Mamdooh Afdile is a filmmaker and Doctoral candidate in media and neuroscience at Aalto university. Graduated with honors from his film studies in Jerusalem 2005, with over ten years of experience in various fields of audiovisual production. In 2011 he developed an innovative Fusion film style in his comedy film JEAN WEJNOON, which was purchased as educational material by leading universities including Harvard and UCLA. In 2012 he joined the psychology department at Oslo university as a guest researcher. In 2015 he joined the Brain and Mind laboratory team for brain research at Aalto university. Currently Afdile is using his skills as an experimental filmmaker and knowledge in experimental psychology to develop new ways to investigate the social brain.
Siri Austeen (b. 1961) lives and works in Oslo
Graduated from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art 1985. Austeen explores relationships between sound, place and identity. Her current project Soniske forplantninger explores the concept of membrane in various materials and spaces. Her work is expressed as sound installations, performances, sound for film, voice work, commissioned art projects, drawing and text. She is one of the initiators of the online Sound map Sounds like Nordland – http://www.lydersomnordland.no Austeen is actual with the following projects: Studio Forest – laboratory for sound and social intervention, Tistedal, My Landscape – group show at Stormen Kulturhus and Bodø Kunstforening, The Making of improvement of marked facilities – group show at Zukunft Ostkreuz Berlin.
Austeen is engaged in CAN and a member of the band Tsarsten & the Freudian Slippers ( LP Caravan Serai 2015)
Gunnhild Bakke (NKB) is a visual artist working mostly in painting. In addition, she has also been working with conceptual art projects, also of a collaborative nature such as with the gallery, G.U.N. in Oslo during the 1990’s. Bakke’s work is featured in many major public collections in Norway, whilst she has also represented Norway internationally several times. She now lives and works in the small town, Heidal in Gudbrandsdalen where she has organized the festival, “Festspela i Heidal” the three last years. The festival is an international festival of contemporary art, literature and music.
Eva Bakkeslett is an artist, filmmaker, curator and cultural activist, exploring the potential for social change through gentle actions and subtle mind-shifts. Her socially engaged practice often combines film, participatory events and workshops; She frequently collaborates with other artist, activists, scientist and engaged people in her work. Eva creates spaces and experiences that challenge our thinking and unravel new narratives that inspire and engage us to make sense of and embody sustainable and thriving ways. By revealing and reclaiming forgotten or rejected practices, concepts and cultures her work directs our attention to the patterns that connect us to the earth as a living organism. Eva lives in North Norway and shows, lectures and performs her work worldwide. She has an MA in Art & Ecology from Dartington College of Art in England.
Hanan Benammar is from (Algeria, France b. 1989) lives and works in between Norway, France and The Netherlands. She holds a BA from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Rueil-Malmaison/Paris), an MA from the Art Academy of Oslo and a second MA from the Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL). She recently had One way to a desert’s solo exhibition at House of Foundation (Moss, Norway), in which the adventures of two people sent a one way trip were narrated, respectively Boujdour (Occupied Territories of Western Sahara) and Boujdour (Saharawi refugee camp in Algeria) – in the Sahara desert.
Since moving to Oslo in 2011, she has been involved in different art events and institutions such as Gallery BOA, Ultima, Mosaic Rooms, Black Box Theater, aria (artist residency in algiers), the Museum of Yugoslav History and TAAK among others; with installations, music, sound, texts, and performances. She is also involved in experimental opera noise project feilkontroll, partly runs Vandaler forening and recently helped co-organizing First Supper Symposium’s latest Prologs.
Most of her works are made on a long time period or dedicated to a process that will unfold on a life-time scale. She focuses her energy and ressources digging information that spans from botanical, geo-political, geological to anthropological or sociological studies in deserted landscapes of different continents, developing projects that are simultaneously monumental, performative and minimalist.
Kristin Bergaust is an artist and a professor at the Faculty of Technology, Art and design in HiOA in Oslo, and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder. Her interests are within contemporary art practices and artistic research. Currently she develops the Norwegian contribution to the Creative Europe project Renewable Futures and the Nordplus Horizontal project Innovative Maker Trends in Art & Design Practices. Themes of research are investigations in the societal relevance of contemporary art practices and transcultural processes in urban contexts.
Helen Eriksen is an artist and educator. She was born and raised in Liverpool in the UK. She majored in Nordic language and literature at UEA University in Britain before she began studying visual arts at the Art Academy in Oslo. Later doctoral candidate at the Oslo School of Architecture where she researched the artist’s changing role in the public space. Recent activities include artistic collaboration with sculptor Germain Ngoma. She is artistic consultant for several public art projects, and has developed Tenthaus Oslo with Moi and Schröder.
Biljana C. Fredriksen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Art & Craft at teacher education programs at University College of Southeast Norway. She has conducted a number of studies concerning young children’s and teacher students’ experiential learning through creative work with three-dimensional materials. Her latest project deals with ecological awareness through craft and explorations of natural materials, future-focused creativity and sustainability. Her resent interests regard evolutionary aesthetics and multispecies issues concerning human and horse experiential learning.
Cathrine Constanse Gjelsnes focuses on relational aesthetics, installation, video, performance and objects in her artistic practice. The themes mainly depicts life of women and their typical work areas and actions in a wider sense. She has staged and embodied numerous life experiences in different locations, from being a laundry worker in Berlin or housewife in Stuttgart, to posing as a decadent bathing nymph in Krakow, Sofia and Oslo. Fru Felgen, an ageing intervention in daily life, in in many sums up earlier work. Constanse also runs and curates Galleri 69 from 2005 which is still running, and was a key member in legendary GUN. (Galleri Uten Navn/Galleri Without a Name) 1994-2004, both not-for profit projects in central Oslo.
Helene Illeris is PhD and Professor of Art Education at the University of Agder and the University College of Southeast Norway. Her research interests include art education in schools and galleries with a special focus on visual culture, contemporary art forms, and sustainability. In 2009-13 Helene was the leader of the Nordic and Baltic research network CAVIC (Contemporary art and visual culture in education) and she is an editor of the anthology “EDGE: 20 essays in contemporary art education” (Göthlund, Illeris & Thrane, 2015). She has also published several articles in English, Danish, Swedish, and Italian. One of the latest is “‘Just building’: Togetherness as art and education in a Copenhagen neighborhood” (2015). Helene is one of the coordinators of the research platform Arts in Context at the University of Agder and she is a member of the research group Art and social relations.
Annabeth Kolstø (NKB) is a teacher in fashion and costume design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She is a trained craftswoman and teacher with extensive previous experience working in television and theatre as well as in fashion. In her work she focuses on how clothes can live as long as possible. This is an urgent issue in an ecological perspective where tons of clothes are thrown away every day. Kolstø has recently received funding for a research project based on this theme, which will be completed in February 2018.
Kirsty Kross holds a Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Art in Context from the Berlin University of the Arts. She has performed throughout Europe and Australia receiving project and residency grants from Germany, Norway, Australia and Liechtenstein. Exhibitions and performances include The Partisan Cafe at the Bergen Assembly, Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus and PINK CUBE in Oslo as well as Parkhaus Projekts, Galerie Crystal Ball and Galerie Walden in Berlin and Galerie Daeppen in Zürich.
Kirsty Kross’ solo performances and works combine music, drawing and installation. Her work deals with the human condition, the attention economy and growing ecological uncertainty. Kirsty Kross relocated to Oslo in 2014.
Elisabeth Medbøe is a visual artist, works with various techniques, and has during the last years predominantly worked with three-dimensional works and installations pertaining to environmental topics as a way to raise concern and to participate in public debates.
Medbøe has her art education from The Oslo Academy of Fine Art (now KHiO), has studied Aesthetics in Indian Art at Bharat Kala Bhavan, a university museum, has Practical Pedagogical education with Art and Cultural History didactics from UiO and taken the Research Training program at AHO.
She has had various assignments in art organizations, held administrative positions in art institutions and has varied experience of teaching and lecturing.
She is a founding member of Concerned Artists Norway
graduated from the Art Academy in Trondheim. She has made her mark with process-oriented work with social profile, in which participants are involved in shaping the project through intervention and interaction. Moi has also worked with public art, and works as an art consultant in public space. She was commissioned to make a site specific work at Frydenberg School for Oslo Municipality´s permanent public art, and her works have been shown at the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale (2015), Akershus Art Centre (2014), Tenthaus Oslo (2014), Kristiansand Art Hall (2012). Moi has developed Tenthaus Oslo with Eriksen and Schröder.
Edita Musneckiene is a Doctor of Social Sciences, Education, with research areas such as Visual art and Cultural Education, Contemporary art and Visual Culture in education, Art based research methodologies, Creative methods in education, Teacher Education. She has lectured internationally,participated in numerous international conferences and networks and published more than 20 research articles.
She states: My research and teaching is concerning the arts, education and different perspectives of cultural education: contemporary art and visual culture, multicultural issues, national art, ecology in art and education, creative practices in different levels of education and environments. The main focus is on education, how to develop broader understanding of visual culture and art in the society, learn in and through the arts developing critical thinking and creativity.
Charlotte Blanche Myrvold is a Ph.d-candidate at Oslo School of Architecture and design and part of the academic staff at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. She holds a MA in aesthetic theory from the University of Oslo and a BA in public space from ENSAV de la Cambre in Brussel. Her ph.d-dissertation is on the subject of public art in the urban redevelopment context of Bjørvika in Oslo, and her research interests are public art, applied aesthetics, art communication and urban theory.
Sabine Popp is a visual artist, living and working in Bergen. After some years as assistant professor she’s just started as research fellow in Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, with the project Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes). She gained her MA degree from the same school in 2001, after having accomplished studies there, at the University of Barcelona and at the Glasgow School of Arts. Since then she has based her practice on longterm and repeated residencies and site-specific, temporary projects, following mainly her interest for life in the High North and human beings’ engagement with their physical surroundings, researching areas of potential conflicts arising from different visions and perspectives in communities of transformation.
Mads Pålsrud is the founder of the design company Growlab Oslo, working with socially oriented design processes within urban and local developments. Mads has been engaged in the Flatbread Society-project since 2013, an art project grounded in our complex relations to grains, also targeting themes like food security, biodiversity and the rights and plights of farmers.
Eli Rinde is a senior research scientist at Norwegian Institute for Water Research, where she works with mapping of marine biodiversity and ecological studies of kelp forests and seagrass meadows. She has recently also investigated the spread of the blacklisted species the Pacific oyster, which have invaded the Norwegian coast. Many studies have been conducted in the Oslo Fjord, and includes use of submersible underwater camera, sampling by diving, determination of species of plants and animals, statistical analysis and modeling of species and habitat types distribution. She has collaborated with the artists Pippip Ferner (contributing with facts to a coloring book of marine life), and with Sabine Popp (mapping of calcareous algae in northern Norway).
Ellen Røed is a visual artist working mainly with the moving image. Operating as both artist and educator in the intersection of art and technology, she has for the past twenty years been involved in a broad range of artistic activities, questioning and exploring electronic and digital materialities and cultures. In the recent years, her interests in the performative and networked aspects of media has developed towards a more specific interest in how cameras and similar devices enable relevant forms of inquiry, through social, political, and aesthetic conditions and in relation to the environment.
Røed’s work occur across a scope of artistic fields (visual art, music, theatre, film, electronic art) as she practises and collaborates in various forms and constellations. Working within such diverse fields has resulted in an approach that is at the same time subject-specific (time based images) and cross-disciplinary. She is professor for the profile area Art, Technology and Materiality at Stockholm University of the Arts.
Merete Røstad is a visual artist and curator whose projects are rooted in examinations of publics, collective memory, remembrance, and archives. Frequently engaging with public space and communities, her process-based practice explores our everyday exchanges with the histories inscribed in our surroundings, and how we come to read the traces that are left behind. Each of her works is developed through an on-going commitment to the inherent potential of spatial and temporal constructs to serve as catalysts for a deeper engagement with history, identity, and memory. Røstad lives and works in Berlin and Oslo and is currently an Artistic Research Fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Stefan Schröder was born and raised in Dresden and is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden (GER) and Breda (NL).He has lived and worked in Norway since 2001. His artistic production in recent years include various public art projects in Norway and Germany, as well as a series of analogue photographs (the Contributor, 2004 – ongoing). Contributor is a series of photographs exploring his personal experiences in various jobs in the construction industry and in art institutions. Schröder has developed Tenthaus Oslo with Moi and Eriksen.
Rasa Smite is an artist, network researcher and cultural innovator,
working with science and emerging technologies since 90s. She is
founding director of RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, curator
of its annual festivals, and a chief-editor of Acoustic Space –
peer-reviewed publication series. She holds a PhD in sociology of
culture and media (from Riga Stradins University, 2011), and MA in
visual arts (from Arts Academy of Latvia, 2000). Currently she works as
associate professor in New Media Art programme at Liepaja University.
She is author of the book “Creative Networks. In the Rear-View Mirror of
Eastern European History”, published by Amsterdam Institute for Network
Culture (2012). In her artistic practice, she works together with Raitis
Smits, creating networked, visionary, and innovative artworks. Their
more recent work “Pond Battery”, “Talk to Me. Human-plant communication”
have been exhibited in HeK, Basel (2012) Ars Electronica Center
(2013-2014), National Science and Technology Museum in Stockholm (2015),
Vanabbe Museum for Modern and Contemporary Arts, and elsewhere.
Elin Tanding Sørensen is a visual artist and a landscape architect.
She follows a 4-year PhD fellowship at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, NMBU: Investigating urban-transformation and collaborative practises — following a research-by-design strategy coupling urbanscapes, biotope thinking and visionary propositions. Elin’s relation to the Oslofjord span from experiences from integrated urban water–management to art projects. The Gyre [Kaurene] address marine litter — with a documentary and relational character involving people engaged in the Oslofjord as ecological and recreational environment. All the Worlds’ Rivers, adapted to the waiting room at the Immigration Appeals Board UNE, commissioned by Public Art Norway, seek to transform the space by shared stories — as water connects us regardless of which side of the legal desk we stand. Elin is part of Concerned Artists Norway [CAN].
Ingeborg Torgersen is a graduate in agricuture and from the Danish Film School and works in film, stage, contemporary art and foresting. Background from GUN (Gallery Without Name), Sound of Mu, Commision Editor at Norwegian Film Institute and artistic advisor fin NRK drama. Now at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Oslo, as coordinator of Arne Naess Chair. She has a small production company Film, teater & trær. Her work explores, with seriousness and humor, the meeting between science and art, and where nature meets the nature of human.
Tony Valberg is a trained musician from Agder Music Conservatory working at Agder University, Norway. His projects, as his Ph.D.-thesis, aim to shed light on questions like how aesthetic production interacts with social space and vice versa, and the consequences such interaction has for the conception of art, its arenas, and agendas. Over the years he has contributed both artistically and theoretically to the field of participatory art and relational aesthetics. Currently he is working on the project Togetherness – Vibrant Matter Collective focusing on opportunities to create social interstice (other-worlding) suited to produce experiences of togetherness in a network of human and non-human (animal, microorganisms, vegetable, viral) relations. The workshop he is doing Oslofjord Ecologies Workshop may be seen as an extension of his annual weekly Cage workshop ”The bells of nothing is calling tonight” (Ingentings bjeller ringer i natt.)
Gunhild Vatn is both an internationally renowned artist and a teacher, she holds a position as Associate Professor at HiOA where she teaches ceramics and three dimensional form.
She states: My art work often deals with social and cultural issues; the relation and interaction between domesticated animals and humans has especially attracted my interest. I make small ceramic sculptures, mainly in porcelain. These objects appear to be designed for animals as well as humans, I want them embody strong metaphorical powers; – a tribute to modern technology as well as give room to a range of discomforting associations.
Nina Vestby 1966 from Oslo and holds a MA from HIOA. She has worked for the Norwegian National centre for arts and cultural education on behalf of Professor Anne Bamford and her report. Formerly she was the manager of The Norwegian association of arts and education from 2008 – 2012. Prior to this she worked with educational programs for both The National Theatre and The National Touring Theatre from 2002 – 2008. In 2010 she also attended in the working group for Municipal school of music and performing arts appointed by The ministry of education. In addition to this she has done research and worked with the National program “The Cultural Rucksack” at the University College of Oslo and Akershus– department of art, design and drama. She now works with different art based prosjects in the community of Tøyen, where one of them is with anthropolgist Aina Landsverk Hagen at Work Research Institute(AFI).
Anneke Von Der Fehr
Ingebjørg Gunhild Rygnestad;