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 Ane Graff, Steinar Haga Kristensen, 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.