Visitors 2016

International Studio Programme
1 Jul – 15 Sept 2016

Saodat Ismailova


During her OCA residency, Saodat Ismailova is planning to work on archives of silent Uzbek films from early 1930s and film journals from the region to create a work dedicated to the female body in relation to its public representation. Furthermore, as part of the OCA ISP programme Ismailova will travel to Tromsø to develop her first solo exhibition in Northern Europe at the Tromsø Kunstforening (TKF), which is scheduled to open in January 2017.

Saodat Ismailova has studied filmmaking at the Tashkent State Institute of Art in Uzbekistan. Subsequently she joined the cinema department of Fabrica, Benetton's research centre, Treviso, Italy, where she directed the short film Zulfiya and co-directed Aral, Fishing In An Invisible Sea (with Carlos Casas), awarded Best Documentary film of the 2004 Torino Film Festival. Her first award-winning feature film 40 Days of Silence premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and has since been presented in more than 30 countries around the world. She is presently working on directing her next feature-length film Barzagh, which has received support from the Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands, and the Asian Cinema Fund, South Korea.

Saodat's video- and sound-installations have been presented in numerous international exhibition and festivals including most recently the 2013 Venice Biennale (Central Asian Pavilion) and 'Lost to the Future', the 2014 Singapore Biennale. Titled 'Celestial Circles', her first solo exhibition was presented at the Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg, Germany in 2015.

Currently Ismailova is a guest artist at Le Fresnoy, National Center of Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing, France, where she is working on the three-screen film installation Stains of Oxus – featuring the Amu Dariya, a major river in Central Asia and collecting the dreams of its inhabitants alongside the river's shores – and the 'choreographic film' Two Horizons, which reflects on dance heritage in Central Asia and the disappearance of these dances.

15 Dec – 20 Dec 2016

Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot

Artist Group

Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot have been working together since 2001. Their work bears the dual hallmark of experimentation and performance and brings together various media associating elements from opposite ranges with a taste for connections between sci-fi and documentary forms, high-tech engineering and fantasy tales, heavyweight materials and fleeting sensations. Starting with installations and objects, their work soon included experimental actions and more immaterial artistic gestures. Daniaux and Pigot are currently working in Alaska on land art projects dealing with time, archaeology, geology and climate change. Their work has been shown in institutions such as Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014); Venice Biennial of Architecture (2014); Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes, Norway (2013); Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (2011); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011); Qui Vive International Biennial, Moscow (2010) and Dashanzi Art Festival, Beijing (2004). They were laureates of a Villa Medici hors-les-murs residency in 2003, fellows at the Cité Siam in Bangkok in 2005, at Dar Batha in Fez, Morocco in 2013 and at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, in 2015 and 2016. They were finalists of the COAL Prize Art and Environment in 2010.

Daniaux and Pigot are participating in the Winter Solstice 2016 NOVE SED NON NOVA, a night exhibition and cross-disciplinary event in Oslo gathering experimental music, visual arts, contemporary circus, performance, performative poetry and video-art; organised by Vandaler Forening the 17th of December 2016.

The artists’ participation within OCA’s ISP residency in Ekely is held in collaboration with Vandaler forening.

16 Sept – 7 Oct 2016

Eliza Naranjo Morse

Eliza Naranjo Morse’s participation within OCA’s ISP residency in Ekely, Oslo, is being held in collaboration with PRAKSIS with whom Naranjo Morse will bring together a residency community and develop a series of initiatives under the title ‘In time, we too will become ancestors…’. An open call for participants will be released shortly from PRAKSIS seeking artists, philosophers, historians, writers, curators, and other professionals interested in cultural history, shared philosophies and synergic issues related to indigenous perspectives, such as the ones of the Sami population of the European continent or those of Native Americans. It will be an exploratory ground for a broader exchange on identity, perspective, sustainability, progress, and aesthetic history. For more information on the programme please click here.

Eliza Naranjo Morse studied drawing at Parsons School of Design and at the Institute for American Indian Arts, and ultimately graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in art in 2003. Through simple studies that are uncomplicated interactions with the nature of materials, she brings to the fore her history, with indigenous background knowledge, and a personal aesthetic. Naranjo Morse has shown her work in a number of international venues including, among others, at Cumbre de el Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, USA; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA; Berlin Gallery Phoenix; School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. A participating artist of the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2008 she is also a 2007 awardee of the King Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.

15 Jun – 30 Jun 2016

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

Art historian and Critic

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen is an art historian and cultural critic. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. He is co-editor of the journals K&K: Kultur & Klasse and Mr Antipyrine. He has published a number of books, including Crisis to Insurrection: Notes on the Ongoing Breakdown (Minor Compositions, 2015) and Playmates and Playboys on a Higher Level (Sternberg Press, 2015), as well as articles in journals such as e-flux journal, Rethinking Marxism, Texte zur Kunst and Third Text.

15 Jun – 30 Jun 2016

Juan Puntes

Artistic Director

Juan Puntes is the founder, curator and artistic director of WhiteBox, a New Yorkcentric, international non-profit alternative art space, founded with the support of a small group of artists, intellectual thinkers, and curators in 1998 in the Chelsea art district of Manhattan. WhiteBox has ever since been dedicated to presenting a continuous stream of original in-house and guest-curated cross-disciplinary contemporary projects focusing on a wide variety of art practices encompassing fine art, new media, installation art, electronic music, sound and performance laboratories, including opera, and politically activist exhibitions.
WhiteBox has relocated to the grittier Lower East Side of Manhattan, and works continuously in conjunction with neighboring non-profits, schools, public institutions and grassroots organisations to promote art projects rooted in and relevant to the real world. WhiteBox is currently in the process of dramatically transforming its gallery space with a radical design by architect Steven Holl and artist Lawrence Weiner aiming to remain architectonically as well, at the forefront of the Manhattan art scene; and continuing to partner with cutting-edge local, regional, national and international arts organisations.

1 Sept – 30 Sept 2016

Bhavna Kakar

Curator and Editor

Bhavna Kakar is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of TAKE on art magazine and the Founding Director of Latitude 28, a contemporary art gallery located in New Delhi. With several years of experience in arts management, writing, editing and curating Bhavna founded TAKE magazine in 2010 and has nurtured it to become one of the leading arts journals within the South Asian region which, through its diverse contributions and guest edited issues, now occupies a global platform. Her commitment to fostering art writing practices is one of the driving forces behind TAKE’s continued effort to establish a space for independent art writers by supporting both emerging and established critics through writers’ awards, workshops, panel discussions and seminars. Significant projects in this direction include TAKE on Residency, IFA and 1 Shanthi Road in 2013, TAKE on Writing, Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing in India in Goa in 2014 and more recently Take on Writing | Critical Writing Ensemble’s Baroda Chapter, MS University of Baroda in December 2015, as well as the Dhaka Chapter of CWE, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton that was held in collaboration with OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016. Under Kakar’s leadership, TAKE has participated extensively in various international curated forums and fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Dubai, the Asia Triennial Manchester, Dhaka Art Summit and Videobrasil. A post-graduate in Art History from MS University Baroda, Kakar is a JRF-UGC grantee with a research fellowship on her ongoing thesis on pre-modern art focusing on sculpture from the Vidarbha region. Kakar is currently developing a volume of selected essays on the eminent Indian critic K B Goel and co-curating a travelling exhibition and book titled Planet Sharing; or How to Live Nonanthropocentrically with Plants and the next edition of TAKE on Writing: The Book scheduled for December 2016.

1 Feb – 31 May 2016

Adam Kleinman


Adam Kleinman is a writer, editor, curator, lecturer, sometime performer, and former dOCUMENTA (13) Agent for Public Programming. He was Curator at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where he created the interpretative humanities program ‘Access Restricted’. At LMCC, Kleinman developed LentSpace, a cultural venue and garden design by Interboro Partners, which repurposed an entire vacant Manhattan block. There, he curated the exhibitions ‘Avenue of the Americas’ (2010), and ‘Points & Lines’ (2009). Kleinman is also a frequent guest tutor at numerous educational institutions internationally as well as a contributor to multiple exhibition catalogues, monographs, anthologies, and magazines including Art-agenda, Artforum, e-flux journal, frieze, Mousse, Texte zur Kunst, and TheWhite Review. Kleinman is currently Editor-in-Chief & Adjunct Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) where he and the team launched WdW Review, a multi-disciplinary arts, culture & politics journal. In addition to these activities, Kleinman often curates thematic exhibitions at Witte de With and likewise programs symposia and other events at the center.

4 Mar – 18 Mar 2016

James Bridle


James Bridle is an artist and a writer. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others, in print and online. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines.
Bridle's residency as part of OCA's Studio Programme in March 2016 is organized in conjunction with his participation in the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016.