmuseet on the Move” at Gallery 1857 in Oslo. She works with textile, costume and performance, and generates an unpredictable and sneaky world - disturbingly erotic. She opened the National Gallery's new Middle East Wing with a performativ staging of the painting “Marriage in Hardanger” by Tidemann and Gude. Hjorth has shown her work at the Black Box Theatre, Kunstnernes Hus, and Kunsthaus KULE in Berlin. Graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2014.

In 2015 Kjølaas won the Debutant Prize at the Autumn State Exhibition. He has toured the country since 2016 with his solo show “On dry things” showcased at different Art Societies around Norway, including Hammerfest, Eidsberg, Haugesund, Volda and Trondheim. He is the artist and author behind “The Institute of Art and Crime” (2014) published by Torpedo Press. Graduated in 2012 with a Master in Visual Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

In addition to their praxis both Kjølaas and Hjorth hold positions at Prosjektskolen Art School, as Prorector and teacher. Together they have started the artist run spaces GAGO between 2009 - 2011, and SALT between 2011-2013. With Marianne Bredesen they have developed the project “Wittgenstein on Vacation” (2015 - 2019) supported by KORO, Art in Public Space Norway.

Shahrzad Malekian

 
 

Shahrzad Malekian (1983/ Iran) is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance and sculpture. Malekian’s works often address the human conditions she experiences around her. Her interests include power structures, presentations of gender, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and shifts that occur in the transition between the private and public domains.

Her works have been shown internationally in group exhibitions in Brazil, USA, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and London. Her video piece was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam and Göteborg International Film Festival in Jan 2013. She was the finalist for MOP CAP 2015 prize.

Malekian holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Art University of Tehran and is a current MFA Art and Public Space candidate at Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo, Norway. She lives and works in Oslo and Tehran.



Image 1: WARDROBE MEMORIES, Performance, Sommerøya Festival, 2018
Image 2: WARDROBE MEMORIES, Performance, Sommerøya Festival, 2018
Image 3: URBAN EXPERIENCES, Public Intervention, 2015
Image 4: MAKEUP EXPERIMENTS: LIPSTICK, Video Performance, 2013

Claudia Mann

 
 

Claudia Mann is a sculptor whose work is process oriented and conceptual. She also resorts to other media in her work, e.g. video, photography and language which serve as mirrors reflecting her sculptural works. 

"Outer space is just as relevant for me as the centre of the earth. We are space. In order to comprehend the dimensions of space right up to the centre of the earth one should be fully aware of the fact that the ground only seems to be an impenetrable surface. However, it consists of air as well as material. Ground is a very self-centred version of what in fact is only material. That is why it is a component of the definition of ‘horizon’. It stretches to the horizon. One’s location starting with the feet, eye level and then what one sees is all physically dependent on this. (…) The ground is the starting of sculpture and the sculpture itself. But the human entity is and remains the reference. In the past I used to move and work above this ‘surface’. By means of various processes the necessity arose to break through it and to perceive it. What exactly is the ground? Where does it begin and where does it end? To perceive something and then to clearly accept it for what it is a form of appropriation. Not merely the wish to hold onto a thought but to own its equivalent made of matter. Air is just as much matter, we are matter. Perception means using the senses. However most of the time we use our senses unconsciously. It is interesting to become aware of one’s own senses."



Image 1. Aero, 2016. Resin, metall, soil, sand 205 x 140 x 217 cm. Photo: Ivo Faber, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn De Statua, KIT Düsseldorf.

Image 2. SOLID AERO, 2017. Inkjet print. Photo: Claudia Mann, VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn.

Image 3. Cast, 2016. Resin, metal, 260 x 320 x 120 cm. Photo: Dejan Saric, Kunstraum Düsseldorf Förderpreisträger 2016.

Image 4. Tombé.Tambour, 2016. Tarred board, resin, grass, wood, 205 x 621 x 621 cm. New Talents Biennale 2016, Poststrasse, Cologne

Evgeniya Martirosyan

 
 

Evgeniya Martirosyan is an artist based in Ireland with a background in philosophy and design. She graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016, receiving a number of residencies and exhibition awards, including residencies at National Sculpture Factory and Sample Studios, Ireland and an exhibition award at Cork Film Centre. Her most recent work has been shown at 126 Gallery, Galway Arts Festival, Ireland; Leeds Digital Festival, UK ; and TACTIC Gallery, Ireland.

Working primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation, Martirosyan is interested in exploring the concepts of time, matter, chaos and transformation. She builds complex dynamic structures and uses transient organic matter, reflecting on the poetic possibilities of the fluid and constantly shifting state of things.



Image 1. The Shape of Emptiness, 2017. Metal, air compressor, silicone tubing, water, washing up liquid, plastic, timer. Photo: Jed Niezgoda.
Image 2. Between Something and Nothing, 2017. Refrigeration system, acrylic, copper piping, metal tray, timer. Photo: Jed Niezgoda.
Image 3. Dream Machine, 2017. Metal, plastic, acrylic tubing, corn syrup, led light. Photo: Jed Niezgoda.
Image 4.Your Quantum Uncertainty, 2016. Metal, water, water pump, tubing, wood, live projection.


Martirosyan's participation in residency eleven, Monumental—Temporal has been made possible due to kind support from the Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award.
 

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Michael McLoughlin

 


Michael McLoughlin is an artist and researcher from Dublin who makes audiowork, drawings, sculptural objects, video and installations. His artistic approach endeavors to presents an outlet for dialogue/exchange and explores the physicality of places where, and the manner in which, people interact. Since the mid-1990s Michael McLoughlin has consistently developed and presented new ways of making contemporary artwork in social contexts. Within the last year he has made site specific audio work in Limerick (Cumann:An Audio Map of Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art), Drogheda (Cumann, Droichead Art Centre, & as part of Beyond the Pale, Highlanes) and in Dublin (Rest Here, UCD Sutherland School of Law & Ocean Wonder Resort Revelations, Portrane). His artists book of drawings, I am here because I know you will be too was published by Dublin City Council in 2014. McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown (2017), and at UCD College of Social Science & Law in 2015, where he has since begun a critical social and institutional analysis of ethics, art-making and knowledge production in the contexts of social practice in the School of Sociology.

Nanna Melland

 

Nanna Melland (b.1969) is a jewellery artist based in Oslo.  At the core of her work lies a fundamental curiosity in the relationship between nature and human existence. She is fascinated by symbols and rituals, as well as by unpleasant and dark tensions inherent to life.

Combining and experimenting with form, material, technique and subject until she finds a type of unity – maybe harmony in the disharmonic. Inter-Uterine-Devices (IUD`s), nails in gold, cast pig’s hearts, orchids in lead and aluminium airplanes hence achieve – albeit paradoxically – a coherent whole.

Melland initially trained in goldsmithing at Elvebakken Technical School, and received a Canditata Magister from the University of Oslo in the subject history of religion, social anthropology and Tibetan language and culture before going on to study at The Munich Academy of Arts, Germany, where she was appointed Meister student, and for her diploma work in 2008 received both the academy's Debut Prize, and the Norwegian Craft prize in Norway. Her work has been bought by national and international private and public collections. Nordenfjeldske Art and Craft museum, Collection Marzee in the Netherlands, Collection Hiko Mizuni in Japan and Collection Susan Cummins in USA among others.

Araiz Mesanza


Araiz Mesanza is an artist and illustrator whose work is mainly developed through drawings. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from the Basque University (Bilbao, Spain) and specialized in illustration at Escola Massana (Barcelona, Spain). Mesanza has worked as a freelance illustrator since 2009 and in 2011 she co-founded Ediciones Armadillo, an artist collective and publishing outlet releasing an annual collaborative illustration fanzine and other projects. Having relocated to Oslo in autumn of 2016 (currently working from VORTA atelier at Middelalderparken), Mesanza's recent work has largely focused on producing "introspective landscapes" that explore her relationship with her new surroundings.

Milenasong

 
 

As a former student of art & sound, it felt only natural for Milenasong to start painting with musical layering. Ten years ago she released her debut album, SEVEN SISTERS on Gudrun Gut's label Monika Enterprise in Germany. Touring and meeting interesting artists from all corners greatly enriched her perspectives and process and in interviews she liked to say how much she wanted to break open rules in song-making. Motherhood and ill health temporarily rerouted her focus and her steps have been slower since. Since 2011 she has been working on her next album, started in London, with finishing touches added at Bauteil3 in Berlin, she is developing the end-mix herself in Oslo in 2017. It is a work on shadow-walk and transformation, the things that cannot be controlled, yet ultimately will find its resolution/dissolving in time. Milenasong also works with illustration, currently fine lining for the newspaper Ny Tid and working on experimental audiobooks for Cappelen Damm/Storytel. Her current waves: Allowing things to be what they are, cooperating with given health, talents and the likeminded, for possibilities to take shape.

 

Ragna Misvær Grønstad

 

Ragna Misvær Grønstad (originally from Bodø in North of Norway) studied printmaking and drawing and received her MFA degree in 2016, from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in Medium- and Material-Based Art, and her BA in Visual Art in 2013 (KHiO).

In the catalogue for Misvær Grønstad's MFA show, "The Silent After", Eva González-Sancho writes:

"Misvær Grønstad explores the ways in which we perceive reality through literary texts. Figures such as Simone de Beauvoir, Guy Debord and Hannah Arendt navigate her boundless aquatic world­—which she refers to as Saltvannsblomstene (salt water flowers)—as representatives of liberation, poetry and punk, the singularity of the individual and his/her emancipation."

Her work is marked by a social critique which is anchored in her belief in the positive potential of escapism, and in the force of the imaginary. In 2014 she was admitted to “The 68. North Norway Art Exhibition” with the print “The Great Escape”.

She graduated with “The Silent After” MFA Degree Show at KHiO, with her project “Conversations in Sáivu” (2016).

RESIDENCY //

In time, we too will become ancestors...
 

LINKS //

www.Ragna.no

Eliza Naranjo Morse

 

Based in Northern New Mexico, USA, Eliza Naranjo Morse works across disciplines from sculpture and drawing to social projects involving cultivating land and working in public schools and the local youth detention center.  Through her interdisciplinary work she seeks to celebrate place, and to consider the intangibles of life including spirituality, balance, resourcefulness and renewal. 

Eliza Naranjo Morse studied drawing at Parsons School of Design and at the Institute for American Indian Arts, and ultimately graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in art in 2003. Naranjo Morse has shown her work in a number of international venues including, among others, at Cumbre de el Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, USA; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA; Berlin Gallery Phoenix; School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. A participating artist of the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2008 she is also a 2007 awardee of the King Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.

 

Anna Sofie Mathiasen

 

Anna Sofie Mathiasen (b. 1995, Copenhagen) lives and works in Oslo. She holds a BFA from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo (2018), where she will complete her master studies in 2020. Working with mixed media installations, writing, analogue and digital, photography, film and animation, she investigates and mediates archives, which she collects and assembles from her surroundings and personal sphere. By processing and presenting the material continuously using a variety of methods Mathiasenn produces images and narratives that explore different ideas and relations she has about, and with, the material. Mathiasen has exhibited at RAM Galleri, Akershus Kunstsenter, and Akademirommet.



Image 1 & 2 Exhibition at RAM Galleri; Vi mødes i mørket og giver hånd, 2018 (Photos by Istvan Virag.)
Image 3 & 4 Stills from film Excavation, 2018 (Cinematographer Vegard Landsverk)

Patrick McElnea

 
 

Patrick McElnea (b. 1981) is based in Los Angeles, California. His work uses pigment, pixilation, and phrasing to visualize imaginations that underpin culture. Recent photographs forage through fantasies of selfhood, inheritance, and flesh. Pictures are made in pairs; the same scene fabricated in different materials, like short stories told in separate languages. McElnea’s video projects similarly explore how images are collaboratively made or misinterpreted under institutional care such as preventative medicine, primary education, and art therapy. He has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, and Daniel Weinburg Gallery in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2008 and his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004.

Images left to right:
Alone In the Vault, 13 x 22.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2019
Older Brother, 19 x 26.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
His Brother, 25 x 36 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
Translantic, 63 x 95 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
Jan's Shorts, 15 x 21.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2018

Ebba Moi

 

Ebba Moi's artistic practice relates to the public domain with a community based, participatory approach. Her concerns include the use of democratic space and the management of people's rights and needs. Moi works with installation, sound, performance, curating and dialogue- based art projects, primarily targeting young people across cultures. Moi is currently co-running artist run space Tenthaus Oslo together with artists Helen Eriksen and Stefan Schröder.