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Text Commissions Speculative Histories Bergen Kunsthall is proud to announce a new series of text commissions, furthering our discursive work around our exhibition and live program, exploring practices of artists and writers presenting newly produced content and made available online.

This text commission series is part of the programme Speculative Histories. The text commissions will include texts by Caspar Heinemann, Nikima Jagudajev, Grace Ndiritu and Chris E. Vargas.

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Text Commissions - Speculative Histories #1:

New Normal America: On Weirdness, Folk, Whiteness, by Caspar Heinemann

The first issue in the series is New Normal America: On Weirdness, Folk, Whiteness, a newly commissioned poetic work by Caspar Heinemann, thinking through land and national identity in the context of the two waves of psychedelic folk music, England in the '60s and the US in the early '00s.

Caspar Heinemann works across poetry, essay, scriptwriting and criticism. His work is concerned with biopolitics, esoterica, and the legacies of 20th century cultural and sexual countercultures. Commissioned by Bergan Kunstall, he is creating a new poetic work thinking through land and national identity in the context of the two waves of psychedelic folk music, England in the '60s and the US in the early '00s.

Speculative Histories
Speculative Histories is a series of artist commissions and events that proposes methods of literary fiction as a means to question what our institutions could look like today if other groups in society had been granted more power in the past. The programme includes historical and contemporary practices of feminist organising, intersectional anti-racist and queer perspectives, suggesting alternatives for institutional practices based on a re-shifted lens on the past.

Re-Imagine Europe
Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collabora-tion with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), INA GRM (FR), Kontejner (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES).

Curated by Scott Elliott, Bergen Kunsthall, 2021

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