SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER, 2017 | From the Rakett Archive #10

Rakett presents Curating Degree Zero Archive
Bergen, Norway, September/October, 2007

Rakett hosted the archive Curating Degree Zero Archive which is an exploration of critical and experimental approaches to curating contemporary art. Through a series of events the CDZA archive was activated with presentations, lectures, debates and concerts with invited guests. During a period of three weeks, September 20th to October 13th, Rakett had the Curating Degree Zero Archive as its extended platform. With this project they engaged in a public discussion around the expanding field of art and curatorial collaborative practices.

In collaboration with architect Jon-Martin Kolnes a mobile unit was developed from where the archive and the events were presented on different locations in the city of Bergen. Full program here:

Curating Degree Zero (2003-2008) was launched by Dorothee Richter and Barnaby Drabble to research, present and discuss changes in the practice of freelance curators, artist-curators, new-media curators and curatorial collaborations.

The Curating Degree Zero Archive (CDZA) documents the work of over 100 contemporary art curators who are known internationally for their critical and experimental positions. This collection of exhibition documentation, gifted to the archivists by the curators themselves, contains, among other materials, catalogues, DVDs, magazines and ephemera. In this way the archive presents a representative cross-section of the critical curatorial discourse at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

MAY 2017 |

Art practice in a place of turmoil – from a place of multiplication and complexity
Monday, May 15th at 7:30

Place: Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen
We welcome you to an evening of presentation, screening of video works and conversation about how to engage in contested political processes thorugh artistic and institutional practice.
The evening is organized by Rakett in collaboration with Héctor Piña-Barrios.

Presentation by Lourdes Peñaranda director of The Zulia State Museum of Contemporary Art –MACZUL. Venezuela.

Venezuela has experienced an increasingly serious political, economic and social crisis in the latest years. MACZUL is Venezuela´s largest museum infrastructure for Contemporary Art, located in the city of Maracaibo. Despite of the country´s crisis, MACZUL has managed to significantly increase its activity and presence in the community. Peñaranda will speak about how the museum has departed from a policy of reductionism and simplification to a policy of multiplication and complexity. How to avoid the eagerness to control and dominate and rather promote dialogue and negotiation with the realities encountered? By embracing the unexpected, The MACZUL has shifted its institutional practice, normally focused on the permanent collection, and has created the conditions necessary for new ways of collaboration and inclusiveness. MACZUL addresses its future by departing from its shortcomings as the main source of transformation.

Presentation of Utopia Machine by Synsmaskinen/Frans Jacobi and Benedicte Clementsen.

The research-project UTOPIA MACHINE uses the current political situation in Brazil – a possible coup d’etat, an opaque impeachment-process, corruption in the highest places and a fierce new, neo-liberal (coup) government – as a dramatic case story. With a first research-base in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the project considers the World Social Forum as a model of political representation. World Social Forum was founded in Porto Alegre in 2001 and held its first global summits here. The initial slogan of the forum – ‘Another World is Possible!’ – is twisted into the ambiguous title of the project, that pinpoints the arguments on both sides of the current ‘state of emergency’ that Brazil seems to be heading into.

In a series of artworks and performative actions the artists participating in UTOPIA MACHINE attempts to visualize and give voice to this deep conflict. What kind of imagination – artistic and political – is needed to challenge a reality of increasing violent, social division?

Discussion/conversation moderated by Åse Løvgren

MAY 2017 | From the Rakett Archive #9

Rakett presents Radio Kongo – Studio Stand
at MC-Messa, BIT Teatergarasjen, May 2007

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MC Messa was inititated as an art fair for artists-run spaces and galleries that aimed to gather and showcase the young Norwegian art scene. Rakett used the occasion to raise questions around production and display as well as looked into some processes of artistic practices and methods. In collaboration with Søssa Jørgensen from Ballongmagasinet, Rakett initiated Radio Kongo – Studio Stand.


This was a live radio studio which presented a radio program consisting of a combination of live interviews and pre-recorded material. The radio was live-transmitted through FM waves inside the building of the art fair.

This Studio Stand, was a studio-satellite to Radio Kongo, which is the local radio, FM broadcasted in the village of Sørfinnset, Gildeskål in the north of Norway. This local radio is still active and part of Sørfinnset Skole/the nord land. Which is an ongoing art and ecology project run since 2003 by Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm in collaboration with a group of artists and locals.