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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

March 2010 Newsletter

1 March 2010
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!!! International Support


Next Application Deadline: 15 May 2010


OCA provides financial support on a quarterly basis for international projects involving Norwegian artists and/or cultural producers. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists living and working in Norway and non-profit organizations. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo and group exhibitions organized by international curators, as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad.

OCA has implemented an online application system for applications for the International Support Programme. This system should be used for the 2010 Second Quarter Application Review, with a deadline of 15 May.

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

For any questions regarding the application, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen at For international institutional applications, please address your questions to Alexandra Cruz, at

Projects on View:


'Queer Zines, Queer Strategies' – Organized by Printed Matter Inc., New York City


'QUEER ZINES' presents a survey of serial, independent publications with a queer sensibility, spanning from the early 1970s to today, from Straight to Hell, Boyd McDonald's ground-breaking, filthy, oft-times political, sex zine of the 1970s, to BUTT Magazine, the Dutch mainstream super-zine still circulating today. Among these seminal publications, the project includes an explosion of punk zines, perhaps best epitomized by the mythic JDs – zines that crossed the traditional boundaries of race, class, gender; cheaply produced and largely distributed by mail. Their formal dynamism, mixed media and radical politics find a striking analogue in contemporaneous queer theory.

In addition to the selection of queer zines, two videos by Genreal Idea are also on view: Test Tube (1979, 28:15min, colour, sound) and Shut the Fuck Up (1984, 14min, colour, sound).

'Bruce Nauman: Run from Fear, Fun from Rear, (1972)'

As a part of the project 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution', and curated by Mikkel Astrup OCA presents Bruce Nauman's work Run from Fear, Fun from Rear, 1972. Bruce Nauman conducted several readings of Samuel Beckett's work, perhaps most notoriously the Slow Angle Walk (Beckett Walk) of 1968, paying homage to the awkward walks of Watt (1945) and Molloy (1951).

Project Space: Wed, Fri and Sat / 12-16:00 / Thu / 12-18:00

'Queer Zines, Queer Strategies' Photo: Vegard Kleven

International Residencies


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is responsible for the Norwegian participation in the Platform China Residency, Beijing, People's Republic of China; the International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; the Residency Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, NY, USA; the Platform Garanti Istanbul Residency Program, Istanbul, Turkey; the International Artist in Residency Programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

Platform China Residency Programme


Upcoming Resident

Resident April/May 2010: Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen
Artist b. 1973, Lørenskog, Norway, lives and works in Berlin and Oslo

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen's artistic practice includes text, photo, film, installation and sculpture whereby the artist investigates objects and signs in relation to language, transgression, representation, transformation and loss. Recently his work has been shown at Artspeak, Vancouver, The Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and Galerie Medhi Chouakri, Berlin. The residency is supported by 03–funding*

Berlin Mitte Residency Programme


Upcoming Resident

Resident March/April 2010: Marianne Zamecznik
Curator, b. 1972 in Tromdheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Marianne Zamecznik is a curator based in Oslo, Norway. She studied at the curating programme at Konstfack in Stockholm from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she co-founded Simon Says together with Stina Högkvist, with the aim of realising various art-projects, events, exhibitions and publications. Zamecznik simultaneously held a position as a curator and producer at Filmform, the Swedish video art distribution archive, from 2002 to 2004. Since February 2007, Zamecznik has been the program director of 0047 in Oslo, where she has presented projects and solo exhibitions with, most recently, Hans Thorsen, Marte Johnslien, Saskia Holmkvist and Josefine Lyche. Her curated projects include 'The space between us – Introducing the work of Stanislaw Zamecznik' (0047), 'Vodou' (0047 and Gallery 54, Gothenburg), 'Soft Spot' (0047), 'MUTE' (Bastard, Oslo and Tromsø Kunstforening), 'Untrue Stories' (Media Art Farm CCCD, Tibilisi) and 'Bokaktig' (Fotogalleriet). She has worked as an art critic in and Billedkunst, and has been an editor for a number of publications and catalogues.

International Studio Programme


OCA's International Studio Programme Oslo (ISP) is available for international artists and curators by invitation, independently or in connection with research in Norway.

Click here for information on the International Studio Programme Oslo.

May 2010


Peter Friedl
Artist b.1960 in Oberneukirchen, Austria, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Peter Friedl is a Berlin-based artist. His artistic practice – consistently heterogeneous in terms of medium, style and meaning – emphasises the friction between aesthetic and political awareness in the framework of their respective narratives. His works explore the conditions and genres of representation, employing strategies such as permanent displacement, editing, or over-exposing. Friedl's recent solo exhibitions include Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2010), Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen (2008), 'Working', Kunsthalle Basel (2008), 'OUT OF THE SHADOWS', Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art (2004). In 2006, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) organized a comprehensive retrospective exhibition 'Peter Friedl: Work 1964-2006,' which was subsequently shown at Miami Art Central/Miami Art Museum (2007) and the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Marseille (2007). Friedl's work has been exhibited worldwide, including at documenta X (1997) and documenta 12, Kassel (2007), the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville (2006), Manifesta 7, Trento (2008), the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), the 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008), and Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, Tirana (2009). Since the 1980s, Friedl has published numerous essays and book projects such as Four or Five Roses (2004) andWorking at Copan (2007). A selection of his 'Writings and Interviews 1981–2009' has been released in 2010.

Peter Friedl

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




Mette Tronvoll and Gardar Eide Einarsson
to exhibit within
'The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age'
17th Biennale of Sydney
Curator: David Elliott, Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
12 May–1 August 2010

David Elliott, artistic director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, has invited Gardar Eide Einarssonand Mette Tronvoll to exhibit within 'The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age', taking place in Sydney, Australia, from 12 May to 1 August. In 2010 the biennial will explore the connections between the visual arts and other art forms. It aims to bring together work from diverse cultures on the equal playing field of contemporary art, where no culture can assume superiority over any other. Within 'The Beauty of Distance', Gardar Eide Einarsson will exhibit Black Flag With Hole – a group of five black flags, all with their middle cutout, hanging from the old, industrial cranes no longer in use on Cuckattoo Island. The work is inspired by the Romanian revolutionary flag of 1989. Mette Tronvoll will show a selection of works from her series Mongolia(2004) and Rena006 (2006). Mongolia is a series of portraits depicting the Mongolian nomads and their houses, the ger or jurte. Rena006 is a series of portraits taken at the military camp Rena Leir in Østerdalen, Norway.

Åsa Sonjasdotter to exhibit within
'Handlung. On Producing Possibilities'
Bucharest Biennale 4
Curatoer: Felix Vogel
Bucharest, Romania
20 May–25 July 2010

Åsa Sonjasdotter has been invited by curator Felix Vogel to exhibit within Bucharest Biennale 4 titled 'Handlung' and taking place from 20 May to 25 July 2010. The 2010 edition of the biennial explores the German word 'Handlung', which according to the curator is 'located between action, activity, agency and participation, but at the same time it could also mean story or even narration'. Within the biennial, Åsa Sonjasdotter will exhibit the long-term project Potato Perspective, in which the artist uses the potato to investigates issues of migration, colonialism, economy, diversity and knowledge. The exhibition is supported by 03–funding*

Mette Tronvoll, from the series Mongolia, 2004 Courtesy of the artist

Solo Exhibitions and Projects


From 19 March to 18 April 2010Verdensteatret, a Norwegian collective founded in 1986, will hold a solo exhibition at Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong, People's Republic of China. The exhibition, titled 'Telling Orchestras and Funeral Machines' will occupy 800 square meters and present a new work titled Funeral Machines. The work features a landscape of original sculptures, pre-cinematic animation, puppetry, music, lights and shadow played by Verdensteatret. The exhibition will also present the electro-mechanic installation The Telling Orchestra, which, Zhang Ga, a New York-based media curator and curator of the exhibition described as 'the Greenlandic voodoo ritual performed in an utterly unlikely fashion with circuit fabricated instruments, phantom shadows dance a electrified folklore'. The exhibition is supported by 03–funding*

Torbjørn Rødland has been invited by Naoko Sumi, Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan to hold a solo exhibition at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition, taking place from 13 March to 9 May 2010, will present Rødland's video work 132 BPM as part of the museum's video programme titled 'A Window to the World'. According to the artist, 132 BPM combines the notion of machines making dance music and the experience of breathing in a living forest.

Group Exhibitions and Projects


Lars Morell and Gardar Eide Einarsson to exhibit within 'Fiction', at the Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard in Paris, France from10 May to 5 June. The exhibition, curated by Agnes Violeau and Christian Alandete, directors/editors of J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites..., investigates the border between image and text exploring possible ways of interpreting the visual in text-based works. Within 'Fiction' Morell exhibits Food for Thought, a sill-life work presented on plinths and composed of various media such as photographs, drawings and text, produced for the exhibition. Among other exhibiting artists are Jean-Baptiste Bernardet and Jorge Pedro Nunez.

Ingvild Hovland KaldalAne Lan and Lotte Konow Lund have been invited by Alice Goudsmit to partake in 'Derridas Katze ... que donc je suis (à suivre)', an exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany that dwells of the relation between humans and other animals. Within 'Derridas Katze', Ane Lan will exhibit the video-installation Les Animaux and the performance-work Migrating Birds. Lotte Konow Lund will exhibit the video-work Underdog besides new drawings and Ingvild Hovland Kaldal will exhibit Flags for the Atlantic Sea, a new work consisting of fifty small pieces of newspaper nailed to wooden frames in the shape of butterflies. The pieces of newspaper are from the 1920s and were found in the collection of hummingbirds in the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. 'Derridas Katze', which takes place from 29 January toMarch 2010 will also exhibit works by Alex HerzogBritta Lumer and Lucy Powell.

Kjell Bjørgeengen has been invited by Tilman Artistic Director and Petra Bungert, Executive Director CCNOA in Brussels, Belgium to exhibit within 'Composite visions_CCNOA', a touring group exhibition organised by CCNOA. 'Composite visions_CCNOA', which takes place at CAN Centre d'art Neuchatel in Neuchatel, Switzerland, from 13 February to 21 Marchlooks into the discourse surrounding the historical, formal and contemporary explorations within the concept of 'reductive'. For 'Composite Visions' Kjell Bjørgeengen will produce a new video-work in which he looks into the idea of 'reductive' by self-imposing certain restrictions on the production process. Among other exhibiting artists are Julian DashperAmy Granat andClemens Hollerer.

Lise Bjørne Linnert has been invited by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Executive Director, Art Works for Change in Oakland, California, to exhibit within 'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art', taking place at CECUT, EL CUBO in Tijuana, Mexico, from 8 January to 4 April 2010. The exhibition presents the works of 33 international artists dealing with violence against women. Within 'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art', Lise Bjørne Linnert will present the ongoing projects Desconocida Unknown Ukjent, in which the she invites persons from around the world to embroider two nametags; one label bears the name of a murdered young woman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the other label the word 'Unknown' in the participant's own language. Linnert has also being invited to present the performance Presence and to organize an embroidery workshop. Other exhibiting artists are Marina AbramovicLouise BourgeoisPatricia EvansIcelandic Love Corp and Yoko Ono. The project is supported by 03–funding*.

From 25 January to 21 March the Hub National Centre for Craft & Design in Lincolnshire, UK presents 'CULTEX', a collaborative project between six artists from Japan and Norway curated by Lealey Miller, Professor of Textile Culture, University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury in the UK. Norwegian artists Anniken AmundsenGabriella Göransson, andEva Schølberg have worked in three trans-national partnerships with Japanese artists Machiko AganoYuka Kawai andKiyonori Shimada over a period of 12 months, either in Norway or Japan. The result is an exhibition of new work, much of which is conceived as sculptural textiles and site-sensitive installations, that reflect the artists' individual and collaborative experience during this period. In the spring/summer of 2009 CULTEX was exhibited at Gallery F15 in Moss, Norway and will continue on to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from 22 June to 22 August 2010.

Lise Bjørne Linnert Desconocida Unknown Ukjent Installation view Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, USA Courtesy of the artist

International Opportunities


FAR – Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Lake Como, Iatly: Call for applications for workshop with Hans Haacke. Deadline: 4 April


Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Lake Como, Italy calls for applications for its XVI edition of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts, being held in summer 2010. Hans Haacke will be the Visiting Professor. The course, directed since 1995 by Annie Ratti and is curated by Anna Daneri and Cesare Pietroiusti and coordinated by Anna Daneri and Karen Tomatis. It is an experimental project in which dialogue and exchange among artists of different generations and nationalities stand at the heart of a unique artistic and didactic experience. The course is open to twenty young artists of all nationalities, selected by a commission. The programme lasts twenty one days during which the participants develop a daily workshop activity with the Visiting Professor, the curators and attend conferences held by artists, critics and experts of various disciplines. The programme includes an exhibition project developed from the workshop experience. For more information and for application forms please

The São Paulo Biennial: A Call for Proposals for Workshops


The Bienal of São Paulo Foundation and CAPACETE entertainments come together to develop a project related to the 29a Bienal of São Paulo. CAPACETE proposes, as part of its activities, nine workshops that will happen during nice months with the aim at sharpening the ability of listening and responding to some of the issues posed by the 29a Bienal. Thinking text as its primary matter of reflexion and intervention, these workshops should be a laboratory of discussion and production of a critical and qualitative resource related to the event and the public of this Bienal. It is understood that it can be the beginning of a more long-lasting colaboration which could result in other projects which are not necessarily traceable in the moment. Artists, curators, critics, thinkersare elagible to apply. The first meeting will be in April 2010 in São Brazil. For more information please send an email to

Pinchuk Foundation calls for applications for Future Generation Art Prize. Deadline: 18 April


The Future Generation Art Prize is a world-wide art prize of 100,000 USD. It is open to all artists up to the age of 35. The prize aims to make a contribution toward the production of new work by young artists. Twenty shortlisted artists will show their work in an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre. The jury will select one main Prize winner, who will receive a total of 100,000 USD (60,000 USD as a cash award, and 40,000 USD toward the production of new work). An additional 20,000 USD will be allotted to fund artist-in-residency programs for up to five other special prize winners. For more information and to apply please refer to:



*03–funding: The purpose of the 03–funds, as allocated by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to OCA, is to further develop cooperation and professional networking between OCA and the constituency of artists, independent cultural producers and organisations 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, and 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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