The central focus will nevertheless be the activities on the second floor of the building. At present this area consists of office premises rented out to the Norwegian Labour Inspec¬tion Authority, an organization that normally has few points of contact with the art institution.
Thiis-Evensen has an educational background in comparative literature and has worked as a journalist. In a number of art projects she has explored the relationship between artistic content and journalistic form. Close encounters with people and perso¬nal life stories have been a common factor in many of her video works and installations. The intimate, or the relationship between the private and the public sphere, was also the basis of a series of projects she mounted in her own home in the spring of 2009. The artist’s own private spaces were opened up and turned into a venue for meetings among performance artists, musicians and a small, specially invited audience. At Bergen Kunsthall she will deploy both these approaches. Two performance artists have been invited into the semi-public sphere constituted by the Labour Inspection office land¬scape, while Kunsthallen’s visitors will meet the people in the institution through portrait photographs and interviews.
As contributors to the project Charlotte Thiis-Evensen has invited the photo¬grapher Martin Skulstad, the performance artist Tori Wrånes, and the musician and visual artist Kyrre Bjørkås.
For the In-between series Bergen Kunsthall is inviting artists to make use of parts of the building that are not normally associated with exhibition activities (empty rooms, passa¬ges, facades, exteriors or outdoor spaces), or to explore Kunsthallen’s institutional and organizational structures in other ways.