Artist Commissions Who's doing the washing up? Kunsthallen  Residency

In 2018, Bergen Kunsthall takes an unusual approach and invites artists to think with us on possible organisational models and imagine new futures. As part of our Landmark programme, the invited artists develop commissions that explore themes of hospitality, self-organisation and methods of communication, materialising in different forms and in different strands of the programme, as talks or performances, workshops, an online publication, some more visible, others working behind the scenes.

The title of the series - 'Who's doing the washing up?' - is used to address questions that often go unmentioned when thinking of possible futures: Who has a voice in these futures? Who's doing the work to sustain them? What types of work are valued? And what happens when imagining new ways of organising begins with these questions?

Freja Bäckman: Moving into sparsely-lit areas
Beginning with an event which took place on Tuesday 20 March 2018, conceived by artist Freja Bäckman. Gathered in a darkly-lit setting on the Equinox (when day and night are of equal length), Freja set the scene for a discussion on what types of exchange can develop if we move away from ’the bright lights of the institution’, which direct how we should behave and learn. What happens when we move into the sparsely-lit spaces, where unknown encounters and different ways of communicating, working, sharing, and just being together, can unfold...

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Jordi Ferreiro: Other Supports
In his practice, artist Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona, Spain) investigates organisational structures with participatory performance, play and learning experiments. He will work with the young people's association at Bergen Kunsthall Unge kunstkjennere (UKK) to explore how an arts organisation can accommodate self-directed areas that give space to different voices and actions. In a series of exploratory meetings and activities, together they will create a set of proposals for how to do this inside the Kunsthall.

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Aliyah Hussain and Anna Bunting-Branch: Potential Wor(l)ds
Aliyah Hussain (Manchester, UK) and Anna Bunting-Branch (London, UK) collaborate on a new project, working together for the first time, drawing on their shared interests in feminist science fiction and its proposals for different ways of communicating and organising in society.

Their project Potential Wor(l)ds is inspired by their research into the language Láadan, created by linguist and science fiction writer Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. Beginning with a public workshop at Bergen Kunsthall's festival POEKHALI! Landmark Takes Off (18. August 2018), Potential Wor(l)ds explores the possibility of moving from traditional modes of communication (using a dominant language like English) to more experimental, collaborative forms of expression.

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Terre Thaemlitz and Laurence Rassel: Hospitality, Secrecy and Other Useless Movements
Legendary multi-media producer, writer, and DJ Terre Thaemlitz (Tokyo, Japan) presents a series of performances exploring hospitality, silence and secrecy as tools for social organising.

On 16. October 2018, Thaemlitz presents a new live radio show ‘Hospitality, Secrecy and Other Useless Movements’ produced together with long-time collaborator Laurence Rassel (Brussels, Belgium). Laurence is a cultural worker and Director of erg (école de recherche graphique – école supérieure des arts) in Brussels, whose work centres around feminist organisational practices, open source technologies and institutional questions. The show will be broadcast live from Bergen Kunsthall and via radiOrakel 9,3MHz in Oslo and

On 17. October 2018, Thaemlitz performs a rare live concert - an amalgam of lecture, audio and video - of her album ‘Lovebomb/Ai No Bakudan’ (2003).

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Maia Urstad + Anton Kats
For the final commission in the context of the winter exhibition 'On Circulation’, artists Maia Urstad (Bergen, Norway) and Anton Kats (Berlin, Germany) combine their shared practices in forms of communication technology and their interests in the way in which histories and narratives are circulated, recorded and archived. Histories of technological developments routinely overlook how and by whom tools for communication have been developed. How does the technology available to us determine what voices, stories and histories are shared? Who gets to design it and who gets to use it? Whose voices are left in and out?

Urstad and Kats will explore these questions together, and with invited contributors Andrea Francke / Wish you’d been here, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, and the National Norwegian archive for queer history in a research afternoon on Saturday 24 November.

Supported by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. A four-year project presented by ten cultural organisations from across Europe, with an aim to respond to technological advances continue to change the ways that we interact and urge us to explore new modes of operation. Coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Student Centre Zagreb / Izlog Festival (HR), Landmark - Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), SPEKTRUM (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES).

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) also supports the commission for Jordi Ferreiro through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.

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