Artist Commissions Who's doing the washing up? In 2018, Bergen Kunsthall takes an unusual approach and invites artists to think with us on possible organisational models and imagine new futures. As part of our Landmark programme, the invited artists develop commissions that explore themes of hospitality, self-organisation and methods of communication, materialising in different forms and in different strands of the programme, as talks or performances, workshops, an online publication, some more visible, others working behind the scenes.

The title of the series - 'Who's doing the washing up?' - is used to address questions that often go unmentioned when thinking of possible futures: Who has a voice in these futures? Who's doing the work to sustain them? What types of work are valued? And what happens when imagining new ways of organising begins with these questions?

Freja Bäckman: Moving into sparsely-lit areas
20 March 2018
Gathered in a darkly-lit setting on the Equinox (when day and night are of equal length), Freja set the scene for a discussion on what types of exchange can develop if we move away from ’the bright lights of the institution’, which direct how we should behave and learn. What happens when we move into the sparsely-lit spaces, where unknown encounters and different ways of communicating, working, sharing, and just being together, can unfold...

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Jordi Ferreiro: Other Supports
August - November 2018
In his practice, artist Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona, Spain) investigates organisational structures with participatory performance, play and learning experiments. He will work with the young people's association at Bergen Kunsthall Unge kunstkjennere (UKK) to explore how an arts organisation can accommodate self-directed areas that give space to different voices and actions. In a series of exploratory meetings and activities, together they will create a set of proposals for how to do this inside the Kunsthall.

Workshops with UKK: 'Other Supports'

Takeover: Inventing Structures

Aliyah Hussain and Anna Bunting-Branch: Potential Wor(l)ds
18 - 25 August 2018
Aliyah Hussain (Manchester, UK) and Anna Bunting-Branch (London, UK) collaborate on a new project, working together for the first time, drawing on their shared interests in feminist science fiction and its proposals for different ways of communicating and organising in society.

Their project Potential Wor(l)ds is inspired by their research into the language Láadan, created by linguist and science fiction writer Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. Beginning with a public workshop at Bergen Kunsthall's festival POEKHALI! Landmark Takes Off (18. August 2018), Potential Wor(l)ds explores the possibility of moving from traditional modes of communication (using a dominant language like English) to more experimental, collaborative forms of expression.

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Potential Wor(l)ds

Terre Thaemlitz and Laurence Rassel: Hospitality, Secrecy and Other Useless Movements
16 - 17 October 2018
Legendary multi-media producer, writer, and DJ Terre Thaemlitz (Tokyo, Japan) presents a series of performances exploring hospitality, silence and secrecy as tools for social organising.

Thaemlitz performs a rare live concert, an amalgam of lecture, audio and video, of her album ‘Lovebomb/Ai No Bakudan’ (2003) - and a new live radio show ‘Hospitality, Secrecy and Other Useless Movements’ produced together with long-time collaborator Laurence Rassel (Brussels, Belgium). Laurence is a cultural worker and Director of erg (école de recherche graphique – école supérieure des arts) in Brussels, whose work centres around feminist organisational practices, open source technologies and institutional questions. The show will be broadcast live from Bergen Kunsthall and via radiOrakel 9,3MHz in Oslo and

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Read the interview between Terre Thaemlitz, Laurence Rassel and Landmark Curator Eva Rowson here

Maia Urstad + Anton Kats
21 - 25 November 2018
For the final commission in the context of the winter exhibition 'On Circulation’, artists Maia Urstad (Bergen, Norway) and Anton Kats (Berlin, Germany) combine their shared practices and interests in forms of communication technology, the ways in which stories are circulated, recorded and archived and how narratives of technological developments routinely overlook how and by whom these tools have been developed. Interested in the histories of Bergen’s seafarers, transport and communication methods as starting points, Urstad and Kats explore questions such as: 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?

Throughout November 2018 - January 2019, Urstad, in collaboration with Oda Braanaas and Thea Haug, will also develop a new listening and recording project with a women’s group from the Røde Kors, as part of a new collaboration between Festspillkollektivet and Bergen Kunsthall. Festspillkollektivet is a project within Bergen International Festival. It encourages inclusive, collaborative and creative projects together with social and cultural partners, institutions and communities.

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Plattform: On Maintaining Circulation
24 November 2018

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 (Skeivt Arkiv / Norway’s national queer archive, Bergen).

A special Plattform event in the context of Bergen Kunsthall’s winter exhibition ‘On Circulation’ and a conclusion to the programme ‘Who’s doing the washing up?’. 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.

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This programme is supported by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. A four-year project presented by ten cultural organisations from across Europe, with an aim to respond to technological advances continue to change the ways that we interact and urge us to explore new modes of operation. Coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Student Centre Zagreb / Izlog Festival (HR), Landmark - Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), SPEKTRUM (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES).

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) also supports the commission for Jordi Ferreiro through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.

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