Merete Røstad, PhD Associate Professor, Head of Programme
Merete Røstad is a visual artist, educator, and curator whose projects are rooted in the examination of public life, resilience, remembrance, and archives. Frequently engaging with communities and the public sphere, her process-based practice explores our everyday interactions with the histories inscribed in our surroundings and how we come to read the traces to be found there. Røstad examines the social and political significance of a site as a starting point for thinking about collective memory of place and to activate alternative modes of remembrance in the public sphere.
Røstad completed her doctorate in artistic research with her investigation The Participatory Monument – Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere (2018). Røstad lives and works in Berlin and Oslo and is currently the head of the MFA Art and Public Space and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art and Craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.
Olga Schmedling, PhD Professor, Art Theory and History
Olga Schmedling, PhD, (educated at the University of Oslo and D.E.A. in Philosophy at Sorbonne, Paris) Ass. Professor at the Dept. of Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, where she teaches theory. She has previously been a professor at HDK, School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, director of KIK Information Centre for Contemporary Art and Craft, and editor of Yearbook of Norwegian Contemporary Art, president of International Association of Art Critics AICA Norway (+vice president in international AICA). As editor and critic, she has contributed to journals and reviews in addition to catalogues and books. First thesis (MA): “The Artist's Salon and the Struggle for Relative Autonomy in the 19th Century”.
As former research fellow in the interdisciplinary project ”Visual expressions in Public Space” ) VISROM) Norwegian Research Council and the University of Oslo, and with a doctoral thesis on “Changing Paradigms of Art and Architecture in a Socio-historical Perspective 2009) as well as one of the editors of InFormation - Nordic Journal on Art and Research from 2012, her main Research Field Art is multidisciplinary practices in Public Space.
Apolonija Šušteršič, PhD Professor and Head of Programme, 2014 - 2020
Apolonija Šušteršič is an architect and visual artist. Her work is related to a critical analysis of space; usually focused on the processes and relationships between institutions, cultural politics, urban planning and architecture. Her broad-ranging interest starts at the phenomenological study of space and continues its investigation into the social and political nature of our living environment. She usually makes extensive researches into specific situations found on location, which she uses as a starting point of her project. The result isn’t only presented as analytical criticism but it produces in itself already a suggestion for the future. She pursues new possibilities and makes proposals from a hybrid point of view that ranges beyond art and architecture, making socially committed works naturally taking the form of everyday life activities. Her practice is imbedded within the interdisciplinary discourse and usually includes collaborations with other professionals such as architects, urban planners, curators, sociologists and the local population.
Together with architect and professor at KTH (Stockholm), Meike Schalk, she formed an operative unit, which occasionally produces research, projects, actions and discussions.
Apolonija Šušteršič has a PhD from University of Lund, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; and runs her own art/architecture studio practice in Lund, Sweden and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Recently she was appointed as a professor in visual art at Oslo National Academy for the Arts, to build up the MA studies under the title Art and Public Space.
Apolonija Šušteršič has participated in a number of internationally published and exhibited projects and exhibitions within and beyond the international contemporary art institutions around the world, among them: Moderna Museet Stockholm; Berlin Biennale 2; Luxembourg City of Culture; Moderna Galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana; Marian Goodman, Paris; De Appel, Amsterdam; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Art Museum, University of Memphis, USA; Tirana Biennale 3, Tirana; Muhka, Antwerp; Edinburgh International Festival; Bildmuseet, Umeå; Galerie für Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig; 12th Architecture Biennale, Venice; Artes Mundi 5, Cardiff; etc.
Unni Gjertsen, Guest Professor, Master Project 2, 2017 - 2018
Unni Gjertsen (b.1966, Norway) is a visual artist based in Oslo. She works with text and video in installations; film, and various other media. The perception of geography and history is a recurrent theme, and her early feminist work presented an alternative, yet possible versions of history. She is currently engaged in a long term project about the Cold War, having experimented with performative elements over time including participation in the TekstLab Scratch Festival at Dramatikkens hus in Oslo 2016, the project will first be realized as a film at the Bodø Biennale 2018.
Gjertsen recently showed her film «Lessons» in the festival La Voz de la Mujer in La Palma 2018 and in Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI in Peru in 2017. Her solo exhibitions include Tenthouse, Oslo in 2016, 0047, Oslo, Shanthi Road I, Bangalore, 2011, Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, 2007, and Konsthall C, Stockholm, 2005. She participated in a group exhibition at The Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde in Denmark in 2015 showing a work about the legacy of the Swedish film director Mai Zetterling. Her work was included in exhibitions at Malmö Konstmuseum, 2014, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 2013, Nordische Botschaften, Berlin, 2010, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, 2008 and MuHKA, Antwerp,2007. Commissions for public art projects include The Technology building at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 2014. Gjertsen has been an artist in residence at Mitte Berlin, 2013, Platform China, Beijing and CoLab Art and Architecture in Bangalore,2009, and a grant holder at Iaspis in Stockholm,2006-2007. Gjertsen graduated from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU in 1997 and has studied at the Universities in Oslo, and in Tromsø wheres she took up creative writing 2016-2017.
She has been teaching in institutions such as Oslo Met, The Norwegian Academy of the Arts in Oslo and the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing at the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø, and has lectured in various international institutions including Museion in Bolzano and Der Bali in Amsterdam.
Dyveke Sanne, Professor, Master Project 2, 2015 - 2017
Dyveke Sanne studied at the National Academy of Fine Art (SKA), Oslo, The Institute of Spacial Arts; Art and Architecture (AHO, SKA and SHKS) and the National College of Art and Design (SHKS), Oslo In 1993–94 she held a grant for postgraduate study in Hamburg and New York (SKA).
Sanne has a broad art practice, her main focus being art in the public realm. Her work is context- and site-specific, and often attracts an active, contributing audience. Light and movement are central elements. She investigates displacement, transference and shifting positions; the relationship between the first, focused impression and a wider sensory perception are phenomena that are analogous to the fluctuation between the centre and the periphery in all sites and locations.
Sanne holds several awards, including the Norwegian Lighting Prize, for her art project “Perpetual Repercussion” at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2009, and for her entry ”Frangipani” in the international competition for a tsunami memorial site in Bygdøy, in 2006. Her artwork is represented in national and international publications.
Sanne has been an art consultant for Public Art Norway (KORO) for several years, including being chair of the Art Selection Committee for the New Concert Hall in Stavanger and participating in the preliminary project for the memorial site after the 22 July tragedy in Norway. She was, for a period, head of the Post-education Programme for artists, (Norwegian Visual Artist Association and Art Council Norway) and has held numerous artistic positions.