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Meet Carolina Caycedo

Published 2019/06/14

Photo Courtesy of Crossfade Lab-CaLa Alliance, Photo by Alonso Parra

Please join us for a talk with LA-based artist and OCA ISP Carolina Caycedo.

This event is part of OCA's mezzanine program.

Wednesday, 26 June

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Please RSVP to

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7
0551 Oslo

Carolina Caycedo, is a London-born Colombian artist, living in Los Angeles. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities, and generates a debate about the future in relation to common goods, environmental justice, just energy transition and cultural biodiversity.

A Gift to Svalbard

Published 2019/03/18

Image courtesy of Oswaldo Maciá

A Gift to Svalbard​ is an exhibition by the artist Oswaldo Maciá spanning a single day in Vinkelstasjonen (a former coal mine station on Svalbard), an archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Presenting work made during Maciá’s 2018 Artica Residency, ​A Gift To Svalbard​ is a one-day installation made of sound, smell, light and monoprints.

Oswaldo Maciá: ​A Gift To Svalbard 22 March 2019
Meet 8pm in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

A Gift to Svalbard​ is an exhibition by the artist Oswaldo Maciá spanning a single day in Vinkelstasjonen (a former coal mine station on Svalbard), an archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Presenting work made during Maciá’s 2018 Artica Residency, ​A Gift To Svalbard​ is a one-day installation made of sound, smell, light and monoprints.

Maciá describes: “During my time in Svalbard, I continued my project to record migratory winds in different deserts around the world. Together these form the iterative acousmatic composition ​Fables of the wind​. Svalbard is a key location: it is a centre for research, a place for direct observation of the tragedy of climate change, and an Arctic desert where the subsoil is permanently frozen. ​Fables of the wind​ places us in the allegorical space of the wind, an endless cycle of departure and return. The chapter A Gift To Svalbard​ is an olfactory acoustic sculpture bringing together the smell of roses with the sounds of migration. The aural composition is formed from three movements: the sounds of migratory winds and the calls of crosspollinating insects, the rumble of industrial machinery, and the reverberation of border fences. A rich, beautiful smell will be experienced on entering Vinkelstasjonen, developed in collaboration with the master perfumer Ricardo Moya of IFF, Amsterdam. The olfactory element has been made from roses sourced from plantations in countries that are part of the 1920 Svalbard Treaty. Alongside these sounds and smells are monoprints made in the print studio at Artica, showing insects and flora from Svalbard.”

Made in response to the histories and futures of Svalbard, Maciá’s immersive installation fills Vinkelstasjonen with evocative scents and sounds. The title refers to the idea of the gift: an act of generosity, sometimes expecting nothing in return, but often times suggesting future favours. Maciá is interested in the gift without favour, describing the Arctic “as a great case study for other parts of the planet: if we give instead of continuing to take perhaps we can have the Arctic for longer, and perhaps other parts of the world might follow the example.”

During his Artica Residency, Maciá recorded the winds of the tundra of Svalbard, currents of air that impact global cross-pollination. In the print studio at Artica he developed a series of vibrant monoprints that are studies of the flora of Svalbard and the few local pollinators – in the extreme cold it is flies that do the work of fertilizing flowers. These prints have been scaled up on the occasion on the installation, spreading outside the mine into the surrounding landscape.

Katya García-Antón, Director and Chief Curator of OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway says: “Maciá’s field-based artistic research across tropical rainforests and extreme deserts leads to symphonic compositions as well as olfactory-acoustic sculptures and installations that excavate the counter-narratives of human and geopolitical relevance embedded in our understanding of the past, present and future.”


Eli Skatvedt: Director, Artica Svalbard ​
Didrik Paulsen: Coordinator, Artica Svalbard ​

Eirin Torgersen: Communication Officer,

Artist talk

Oswaldo Maciá will be in conversation with Katya Garcia-Antón, Director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway, directly after the viewing of the installation.


On Friday the 22 March, we will leave Longyearbyen for Vinkelstasjonen, Adventdalen to experience A​ Gift To Svalbard​. Meet up at Coop at 8 pm for a guided bus trip. The visit to the installation will take 45 minutes, and the bus will return to Artica for the artist conversation. Soup and drinks will be served. For those who do not wish to attend Artica, the bus will return to Coop.

Artist biography

Oswaldo Maciá creates olfactory-acoustic sculptures. Led by research across diverse environments, landscapes, and social contexts, he creates immersive installations that challenge the assumptions of perception. In 2018 he was nominated for a residency at Artica, Svalbard, nominated by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway. Maciá’s works have been exhibited all over the world, including at R​ iga Biennial​, Latvia​ (​ 2018), Tate Britain, London (2016), ​Manifesta 9​, Belgium (2012), ​Biennal de Cuenca​, Ecuador (2011) and T​ hessaloniki Biennale​, Greece (2009). In 2018 Maciá won the Golden Pear at the fifth annual Art and Olfaction Awards in London for his experimental work with scent, and his work is held in international collections, such as Tate Britain and Daros Latinamerica. He hails from the Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and currently lives and works in the UK and the USA.

Artica Svalbard

Artica Svalbard was founded in 2016 by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Fritt Ord (the Freedom of Expression Foundation) and the Cultural Business Development Foundation of the bank SpareBank1 Nord-Norge. Artica’s Key Partners are Norsk PEN, OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway), and the Queen Sonja Print Award. The purpose of the foundation is to facilitate artistic and cultural activities on Svalbard, and to support the development of Norwegian art and culture by enabling artists in all genres to create and present their art. The foundation aims to bolster the cultural and creative industries on Svalbard. The foundation has an Arctic and international focus and will organise public events to raise awareness of and discuss Arctic Norway’s relevance to fields such as culture, geopolitics, climate change, migration and minorities.