The Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo and the Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts are pleased to present a series of lectures and workshops on the modern intellectual history of the Middle East. Focussing on Walter Benjamin’s reception in the Middle East, this event brings together two keynote speakers, Jens Hanssen and Sami Khatib, who will discuss various imaginaries of history and the ambiguous notion of violence in the work of Benjamin as well as Mahmud Darwish and Hannah Arendt, and others.
Rike Frank and Tirdad Zolghadr revisit their recent project SLOHAGENHALLAH, which unfolded in Palestine on May 5, 2016 in collaboration with the art academies of Oslo, Copenhagen and Ramallah. The project was an exploration of the student show as a format and genre which is very much undertheorized and underhistoricized, and thus completely underestimated in the field of contemporary art, and even in art pegagogy itself.
The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo is proud to present its upcoming Academy Lectures programme. Among the speakers are Rike Frank, Dora García, Emily Jacir, Bouchra Khalili, Maria Lind, Apolonija Šušteršič, Anne Szefer Karlsen and Tirdad Zolghadr. (more…)
The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo is pleased to present its upcoming Academy Lectures programme entitled “Skin Talk Tongue Touch”. The lecture series brings together professors, research fellows and former graduates of the Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, among others Petra Bauer, Ane Graff, Felix Gmelin, Saskia Holmkvist, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Lars Laumann, Jan Verwoert, and Kristian Øverland Dahl.
Bouchra Khalili and Anne Szefer Karlsen have never sat down for a studio visit; a private conversation between two professionals engaging in the previous works of the artist, but also a space to open up for dreaming about the future.
A material is always the ghost of itself; in the sense that it embodies its own multiple temporalities. Its past, present and future intertwine in what presents itself to us as an integrated whole, an opaque and static form of being. We do not see any ghosts. What we forget is that the material’s cells or molecules manifest the narrative that brought it here, in front of us. Every growth, sedimentation, and minuscule touch. And along with this manifestation, is a multitude of beginnings and potentialities, both past and future, present as traces, as energy, as whatever it is that stays after the electron jumps from its orbit, emits a blink of brilliant light, only to halter and return.