Stephen Wright (Paris)
Stephen Wright is a Paris-based art writer and teaches the practice of theory at the European School of Visual Arts (eesi.eu). His writing has focused primarily on the politics of usership, particularly in contexts of collaborative, extradisciplinary practices with variable coefficients of art. His current research seeks to understand the ongoing usological turn in art and society in terms of contemporary escapological theory and practice.
Theodor Barth, Professor at KHIO, Design Theory (Oslo)
Theodor Barth works with involving writing in creative practice and teaches mainly at the MA-level at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Design, Art & Public Space, Arts & Crafts). Key words: field-work, diaries, reflective practice, semiotics.
When he talks about involving writing in creative practice, he addresses primarily writing as a material practice – a generative process tool – and then only extends it into literary genres, and/or exploring for its theoretical potentials.
Barth focuses on what writing can achieve in terms of developing an embodied optic on one's own work – on par with sketch and photography – hatching new repertoires beyond the province of writing.
Writing is then about developing a repertoire beyond the horizons of the "comfort-zone" and for the "contact-zone". It can be bent to serve our sensitization to what is concretely going on in our work, and acquire a skilled sense of what is moving at that level.
His objective is to assist in the development of the autonomy needed to know where one stands. And in this way to facilitate the development of an interceptive intelligence in discussions based on a broad visual education and readings.
He holds a doctoral degree in anthropology and has published in a wide range of genres: newspaper essays, artist books verging into catalogue, catalogue essays, co-authoring with artists, research publications in experimental archaeology, experimenting with hybrid genres combining documentary and archive, and has developed an extant collection of flyers.
Erling Sandmo (Oslo)
Erling Sverdrup Sandmo (født 6. november 1963) er en norsk historiker, radioprogramleder og musikkritiker. Sandmo er spesialist på kriminalhistorie, mentalitetshistorie i tidlig nytid, rettshistorie og klassisk musikkhistorie. Han er nå professor ved Universitetet i Oslo, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie.
Sandmo ble cand philol. ved Universitetet i Oslo i 1991. Han disputerte til doktorgraden i 1998 på avhandlingen Slagsbrødre en mentalitetshistorisk studie om fenomenet vold i Norge i første del av 1600-tallet. Sandmo har også markert seg som rettshistoriker og har utgitt bind to av Norges Høyesteretts historie, som dekker perioden 1905-65. Han er sønn av Agnar Sandmo, professor i samfunnsøkonomi.
Mikkel B. Tin
Mikkel B. Tin defended a thesis on Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetics in Paris in 2001. In the following years he was a researcher at the folk museums of Oslo and Prague and in 2007 was appointed professor of Traditional Arts at the Telemark University College. In November and December 2013 he was responsible for a PhD course in Body Based Practices at the Telemark University College. In his books and articles, he focuses particularly on phenomenology, aesthetics and embodied knowledge.
Anne Beate Hovind
Learning Site, represented by Rikke Luther (Copenhagen)
The Learning Site focuses on the local conditions in which its art practice is located. This entails a critical examination of the material resources and economies available within specific situations. Each situation may entail an examination of economic and environmental factors, but also labor rights, property rights and the production and distribution of knowledge, which are investigated in tandem to produce a variety of different critical perspectives.
Maria Lind (Stockholm)
Maria Lind is Director of the Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, and an independent curator and writer. She was the director of the graduate programme at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College from 2008–10. Before that, she was director of lASPIS in Stockholm (2005–07) and director of the Munich Kunstverein (2002–04). Previous to that she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (from 1997–2001) and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s nomadic biennial of contemporary art. She has published widely, in art magazines, daily newspapers, catalogues and anthologies. Her most recent publication is Art and the F Word: Reflections on the Browning of Europe, co-edited with WHW (2014). Lind was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. A book of her essays to date, Selected Maria Lind Writing, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010.
Ane Hjort Guttu (Oslo)
Ane Hjort Guttu is a filmmaker and author. Guttu’s work centres on issues relating to power and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state.
She will be presenting the film This Place is Every Place (2014) that was produced as part of the research project Den nya modellen [The New Model] at Tensta Konsthall on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. The project, initiated by Maria Lind and Lars Bang Larsen, examines the legacy of the 1968 exhibition Modellen: En modell for et kvalitativt samhälle [The Model: A model for a qualitative society] at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet. Guttu’s film is a poetic and fictional account of a conversation about faith between two sisters in suburban Tensta, touching on political as well as religious aspects. The Arab Spring and the protests in Tensta and elsewhere in Sweden in 2013 provide the backdrop for the film.
Solvita Krese (Riga)
Solvita Krese is an art curator and critic based in Riga. From 2000 she is director of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts (LCCA). Since 2009 she has initiated and curated annual Contemporary Art Festival Survival Kit. She has curated a number of large scale international exhibitions: Mobile Museum (2007); Urbanologic (2007); Archeology of Reality (2006); Trespassers. Contemporary Art from the 80s at National Art Museum in Riga (2005); The Body in Baltic Photography, Berlin (2005); Latvian participation at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo (2004); co-curator of the exhibition Faster than History, Kiasma, Helsinki (2004); re:public, Riga (2003). She is among the initiators and co-organizers of two large scale transnational art projects and research platforms: republic art (2003–2005), which explores and promotes interventionist and activist practices of public art; and transform (2005−2008), a research on political and artistic practices of institutional critique.
Oddrun Sæter (Oslo)
Oddrun Sæter is a sociologist and professor at Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA). She is the head of research of the Urban Research Program at HiOA. For many years she has done reseach on urban issues, from public art, urbanity and place processes, to urban politics and gentrification, both in Oslo and Williamsburg, New York. At present, she is the project leader of research on residential mobility in the Oslo region, in cooperation with UiO. Why do people move from one place to another? is the main question we discuss in interviews of people on the move. Beside traditional social science methods, Sæter also applies photography and film as part of her urban studies.
Sandra Lorentzen (Oslo)
Sandra Lorentzen (born 1985) is an art historian and curator, with a BSc in Management Science from Warwick Business School, England, and an MA in Art History from the University of Oslo. She has been active in the field of art and culture, employed at institutions such as Henie Onstad Art Centre, the Stenersen Museum, the National Theatre, and recently as curator at Northern Norway Art Museum. At Northern Norway Art Museum, she has curated numerous exhibitions such as Still Life in Motion, Thomas Falstad: Polygon Window and Queen's Gambit. Inspired by the cultural scene in Tromsø, she also initiated and is chairman of Culture Night in Tromsø.
Terje Roalkvam (Oslo)
Terje Roalkvam (born 1948) is an artist living in Oslo. Educated from the State School of Art and Craft in Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) and the Art Academy ASP in Warszaw. Started as a printmaker, now working with sculpture and drawing. He has exhibited in Norway and in various European cities (Galerie Emilia Suciu, Karlsruhe/Ettlingen, Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm). He has also had solo museum exhibitions in Stenersenmuseet, Oslo; Lillehammer Kunstmuseum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø. Has made 35 art projects in different public spaces in Norway. In 1987 he started the group project “3+1” with colleagues Paul Brand and Dag Skedsmo and as part of that project he has arranged exhibitions with, among others, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt and Richard Long.
Odd Are Berkaak (Oslo)
Odd Are Berkaak is an anthropologist who has been working as a professor at the University of Oslo for nearly 40 years. During these years he has been working with a wide range of projects. As a researcher, the Rastafari project has been a continuous flaming motivation all along. Beyond the Rastafari project, his research field circles around how people on Earth have created pictures of their past – of their history – with regard to how memories are materialized in monuments and in other ways. He has worked in Jamaica, St.Vincent, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, England, the USA and Norway. In addition to books, articles and lectures, Berkaak has produced works in other media, such as films and music.
Trude Schjelderup Iversen (Oslo)
Trude Schjelderup Iversen works for Public Art Norway KORO. She is a curator, editor and art critic based in Oslo. She has been the director of UKS (Young Artists Society) and has contributed to Frame, Le Monde Diplomatique, Kontour, Morgenbladet, Billedkunst and Kunstkritikk, in addition to various catalogues and books. Schjelderup Iversen has been a curator in residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, lecturing on Contemporary Art Theory. She is currently pursuing a PhD on art as critique, entitled The Aesthetic Argument, at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo.
Jørn Mortensen, Rector of Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Oslo)
Jørn Mortensen, currently dean of the Art and Craft Department at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, has held several positions within the field of contemporary art after his MA graduation in Media and Communication and his BA in Musicology and History of Ideas (Philosophy) at the University in Oslo, among them: assistant director at the Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), head of communication at Public Art Norway (KORO), director at Momentum – Nordic Biennal for Contemporary Art and director at Young Artists Society (UKS). Mortensen was editor in chief for Art in the Oslo Opera House (2011) and has also written articles in the KORO Yearbook as well as elsewhere.
In addition to initiating and organizing AGENDA – an interndisciplinary forum highlighting different topics at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts – he is currently chair at Kunsthall Oslo and artistic consultant and chair of the National Art Selection Committee for Memorial Sites after 22 July.
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (Oslo)
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk graduated from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. He is currently a freelance curator with 20 years of experience in a number of art institutions and art projects in public space. From 1995–1998 he was head of the Otto Plonk gallery in Bergen. The following year, he worked as the exhibition manager at NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) in Helsinki. Eeg-Tverbakk was deputy director of the Kunstnernes Hus from 2000-01. His freelance assignments include curating the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) in 1999, and the 2004 Nordic Art Biennial Momentum. From 2003–2005, he was project manager for Kunst i Nordland – Artistic Interruptions, a site-specific, international art project initiated by the county of Nordland. Then, from 2005–09, he was a research fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). He was also director of Kunsthall Oslo for two years. Eeg-Tverbakk has been responsible for a number of exhibitions and projects and he has been working with artists such as Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Matias Faldbakken, Marianne Heier, Aleksandra Mir, Marjetica Potrc, Eva Rothschild and Knut Åsdam. He has held positions as director, project manager, producer and curator and currently has a number of positions and roles in the Norwegian art scene. Among his main current positions: art consultant in the Art Selection Committee for Memorial Sites after 22 July and a member of the curatorial team for the pilot project for the Oslo Biennial of Public Art.