Seminar on Artist Residency

Hordaland kunstsenter
Klosteret 17, Bergen Map

At 13:00–16:30

The seminar is held in English.
Entrance: NOK 50 to be paid cash at the entrance, includes food. Registration before September 20th to norskkunstaarbok(at) Limited number of seats.

With Toril Johannessen, Dieter Lesage (Belgium) and plan b (Sophia New og Daniel Belasco Rogers, UK). Moderator: Erlend Hammer

Seminar on Artist Residency in conjunction with the launch of The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010. One of our main themes in the Art Yearbook 2010 is the internationalization of the art scene. An important, yet fairly little discussed issue, is the global increase of different Artist Residency-programmes during the last 10 to 15 years, and how this has influenced the contemporary art production.

The Artist residency-prorammes deals with accommodating artist’s travels and ideally become established internationally, while the organizers also want something in return, in the form of exhibitions or network. In addition to looking at the potential conflict between these two intentions, we wish to discuss how the dissemination of Artist Residencies influence artists’ way of working and today’s art production.

“If the background for a residency programme is formulated clearly and early on by those who host it, the residency is all the more likely to be successful.” Artist and curator Karolin Tampere, from her conversation about Residency-programmes in Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010.

“In today’s global capitalism, there is only one kind of desire worthy of support, and that is the desire for maximum absence.” Writer and critic Dieter Lesage on the demands on artists of minimum presence during residencies in Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010.

Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale. Photo: Laura Vuoma

plan b

plan b are the British-born artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers. Since 2002 they have made over 25 projects together that have been shown in 27 different cities. They work together collaboratively as well as pursuing solo projects. Alongside performances made specifically for a particular context or place, they make installations based on their GPS-traces, works on paper, durational performances, media projects, audio guides and video walks. In 2001 they both received separate Artsadmin Artists' Bursaries, in 2004 plan b were artists in residence at Podewil, Berlin, and in 2006 Belasco Rogers received a stipend from the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Toril Johannessen

Toril Johannessen is an artist and member of the studio collective Flaggfabrikken - center for photography and contemporary art, which has hosted a residency since the autumn 2006. She is based in Bergen, and has recently returned from residencies in Vancouver and Berlin. She holds an MA from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, and will start Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles January 2011. Her latest exhibitions include Bergen Kunsthall No.5; CSA Space, Vancouver, and Lautom Contemporary, Oslo.

Dieter Lesage

Dieter Lesage is a philosopher and writer. He has been a visiting professor at the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem De Kooning Academie in Rotterdam (2003-2005) and at the Institut für Kulturtheorie of the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (2007). He is a professor and research coordinator at the Department of Audiovisual and Performing Arts (Rits) at the Erasmus University College Brussels.

He is a member of the Editorial Board at Afterall and member of the International Advisory Board of Art & Research – A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods. He is a co-editor, with Kathrin Busch, of A Portrait of the Artist as a Researcher: The Academy and the Bologna Process (Antwerp: MuHKA, 2007). With German artist Ina Wudtke, he curated the exhibitions A Portrait of the Artist as a Researcher (Freiraum/quartier21, Vienna, 2007) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Researcher 2.0 (Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2008) and recently published the book Black Sound White Cube (Vienna: Loecker Verlag, 2010). Since 2006, Dieter Lesage lives in Berlin.

The seminar is organised by the editors of the Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010: Erlend Hammer, Ketil Nergaard and Marie Nerland. The seminar and launch is supported by City of Bergen and Arts Council Norway and organised in collaboration with KiK, Hordaland Art Centre and Volt.

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