Plattform Fast Plass – flere historier. Public space and queer representation   Upstairs  Seminar

On the occasion of Bergen Pride, we invite you to a seminar that discusses the role of public spaces as places of representation and memory.

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Who has access, and who is represented? The seminar takes place in connection with the unveiling of the monument honouring gay rights activist Kim Friele, realised by artist Line Viste Grønli and a programme of events surrounding and activating the artwork. The seminar will discuss themes of memory and queer organising and spaces, together with the speakers Sille Storhile, Katarina Bonnevier and Bjørn Andre Widvey, representing Bergen’s Skeivt Arkiv. Sille Storihle will discuss the queer-feminist platform FRANK she organised from 2012 - 2020 in Oslo (together with Liv Bugge). Katarina Bonnevier researches as an architect the history of space from a feminist and queer perspective.

The event is part of the project "Fast Plass – flere historier…" and continues the research of the book “Fast Plass – norske kvinner på sokkel” (2017) which documented monuments of historical women in public spaces across Norway. The wider project investigates different ways in which various concepts of representation and artistic practises are carried out in public spaces, outside the structures and rules of museums and art institutions, and the importance of collecting these stories that might disappear unless they are documented.

The project is initiated by Hilde Herming, Norske Kunstforeninger in collaboration with Kunstsentrene i Norge and Norsk Billedhoggerforening. Bergen Kunsthall has been invited to organise this seminar. The seminar is supported by Norske Kunstforeninger and KORO.

Sille Storihle is an artist and educator working with moving images and publications. Their recent projects revolve around neurodiversity—particularly focusing on ADHD—as well as an ongoing body of work in dialogue with queer archives and pasts. Currently, their research focuses on live action role-playing (LARP) games. From 2012 to 2020 they ran the queer-feminist platform FRANK together with Liv Bugge. A book about FRANK, edited by Storihle, was published in February 2021. Storihle holds a BFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, and is currently Assistant Professor in Moving Images at Nordland School of Arts and Film, Kabelvåg, Norway. They have exhibited at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, 2020; Kunsthall Oslo, 2018, 2017, 2013; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2022, 2014; GiBCA – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2017; Performa, New York, 2013; and Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013. Storihle has attended several residency programs supported by OCA such as ISCP in New York, 18th Street in Los Angeles and Artica Svalbard. From 2016 to 2020 they were on the board of UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund/Young Artists' Society).

Dr. Katarina Bonnevier is an architect, artist and researcher. In her practice of building design, art installations, performances, workshops, lecturing and writing she explores and transforms the built environment from feminist, queer and intersectional perspectives.

A founding member of the art collaborative MYCKET (with Mariana Alves Silva and Thérèse Kristiansson), her talk departs in MYCKET’s new artistic research project called “Troll perceptions in the Heartlands – artistic research to widen our imagination capacity” (affiliated to Linnaeus University, funded by the Swedish Research Council). Evoking our inner changelings, joining up in larger packs with more than human participants to restore and animate the so called wasted and wounded. Since 2012 MYCKET explores the spatial and material world out of a set of intersecting perspectives; queer, feminist, class-aware, anti-racist, more-than-human.

Bjørn Andre Widvey has worked at Bergen’s Skeivt Arkiv since 2017 where his current focus is communications and public outreach work, as well as creating articles based on findings in the archive or specific events relating to both regional and wider queer history. From 2017 to 2020, Widvey oversaw the archives oral collection of interviews from queer individuals sharing firsthand experiences. The archive now has a collection of about 200 different interviews, with people from all over Norway.

The queer archive preserves, documents and disseminates queer history or LGBT history.

Skeivt Archive's collections consist of a number of archives from individuals and organisations as well as books and magazines. In addition, the Skeivt archive builds up a collection of video interviews that document the lives of people who have been associated with LGBT organisation or can otherwise speak to living outside the heteronorm. The archive also collects queer stories , written stories that people can write anonymously, and the online lexicon ‘Skeivopedia’, which is regularly updated with new articles.

Plattform is supported by Fritt Ord.

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).

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