Press Releases : 2008/09

Artist Talk by Saâdane Afif

Published 2008/09/26

Saâdane Afif Untitled (Montana Blue, 2005/Plexiglas, black letters, neon light, metallic frame, dimmer/ Montana: 54 x 231 x 13.5 cm / Blues: 54 x 131 x 13.5 cm), 2008 Courtesy: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

ISP Resident Artist Talk + Lunch
At the Munch Studio at Ekely

Saâdane Afif

Untitled (Technical Specifications)

Date: Tuesday, 30 September, 2008
Time: 12:00
Location: Munch Studio, Ekely

Berlin-based French artist Saâdane Afif will present an overview of his work, which draws from the fields of art and music in order to critically explore the notions of interpretation, collaboration and translation. His installations, which include light, sound, pictures, texts and sculptural elements, are often accompanied by a complex reflection on authorship.

Afif will introduce his work, starting with his most recent show Technical Specifications, which took place at Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The exhibition consists of new sculptures and installations, each of which is an adaptation by Afif of one of his previous works. The exhibition's title sets the parameters for this transformation: each new work uses as a starting point the technical specifications of the original.

Afif was recently part of documenta 12, to which he contributed Black Chords (2007), an arrangement of thirteen black guitars with automatons and amplifiers in a darkened room, with the automatons programmed to play each of the guitars at alternating intervals. The investigation of authorship is also present in Lyrics, a project that begun in 2004 when Afif commissioned writers to produce lyrics based on his artworks. The lyrics became wall texts, and afterwards musicians were commissioned to create music for them. Lyrics was first shown at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France in 2005.

Other solo shows this year include One, at FRAC Pays de Loire, Carquefou, France, Two… FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Pop! goes the weasel at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007), documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007), Learn to Read at Tate Modern, London, UK (2007) and Airs de Paris at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2007).

A small lunch will be served, r.s.v.p. appreciated by Monday, 29 September to

How to get to the Munch Studio, Ekely:
Start: Tram 13, Get off at Stop Hoff
> Walk straight uphill on Hoffveien
> Turn left at Jarlsborgveien
> Munch Studio will be on your lefthand side


Saâdane Afif's residency is made possible with funds from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and by additional support from Culturesfrance.

International Studio Programme Oslo (ISP Oslo)

International artists are invited by OCA to the International Studio Programme Oslo for a stay from two weeks up to six months, independently or in connection with exhibitions or other collaborations in Norway. The programme comprises three studios located in the city centre of Oslo.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in fall 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.