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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

December 2011 Newsletter

22 December 2011
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With this final newsletter of 2011, OCA extends its warmest wishes for the holiday season and the very best for 2012.
The office and project space will be closed from 23 December to 2 January. We are looking forward to being in touch with you in the new year with new semesterplan events.

International Support


Next Application Deadline: 1 February 2012


OCA is currently accepting applications for the First Quarter Application Review for International Support. Forms are due on 1 February 2012. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit entities. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad.

International Residencies


Next Application Deadline: 1 February 2012


OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. Click here for details and deadlines.

- Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany: 1 February 2012
- Capacete Residency Programme, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil:
  1 February 2012
- ISCP New York City, NY, USA: 1 February 2012

Wiels Residency Programme, Brussels, Belgium:
- Kjersti G. Andvig / 1 April–31 December 2012
Platform China, Beijing, China:
- Victor Mutelekesha / 1 April–31 May 2012
- Steinar Haga Kristensen / 1 September–31 October 2012

Victor Mutelekesha, Rise to the Ashes, 2009. Mixed media sculptural installation. Courtesy of the artist.

OCA International


Norwegian Artists and Curators Abroad


The list of the 2011D round of grants allocated for International Support is now published.

Below is a list of biennials and solo exhibitions by Norwegian artists abroad, taken from the projects that have received International Support in the final round. Complete chronological lists of all the projects can be found in OCA's website. In addition, an up-to-date list of ongoing projects with International Support is available on the recipients page.



Artists Erik Pirolt and Tori Wrånes will be part of the 2012 Colombo Art Biennale in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 19 February 2012. According to curator Roman Berka, the upcoming biennale’s theme of ‘Becoming’ investigates ‘the idea of potentiality within transformation or movement, a transformation that is initiated and in progress’. Pirolt and Wrånes plan to develop a site-specific installation and performance project for their contribution to the biennale.

Artist Jet Pascua participates in the Jakarta Art Biennale 14 at the National Gallery of Fine Art in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to curator Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, the overall theme of the biennale, ‘Maximum City’, ‘logically creates a picture of a city bursting at its seams, this trope of development also suggests an implied need—for new people, new expertise that may not have initially been present amidst an initially homogenous population’. Pascua himself will contribute works that reference the complex issues related to migration and assimilation.
The Jakarta Art Biennale 14 is open until 15 January 2012.

Jet Pascua, Excessive Delicacy, Stenersen Museum, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.

Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen is exhibiting within the Nordic Pavilion at the Dak’Art Biennial in Dakar, Senegal, from 12 May to 12 August 2012. According to curators Power Ekroth and Marita Muukonen, the exhibition, titled META-REALITIES, ‘poses in a playful way the question of whether or not can art function as a meta-structure of the realities we live in, and is that the only meta-structure we have despite of geo-cultural etc. differences?’ Hansen, the curators write, is a part of a group of artists who are ‘shaking realities more directly by creating alternative cultures driven by dreams, by expanding, questioning and re-creating boundaries between economy, corporate ideas, utopia, society and art’. 

Solo Exhibitions


Mai Hofstad Gunnes will hold a solo exhibition project at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium. A result of her nine-month residency at WIELS, the project, titled Bike and Bolex, will consist of a 16mm film and a series of collages. According to the artist, the film will feature ‘five women operating professional Bolex 16mm film cameras while bicycling in a park—an action which seems almost impossible’.  A catalogue with an essay by French art historian Benoît Lamy de La Chapelle will accompany the exhibition. Bike and Bolex will be on view from 17 February to 11 March 2012, and is curated by Devrim Bayar, Residency Curator, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Bike and Bolex production still. Courtesy of the artist. 

Hariton Pushwagner will present his first international institutional solo exhibition at the Milton Keynes Gallery in Milton Keynes, UK in June 2012. According to curator Natalie T. Hope O’Donnell, the exhibition ‘will be a focused presentation of early work, arranged in three groupings: “Soft City” provides the narrative content of much of the artist's work; the “Family of Man” section focuses on his prints, sketches and process; and the “Apokalypse Frieze” demonstrates the zenith of his technical and imaginative accomplishments’. The exhibition will travel to the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and the Vestfold Haugar Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Norway.

Hariton Pushwagner, from Family of Man, 1998. Courtesy of the artist.

International Opportunities


Kunsthal Charlottenborg: The Spring Exhibition 2012 – call for entries


The 2012 edition of the Spring Exhibition ('Forårsudstillingen') will be held at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24 February to 29 April 2012. Artists of all nationalities and countries of residence aged over 18 years are invited to apply. In addition to selecting the exhibited artworks, the jury also nominates a shortlist of ten finalists for a special jury award. Submissions are made digitally in the period 5-12 January 2012. Click here for more.

Indianapolis Museum of Art announces Call for Proposals for 2012 Residency on Andrea Zittel's Indianapolis Island


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is issuing a call for proposals for a summer 2012 six-week residency on Andrea Zittel's Indianapolis Island within the IMA's 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Graduate and undergraduate students and emerging professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indianapolis Island. Application deadline: 13 January 2012. Visit Indianapolis Museum of Art's website for details.

Frieze Art Fair announces call for entries to the Emdash Award 2012


The Emdash Award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under 35 years of age. The recipients of the prize will have the opportunity to present their work at Frieze Art Fair 2012 to an international audience. Application deadline: 9 January 2012. Visit the Frieze Foundation website for details and to apply.

March Meeting 2012: Open Call for Applications


The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, are accepting applications from local, regional and international practitioners to present at the March Meeting 2012, exploring the topic of residencies and commissions. Application deadline: 5 January 2012. More information.

Busan Biennale 2012 - Garden of Learning


The 2012 Busan Biennale will be based on collaborative work. Titled the Garden of Learning, the exhibition's Artistic Director, Roger M. Buergel (Berlin), is looking for people in Busan (and wider Korea) who would be interested in taking part in the exhibition's making. Participants in the Garden of Learning will be working in close, sustained collaboration with both the Artistic Director and with Korean and international artists who come to Busan for certain periods of time. People who are interested to collaborate closely with the international artists and the Artistic Director of Busan Biennale 2012 and are ready to join Learning Councils are invited to sketch out their interest and expectations in a few sentences, and to submit their letter of interest until 30 January 2012, to Roger M. Buergel, Artistic Director of Busan Biennale 2012, 38 Busan Asian Maid Stadium, 123 Worldcup st., Yeonje-Gu, Busan, 611-809 Korea or


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