SEMINAR: The Monument´s Destiny (2014/15)

Semester I: 1 - 2 December, 2014

Seminar with Olga Schmedling

Guests: Trude Schjelderup Iversen, Odd Are Berkaak, Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Jørn Mortensen



MONDAY 1st of December

09.00-10.30 Olga Schmedling: The Concepts of the Monument – An Introduction - Questioning the Monument´s Destiny”

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-12.15 Questions/Reading/Discussions/

12.15-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Trude Schjelderup Iversen (critique, curator and research-fellow)

”Anti-monuments”

14.00-16.00 Workshop - discussions


TUESDAY 2nd of December

09.00-11-00 Odd Are Berkaak (Professor, Anthropologist, University of Oslo) Rastafari - Monumentalizing otherness”

11.00-11.15 Break

10.15-12.00 Questions/Reading/Discussions

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-15.00 Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (artist, curator) and Jørn Mortensen (dean at dept of Art and Craft, KHiO «The process of memorializing 22. July»

15.00-16.00 Questions/Discussion- Summing up



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 that 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 been working in Jamaica, St.Vincent,, Zambia, South-Afrika, Etiopia, USA, England and Norway. In addition to books, articles and lectures, Berkaak has produced publicaitons in other media, such as films and music. www.uio.no


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 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 www.koro.no


Jørn Mortensen, currently Dean at the Art and Craft department at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, has kept 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: Ass. 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 KORO Yearbook as well as elsewhere.

In addition to initiate and organize AGENDA – an interndisciplinary forum highlighting different topics at the Oslo Academy of the Arts - he is currently chair at Kunsthall Oslo, and artistic consultant and chair of the National Art Selection Committee for the National Memorials after 22. July. www.khio.no


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 National Academy of the Arts in Oslo (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 National Memorials after 22. July, and member of the curatorial team for the pilot project for the Oslo Biennial of Public Art.

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