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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

August 2008 Newsletter

1 August 2008
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Office for Contemporary Art Norway relocates to Nedre gate 7


Please note OCA's new postal address and coordinates as

Nedre gate 7
0551 Oslo
Tel:+47 23 23 31 50
Fax:+47 23 23 31 51

Appointments at OCA

For the period of relocation of August/September, we ask that all appointments to OCA be requested by email office@oca.noor telephone at +47 23 23 81 50

International Support


Next Application Deadline 15 September, 2008


OCA provides financial support on a quarterly basis for international projects including Norwegian artists and/or cultural producers. All applications are accepted by post and must be postmarked by the 15 September. OCA strongly advises that applications are sent by post in advance of the date, as incomplete applications received on or after 15 September will be returned to respective applicants.

Click here for information on International Support and the application process.

For any questions regarding the application procedures, please contact Jørn Mortensen at OCA at

Vibeke Tandberg selected to participate in the 28th São Paulo Biennial

28th São Paulo Biennial São Paulo, Brazil. 

 Curatorial team: Ivo Mesquita and Ana Paula Cohen

26 October – 6 December 2008

Ivo Mesquita, Chief Curator of the 28th São Paulo Biennial and a guest at OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) in May 2008, together with curator Ana Paula Cohen, have invitedVibeke Tandberg to exhibit in the 2008 São Paulo Biennial. For the exhibition, taking place until 6 December 2008, Ivo Mesquita proposed to rethink the way in which the São Paulo Biennial Foundation has been producing the successive editions since 1951, opening up an interlude of reflection in the exhibition's history and what role biennials play for the cultural, tourism and event industry. In São Paulo, Tandberg is exhibiting the work Albert Camus, L'étranger, Roman, Gallimard 2003, Prémier dépôt légal: juin 1942. ISBN 2-07-021-200-3, in which the artist dissects an edition of the book L'étranger by Albert Camus in cutting out each of the 32 000 words comprising the text and subsequently alphabetizing each onto separate formations divided into individual framed works. Tandberg draws from Camus' story about the ultimate meaninglessness of life to evolve a work that gives another form to that connoting what is effectively formless and functionless. Among other invited artists are Eija-Liisa Ahtila,Sophie Calle and Joan Jonas.

For media inquiries please contact Felipe Taboada at or Bruna Azevedo at For more information, please visit the biennial's website.

Lene Berg selected to participate in the 6th Taipei Biennial

6th Taipei Biennial Taipei, Taiwan.

Curatorial team: Manray Hsu and Vasif Kortun

13 September 2008 – 4 January 2009

The 6th edition of the Taipei Biennial, curated by Manray Hsu and Vasif Kortun, a guest at OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) in April 2008, takes place between 13 September 2008 and 4 January 2009 in various venues throughout the city of Taipei, Taiwan. According to the curators, this year's biennial does not have 'a single theme, but a constellation of correlated themes, most of which address the chaotic states of things in this time of globalization'. The threads of investigation in the exhibition are processed and witnessed through do-it-yourself practices, individual stories, and humor. Within the biennial, Lene Berg is exhibiting Stalin by Picasso, which, according to curator Kristine Jærn Pilgaard is 'about how two icons from the 20th century, Stalin and Picasso, once were perceived and how much their public personas have changed since then. On another level, it is about art and artistic freedom, or un-freedom, and of ways of reading and using images, particularly images of so-called great men'. Other exhibiting artists are SuperflexNevin Aladag and Mario Rizzi.

For media inquiries please contact Juillet Lu at, or contact the biennial at for more information.

The project is supported by 03–funding*.

Hans Hamid Rasmussen selected to participate in the Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China

Curatorial team: Gao Shiming, Sarat Maharaj and Johnson Chang Tsong-zung

6 September – 16 November 2008

Hans Hamid Rasmussen has been invited by international curators Gao ShimingSarat Maharaj and Johnson Chang Tsong-zung to exhibit within the Third Guangzhou Triennial. The triennial takes place from 6 September to 16 November 2008 at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China under the title Farewell to Post-Colonialism. According to the curators, the title and framework of the triennial refers to a desire 'for the renovation of the theoretical interface of contemporary art, to depart from its all pervasive socio-political discourse, and work together with artists and critics to discover new modes of thinking and develop new analytical tools for dealing with today's world'. In addition to the exhibition, the Third Guangzhou Triennial will present an International Symposium and a Round-table forum in November 2008. For the exhibition, Hans Hamid Rasmussen produceed a new textile work, that addresses the perception of geographical places in relation to social bodies.

For more information please refer to the triennial website or contact Tang Xiolin and Asea Dai at

Vibeke Tandberg, 
Albert Camus, L'étranger, 2006
Courtesy of the artist

International Residencies


[OCA, NYC] — Closed Sessions Residency


Closed Session is a short term residency in New York City, USA offered to individual artists or curators at the invitation of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Click here for more information on the [OCA, NYC] — Closed Sessions Residency Programme.

Closed Session September 2008: Halvor Haugen

Halvor Haugen is a writer, translator and editor for UKS – Forum for Contemporary Art, a journal for contemporary art and theory, published in Oslo, Norway. He has written texts and criticism for, and Umelec International. He lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

ISCP New York City


In 2009/2010, OCA offers two studio grants – one for a Norwegian artist and one for a Norwegian curator at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City.

Click here for information on the International Studio and Curatorial Program

Upcoming Residents 2008/2009

Artist residency: Are Mokkelbost

Are Mokkelbost lives and works in Oslo. He is member of the bands KILLL, Single Unit and ARM. Are Mokkelbosts work is influenced by the methodology of music and design, two fields he has been constantly involved in. Limitations in the form of formal restraints and an imaginary audience group are defined. This marks the beginning of a series of synthetic genres to be explored. Are Mokkelbost subscribes to these parallel and contrasting image worlds on a long term basis, spending most of the time finding visual solutions to compensate for conceptual leaps and ad hoc constructions. This moves the focus from artistic authorship to image systems and their criteria. His last body of work,ION, is a collage image world based on visual transformation of fashion magazine photography to symbolic opposites with the aid of only scissors and glue. ION is defined as a teenage image world. Several ION collages will be shown at 0047 in Oslo from 25 April 2008, at A Week Of Kindness, a split show with Elise Storsveen.

Curator residency: Rakett

Rakett is a collaboration between the artists/curators Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere focusing on creating temporary platforms for collaborative, interdisciplinary production. Implicitly and explicitly, their projects touch on a range of questions around (co)authorship, (im)material or ephemeral production, the role of artist and curator, and the potential of mobile and changeable platforms in the infrastructure for art. Rakett hosted and re-interpreted the Curating Degree Zero Archive in Bergen, Norway (2007) through talks, reading groups, performances and concert events dealing with aspects around artistic and curatorial collaborations. In spring 2008 the project Investigation of a Model of Influence was part of Lights On at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway where their project was a collaborative investigation of institutional critique through three events and 12 interviews.

Are Mokkelbost, ION – 
, 2006
Courtesy of the artist

Platform China Residency Program


In collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, China, OCA offers a studio residency for an artist or curator at the Platform China Beijing Residency Program, for two months either in spring (April/May) or fall (September/October) 2009.

Click here for information on the Platform China Residency

Berlin Mitte Residency Program


In September-October and November-December 2008, OCA offers two successive residencies for curators, critics, and artists in Berlin Mitte.

Click here for information on the Berlin Mitte Residency Programme.

Upcoming Resident September/October, 2008: Marte Johnslien

Marte Johnslien is an artist based in Oslo. She works with photography, installations and book projects. Her work is of an analytical nature, and derives from research and investigations of historical matters. Since undertaking a fellowship in Zambia in 2006, her work has been influenced by post-colonialism and tropical modernism in architecture. Marte Johnslien is currently working on her second book on the topic; Expo Asmara, due in October, 2008. In 2007, she produced the site-specific sculpture Norske Svik, which was a reconstruction of the illegal political action against the company Norske Skog's nameboard, upon the closing of the local paper mill in Skien, Norway. Recent exhibitions include Lights On: Bastard Presents: Monumento Mori (2008), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway and Synthetic Nature (2007) Kunstraum D21, Leipzig, Germany. The artist is currently participating in the exhibition Bookish at the Glucksman Gallery in Cork, Ireland and holing solo show at 0047, Oslo, Norway.

Marte Johnslien, 
Let me move straight into history, 2007
Courtesy of the artist

Platform Garanti Istanbul Residency Programme


OCA makes a three-month residency available at Platform Garanti for art critics, for artists working as writers, for curators, as well as for artists.

Upcoming Resident September/November: Jan Freuchen

Jan Freuchen is an artist working with installations, drawings, sculptures and constructions. Freuchen reconsiders human achievements in the light of a non-linear, dynamic theory where natural processes and the feedback loops of contemporary cultural expressions provide the fundaments for his deconstructive artistic practice. He holds a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen, Norway and Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Among Jan Freuchen's recent exhibitions are: Lights On, Astrup Fearnley (2008), and Self Assembly, Erik Steen Gallery (2007) in Oslo, Norway and Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial (2007) in Greece.

International Studio Programme


OCA's International Studio Programme Oslo (ISP) welcomes invited international artists and curators, independently or in connection with research in Norway.

Click here for information on the International Studio Programme Oslo.

September, 2008


Saâdane Afif

Artist, born 1970 in Vendôme, France, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Saâdane Afif draws from the fields of both art and music in order to critically explore the notions of interpretation, collaboration and translation. His installations, which include light, sound, pictures, texts and sculptural elements (often in the form of manipulated musical instruments and appliances), are often accompanied by a complex reflection on authorship. Afif's latest solo exhibition is Technical specifications at Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2008). Other solo shows this year include One, at FRAC Pays de Loire, Carquefou, France and Two…, at FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Pop! goes the weasel at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007), documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007), Learn to Read at Tate Modern, London, UK (2007) and Airs de Paris at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2007).


Saâdane Afif's residency is made possible with funds from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and by additional support from Culturesfrance.

Saâdane Afif, Untitled (Montana Blue, 2005), 2008
Courtesy Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art,
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

International Visitor Programme


OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) invites international curators and cultural producers to do research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects.

Click here for information on the International Visitor Programme.

September, 2008


Suman Gopinath

Director, Colab Art & Architecture

Suman Gopinath is a curator and founder/director of Colab Art & Architecture based in Bangalore, India. She worked in a private gallery for many years and studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, before setting up Colab. Suman has collaborated with Grant Watsonand Anshuman Dasgupta on the exhibition Santhal Family: Positions around an Indian Sculpture, Muhka – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2008), and co-curated Horn Please: Narratives from Contemporary Indian Art, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2007-08). Gopinath held a lecture during Museums of the Future, a series of talks organized by Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Art Basel Miami Beach, USA (2007); she was also a invited curator for the 2007 Lyon Biennale (2007). Gopinath was the networking curator from India for the 2006 Singapore Biennial and curated with Grant Watson a series of films entitled Home and the World,Retrospective as Artwork, City Park, Project Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland (2002-05). Other collaborations: The Cork Artists Collective for the Festival of Cork, the European Capital of Culture (2005); Room for Improvement (India, 2001); and Drawing Space with inIVA and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2000-01). Suman's essays have appeared in Flash ArtModern PaintersArt Review, and many catalogues. Suman Gopinath's visit is supported with 03–funding*.

OCA International — In Brief Norwegian Artists and Curators Abroad Selected International Venues




5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space

Christchurch, New Zealand

Curatorial team: Danae Mossman and Fulya Erdemci

19 September–2 November, 2008

Participating artists from Norway:
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

Danae Mossman and Fulya Erdemci, curators of the 5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space, have invited Elmgreen & Dragset to exhibit the public artwork I am thinking of you, within the biennial. Entitled Wondering Lines: Towards a New Culture of Space, the 2008 edition of the biennial will look at the 'impact of globalization on the transformation of cities which are guided by a culture of consumerism'. The 5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand from 19 September to 2 November, 2008.

For media enquiries and details regarding previews please contact Emma Velde, the SCAPE Programme Manager at

The 16th Biennale of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

18 June–7 September, 2008

Participating artists from Norway:
Lene Berg
Annie Anawana Haloba Hobøl
and special projects by Vibeke Tandberg and Matias Faldbakken

Organized by its Artistic Director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, a guest at OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) in January 2007, the 2008 Biennale of Sydney is entitled Revolutions – Forms That Turn. This year's biennial investigates the impulse to revolt and the desire for change, through works of approximately 180 historical and contemporary artists, including around fifty new works.

Norwegian artists aiPotu (Anders Kjellesvik and Andreas Siqueland) contributes to the Sydney Biennale with two separate works entitled If you don't like the weather – wait 15 minutes and Boomerang BoatAnnie Anawana Haloba Hobøl is exhibiting a new video installation entitled When the Private Became PublicPushwagner is exhibiting the paintings Klaxton II and Self Portrait, the pictorial novel Soft City, and the animation Soft CityLene Berg is presenting a new project consisting of a video and a series of images and objects entitled The Drowned One. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev has also invited Norwegian artists Vibeke Tandberg and Matias Faldbakken to take part in the biennial's online venue. In addition, the Sydney Biennial is also exhibiting an important historical work from Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely entitled Vega 222 from the collection of Erling Neby in Oslo, Norway. Among other artists exhibited within the biennial are Thomas BayrleYoko OnoClaire Fontaine and Dan Graham.

The project is also supported by 03–funding*.

For further information, please refer to Biennale of Sydney, or contact For press inquiries, please refer to

Manifesta 7

Trentino — Südtirol/Alto Adige, Italy

Curated by: Adam Budak, Anselm Franke/Hila Peleg and Raqs Media Collective

19 July–2 November, 2008

Participating artists from Norway:
Knut Åsdam
Annie Anawana Haloba Hobøl
Kristina Bræin
Helen & Hard Architects

Special Projects:
Elisabeth Byre as part of Konstfack CuratorLab
Espen Sommer Eide

For Manifesta 7, three coordinated, but autonomous curatorial teams have been selected to realize an exhibition that emphasizes the use of public spaces. Artists, curators, intellectuals and diverse publics have been invited to consider the region as a zone of contact. Raqs Media Collective, formed by Jeebesh BagchiMonica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta and OCA's International Studio Programme (ISP) visitors in April 2008, will be presenting the exhibition entitledThe Rest of Now, in Bolzano. Anselm Franke and Hila Peleg, will develop their exhibition entitled The Soul 
(or, Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls)
 in Trento, and Adam Budak, OCA's IVP visitor in October 2007, will develop his exhibition entitled Principle Hope in Rovereto. The curators will collaborate on the fourth venue within the fortress of Fortezza with a project entitled Project Scenarios.

Within the biennial, Knut Åsdam presents a new work entitled ObliqueAnnie Anawana Haloba Hobøl premiered the sound installation The Air between Two WomenKristina Bræin is exhibiting a partly site-specific installation entitled The Problem of Functionality and the Stavanger based architecture office Helen & Hardpresents a site-specific installation entitled The Naked Garden. As part of special projects curated by Raqs Media Collective, Elisabeth Byre participates whitin Manifesta 7 within a project entitled Hot Desking: Four broadsheets, four cities, four events and Espen Sommer Eide will present the performance Building Instruments, taking place 12 September.

Please refer to for further information.

The project also is supported by 03–funding*.

Knut Åsdam,
Still from Oblique, 2008
Courtesy of the artist

Solo Exhibitions and Projects


19 October is the opening date for Børre Sæthre's solo exhibition at P.S.1/MoMA, New York, USA. Curated by Lia Gangitano, Curatorial Advisor to P.S.1/MoMA, the exhibition will incorporate and adapt elements from the exhibition For Someone Who Nearly Died But Survived, which was on view at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway in 2007. According to the curator, 'Sæthre transforms physical space' through 'his open-ended, quasi-narrative installations'.

Børre Sæthre
My private Sky, 2001
Courtesy of Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo and the artist

Barry Esson and Bryony McIntyre, curators at Arika, an independent production company, and Graham Domke, curator of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK have invited Kjell Bjørgeengen for an exhibition together with the late American artistPaul Sharits at this year's Kill Your Timid Notion at Dundee Contemporary Arts. In the 2008 edition, Kill Your Timid Notion – an annual festival which examines the relationship between sound and image – will explore the notion of the 'Flicker'. For the festival exhibition, also entitled Kill Your Timid Notion, the Norwegian artist will occupy the main exhibition space with an immersive installation of single-channel works on monitors. Bjørgeengen will also present two separate performances in collaboration with Keith Rowe and Phillip Wachsmann, two of the leading figures in UK improvised music. Kill Your Timid Notion opens on 19 September, 2008 and culminates with a music and cinema programme from 10 to 12 October.

Angela Lennon, Assistant Curator at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK has invited Kathrin Höhne and Bjarte Gismarvik with their project Bycatch between 9 August to 20 September, 2008Bycatch is an investigation into the decline of the fishing industry in Aberdeen and its effects on the local community. The project consists of three elements: a fanzine to be distributed throughout the city, a workshop involving a local community group and an exhibition at Peacock Visual Arts.

Kjell Bjørgeengen,
still image 2007, 2007
Courtesy of the artist

Group Exhibitions


As part of Whitechapel's Art in the Auditorium program, Lene Berg have been invited to exhibit the film The Man in the Background, alongside Leandro Erlich's El Ballet Studio and Le Cabinet du Psychanalyste. According to the gallery press release, 'The Man in the Background consists of found home-movie images repeated with different narratives that gradually reveal a complex double life shaped by Cold War cultural politics'. Art in the Auditorium – Lene Berg/Leandro Erlich is taking place at Whitechapel Callery until 28 September, 2008.

Ruba Katrib, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA has invited Ida Ekblad to exhibit inDark Continents, taking place at MOCA from 26 September to 9 November, 2008. According to Ruba Katrib, 'the artists inDark Continents invoke and challenge the suggested links between femininity and nature. Referencing historical moments in the work of Gauguin and related artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition questions the aesthetics of the 'primitive' and 'exotic' in modern art through a contemporary lens'. For the exhibition, Ida Ekblad will produce new works approaching themes raised by the exhibition. Other artist exhibiting within Dark Continents are Hadassah EmmerichNaoi Fisher and Paulina Olowska.

Following a visit to Norway to participate in OCA's International Visitor Programme, the Director of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Clive Kellner has invited, together with Maria Fidel ReguerosTorbjørn RødlandGoksøyr & Martens (Toril Goksøyr andCamilla Martens), Bodil Furu and Maia Urstad to participate in the exhibitionDisturbance – Contemporary Art from Scandinavia & South Africa, at Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. The exhibition will examine the relationship that Scandinavian and South African artists have to notions of identity and place. The thematic of the show will focus on 'disturbance' – a term used here to explore ruptures in society. ForDisturbance, Torbjørn Rødland will present various various photographs; works with pop culture elements that poke fun at clichés. Bodil Furu will exhibit My Ambience, andOpera, works which filter the immediate reality using video and sound. Maia Urstad will exhibit a sound installation consisting of a wall of radios and a performance entitledSound Barrier. The artistic duo Goksøyr & Martens will exhibit Speech Choir, a new work created for the exhibition. The Scandinavian artists Paul GernesAlija-Lisa andVeli Granö will also participate in the exhibition alongside South African artists such as Anthea MoysLerato Shadi andSiemin AllenDisturbance – Contemporary Art from Scandinavia & South Africa takes place at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa between 26 October, 2008 and 1 March, 2009. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

As part of the artist collective Henry VIII's WivesRachel Dagnall has been invited by curator Chema González to exhibit the work Iconic Moments of the 20th Century within This is how history is written, at La Casa Encendida, in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition explores approaches to history in contemporary art. Iconic Moments of the 20th Century is a photo series made for the exhibition Evolution Isn't over Yet at the Fruitmarket Gallery, in Edinburgh, UK, 2000. This is how history is written, takes place between 24 June and 1 September, 2008. Other participating artists included On KawaraHito Steyerl and Felix Gmelin.

Matt Packer, Curator of Exhibition and Projects at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland, has invited Marte Johnslien to exhibit within Bookish at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery from 26 June to 26 October, 2008. The exhibition presents works from artists including John BaldessariRichard Prince and Rainer Ganahl, who have worked with publications and printed matter. Within Bookish, Marte Johnslien will exhibit Le Livre Sur Le Livre, which focus on the book as a medium for distribution of knowledge.

Curator Ann Geeraerts invited Unni Gjertsen to exhibit the work Creative History within The Last Marquise, taking place from 12 September to 23 November, 2008 at the Castle van Gaasbeek, Belgium. Organized by vzw Gynaika, in Antwerpen, Belgium, the exhibition will present a selection of contemporary artworks in dialogue with the life of the marquiseArconati Visconti, who lived in the Castle van Gaasbeek. Unni Gjertsen's Creative History is composed by ten silk screens with tabloid statements about female intellectuals and artists. The statements are a mix of facts, lies and possible truths that provoques a questioning on how history is created. Among other artists included in The Last Marquise are Cindy Sherman,Katharina FritschSylvie Fleury and Barbara Visser.

Enrico Lunghi, Artistic Director of the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg, has invited Bodil Furuand Talleiv Taro Manum to exhibit within Don't Worry – Be Curious, at the Casino Luxembourg from 12 July to 14 September, 2008. The exhibition, curated by Dorothee BienertKati Kivinen, and Enrico Lunghi is an extended version of the Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, that, after being exhibited in Kiel and Berlin, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Pori, Finland; and Riga, Latvia will be shown in Luxembourg. Within Don't Worry – Be Curious Bodil Furu will exhibit the video installation My Ambience and Talleiv Taro Manum will exhibit the installation Greetings from Ringnes. Among other artists exhibiting are, Olga ChernyshevaKaspars Goba and Angel Vergara.

Maia Urstad,
Sound Barrier, 2004/05
Courtesy of Malmø Konsthall and the artist

Anne Katrine Dolven has been invited by curator Anna Bitkina to participate in the exhibition H2O: Nordic and Russian Public Art in Non-Traditional Space. Initiated by CEC ArtsLinkH2O is St. Petersburg's first international exhibition of public art. The exhibition will present works in different media from artists from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and St. Petersburg, all dealing with the theme of water. According to the curator 'water plays an important role in St. Petersburg's identity and serves as a geographic and unifying element, connecting the North-West of Russia with neighboring Northern countries'. ForH2O, A K Dolven will produce a video piece with the working title Liberty. The work questions the reality of what one actually sees and where one is. Other participating artists are Tommi Gronlund & Petteri NisunenUlf Rollof,Jacob Kirkegaard and Finnbogi PeturssonH2O: Nordic and Russian Public Art in Non-Traditional Space takes place at the Peter and Paul Fortress, in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1 to 14 September, 2008.

Mette Tronvoll has been invited by curator Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyanandato exhibit her work within Traces of Siamese Smile: Art + Faith + Politics + Love, taking place at the new Bangkok Art and Culture Center from 20 September to 23 November, 2008. Acording to the curator, the exhibition features works by invited Thai and international artists, 'each interconnecting with one another to tell the stories of Siamese Smile through different aspects of art, faith, politics and love'. For Traces of Siamese Smile: Art + Faith + Politics + Love, Tronvoll will produce a new video work, related to her photograph series Isortoq Unartoq. Other exhibiting artists are Andy WarholLouise Bourgeois and Pierre et Gilles. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

Jesper Alvær is invited by The Foundation of Modern Art in Situ in Warsaw, Poland to exhibit within the second edition ofPassengers, an annual international festival for public space and art. Curated by Zuzanna Fogtt and Kuba Szreder, this year's edition of the festival, entitled About Walls, Fences and Other More or Less Visible Barriers, takes place from 9 to 16 September, 2008, in Warsaw, Poland. The festival investigates the 'problem of today's public space and its participants, its present situation in the era of globalization and consumerism'. About Walls, Fences and Other More or Less Visible Barriers, which includes works in the public space, exhibitions and workshops, focuses on the vanishing if a city's public spaces. Jesper Alvær will contribute to the festival with a project with the working title Rhythmanalysis that seeks to explore how elements of rhythm analysis can be employed in fieldworks by artists. Among other artists exhibiting within the festival are: Kuba BakowskiMiklos Erhardt and Farida Heuck.

Anne Katrine Dolven, Bring Me Back, 2007
Courtesy of carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany and
Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK

Josefine Lyche and Martin Skauen have been invited by curators Mika Hannula and Johan Sjöström, Director Pro Tem ofGöteborgs Konsthall, Sweden, to exhibit within Tomorrow Always Belongs to Us, a painting group exhibition presenting eleven artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and comprising a large selection of new work often with strong local affiliation. For the exhibition, the curators selected the works The Scent of a Woman series and What goes around comes around by Martin Skauen, and Dream Machine by Lyche. Lyche also produced a large three-dimensional painting on a specially constructed wall, entitled Rainbow Pickets (Grayscale). Among other participating artists are: Anastasia AxLouise DorphHenrik Eriksson and Christina MalbekTomorrow Always Belongs to Us runs until 28 September, 2008.

Josefine Lyche, Rainbow Pickets (Grayscale), 2008
Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden

International Opportunities


The American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards for Scandinavians 2008-09


The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers over US$500 000 to Scandinavians to undertake study or research programs in the United States for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. Candidates for the awards must be citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden and are recommended to the ASAF by the following organizations: The Norway-America AssociationThe Sweden-America FoundationThe Denmark-America FoundationThe League of Finnish-American Societies and The Icelandic-American Society. Please contact the ASF's cooperating organizations for specific information regarding eligibility and applications deadlines.

VIDEONALE 12 Calls for entries — Application deadline: 31 August, 2008


Videonale, a biennial festival for video art invites artists to apply for the Videonale 12 with a video work created in the past two years. There is no set topic for submissions, but only single-channel works can be entered. The videos presented at Videonale 12 will automatically be taking part in the competition for the Videonale award, worth €5 000, which will be awarded by an international jury.The festival will take place at the Bonn Kunstmuseum, Germany from 26 March to 26 April 2009 and application deadline is 31 August. All information and entry forms can be found here.

Transmediale and Club Transmediale Calls for Entries


The joint Call for Entries by Club Transmediale and Transmediale is out now until 5 September, 2008. The international festivals for art and digital culture as well as adventurous music and related visual arts invite the submission of works and projects that respond to the festivals thematic and embody contemporary notions of art that embrace, question and enrich digital culture. Transmediale.09 takes place in Berlin, Germany from 27 January to 1 February, 2009 under the theme Deep North. Club Transmediale takes place between 23 and 30 January, 2009, also in Berlin under the theme Structures – Backing-up Independent Audio-Visual Cultures. All details can be found in the PDF form, available here.

27 September, 2008 is the deadline for applications for Künstlerstätte Schloss Bleckede's Artist-in-Residence


Künstlerstätte Schloss Bleckede, in Lueneburg, Germany offers young artists who explore innovative positions in the field of contemporary fine art the opportunity to develop their work in the course of a residential scholarship of three or six months. The residency includes the use of a studio with an extensive work space and living area in the castle of Bleckede and a monthly grant of €1 400. The scholarship, offered by the state of Lower Saxony, is available for up to three scholarship holders at any one time. The call for applications is open to all artists of all nationalities. Application forms, criteria and more information are available at

The 11th International Art and Artificial Life Competition Vida 11.O Application deadline: 6 October, 2008


Telefónica Foundation is announcing the eleventh edition of the international VIDA competition to recognize artistic excellence in the field of artificial life and related disciplines.The competition is open to art projects that explore the interaction between 'synthetic' life and 'organic' life as a reflection of the field of artificial life. VIDA 11.0 will award a total of €80 000 to winning projects in two categories: one open to already-finished projects and another as an incentive for production in Ibero-America, Spain and Portugal. The winning projects will be exhibited at the Telefónica Foundation stand at ARCO, Madrid, Spain. Complete competition rules here.

8 September, 2008 is the deadline for Hayward Touring: Curatorial Open 2009


Hayward Touring, in association with a number of regional museums and galleries invites proposals for an innovative exhibition, touring to four UK venues in 2009. The successful applicant of the Hayward Touring: Curatorial Open will work in collaboration with the Hayward and four regional museums and galleries in organizing their touring exhibition commencing July 2009. Hayward Touring: Curatorial Open provides a honorarium of £3 000 plus £1 000 for research and travel expenses. The curator will be expected to work within a modest exhibition budget that will allow for a small publication. Download here the application form and guidelines or contact for details.

10 September, 2008 is the deadline for Madrid Abierto Applications 2009-10


The Cultural Association Madrid Abierto announces the the 6th edition of its international public art programme, which will be held in 2009 and 2010. The programme will hold debate sessions on public art and will generate a series of interventions of an ephemeral or temporary nature in the centre of Madrid, Spain. The selected artists are to produce interventions of a temporary or ephemeral nature aimed at contributing to activate the public space. The initiative includes two specific projects for the Casa de América and Círculo de Bellas Artes buildings, which will be incorporated into Madrid Abierto with other invited projects and selected sounds and audiovisual works. For more information please visit or send a email to

OCA Staff


Pablo Lafuente joins OCA's team as Associate Curator


OCA is pleased to announce that Pablo Lafuente is the newest member the OCA team. Pablo Lafuente is the managing editor of Afterall, a journal of contemporary art co-published by Central St Martins College of Art, London and California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles. Afterall is published twice a year, and focuses on contemporary art practice in relation to artistic, theoretical, social and political contexts. He is currently developing a series of books for Afterall Books analyzing the history of curatorial practice. He has curated several exhibitions, including Watch out ... it's real! at Greengrassi, London, UK (2006) and Unit Structures at Lisboa 20, Lisbon, Portugal (2006). In 2005 he edited the book Display: recent installation photographs from London galleries and venues (London: Rachmaninoff's). His writing has been published in several art and culture magazines, including Flash ArtArt MonthlyFrieze and The Wire, and in the volume Continuous Project no.8, edited by Bettina Funcke (Paris: Les presses du réel, 2006). He is currently working on a PhD at Middlesex University on political change in Louis Althusser and Jacques Rancière.

In September, OCA launches a new Semesterplan when OCA will welcome the public to its new location, in Nedre gate 7. Please continue to check our website for details.



*03–funding: The purpose of the 03-funds as allocated by the MFA to OCA is to further develop cooperation and professional networking between OCA and the constituency of artists, independent cultural producers, and organizations that are located in designated countries or associated with 03-countries. This includes but is not limited to "professional research visits by cultural producers, artists, and curators", "short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists", "the development of seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops, etc. that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries", "project development "and pilot projects" on an international scale."


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