News : 2015/03

‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’

Published 2015/03/26

Blank Banners, created by Frauke Materlik, Nida Art Colony artist-in-residency in March 2015.


a new opportunity for Norwegian artists:

‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’

an international co-production project between partners in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania

April 2015–April 2016

OCA is pleased to announce ‘Discipline Today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions’, a new international creative co-production project between the partner institutions Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale in Norway; Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Iceland; and Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts and Ars Communis Residency Centre in Lithuania.

In the period from April 2015 to April 2016, two-month long artistic production residencies (one in Iceland, three in Norway and five in Lithuania) will be organised during the project. Two Lithuanian artists will be selected to go to the Nordic Artist’s Center Dale in August­–September 2015; one Lithuanian artist will go to Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in October–November 2015; one Norwegian and one Icelandic artist will go to Ars Communis in August-September 2015; one Lithuanian artist will go to OCA at Ekely in Oslo, Norway, in October–November 2015; and four Norwegian artists will go to Nida Art Colony in October-November 2015.

Artworks newly produced during the residencies will be presented in exhibition venues in Seydisfjordur, Iceland; Vilnius, Nida and Žeimiai, Lithuania; and Oslo in spring 2016. Artists and curators will also be invited to attend a joint seminar with invited experts, and to meet with students from the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

The participating artists from Iceland, Norway and Lithuania will be selected after an open call or be invited by the curators and the partners together. This will be announced in April 2015.

According to Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Executive Director of Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, ‘the project aims to stimulate the dissemination of professional art in the regions of Lithuania and to build mutual interest in Norwegian, Icelandic and Lithuanian contemporary visual art and culture. The project will focus on the contemporary understanding and application of the phenomenon of discipline with an intention to go beyond the interpretation of discipline as a destructive force. It rather regards discipline as a voluntary self-restriction chosen by contemporary individuals as a constructive way to deal with anxiety, which is caused by unlimited freedom‘. The Lithuanian curator Egle Mikalajune (from Lithuanian National Gallery of Art) will curate the project together with a Norwegian curator to be announced.

For more information, please contact Executive Director of Nida Art Colony of VAA Rasa Antanavičiūtė.

The project is partly financed by the programme Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

Staging Three. "Incidental Insurgents" opening at OCA 8 April

Published 2015/03/24

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about the Bandits, video still, 2012. Courtesy of the artists and Carroll/Fletcher Gallery.

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A project by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Opening Reception: Wednesday, 8 April 2015 / 19:00
Staging Dates: Thursday, 9 April–Sunday, 24 May 2015 

Opening Hours: Thu–Sun. / 12:00–16:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway 

Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo I

Office for Contemporary Art Norway is pleased to announce Staging Three. "Incidental Insurgents" opening at OCA on Wednesday, 8 April at 19:00. The exhibition is part of the programme 'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings', a project that evolves through three individual, yet interconnected stagings involving lecture performances, talks, unfinished moments and exhibition fragments, all of which contribute to speculations around the choleric moment we are experiencing globally.

In Staging Three. "Incidental Insurgents" New York and Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme present for the first time in Norway a multi-segmented installation entitled The Incidental Insurgents (2012–present), a work that reflects upon the eclipsing of political radicality and the search for a new political imaginary. In The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about the Bandits and Part II: The Unforgiving Years – the first two chapters of their trilogy – Abbas and Abou-Rahme meld fiction and history to script a complex story about contemporary bandits across the world. From Victor Serge and his clan in 1910’s Paris to Abu Jilda and Arameet and their gang in 1930’s Palestine, these figures point to the incompleteness and inadequacies in oppositional movements today.

The Incidental Insurgents casts the artists' studio as the scene of an imagined detective investigation with an extensive and carefully configured mass of notes, photos, looping films, books, maps, posters, sketches and vinyl records, that the artists may have just left behind to hunt for another clue. The Incidental Insurgents therefore consists of an intricate network of histories, geographies and portrayals which serve as material for Abbas and Abou-Rahme to elucidate how – like the bandits before them – they find themselves ‘inhabiting a moment of full radical potential and disillusionment, in continual search for a language for the present moment’.

About Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (b.1983) work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their work explores issues surrounding desire and disaster, spatial politics, subjectivity and the absurdities of contemporary practices of power, often investigating spatio-temporal resonances in the relation between the actual, imagined and remembered. The result is a practice that investigates the experiential, material possibilities of sound, image and environment, taking on the form of interdisciplinary installations and live sound/image performances. They have exhibited and performed internationally and most recently founded the sound and image performance collective Tashweesh.

Solo exhibitions include 'The Incidental Insurgents', ICA (Philadelphia, 2015), 'The Incidental Insurgents', Alte Feuerwache (Cologne, 2014), 'The Zone', New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2011) and 'Collapse', Delfina Foundation (London, 2009). Recent group exhibitions include the 12th Sharjah Biennale (2015); 'Lest The Two Seas Meet', Warsaw Museum Of Modern Art (2015); the 31st São Paulo Biennial; 10th Gwangju Biennale; 'Insert' 2014 (New Delhi, all 2014); Asian Art Biennale (Taiwan); 13th Istanbul Biennial; 'Points of Departure', ICA (London, all 2013); the 6th Jerusalem Show; '(On) Accordance', Grand Union/, (Birmingham, both 2012); Video Re:View Festival (Katowice, 2011); 'Future Movements - Jerusalem' at the Liverpool Biennial, Freies Museum (Berlin), The 23es Instants Video Festival in Marseilles and Oran, Bluecoat Art Centre (Liverpool), Ny Lyd Images Festival (Copenhagen), HomeWorks 5, Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, all 2010); Delfina Foundation (London); and 'Palestine c/o Venice' at the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009).

Recent performances have taken place at HKW House of World Culture (Berlin, 2013),Tanzquartier (Vienna, 2013), Serpentine Pavilion (London, 2013), 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012), TBA 21 (Vienna, 2012), De Balle (Amsterdam, 2011), Beirut Art Centre (2011), Ars Cameralis (Katowice, 2011), The South Bank Centre (London, 2010), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen, 2010), Tent Gallery (Edinburgh, 2010), and CCA (Glasgow, 2010). In 2015 they received the Sharjah Biennale Prize. They were fellows at Akademie der Kunste der Welt in Cologne in 2013 and artists in residence at the Delfina Foundation, London in 2009. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher London (2015).

For more information about the programme please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

'Of Love, Departures and Countering Defeats in Choleric Times. Three Stagings' is the opening project of OCA's ‘Notations’. OCA’s Notations unfolds as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action. The spirit of OCA's Notations is embodied by the interrelated and circular relations designed by Hans Gremmen – OCA’s long term graphic designer.

OCA’s Notations is activated by participating artists, curators, writers, critics and intellectuals of diverse disciplines and take place within OCA’s public space in Oslo. Their explorations find synergies with OCA’s interrelated national and international activities, as well as its publication series Verksted. Seeking to catalyse new thinking, OCA's Notations reflects upon the current state of affairs within the arts globally, by shifting the accent from the dynamics of exchange and production to those of social reproduction.

New York launch of the Nordic Pavilion at the New Museum in collaboration with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Published 2015/03/05

OCA is pleased to announce the New York launch of the Nordic Pavilion at the New Museum on 6 March 2015. The event is organised in collaboration with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. It is part of OCA´s ongoing focus to reach out and connect to the international art community in general, and to create attention around the Norwegian project in the Venice Biennale 2015 specifically. The event will be a cocktail reception and panel discussion between the artist Camille Norment, curator Barbara London, critic Greg Tate and Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA and Curator of the Nordic Pavilion.

The event initiates the collaboration between OCA and Ultima for the Venice Biennale 2015. Ultima is the co-producer for one of Norment´s new works, which will be performed during the opening days, and at specific times during the biennale.

Lars Petter Hagen, Artistic Director of Ultima, says: `Camille Norment is one of our most unique artists, and she is therefore an interesting representative for the scene in Oslo, operating on the borderline between music and visual art. The Ultima Festival is very happy to be a part in presenting her work.’

About the panel 

Camille Norment is an artist, musician and composer. She is representing Norway in venice Biennale 2015.

Barbara London, formerly MoMA’s associate curator of Media and Performance Art for over 40 years, included Camille Norment in 'Soundings', 2013, the first major sound exhibition exhibition at MoMA. 

Katya Garcia-Anton is Director of OCA and Curator of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. She was Curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011. 

Greg Tate is a writer, musician, and producer, focused on African-American music and culture. He is a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition and the leader of Burnt Sugar.