Elvia Wilk Reading from 'Oval'

This second instalment of the talks and readings series sees writer and editor Elvia Wilk give a talk on roleplay and politics in the art world seen in relation to the exhibition by Adelita Husni-Bey “Maktspill” at Bergen Kunsthall.

This recording will be streamed live her and be made available later, on Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and on the programme page for the series.

In this video, ELVIA WILK talks about roleplay and the politics of the art world in relation to Adelita Husni-Bey’ss exhibition Maktspill, and then reads some sections from her novel, Oval. Her novel, set in a fictional version of Berlin, deals with questions of social performativity, the corporatization and depolitization of art, and the relationship between the creative class and urban landscapes. The art world, like all worlds, is a mutual fiction, and using roleplay as an artistic tool can help mutate this and other socio-political fictions.

Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in New York. She focuses on art that engages emerging technologies, feminist practices, and questions of ecology. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Frieze, Artforum, Bookforum, Granta, n+1, The White Review, BOMB, Mousse, Flash Art, and Art Agenda, and she is currently a contributing editor at e-flux Journal. Her first novel, Oval, was published by Soft Skull press in 2019. She is the recipient of a 2019 Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant and is a 2020 fellow at the Berggruen Institute.

In response to the limitations in our live program capabilities in 2020, Bergen Kunsthall has produced a new series of recorded talks and readings with local and international artists and writers, developing a dialogue surrounding our exhibition program and exploring practices of local artists which we will be presenting to wider online audiences.

This new series utilises the input of artists and writers to initiate dialogues in connection with our current exhibition program and expands upon themes socially and politically relevant within their own studio practices. Artists invited in the series include Annette Kierulf, Kobie Nel, Elsebet Rahlff and Maia Urstad, with three readings provided by Lisa Robertson, Elvia Wilk and Rebecca Tamás.

Release dates and times:

Mon 28 Jun 18.00
Lisa Robertson, Weeds: For the Natufians

Wed 1 Jul 18.00
Elvia Wilk, Reading from Oval

Sat 4 Jul 18.00
Maia Urstad in conversation with Karen Werner
Maia Urstad in conversation with Karen Werner

Mon 6 Jul 18.00
Kobie Nel in conversation with Julie Lillelien Porter

Wed 8 Jul 18.00
Rebecca Tamás, Reading from Witch

Sat 11 Jul 18.00
Annette Kierulf in conversation with Axel Wieder

Mon 13 Jul 18.00
Elsebet Rahlff in conversation with Eva Rowson

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 collaboration 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)

1. July 2020 Kl.: 18:00