News : 2011/05

New OCA website

Published 2011/05/24


We have renewed our website to provide easier access to information about our many activities at OCA. The navigation has been improved by grouping our International Support and International Residency programmes under the 'Grants' tag. In addition to the ordinary recipient lists we have included the additional 'Current Projects' feature, where an up-to-date list of ongoing projects receiving International Support is available at all times. Activities forming part of our public platform may be found in the 'Semesterplan' menu, where you can also find information about Norway's official participation in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2011. We are now selling our 'Verksted' series online, and the new website has a function that allows you to browse inside the publications for a preview before you purchase.

The website has been developed in collaboration with web designer Dorian Fraser Moore from The Useful Arts Organisation:

'My aim in the redesign of was: to improve the ability for the various audience demographics to find the information they are looking for; to provide a framework for richer documentation of their projects; to better emphasise the wide range of international connections OCA has and is developing; to provide an improved channel for communicating their multiple activities.

The website is partly a publishing platform and partly a database, the goal of which is to link together the various practitioners and organisations OCA work with, how they work with them and to present a transparent picture of OCA's activities at all levels. As new relationships are established, and new documentation is created, the site will unfold into it's full potential creating an evolving document of OCA's field of influence.'

Feedback on the new OCA website would be very much appreciated to Tara Ishizuka Hassel, Information and Web Manager, OCA.

Closing of 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a teaching programme led by Bjarne Melgaard in Venice

Published 2011/05/19

Norsk versjon

Closing of 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a teaching programme led by Bjarne Melgaard in Venice

At the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway's representationat the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce the completion of 'Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS', a postgraduate programme led by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università IUAV di Venezia,Venice. Running from 14 February to 13 May, 'Beyond Death' has consisted of a series of lectures and workshops, organised and taught by Melgaard as Guest Professor, looking at the history and present of the AIDS crisis, and its reflection within contemporary art and discourse.

The course examined how AIDS has become a key lens through which to investigate some ofthe key transformations affecting the world today, especially in relation to identity formation, the use of violence and the possibility of collective action. This was done through the close study of the work and ideas of a series of thinkers, writers and artists – including Leo Bersani, the Black Panthers, Douglas Crimp, Guillaume Dustan, Hervé Guibert, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Guy Hocquenghem, Chris Kraus, Tiqqun and David Wojnarowicz. The course also included the participation of Leo Bersani as Guest Lecturer.

The programme was followed by Paola Angelini, Michelangelo Corsaro, Cecilia Divizia, Elisa Fantin, Marco Fellini, Corinne Mazzoli, Nicole Moserle, Beatrice Piva, Valeria Romagnini Solfato, Valentina Roselli, Alessio Sacchetto and Davide Spillari.

As part of the course, each of the students developed a project under the supervision of Melgaard, and produced a written thesis about specific topics. The projects will be included in 'Baton Sinister', an exhibition that Melgaard, incollaboration with the students, is organising at Palazzo Contarini Corfù, Dorsoduro 1057, Venice. The exhibition will include a series of artworks, events and displays, all of which have emerged from the lectures, workshops andseminars that have taken place during the last four months. 'Baton Sinister' is open from 2 to 5 June, from 10am to 6pm. From 6 to 30 June visits are possible by appointment. To enquire about appointments, please call +39 342 13 48 017.

Materials related to the course, including the lecture programme, the reading lists andinformation on the students' projects, is available from the website

A publication gathering and expanding upon the materials researched during thecourse is forthcoming.

Norway's representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway. Norway's representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes 'The State of Things', a series of public lectures that will be held throughout the Biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, revolution and aesthetics.
The programmes are generously supported by Fritt Ord. For more information on 'Beyond Death'or 'The State of Things', see Norway in Venice 2011 or contact Marthe Tveitan.


OCA Semesterplan - Spring 2011: A conversation between Thomas Bayrle and Roger M. Buergel: 'Of Weaving and Jellyfish'

Published 2011/05/12

Thomas Bayrle, Film Loop, 2008

Thomas Bayrle and Roger M. Buergel

in conversation:
'Of weaving and jellyfish' Monday, 23 May 2011 / 18:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, Oslo l

OCA has the pleasure of hosting a conversation between artist Thomas Bayrle and curator and writer Roger M. Buergel on 23 May at 18:00. The conversation will explore the poetry of teaching and learning in art. While the neoliberal tenets of many arts education institutions currently place increased value on knowledge production, Bayrle and Buergel will explore alternative possibilities by emphasising the imponderable ways in which meaning happens in art but is equally bound to disappear.

Refreshments will be served following the discussion.

About the Speakers

Thomas Bayrle
Thomas Bayrle is an artist who was trained as a weaver and currently works with drawings, collages, film and computer graphics. Bayrle focuses on ideas around the masses in his drawings, photocopy collages and film animation sequences dating from the 1960s, and further into ideas around generating superstructures through geometric patterns of images with a variety of techniques and materials. In doing so, his work reveals contradictions within the forms of organization upon which society rests. Bayrle taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Stadelschule in Frankfurt from 1975 to 2002. He has received several awards and prizes including the Prix Arts Electronica, Linz (1995) and the Cologne Art Prize (2000). Bayrle's work has been shown in over thirty solo exhibitions internationally including in Documenta III and VI.

Roger M. Buergel
Roger M. Buergel, curator and writer, Artistic Director of documenta 12. Buergel has curated numerous exhibitions including 'Things we don't understand', with Ruth Noack, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2000); 'Governmentality. Art in conflict with the international hyper-bourgeoisie and the national petty bourgeoisie', Alte Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2000) and 'The Subject and Power – the lyrical voice', CHA Moscow (2001). Most recently, he curated 'The Government' (2003-05) with Ruth Noack, which was presented at Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Miami Art Central, Secession, Vienna and Witte de With, Rotterdam. He has also written several books including Peter Friedl, Leipzig and Amsterdam (1999) and Abstrakter Expressionismus. Konstruktionen ästhetischer Erfahrung, Leipzig and Amsterdam (2000) and contributes regularly to Texte zur Kunst and springerin – hefte für gegenwartskunst.

This event is made possible with the kind support of The Kistefos Museum and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Oslo.

Thomas Bayrle, Film Loop, 2008

Thomas Bayrle, Film Loop, 2008

Thomas Bayrle, Film Loop, 2008