News : 2011/09

OCA International Residency Programmes – Terje Nicolaisen at 18th Street Art Center

Published 2011/09/27

Terje Nicolaisen, Sick Artist II - IV, 2011. Courtesy of the artist


18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1 October - 31 December 2011

Terje Nicolaisen, Artist

OCA offers a studio residency for a Norwegian artist at the International Artists in Residency programme at 18th Street Art Center in the Santa Monica neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, USA. Founded in 1988, 18th Street Art Center is a community-based, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organisation housed on a campus of buildings, which includes artists' studios, exhibition spaces, an artist residency programme and other resident organisations, such as a performance space, a film/video production facility and Otis College of Art & Design's MFA programme in Public Practice, among others. The upcoming resident for the months of October–December 2011 is artist Terje Nicolaisen.

Nicolaisen works across a wide range of media with a focus on drawing and text-based approaches to articulating his ideas. Often taking the form of sketches or proposals, his work combines subtle humor with incisive critiques of cultural politics. During his residency in LA, the artist plans to take full advantage of the studio to work uninterrupted on existing projects as well as new initiatives. Nicolaisen also plans to develop contacts with the local artist community and to further work on a collaborative project with New York and Los Angeles based artist LeRoy Stevens.

About the artist
Terje Nicolaisen (b.1964, Drammen, Norway, based in Oslo, Norway) received his education at the Academy of Fine Art (KHIB), Bergen, Norway, and the Academy of Fine Art (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. He has since exhibited extensively in Norway and abroad. Among his recent exhibitions are 'Starving Artist Super Star' (2011), Archive Books, Berlin, Germany; 'Paperwork' (2011), Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvik, Norway; 'Young Melancolic Society' (2011) Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway; 'Tegneklubben' (2010), Grimm Museum, Berlin; 'The mind of this death is unrelentingly awake' (2009), Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Oslo; 'Museo De Pasatiempo Enlargement' (2010), Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo; 'Drawingbiennale' (2010), Momentum Kunsthall, Moss, Norway; 'Books, Texts and Drawing' (2008), Galleri Riis, Oslo; 'Bokaktig' (2006), Fotogalleriet, Oslo; 'Stilleben/Rakett' (2005), Projekt 0047, Berlin, Germany and 'Tegneklubben' (2005), Bergen Kunsthall/No.5, Bergen. The reader 'Supplementary Notes 1994 - 2011 On Selected Proposals 1995 - 2005' was published in connection with 'Paperwork' at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

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The Office for Contemporary Art provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics abroad, including residencies at Capacete, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; International Artist in Residency Programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium; International Studio and Curatorial Programme (ISCP) New York, NY, USA; International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Platform China, Beijing, China; Residency Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany and 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

For more information about OCAʼs International Residencies and application process please check: /residencies/


Norwegian artists at the Beirut Street Festival 2011

Published 2011/09/26

Beit Beirut. Photographer unknown.


A Perfectly Safe Hide-out
Concept and visual art: Mari Meen Halsøy
Concept, choreography and dance: Sara Christophersen and Helle Siljeholm
Co-creating dancers: Martin Lervik and Katharina Eriksson
Music: Mathias Eick

1 October 2011: 17:30
2 October 2011: 16:00 and 17:30

Beit Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut Street Festival 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

According to artist Mari Meen Halsøy, A Perfectly Safe Hide-out draws upon ‘questions and situations inspired by “real life” conditions, politics, social structures and (hi)stories of society’. Together with Sara Christophersen and Helle Siljeholm she has created a site-specific performance combining dance, visual art and music in which she attempts to ‘heal the wounds from the war with tapestry’. The project will show in the Barakat Building/Beit Beirut on 1 and 2 October 2011. Built in 1924, Beit Beirut used to house upper middle class families until the outbreak of the civil war in 1975, when it became a vantage point for snipers due to its strategic location on the dividing ‘Green Line’. In 1997 it was sentenced for demolition, but was saved in 2003 by the efforts of officials, architects, heritage activists, journalists and NGOs. This is the first and last time a performance is being staged in the building, which is scheduled for restoration to accommodate the ’Museum of Memory’, tracing the 7000-year history of the city. According to the artist, 'the ravaged location can be read as a symbol of the wounds, stories and experiences of the city's people. The tapestries, some of which are designed to fit and mounted in the building's wounds, could in this context be conceived as a gesture to heal and repair the impact of war’. The Beirut Street Festival 2011 is curated by director Moustapha Yamouth.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Mari Meen Halsøy (+961 71998348).

Informasjon på norsk
Mari Meen Halsøy, Sara Christophersen og Helle Siljeholm står bak forestillingen A Perfrectly Safe Hide-out under Beirut Street Festival 1. og 2. Oktober 2011. Sammen med dansere Martin Lervik og Katharina Eriksson, og musiker Mathias Eick, har de utviklet en stedsspesifikk performance som søker å “hele krigens sår" med billedvev, dans og musikk. Stykket vises i den historiske bygningen Beit Beirut som ble oppført i 1924. Under borgekrigen ble bygget brukt av snikskyttere på grunn av dets strategiske plassering på det som ble kalt “Green Line". Halsøy sier at “stedet kan sees som et symbol på sårene, historiene og erfaringene til Beiruts befolkning. Billedvevene, hvor noen er tilpasset bygningens “sår”, kan i denne sammenhengen forstås som en gest for å reparere og hele krigens skader”.  

About the artist
Mari Meen Halsøy (b.1978 in Porsgrunn, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has a diploma from the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, and a college candidate degree in tapestry from the Oslo University College, Faculty of Art, Design and Drama. She works with a variety of forms of expression, such as video, sound, photography, tapestry, performance, installation and scenography.

OCA Support 

A Perfectly Safe Hide-out at the Beirut Street Festival 2011 has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme.

*About O3–funds
A Perfectly Safe Hide-out has been supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in countries designated by the MFA. The purpose of the O3–funds as allocated 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. This includes but is not limited to 'professional research visits by cultural producers, artists, and curators', 'short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists', 'seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries', and 'project development on an international scale'.


Kjersti Andvig, Are Blytt, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt at VOID289 / Kobe Biennale 2011

Published 2011/09/22


the participation of Kjersti Andvig, Are Blytt, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt in 'Morgenrøde' at VOID289 / Kobe Biennale 2011

'Morgenrøde' Exhibition Dates: 25 September-16 October
Opening Reception: 24 September, 18:00
Address: 3-289 Motomachi-kokadori Chuo-ku Kobe, 650-0014 Japan.

Biennale Period: 1 October-23 November
Kobe Biennale 2011, Kobe, Japan

Kjersti G. Andvig, Are Blytt, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt are participating in the group exhibition ‘Morgenrøde’ at VOID289 project space as part of the Kobe Biennale 2011. Curated by Naoshi Okura, freelance curator and artist, VOID289 was selected as one of the official competition programmes of the biennial, and is ‘a temporary space focusing on Scandinavian contemporary art’. Situated in the premises of a postwar black market furniture retailer, the space is located under the elevated railway tracks in the old shopping district in the city of Kobe. The curator says that he wanted to provide a platform introducing the younger generation of Norwegian artists that have been acknowledged for their innovative oeuvre. 'In the current art scene dominant trends no longer exist, allowing for the artists to work with a wide variety of techniques'. As part of 'Morgenrøde' Andvig will contribute with a sound and wall installation; Blytt will exhibit three paperworks installed on the floor; Graff will show two wood and fabric sculptures; Hiorthøy will participate with three watercolors; and Vatvedt will present a bleached linen painting. In addition, Okura will install a light installation. The title of the exhibition is inspired by 'early mornings out in the Norwegian nature', but it also refers to Burzum’s song Morgenroede, and Nietzsche’s book Morgenröte (The Dawn, 1881).
For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Naoshi Okura.

About the Artists
Kjersti G. Andvig (b.1978 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) received her education from the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo and HND Performance art, Northbrook College, Worthing, UK. Recent solo shows include ‘Did you Expect the Moon to be Square’ (2010), Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway and ‘Coup de Grâce!’ (2007), Piece Unique, Paris, France.

Are Blytt
Are Blytt (b.1981 in Bergen, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) holds an MA in Fine Arts from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway. Recent solo exhibitions include 'The Abstraction of Barry Lyndon' (2011), The Agency Gallery, London, UK and 'Basilikum Blytt' (2008), Galleri Blunk, Trondheim. His works have been purchased by the city of Trondheim and the Norwegian Arts Council.

Ane Graff
Ane Graff (b.1974 in Bodø, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) graduated from Vestlandet Art Academy, Bergen, Norway in 2004. She has been an artist-in-residence at Platform China, Beijing, China (2010), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009), and Berlin Mitte, Berlin (2006). Solo exhibitions include 'The Aforementioned Lack of Clarity' (2010), Landings Project Space, Vestfossen, Norway, 'Patches of Standing Water' (2010), Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, 'Fall Into Matter', STANDARD (OSLO) (2007), Oslo, Norway and 'The White Work' (2006), No. 5, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.

Kim Hiorthøy
Kim Hiortøy (b.1973 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo and Berlin) graduated from The Royal Academy of Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1999. Hiortøy has produced a wide range of works spanning various mediums such as fine art, performance, video, music and writing. Selected solo exhibitions include 'My Lucky Number Is' (2011), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway, 'Tago Mago' (2007), Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, and 'Another Day Full of Dread' (2006), Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Magnus Vatvedt
Magnus Vatvedt (b.1981 in Bærum, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) holds an MA from the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Art. Recent solo exhibitions include 'One Night Drunk and Misunderstood' (2009), Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden, and 'I MAKE NO COM PRO MICES' (2009), One Night Only Gallery, Oslo.

OCA Support 

The participation of Kjersti Andvig, Are Blytt, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt in 'Morgenrøde' at VOID289 / Kobe Biennale 2011 has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme. 



Elmgreen & Dragset at `Untitled' (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011

Published 2011/09/15


the participation of Elmgreen & Dragset at the
12th Istanbul Biennial: Untitled
Exhibition Dates: 17 September-13 November, 2011

Istanbul Biennial
, Istanbul, Turkey

The artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset are participating at the 12th Istanbul Biennial: Untitled, with their work The Incidental Self (2006). Curators Adriano Pedrosa, founding director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo (PIESP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Jens Hoffmann, director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA, describe the work as a 'large shelving system that occupies a wide wall space with 500 smaller framed photographs of various gay cultural and everyday life situations on display. The display references the standard family photo set-up found in almost any home around the world, but is exaggerated both in terms of quantity and in its definition of "family"'. The Incidental Self is represented within the ‘Ross’ group show, one of the five group exhibitions composing the biennial. Each of the group exhibitions occupies its own space, distinguished from another 50 solo presentations via gray walls, and features a large number of artists' works brought together under a particular theme. Focusing on artworks that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken, the 12th Istanbul Biennial 'explores the rich relationship between art and politics', taking as its point of departure the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). The 12th Istanbul Biennial is accompanied by three publications; Remembering Istanbul, Biennial Companion and Biennial Catalogue.

About the artists
Michael Elmgreen (b.1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b.1969, Trondheim, Norway) live and work in Berlin and have been collaborating since 1995. Their work explores the relationship between art, architecture and design through a wide range of installations, performances and environmental works. Through the last decade, they have been showing their works in numerous institutions including Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, MCA Chicago, New Museum, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Hamburger Bahnhof, MMK Frankfurt, Louisiana Museum, Moderna Museet, Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthalle Zürich. In 2009 they were officially representing Norway at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

OCA Support
Elmgreen & Dragset's participation at at the 12th Istanbul Biennial has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme.