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Plattform On Maintaining Circulation   Kunsthallen  Artist Talk


Exploring, and questioning, the power structures that circulate and maintain histories and narratives. With Andrea Francke & Eva Rowson / Wish you’d been here, Anton Kats, Maia Urstad, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, and Hannah Gillow-Kloster (Norway’s national queer archive, Bergen).

Broadcasting live on Bergen Kringkraster FM 93,8 MHz and 1314 AM kHz.

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall's lecture series connected to our exhibition programme and wider contemporary debates.

Free. The event will be in English.

A special Plattform event in the context of Bergen Kunsthall’s winter exhibition 'On Circulation' and a conclusion to this year’s Landmark programme of artist commissions 'Who’s doing the washing up?'. Gathering in a temporary sound space set up by artists Maia Urstad and Anton Kats inside Bergen Kunsthall, the afternoon brings together artists, researchers and archivists to think about how histories and narratives are circulated, recorded and archived - and how the power structures that maintain this circulation could be interrupted for other voices to enter.

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?



PROGRAMME

14.00 Welcome!

14.15 ‘Queer voices in the archive’ : Hannah Gillow-Kloster, Skeivt arkiv, Bergen
On archiving and making visible queer voices, which have been silent (and silenced) for huge parts of Norwegian history.

14.45 Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
On the international research project ‘Women on Aeroplanes’ (2017- ) - exploring how women of colour are systematically marginalised in official histories of anti-colonialism, pan-Africanism and feminism.

15.30 break

16.00 ‘Distant Voices Still Live’ : Maia Urstad
On the temporary nature of communication technologies - who builds it, uses it and for what means.

16.30 ‘After Joy’: Anton Kats
On the multiple narratives of hope, loss and alienation of workers on ‘Satellite Island’, an area built around one of Europe's largest shipbuilding wharfs in Kherson city, Ukraine - where Kats was born.

17.15 ‘Stickiness’ : Andrea Francke + Eva Rowson / Wish you'd been here
On why certain voices ‘stick’ in historisations of collective projects and how different types of labour (from washing up to being an artist) are valued - and with what consequences.

Broadcast live in the Bergen area on Bergen Kringkraster FM 93,8 MHz and AM 1314 kHz.

Hannah Gillow-Kloster is Academic Director of Skeivt Arkiv, Norway’s national queer archive, founded in 2012. The archive is a part of the Department of Special Collections at the University of Bergen Library. Skeivt arkiv collects, preserves and disseminates the history of those who have broken the norms for gender and sexuality, and society’s reaction to those norm ‘violations’.

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa is an artist, Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Bergen, Norway and Convener of the Africa Cluster of the Another Roadmap School. In her films and installations, Wolukau-Wanambwa examines differing worldviews in the wake of colonialism in east Africa. Her ongoing work excavates structures of coercion and power, collecting material and ephemeral traces of the region’s cultural, political, and aesthetic engagement with Europe. Recent/upcoming exhibitions include: Bergen Assembly 2019 (Bergen); Women on Aeroplanes (The Showroom Gallery, London & Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw); We Don’t Need Another Hero (10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art).

Maia Urstad is an artist based in Bergen, Norway working at the intersection of audio and visual art. She was a member of ska/new-wave group 'Program 81', releasing 4 records and touring between 1979-84. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive themes in her projects. She uses radio as a key audio, visual and conceptual element, commenting on the temporary nature of present technology, and what traces and stories we leave behind when new inventions enter our daily lives. In 2017, she was appointed as City Sound Artist of Bonn, and throughout 2018 exhibits ‘Time-Tone-Passages’, a 40-channel site specific sound installation based on material from the radio archive of Deutsche Welle, Germany. She is part of the international sound art collective Freq_out curated by CM von Hausswolff, and a co-founder of Lydgalleriet, Bergen.

Anton Kats’ is an artist, musician and dancer born in the Ukraine and now based in Berlin, Germany. His practice derives from informal everyday relationships from growing up in a vibrant neighbourhood in Kherson, Ukraine, complemented through the necessity and pragmatics of seeking self-legalisation in Europe via entering formal institutions of education. Kats explores radio through concepts of ‘narrowcast’ and ‘concrete listening’, engaging with structures of self-organisation and self-education. His projects often unfold in the form of collaborative interventions, installations and sonic sculptures, performances, learning sites and public programs, and have been present in venues including the Serpentine Galleries, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Showroom gallery, London; documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.

Andrea Francke is a Peruvian artist based in London. Her work uses social art practice and pedagogical methods to re-think current structures by challenging assumptions about the inclusions and exclusions they perform. Current projects include a FOTL two years commission to develop London arts organisation Gasworks' evaluation framework for their participatory projects. FOTL is a collaboration with Ross Jardine, which refers to administrative systems, bureaucracy, policy-making and utopia development as potential sites of political change. Previous projects include Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, a collaboration with Kim Dhillon which explores motherhood/parenthood and the labour of care, particularly in relation to early years’ care and infrastructure; and the Piracy Project, an international publishing and exhibition project developed with Eva Weinmayr, exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction, focusing on how authorship and the ownership of intellectual property is constructed, distributed or denied.

Eva Rowson is Curator of Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall. Her work as an artist, producer and curator is organised around questions of how we host, work together, build organisations — and the labour and structures that support this. This research is at the core of long-term collaborative projects including the living room project space 38b, co-run with Luke Drozd; and ‘Como imaginar una musea?’, an evolving Catalan-Spanish- English project to reimagine the museum through a feminist perspective. She was an associate artist on the pilot year of Open School East (London), Curator in residence with BAR project (Barcelona, 2017), and a worker in organisations including The Showroom, TATE, Matt’s Gallery (London) and 2016 Bergen Assembly (Norway).

Wish You’d Been Here is a collaborative project between Andrea and Eva, which began in 2014 to reflect on organising and hosting through doing it. WYBH focuses on examining the structures of care and labour that enable ’things to happen’ and maintain institutions. How are different bodies involved, supported or exploited? How do different structural organisational and hosting choices reproduce, reify or challenge those parameters? How is labour made visible or invisible in these processes and with which consequences? And, can we care without fetishising hosting as a service provided by the institution but instead as a mode of political action?

Bergen Kringkaster (The Bergen Association of Broadcasting Association) aims to gather and broadcast radio-related histories, issues and interests direct from the protected LKB Bergen Broadcast station at Frudalsmyrene, Grensedalen, 5306 Erdal in Askøy municipality. Members of the former Association for Telecommunications Collections work voluntarily to preserve and maintain the extensive collection of broadcasting and radio equipment and artefacts at the site. The association also works to increase awareness of the former 'LKB Bergen Broadcasters', broadcast from the station, run the amateur radio site (LA1ASK) and conduct other radio activities. Their work is supported by Askøy municipality, Bergen.

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On Circulation Platform series:

On Circuits and Networks 17 Nov., 13:00 – 18:00
Presentations and discussions with artists in 'On Circulation’. With Staci Bu Shea, Tyler Coburn, Zachavry Formwalt, Sam Lewitt, Ellef Prestsæter, Sean Snyder, Ulla Wiggen.

On Maintaining Circulation, 24 Nov., 14:00 – 18:00
Exploring, and questioning, the power structures that circulate histories and narratives. With Andrea Francke & Eva Rowson / Wish you’d been here, Anton Kats, Maia Urstad, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, and Hannah Gillow-Kloster (Skeivt Arkiv / Norway’s national queer archive, Bergen).

On Distribution, 8 Dec., 19:00
A discussion on self-organised distribution networks, with
artists Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, their project ’The Nomadic Library’ and more.

On Infrastructure - Keller Easterling, Medium Design, 12 Jan. 2019, 14:00
Renowned architect and urbanist Keller Easterling on the infrastructures, digital formulas and urban policies governing the world.

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Part of our 2018 Landmark programme, Bergen Kunsthall invited artists - Freja Backman, Jordi Ferreiro, Aliyah Hussain, Anna Bunting-Branch, Maia Urstad, Anton Kats, Andrea Francke, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Hannah Gillow-Kloster (Skeivt Arkiv / Norway’s national queer archive, Bergen), and our youth group Unge Kunstkjennere - to think with us on possible organisational models and methods of communication. The title of the commission series - 'Who's doing the washing up?' - is used to address questions that often go unmentioned when imagining new futures of who has a voice in these futures, what types of work are valued, and who's doing the work to sustain these future visions.

Supported by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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