Henie Onstad Kunstsenter announces MoDERNISM MACHINE Exhibition and Symposium

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter announces MoDERNISM MACHINE Exhibition and Symposium. Culture of Display & Book Launch open August 16–October 21, 2012.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) aims to re-position the role an art institution can take in the educational field today, prompting three students and a professor from the KHiO, The Academy of Fine Art Oslo, as well as a variety of cultural producers and scholars, to contribute to the dialogue.

MoDERNISM MACHINE takes on multiple senses of occupying the museum where pedagogy becomes generative. It reflects and negotiates the collection of practices that constitute the museum and the academy’s current relation to it. In the midst of their research process, the artists found themselves entering a site of production, commenting on art by making art, rather than solely holding a position of analytical distance. Working with the Museum as a study object opens up the center’s history while it simultaneously accumulates a future archive.

MoDERNISM MACHINE will run as an ongoing discursive and educational platform.

A full-day symposium on September 30, Culture of Display, will host lectures, considering how exhibition practices can have a critical educational and mediating function.

Symposium speakers: Theodor Barth (Associate Professor KHiO, Oslo), Celine Condorelli (Professor at NABA, Milan), Clémentine Deliss (Director, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt), Dag Erik Elgin (artist), Tone Hansen (Director, HOK), Milena Hoegsberg (Acting Chief Curator, HOK), Catherine Ince (Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London), Maria Lind (Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm), Natalie O’Donell (PhD candidate in Architecture), and Rane Willerslev (Director, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo).

A comprehensive publication will follow, titled MoDERNISM MACHINE (Design: Your Friends, Oslo), documenting the exhibition and the events taking place within it, to be launched at the Culture of Display Symposium.

From August 31–October 18, 2012, Extended Classroom will convert an exhibition area into an art educational space, with daytime talks from Dag Erik Elgin’s academy lecture program made open to the public at HOK. Sunday Conversations Series will cover a variety of topics on art and architecture with critical thinkers and artists in a more informal setting, with HOK serving as subtext.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
Sonja Henies vei 31
Høvikodden, Norway
T +47 67 80 48 80
www.hok.no

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