Cultivation - place and artistic practice   Landmark  Seminar

What happens in the interaction between a place and artistic production?
A seminar with Søssa Jørgensen (Geir Tore Holm), Andreas Siqueland, and Hildur Bjarnadóttir. Moderator: Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk.

The seminar "Cultivation - place and artistic practice" addresses various contemplations regarding the function, meaning, influence and development of artistic production in connection with a specific place over a duration of time. In Hildur Bjarnadóttir's research project Textiles in the extended field of painting, she explores a piece of land located in the south of Iceland, on the one hand it´s natural color systems through the plants native to the land and on the other it´s meaning as a place of her own, a place for her to form roots in and to contemplate what it means to connect to a place on a personal level, political level and on a global level. Participants are artists and scholars who enter the theme from different perspectives.

The seminar is a part of an artistic research project by Hildur Bjarnadóttir, at the Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Fine Art Department. Funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and KHib.

Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk graduated from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. He was head of Gallery Otto Plonk in Bergen (1995-1998.) He worked as the exhibition manager at NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) in Helsinki (1999).
Eeg-Tverbakk was deputy director of the Kunstnernes Hus from 2000-01. His freelance assignments include curating the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) in 1999, and the 2004 Nordic Art Biennial Momentum. From 2003-2005, he was project manager for Kunst i Nordland – Artistic Interruptions, a site-specific art project initiated by the county of Nordland. From 2005-09, he was a research fellow at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo (KHiO). He was also director at Kunsthall Oslo for two years. Together with Eva González-Sancho Eeg-Tverbakk have now been hired to head Oslo Pilot, a preparatory project leading up to a large-scale periodic presentation of public art in Oslo.

Geir Tore Holm (b. Tromsø) and Søssa Jørgensen (b. Oslo), live on the farm Øvre Ringstad in Skiptvet, Østfold. Their art education is from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (1995). By initiating Balkong in 1993, using their apartment as exhibition space, they brought up questions about what art can be. The context of artistic practice and work with art as dialogue in practice, has been a central issue. The home based experiences led to broader activities. In 2003 they initiated together with the artists Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Rirkrit Tiravanija from Thailand Sørfinnset School/ the nord land in Gildeskål, Nordland, including a continuing focus on exploitation of nature, exchanging of knowledge and small scale architecture. With Øvre Ringstad as a pivot point the questions now include farming, landscape, food production, animals and plants. Their aim is now a broad aesthetical understanding of ecological realities of society, man and nature.

Andreas Siqueland lives and works in Oslo. His practice is concerned with the relationship of art to nature and notions of translation, re-enactment, and repetition. He works as a painter and in collaboration with the Norwegian artist Anders Kjellesvik under their common name aiPotu. Siqueland’s paintings are primarily landscapes in oil, ink and watercolour on board, paper and canvas. His works play on the active relationship between the conditions in which a painting is made and the ‘what’ it depicts. Working both outside and inside, Siqueland often lets the concrete situation, such as changing weather conditions or restrictions imposed by architecture, play an active role in making the work. In recent work he has been exploring painting through large scale works. aiPotu was formed by Siqueland and Kjellesvik in 2004 when they met at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. They bought a mobile home together and have since made travel-related projects that manifest themselves as situation specific sculptural interventions in the public space. Since 2007 they have been working on The Island Tour a series of island expeditions.

Hildur Bjarnadóttir is currently a research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme at Bergen Academy of Art & Design's fine art department. In her research project, Textiles in the extended field of painting, she explores a piece of land she recently acquired in the south of Iceland through the plants on the land. Hildur sees the plants as recording devices to the ecological and social system they belong to and through them she explores complicated issues of belonging to a place today. Her work takes the form of individual pieces and installations with weavings, silks and watercolors. Hildur holds a BA degree from the Textile Department of the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and an MFA from the New Forms Department at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is exhibited internationally.

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