Åse Løvgren

Karolin Tampere


Interview in Billedkunst
Interview in Klassekampen

Rakett presents CDZA

Rakett presents
Curating Degree Zero Archive
20. Sept. - 7. Oct. 2007
Bergen, Norway


Visit the old

• Autumn 2011 | REDRAW / REWRITE / RETOOL at Vita Kuben, Umeå, Sweden

The exhibition series REDRAW / REWRITE / RETOOL will be presented in four parts during the autumn of 2011, including works by Artur Zmijewski, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Johan Tirén, Ivor Shearer and Chto Delat? Curated by Rakett (Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere).

Through visual and narrative endeavors REDRAW / REWRITE / RETOOL engages in questions of how conflicting interest groups negotiate their positions, within existing or fictional societies, on arenas outside of as well as within constitutional frameworks. The works engage in an investigation of how laws are written, how the models of our societies are drawn and what political tools we have at our disposal. By looking at the situation at hand, arises the question of how to redefine the structures that define our societies

A discursive program consisting of discussions, presentations, film screenings and a book launch accompanies the exhibition. Participants are akcg (Anna Kindgren and Carina Gunnars) Ólafur Ólafsson, Johan Tirén and Chto Delat?

Especially commissioned for the exterior walls of Vita Kuben are four chapters from Johan Tirén´s project Epilogues (2009). The work is based on reports published by the Office of Regional Planning, Stockholm, and is part of a larger project in which a group of artists followed the research work for a new master plan of the entire Stockholm region. By rewriting suggestions for a future society found in the material and juxtaposing this with images of statistic models, emptied of their original content, the work reveals that the planning process is in fact a production of ideology.

In the video Them (2007) the Polish filmmaker Artur Zmijewski stages meetings between conflicting social groups in Poland. The meetings are structured by simple rules set by the artist, where the discussions are limited to that which can be drawn or written: words and symbols. In the course of the film, the democratic rules are challenged within this temporarily constructed "mini society".

In The Lobbyists (2009), Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson present lobbyists performing under their regular working conditions in Brussels and Strasbourg. The artists commissioned British reporter Tamasin Cave to write an article about the current situation of lobbyism and worked with British actress Caroline Dalton and the Icelandic reggae group Hjálmar to perform this text as a new song and a soundtrack to their video. The Lobbyists investigates transparency, power and the role of NGOs and commercial interests in the political system in the European Union.

Last Things (2008) by Ivor Shearer is an experimental film set in a New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Inspired by Paul Auster's 1987 novel, In The Country of Last Things, and set in the future, the film portrays a surreal, dystopian world in which the federal government has shut the city off from the rest of the country. The film premiered on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX (2011) Chto Delat? is set against the backdrop of the Dutch political scene in the year 20XX and tells the story of a group of immigrants fleeing deportation by the state authorities. The museum director discovers them one morning as they have sought a safe haven inside the museum. A discussion follows where the self-proclaimed identity of the museum as progressive and a safeguard of free speech is put to the test.

Rakett (Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere) is an ongoing mobile arena for various activities, ranging from curatorial practice to collaborative art projects. Their work touch on a range of questions around (co)authorship, (im)material production, the role of the artist and curator, and the potential of mobile and changeable platforms in the institutional infrastructure of art and of society at large. Rakett is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Norway.

Rewrite/Redraw/Retool is supported by Vita Kuben (Norrlandsoperan) and Iaspis.

Exhibition schedule REWRITE/REDRAW/RETOOL
at Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
(link to location and opening hours)

25/8-18/9 2011

Them (2007) Artur Zmijewski

Epilogues (redistribution) (2009) Johan Tirén


29/9-23/10 2011

The Lobbyists (2009) Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson


Epilogues (institutions) (2009) Johan Tirén


27/10 - 27/11 2011

Last Things (2008) Ivor Shearer


Epilogues (laws) (2009) Johan Tirén


01/12 - 08/01 2012

Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX (2011) Chto Delat?


Epilogues (background) (2009) Johan Tirén

• REWDRAW / REWRITE / RETOOL 25. 08.2011 - 08.01. 2012 at Vita Kuben, Umeå Sweden

The exhibition series REWRITE / REDRAW / RETOOL will be presented in four parts during the Autumn 2011 including works by Artur Zmijewski, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Johan Tirén, Ivor Shearer and Chto Delat? Through visual and narrative endeavors REWRITE / REDRAW / RETOOL engages in questions concerning how conflicting interest groups negotiate their positions, within existing or fictional societies. Who are the creators of history, how are political strategies played out and how are art and its institutions embedded in political structures? In the presented works conflicting meetings are played out between people and ideologies. Conflicts of interests are set in motion to be discussed on arenas both outside or within constitutional frameworks.
A discursive program will parallel to the exhibition consist of discussions, presentations, film screenings and a book launch.
The exhibitionseries is by invitation from Vita Kuben, curated by Rakett




Still image from The Lobbyists (2009) by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson

• August - September 2011, IASPIS, Umeå, Sweden

Rakett is invited to be iaspis artists-in-residence located in the north of Sweden.




Umeå year 1700 (

• Release of Bjørvika, a song by Frode Fivel, 19.08-21.08.11, Tekstallianse at 1857, Oslo

Rakett took part at Tekstallianse and presented eight books and a song.
The artists Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen released the song Bjørvika, part of their project Living in Bjørvika.
This song is a reflection on the harbour development in Oslo, made in collaboration with the musician Frode Fivel.

Download the song for Bjørvika

Tekstallianse 2011



• RAKETT presents eight books, 15.06 -18.06, Book Coop at Kopfbau!, Art Basel

Rakett were partaking in the e-flux project Book Coop part of Art Basel this year. The Book Coop was located in the Kopfbau (head building)—the oldest building in the Messeplatz complex, slated for demolition later this year. Artists Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle developed a constellation of projects situated somewhere between exhibitions of art and the concrete forms of sociality encountered in everyday life. All the eight books presented were also availabe to get in exchange of Time/Bank Currency Exchange.

RAKETT presented these eight books:

Ed: akcg , published by grus, 2011

The Catalyst
Ed: Yvette Brackman, published as part of Sami Art Festival 2010

Art as Protagonist?
Ed: Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere, published by Common Lands-Allmannaretten, 2009

We Who Feel Differently
Ed: Carlos Motta and Cristina Motta, publisher: CTRL+Z Publishing, 2011

Rakett Fanzine
Ed: Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere
Published in conjunction with the Curating Degree Zero Archive in Bergen, 2007, by Rakett and CTRL+Z Publishing, 2007

Do the Right Thing - A manual from MFK
Ed: MFK, published by MFK and Konsthall C (2011)

One Fine Day All This Will Be Yours
Ed: Dellbrügge & de Moll, published by Common Lands - Allmannaretten (2010)

More about Time/Bank Currency Exchange



• Masterutstillingen 2011, 07.05.11 - 05.06.11 at Gråmølna-Trondheim Art Museum

Rakett where curators of the MA degree show of Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, 2011.
Masterutstillingen 2011 presented works by: Anne Grefstad, Cathrine Ruud, Charlotte Rostad, Erik Riis Reitan, Kamilla Skrinde, Tian Miller, Tore Reisch, Rina Lindgren, Kristin Tårnes og Christina R. Jensen.

Exhibition catalogue available online, designed by Lise Blomseth & Anette Hammer



• Space Station –On Enabling, Production and Display PROGRAM#2 07.04.11–17.04.11, at 0047, Oslo

Space Station: On Enabling, Production and Display and its Resident #2, curator Tone Hansen presented a visual archive celebrating the activity of artists and cultural workers in Bjørvika. The archive documents artists' involvement with the development of the district and included works by Marianne Heier, Stefan Schröder and Ketil Nergaard, extracts from the archive of Anne Beate Hovind, Oslo Kunsthall and Knut Håkon Frølich, and excerpts from the exhibition-project Common Lands-Allmannaretten, curated by Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere, with works by Bik Van der Pol, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Ingrid Lønningdal and Jaan Evart.

For this presentation at 0047 there was a special viewing of a Timeline – for the first time giving a collected overview of cultural activities in the area of Bjørvika from 1993 until 2010. This Timeline is compiled by Tone Hansen with assistance from Runa Carlsen, designed by Jaan Evart and is originally commissioned by Common Lands-Allmannaretten to be included in an upcoming publication from Rakett.


Common Lands-Almannaretten


Presentation of the Fist house, part of Living in Bjørvika by Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen

• Rakett presentation part of Meet my Whitecube, 23.03.11 Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall

Meet my Whitecube run by artist and curator Morten Kvamme invited artist run initiatives and DIY-exhibition spaces based in Bergen, Norway to meet and present their practices and projects. The list of participants including Entree, Bergen Kjøtt, Ytter, Trykkerliet, Volt. Knipsu, Premiss, Rov, Ctrl+Z, Hellebou, Tag Team, Curate, Rakett and Wrap.

Meet my Whitecube info here



Monica Winther and Centre of the Universe, performance part of exhibition 'Darling don´t leave me all by myself', Tallinn, Estonia (2004)

• October 2010 Contributed to the artistbook agorafobi/agorafobia/agoraphobia, by the artistduo akcg, Stockholm

About this publication:
As common spaces shrink and language is kidnapped, many of us grope about in a somewhat ruptured reality. What does the association of fear with squares and open spaces do to us? Who is afraid of whom? Land and buildings are seen as lasting values. The popular movements in Sweden realized this more than a hundred years ago. The places they built provided strength and space for a century. But what and where is the common now that this is being sold out? What happens when more and more is fenced off by private interests?

Distribution: grus



Roberto Burle Marx's Copacabana Beach Boardwalk in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

• Research visit to Reykjavik, October 2010

During Rakett´s first visit to Iceland we met with serveral interesting artists and artspaces, and gave a presentation about our projects at Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of the Arts).


Field trip with architect Magnus Jensson

• Curating and Beyond 26. November 2010 - 20:30 at Pro QM, Berlin

Together with The Office (Ellen Blumenstein), and Dorothee Richter Rakett will be taking part in a panel discussion'Curating and Beyond' at the bookstore Pro QM in Berlin-Mitte.

More information here


• Assume the mistake and go to the end. Part of Why + Wherefore 7 x 7 and Participant Inc, NYC

Rakett was invited to contribute to the web based exhibition project 7 x 7 initiated by the curatorial project Why + Wherefore - directed by Summer Guthery, Lumi Tan and Nicholas Weist
'Assume the mistake and go to the end' consist of ten videos. Remember to click through the pictures to enter the videopage.

This project is also on view currently at Participant Inc, as part of the Collective Show NYC 2010.


• August - September 2010 | AIR - BAC (Baltic Art Center), Gotland

Greetings from Visby!
Rakett is currently taking part in the residency program AIR (Artist-in-Residence) at BAC on the island of Gotland in Sweden. It is open for artists, curators and contemporary art writers from the Baltic and Nordic countries. We warmly recommend this program.

• More about BAC


From a walk in Visby

• November 2010 - May 2011 | Trondheim Academy of Fine Art

Rakett are curators of the upcoming MA degree show of Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, 2011.
Trondheim Academy of Fine Art , Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

• More about KIT


• March 2011 | Artist in Residence Bergen - Brooklyn, New York

During the month of March, Rakett will be working in New York, located at PointB in Williamsburg, (NYC). The grant is newly initiated and given out by The Municipality of Bergen.

• PointB
• More about Bergen - Brooklyn, New York


• 2010 | Web-archive update

We are currently working on a new web-archive which will present our current and previous projects starting from 2003 onwards.

• February - May 2010 | The Funen Academy of Fine Arts and Brandts Kunsthall, Odense

Rakett are curators of the The Funen Academy of Fine Arts graduation show 2010.
Invited by director of The Funen Academy of Fine Arts, Merete Jankowski, we have the pleasure of working with:
Mia Helmer, Michael Würtz Overbeck, Pelle Schiødt, Line Elmstrøm Lund, Marie Irmgard, Mikkel Brøns, Tommy Ipsen, Phillip Drago Jørgensen, Mie Lund Hansen, Alen Aligrudic and Khaled Barakeh.

Exhibition catalogue Afgangsudstillingen 2011 designed by Designbolaget available online here


• Spring 2010 | The Danish Arts Council Research Grant

A Research Travel grant from The Danish Arts Council's Research Program has been awarded Rakett. During spring 2010 Rakett seek to use the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Danish art scene on a wider scale.

• 13. and 14. February 2010 | REFLEKS symposium in Tysvær

Rakett contributed to the symposium REFLEKS in the small village of Tysvær.

This symposium is the beginning of the ambitious artproject REFLEKS, which is a series of contemporary artprojects that are comissioned for the public spaces of Tysvær until autumn 2011.

• More about REFLEKS

• January 2010 | Issue 57 VISIONAIRE 2010, L.A

Visionaire 57 "2010" presents 365 artworks chosen by 52 curators and art collectors from around the world. These images are organized into an electronic calendar, featuring a new work of art every day for the year 2010 and beyond.

By invitation from curator Shamim M. Momin, as part of her one week selection, Rakett contributes an image from the Ski-In Cinema (2009) in Sørfinnset.



• 2009 October | Contributed to the book KURATOR?

Rakett contributed to the book KURATOR?; an anthology consisting of 20 texts that investigates the role of the curator in the Norwegian contemporary art field.


• October 2009 | Presentations in Bergen and Oslo

Rakett had a small presentation tour. Presenting our work and projects at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and Bergen National Academy of Arts.

• 10. - 11. October 2009 | WHAT IS THE COMMON? Conference at Gothenburg University, Sweden

COMMON LANDS - Allmannaretten presented its current projects and methodology as part of the international conference WHAT IS THE COMMON? With keynote speakers: David Harvey, Antonio Negri and Yitzhak Laor

The common refers not only to primary resources, such as water or ecological conditions on a planetary level, but it is at the same time a political force that traverses diverse fields of tension such as art and culture, law and gender relations. The question "What is the Common?" is addressed as a real agenda that conditions the thought. The conference is a program that extends over 4 years.' (excerpt from text by organizer of the conference Dariush Moaven Doust, November 2008).

• Program and papers relating to the sessions



Constructing the Common in Contemporary China

21. - 22. August 2009 | Tekstallianse, Oslo

Rakett gave a short talk on our ongoing project COMMON LANDS, where we also invited the artist collective Institutt of Color to present their 'Fjordcity Summer Camp' stand.

Textallianse is an annual fair for D.I.Y publishing houses, magazines, festivals and other organisations and networks related to The Literature House in Oslo. The common thread between all of the invited participants of Tekstallianse 2009, are that they are aiming for establishing an alternative, a parallel to which the major publishing houses and newspapers represent.



Institute of Color 'Fjordcity Summer Camp' August 2009, Bjørvika

• 9. September 2009 | Soundtrack of Your Night, at KINO KINO, Sandnes

Rakett was comissioned to realize an new installation piece as part of the opening of KINOKINO: Art and Film Centre in Sandnes, Norway.

We worked with the starting point in their large, empty cinema space, part of the building that hosts Kino Kino, dating back to 1940's.

What is left when the actual film is not longer there?
Inviting the visitors of the opening, to throughout the night contribute with their personal stories relating to a movie they had seen. What music or sound was played? The stories where screened along with their selected soundtracks as part of a scaled down cinema construction within the space. Our collaborator for this piece, the light designer Kyrre Heldal Karlsen, made a light and shadow installation, playing with shadows on the ceiling as well as on the big screen creating a dreamy atmosphere.



Rakett - Soundtrack of Your Night (2009)

April - June 2009 | Artist-in-residence program at the Nordic Artists' Centre

During some great spring months Rakett was invited to take part in the artist-in-residence program at the Nordic Artists' Centre Dalsåsen, Norway.

The residency is located next to a fjord and mountain range close by the small city of Dale. The location of the housing and studio facilities are giving great possibilities to have a focused period of working, rounding it all up with daily hiking trips with amazing views. The program is open for individual applications throughout the year. Check it out.

28. February 2009 | Ski-In cinema at Sørfinnset skole / the nord land

The midnightsun is still far far away from Gildeskål, but in the darkness of the cinema dreams do come true. The out-door cinema has become a tradition here at Sørfinnset skole/ the nord land. This is the third time Rakett (Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere) takes a trip up north during wintertime, to keep us warm with action and hi-ho on the schoolyard.

From 8 pm onwards there's going to be an rich film-program with industry as the cue.There will be drama, dance, speed, drudgery and proletarian magic. To gain even more heat, apart from the movies glowing; fireplace, lavvu and tent sauna.Soup will be served and the grill is hot. Bring your skis, something for the grill, drinks, warm clothes, something to sit on, and everything is going to be fine.'(announcement text by Geir Tore Holm, translated by K.T)

Ski-In cinema and Saturday café
12 -15pm
Menue of today: Homemade vs. Toro, Percolator vs. Kettle, Follicle vs. Bag, Findus vs. Sørfjorden, Sørfjord potatocrisps vs. Chips, Lipton vs. Herbal tea and much more...

How do industrialization characterize people and their living conditions? Lecture/ conversation on industrialization in the area of Nordland, by professor Jon Gulowsen, University in Bodø.

Photography from industrial landscapes by Åse Løvgren. Handicraft by people from the village.



Rakett presents Ski-In Cinema, 2009, Sørfinnset Skole/the nord land

Rakett presents Ski-In Cinema, 2009, Sørfinnset Skole/the nord land

Rakett presents Ski-In Cinema, 2009, Sørfinnset Skole/the nord land

2009 - 2010 | Ongoing projects Common Lands - Allmannaretten, Oslo

Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere are curating an ongoing temporary exhibition project entitled COMMON LANDS - Allmannaretten. The project is taking place in Bjørvika, Oslo during 2009 – 10. They have invited three artist duos to create new works taking the transformation of the area as a starting point:
Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Bik Van der Pol, Dellbrügge & de Moll.

The artist projects are to be presented through April 2010. The collective Institute for Color based in Oslo, was invited to realize their project 'Fjordcity Summer camp' during August 2009.

Please visit to see more on this project.


7th- 10th November 2008 | Savory Sessions presented by Rakett, ISCP Open Studios, New York

Savory Sessions is a four day - one-artist presentations initiated by Rakett, during the ISCP Open Studios, New York from November 7th - 10th 2008. Four artists work will be shown as separate solo shows in the Rakett studio nr 221, the artists will be present.
Rakett will together with invited chefs serve guests a meal in the lounge area of ISCP, everyday between 3pm and 5pm.

Savory Sessions is kindly supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Bergen Kommune and Norwegian Consulate in New York.

ISCP -1040 Metropolitan Avenue, 3rd Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Friday November 7th
Michael Baers in an American artist living in Berlin. He was extruded from CalArts and the Whitney ISP, before hardening into his present shape. His work has been exhibited internationally and has also appeared in many art publications. He sometimes works in collaboration, notably, with Robert Hamelijnk and Nienke Terpsma, editors of the Dutch artzine "Fucking Good Art".

Saturday November 8th
Fighting his way across borders
A very short text on only one of the aspects to be discussed in relation to Kjetil Kausland’s work 2005-08.

Crossing the line is what has been going on in Kjetil Kausland’s project the last years, firstly crossing the line between private and public, by bringing his personal interest for cage fighting into his professional realm. In the photo project No holds barred from 2005 fights are frozen, for us to take a closer look at where one body ends and another begins. As spectators we can take a moment, and are also given that moment, to try to identify with the forces, both physical and mental, at play. But then, he decides to cross another border. He enters into a state of empathetic action, as he also enters the cage in the performance No más (2008). The trauma of this process has just been made public in his latest exhibition at Lautom Contemporary, Oslo, Norway. Insisting on investigating something to the point of exhaustion is one of the things that has been the most impressive. Kausland has apparently exhausted all possible possibilities.

Text by Anne Szefer Karlsen Curator and director of Hordaland Art Centre (HKS), Bergen, as well as pharmacy shopping assistant for the No más-performance.
• Kjetil Kausland

Sunday November 9th
Mom & Jerry could be a lifestyle. Or, it could be a universe existing parallel to our own, inhabited by the two cartoonish characters, Mom and Jerry, performing as the personifications of Chaos and Dissidence.
Mom and Jerry consider themselves living, nomadic, pieces of art. They see their surroundings, wherever they are, as the stage for their everlasting protest and rebellion against established values, political correctness and snobbery. As artists, provocateurs and outsiders, Mom and Jerry attempts to criticize and mock the excluding, elitist, hierarchical structure of the high art machinery. By acting out the privileged classes spoken and unspoken prejudices against the non-educated masses´ perception of high culture, Mom and Jerry ridicules and questions the validity of the establishments´ defined moral values, as well as the matter of good and bad taste.

Living their lives in late capitalist society, where the economic, abstract forces makes daily life unreal, and where the individual itself is the operating tool for the techno-marketing power, artists like Mom and Jerry can be seen as recycling machines in the monstrous, virtual city of garbage. By pirating private property and copyrights, by mixing brands and products, they take part in the ongoing production of knowledge, forms and spaces that people will interact with and recreate in new ways.
• Please visit www.myspace/morjerry

Monday November 10th
Johannes Høie (born 1981) is working in a drawing practice which is based in a classical manner but has an experimental take on every angle of his work. He is moving in a vast field of the figurative genre, and combines his drawings with text, music and performance. Now he is currently working on his comprehensive gesamtkunstwerk Floodland, a dark and gloomy gothic fantasy tale where horror, mythology and the occult play head-on with twisted emotions and disturbing erotisism. Partly a love story, partly an apocalyptic elegy, and partly a grotesque portrait of corruption and evil Floodland is a poetic saga where the surreal mixes up with reality in a dystopic universe not necessarily very different from our own. Each drawing is a part of the tale as a whole, and they are now beeing developed into graphic novel books. This last year a significant part of Floodland has involved gigantic walldrawings freehand drawn directly onto the walls like temporary drawing stunts. This drawing practice is very similar to those of the older east-asian masters of ink drawing, where the zen-aspect of controlling the line with precision in one single hand movement is a central part of the drawing practice. In his walldrawings Høie is interested in the physichal experience of the monumental size, and how it amplifies the escapistic as well as the expressive aspects of his images.

Savory Sessions poster by Sex Tags, xerox on recycled paper, 28x43 cm

"Meta Comics presents: A day at the opera, or Rakett meets the new state management",
comic by Michael Baers.

1. September - 30. November 2008 | ISCP in New York City

From September 1st until 30th November 2008, Rakett is granted a Curator/Critic residency at International Residency Programme (ISCP) in New York City. The grant is given through Office for Contemporary Art Norway



August 2008 | Temporary art project in Bjørvika, Oslo

Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere are comissioned to curate an temporary art project in the former harbour area called Bjørvika in Oslo. Their project starting in November 2008 until January 2010, aims to investigate, intervene and comment upon this major development of downtown Oslo, turning the former industrial harbour into a site planned for living, working and recreation.

The temporary art project sets fourth to investigate some of the processes taking place in the postindustrial cities, where a redefinition of the waterfront is taking place. From being the major transport channel around which cities were founded, the meeting between land and sea is in many cities today viewed upon as a source of recreation and a place for culture.What visions are there for functions of this ‘new city’ and how is this manifested in the plans, architecture and power relations of the site?

The area around Bjørvika will during the next years be transformed into what is called ‘The Fjord City’, which today is more of a virtual place considering that the identity of this place is situated in visions and interests among politicians, commercial developers, architects, city planners and the rest of the population.

• 14. February - 2. March 2008 | Investigating a model of influence at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Rakett presents
Investigation of a Model of Influence - including use of subversive strategies and attempts of aesthetic practice and experience

14th February to March 2nd 2008
Guest Room at Astrup Fearnley Museet

Event program includes contributions from Espen Sommer-Eide & Arne Skaug Olsen, Michael Baers and Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen

Investigation of a Model of influence consist of discursive events (see program below) and a sound installation. We see the whole project as a process-based, investigative work that presents some of its findings in the Guest Room space at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo throughout the month of February. The sound installation is composed by answers given to three questions we have asked several artists, curators and directors within the field of contemporary art to answer.

1. What constructions of meaning does an artwork create and how do these influence other structures of society (as opposed to political meaning, scientific etc)? Could you describe a work that you consider important/influential?

2. What strategies could one (or does one) implement at art institutions to give art a more important role in society?

3. Is there still anything like institutional critique? If so, what does it mean in the present context?

As part of the sound installation, Rakett also asked to receive an visual image that could be part of representing the thoughts elaborated by each contributor. The printed photos displayed in the exhibition-space are all chosen and sent by our contributors.

Rakett is grateful to following contributors for lending us their time and thoughts: Linus Elmes, Magdalena Ziolkowska, Kristin Tårnesvik, Matt Packer, Ron Sluik, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Tal Ben Zvi, Tone Hansen, Camila Marambio, Yvette Brackman, Matei Bejenaru and Insert Name Here - Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and Jenny Yurshansky.


Thursday February 14th at 17:00

Friday February 15th at 13:00
What is politics, and what is the political function of art?
With Espen Sommer Eide and Arne Skaug Olsen

French philosopher Jacques Rancière tries to establish a new relation between aesthetics and politics through an investigation of the two by introducing the term "the distribution of the sensible". Rancière uses the term as an aggregate to reveal something in common to the sphere of politics, and the sphere of aesthetics. As an attempt to answer these questions, Espen Sommer Eide and Arne Skaug Olsen invite the public to a collective reading of Rancières definition of the distribution of the sensible.

"...the distribution of the sensible [is] the system of self-evident facts of sense perception that simultaneously discloses the existence of something in common and the delimitations that define the respective parts and positions within it." Jacques Rancière

Arne Skaug Olsen is a visual artist, director of Flaggfabrikken and editor at Ctrl+Z Publishing.

Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and philosopher, as part of the musical projects Alog and Phonophani he has released several albums on the record label Rune Grammofon.

Please be so kind as to send your intent to attend to   It would be helpful to receive your final R.S.V.P. by the 14th of February.

Saturday February 16th at 13:00
Who is Gerd Stern and what does he know about Michael Asher?
With Michael Baers

How do institutional critique practices attempt to resituate the viewer's perception of the institution and the art object? What limits are then encountered by attempts to redefine the nature of something as concrete and structurally opaque as a museum or conceptually entrenched as a normative definition of 'art'? And more to the point, what is the lost psychedelic component of institutional critique? Michael Baers seeks to address these and other questions in a talk show format with special guests and entertainment, psychedelic musings and, of course, an incisive interrogation of the nature and function of the museum and critical art practice. While preferring to let the connection between psychedelia and critical practice remain obscure for the moment, as a programmatic foretaste of the afternoon's agenda, Baers introduces here Timothy Leary's concept of Set (as in 'mindset' or attitude) and Setting (ambience, décor, and music, particularly), the therapist's principal tools in guiding the psychedelic experience. Museums also make use of set and setting to ideologically orient visitors in relation to art and its institutions. One might propose institutional critique as instituting a counter-setting, which then, hopefully, induces a counter-set. Come reprogram both your mind and the museum.

Michael Baers is an American artist based in Berlin who commonly works with publications and comics. He is currently collaborating with the Dutch publication Fucking Good Art on a comic about LSD and Switzerland for their upcoming "Swiss Issue".   

Sunday February 17th 13:00
Social Model. Why is art so important?
With Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen

An workshop with Søssa Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm that practically investigates how contemporary art kan function with relevance to society and on its own terms.

Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen live and work in Oslo, Gildeskål and Tromsø. They have both examined from the Art Academy in Trondheim (1995). Their individual practices as visual artists include video, performance and installations, and they have also curated, written about and taught art. Together with Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Rirkrit Tiravanija, they started Sørfinnset skole/the Nord Land in 2003. Jørgensen has explored sound art since the middle of the 1990s through her collaborative project Ballongmagasinet. Holm has been the project leader for the newly established Art Academy in Tromsø. They are both concerned with social responsibility and ecological thinking.  


Insert Name Here - Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and Jenny Yurshansky , established in 2005, is a transnational curatorial collaboration consisting of the artists Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and Jenny Yurshansky.

Kristin Taarnesvik is an artist from Bergen, Norway and works with photography, video and text.

Tone Hansen is a curator and artist. She lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She is a curator for the Henie Onstad Art Centre. Hansen also hold a research fellowship at the Oslo National Academy of Art in Oslo.

Magdalena Ziolkowska - art historian and critic, guest curator at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and curator at Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Polen.

Linus Elmes, is an artist and curator living in Stockholm. His practice is based on the non-polemic and imaginary.

Maaretta Jaukkuri, born in Rovaniemi, Finland. Jaukkuri has amongst several comissions and positions, been the senior curator at Kiasma and during 1989-98, she co-curated the major international sculpture programme Skulpturlandskap Nordland/Artscape Nordland. Newly appointed artistic director at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo.  

Matei Bejenaru is a visual artist and artistic director of Periferic Biennial, organized in Iasi, Romania since 1997. He is the founder of Vector Cultural Association and teaches photography at the Arts University of Iasi.

Tal Ben Zvi , Curator of Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tel Aviv (1998-2001) and Hagar Art Gallery, Jaffa (2001-2003). Currently completing her doctoral thesis at Tel Aviv University on "Representations of the Nakba in Palestinian Art".

Matt Packer is a curator based in London, and from March 2008 will be Curator of Exhibitions & Projects at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland.

Ron Sluik (NL, 1961) is an audiovisual artist. co-founder of artcentre AoRTa, founder of Moldovan art Foundation, director of the board of the Bienial of Young Artists Bucuresti, independant curator and advisor and guestlecturer at several art academies in Europe;

Yvette Brackman (1967 New York ) is a visual artist living and working in Denmark. Her work investigates the relationship material production and social relations focusing on identity, displacement and borders. It explores the mixing of cultures in order to better understand ourselves in society.

Arne Skaug Olsen is a visual artist, director of Flaggfabrikken and editor at Ctrl+Z Publishing.

Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and philosopher, as part of the musical projects Alog and Phonophani he has released several albums on the record label Rune Grammofon.

Michael Baers is an American artist based in Berlin who commonly works with publications and comics. He is currently collaborating with the Dutch publication Fucking Good Art on a comic about LSD and Switzerland for their upcoming "Swiss Issue".   

Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen live and work in Oslo, Gildeskål and Tromsø. They have both examined from the Art Academy in Trondheim (1995). Their individual practices as visual artists include video, performance and installations, and they have also curated, written about and taught art. Together with Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Rirkrit Tiravanija, they started Sørfinnset skole/the Nord Land in 2003. Jørgensen has explored sound art since the middle of the 1990s through her collaborative project Ballongmagasinet. Holm has been the project leader for the newly established Art Academy in Tromsø. They are both concerned with social responsibility and ecological thinking.

Camila Marambio is a curator based in Valparaíso, Chile. She is currently working as artistic coordinator of Proyecto Piloto, an asociative program between municipal schools and art spaces in the city of Valparaíso.

Investigation of a Model of Influence - including use of subversive strategies and attempts of aesthetic practice and experience is part of Lights On, an exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo.

This project it generously supported by the Municipality of Bergen.

Installation view; 6 headphones, 6 mp3 players and 11 printed images. Photo Anders Valde

Installation view; overhead, printed text on stencile, yellow filter. Photo Anders Valde

Espen Sommer Eide reading Jaqcues Rancière. Photo Åse Løvgren

Who is Gerd Stern and what does he know about Michael Asher?
lecture by Michael Baers. Photo Anders Valde

Centre of the Universe improvising a soundtrack as part of Michael Baers lecture. Photo Anders Valde

Why is Art so Important? Workshop with Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen aiming to find concrete answers to challenging questions. Photo Åse Løvgren.

Søssa Jørgensen writing down potential answers on the painted blackboard part of the installation. Photo Åse Løvgren

Postcard, 15 x 20 cm. Photo and concept. Karolin Tampere. Imaging/editing:

• 15 January 2008 | Night School at New Museum, New York

Rakett has been invited to take part the core group of Nightschool, a one year project by Anton Vidokle at the New Museum in New York.

Visit: to see the program of lectures and events open for the public starting on January 31st.

More about Nightschool

Detail from the project Everyday Improvement 48h during Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes Feburary 2006. Rakett initiated a collaboration between artists Evgeniy Shnaider, Dmitriy Novitskiy, Amos Tylor and Marius Martiniussen (Don't step on Banana by M.Martiniussen).

• January 2008 | Curating Degree Zero Archive in Bergen

Curating Degree Zero Archive has left Bergen and started its journey across the Atlantic Ocean towards the city of Dublin.

Visit the Rakett Curating Degree Zero Archive site for texts, pictures and sound recordings from our events during the Curating Degree Zero Archive stay in Bergen

Rakett Curating Degree Zero Archive site

Essay fanzine released by Rakett and Ctrl+Z during Curating Degree Zero in Bergen.

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