The Giver, the Guest and the Ghost: The Presence of Art in Public Realms

A symposium by OSLO PILOT
curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk

November 16, 17 and 18, 2016
For the full programme, see below

Posthallen
Prinsens gate 8
0152 Oslo, Norway


Open registration has now closed. If you would like to attend the symposium or have questions, please contact Jessica MacMillan at symposium@oslopilot.no


 

OSLO PILOT is pleased to announce a three-day symposium entitled The Giver, the Guest and the Ghost: The Presence of Art in Public Realms, curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk. This symposium will be a key event in the evolution of the experimental and research-based project OSLO PILOT, to prepare the way towards a future periodic art event in public space.

The symposium will take placed during three days: 16th, 17th and 18th of November at Posthallen, the former post office headquarters in Oslo, and will centre on a discussion of four case studies of singular artworks by Mette Edvardsen (Norway), Dora García (Spain), Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland) and Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan). Each of the four works will be analysed and debated via three different formulae: conference plenary sessions, workshops and one-to-one conversations. In the plenary sessions, the artists themselves and a range of specialised speakers from different backgrounds and fields of expertise will hold a broad-based debate. Specially formatted workshops will host smaller groups and examine specific aspects of each case in depth. In one-to-one meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with the artists and speakers directly, and approach the works in a more personal way.

The three figures included in the title—the Giver, the Guest and the Ghost—announce a discussion about the changing conditions, positions and potentials of the work of art in public space. These figures will act as guides in a discussion of the variable roles of the agencies and actors involved in public art practices. The Giver reflects an idea of art as a form of contribution or opportunity offered to the public, questioning the roles of giver and receiver, and the role played by the artist in such a model. The Guest reflects the idea of the artwork as partially independent from the site and context it inhabits; what responsibility—if any—lies with the guest? The Ghost points to the unmanifested presences and shadows that surround the artwork. What follows in the footsteps of the artwork and what is left behind when the artwork disappears, either physically, or because it becomes obsolete, irrelevant, or normalized?

The Giver, the Guest and the Ghost will investigate the selected works of art through a qualitative analysis of different time frames: how a work operates over a short period, in the long term, or as a work in progress. From experience comes knowledge, and so the works will be discussed via these different formulae so that the audience can take part in diverse experiences and exchanges of knowledge. As an interpretative form of research, the symposium intends to examine and consider the details of meaning and experience, rather than to postulate a series of hypotheses a priori. In this way, we hope to generate a range of pertinent and enriching insights through the detailed examination and contextualization of these four cases.

The four case studies will be interpreted and discussed by a range of speakers and other participants drawn from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, each with specific experiences and insights into the four works. Confirmed speakers include:

Abayomi Vincent, Anton Jawdokimov, Barbara Casavecchia, Bojana Cvejić, Bruno de Wachter, Chantal Pontbriand, Dora García, Edvard Hoem, Erik Farmer, Fernanda Branco, Gelawesh Waledkhani, Ghafoor Liwal, Håkon Smeby, Jaksha Ghana Nagarasa, Johan Börjesson, Johan Sonnenschein, Jon Refsdal Moe, Kristian Støvind, Kristien Van den Brande, Lex Brown, Marcus Steinweg, Mari Matre Larsen, Maryam Azimi, Mette Edvardsen, Michelangelo Miccolis, Molly Nesbit, Odille H. Blehr, Rahraw Omarzad, Saboor Siasang, Staffan Eek, Susie Shaw, Theodor Barth, Thomas Hirschhorn, Trude Schjelderup Iversen, Tyrone Grant, Vibeke Tandberg

This is a free event, and will be held in English.

 

OSLO PILOT is a two-year research-based project investigating the role of art in and for the public realm. Developed by curators Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk in order to lay the groundwork for a future art biennial. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway. Further funding is generously provided by Norsk kulturråd, KORO, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Paris.



 

PROGRAMME

For a PDF version of the programme, please click here.

 

Pre-registration at OSLO PILOT
Location: Prinsens gate 2, 0152 Oslo

Tuesday, November 15th

18:00 – 20:00: Pre-registration at OSLO PILOT Project Space (Optional)
Join us for a drink and register in advance. You can pick up all the information you will need for the symposium, including the programme and information about the speakers. If you haven’t already signed up for workshops via the online form, you can do so at this time.

 

Symposium Programme
Location: Posthallen, Prinsens gate 8, 0152 Oslo
Please note that two of the workshops will take place just down the street at OSLO PILOT’s Project Space, Prinsens gate 2. Check the individual listings for location.

Day 1, Wednesday, November 16th

09:00 – 09:30:  Registration and workshop sign-ups
Check in and pick up your symposium folder, which contains the programme and information about the speakers. If you haven’t already signed up for workshops through the online form, you can do so at this time. Coffee and tea will be available all day.

09:30 – 10:15:  Introductions
Word of welcome by Hilde Barstad, Director of Agency for Cultural Affairs, City of Oslo
Introduction to the symposium and day 1 by OSLO PILOT curators
Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk

10:15 – 10:30:  Break

10:30 – 11:30:  Keynote presentation by Thomas Hirschhorn
Thomas Hirschhorn will speak about his project, the “Gramsci Monument” (2013)

11:30 – 12:30:  Lunch break

12:30 – 14:15:  Plenary discussion of “Gramsci Monument” with Thomas Hirschhorn
With moderator Molly Nesbit, and panelists Erik Farmer and Lex Brown

14:15 – 14:30:  Break

14:30 – 15:35:  Workshop session 1
The same workshops are offered in both session 1 and 2 (see below), giving you the opportunity to attend more than one. If you haven’t pre-registered for these workshops online, visit the registration desk to sign up. There are a limited number of seats, so please reserve your place in advance.

At Posthallen:

∙ Marcus Steinweg: workshop on Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Gramsci Monument” (2013)

∙ Johan Sonnenschein: workshop on Mette Edvardsen’s “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” (2010-ongoing)

OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2:

∙ Barbara Casavecchia: workshop on Dora García’s “Second Time Around” (a work in the future)

15:35 – 15:50:  Break

15:50 – 16:55:  Workshop session 2
If you haven’t pre-registered for these workshops, visit the registration desk to sign up. There are a limited number of seats, so please reserve your place in advance.

At Posthallen:

∙ Marcus Steinweg: workshop on Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Gramsci Monument” (2013)

∙ Johan Sonnenschein: workshop on Mette Edvardsen’s “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” (2010-ongoing)

OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2:

∙ Barbara Casavecchia: workshop on Dora García’s “Second Time Around” (a work in the future)

 

Day 2, Thursday, November 17th

09:00 – 09:30:  Registration and sign-ups for workshop session 3 & 4, and one-to-ones
If you haven’t checked in already, please do at this time, and pick up your symposium folder, which contains the programme and information about the speakers. You will also be able to sign up for workshops and one-to-one meetings. Coffee and tea will be available all day.

09:30 – 09:40:  Introduction to day 2 of the symposium by OSLO PILOT

09:40 – 10:15:  Keynote presentation by Dora García
Dora García will speak about her project, “Second Time Around” (a work in the future)

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:15:  Plenary discussion of “Second Time Around” with Dora García
With moderator Chantal Pontbriand, and panelists Johan Börjesson and Michelangelo Miccolis

12:15 – 13:15:  Lunch break

13:15 – 13:35:  Workshops Report
Four designated ‘reporters’ will share the activities of the previous day’s workshops

13:35 – 15:40:  Keynote presentation by Mette Edvardsen and plenary discussion of her work “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” (2010- ongoing)
Mette Edvardsen will speak about her project, “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” (2010-ongoing), followed by a plenary discussion moderated by Jon R. Moe, with panelists Bojana Cvejić and Kristien Van den Brande

15:40 – 15:55:  Break

15:55 – 18:00:  One-to-one meetings and workshop sessions 3 & 4
There are a limited number of one-to-one meetings available, and limited space in the workshops. If you would like a one-to-one meeting or to attend one of these workshops, please visit the registration desk to sign up.

One-to-one meetings available for signup:
On Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Gramsci Monument”

∙ Abayomi Vincent
∙ Erik Farmer
∙ Susie Shaw
∙ Tyrone Grant

On Dora García’s “Second Time Around”

∙ Fernanda Branco
∙ Jaksha Ghana Nagarasa
∙ Kristian Støvind
∙ Odille H. Blehr

On Mette Edvardsen’s “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine”

∙ Bruno De Wachter
∙ Kristien Van den Brande
∙ Mari Matre Larsen
∙ Mette Edvardsen
∙ Staffan Eek

On Rahraw Omarzad’s “Every Tiger Needs a Horse”

∙ Maryam Azimi
∙ Angel Robin Fox
∙ Zeina Bali
∙ Gelawesh Waledkhani

Workshop session 3:
16:00 – 17:00
Saboor Siasang and Ghafoor Liwal: workshop on Rahraw Omarzad’s “Every Tiger Needs a Horse” (2015), lead by Theodor Barth
Location: OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2

Workshop session 4:
17:00 – 18:00
Saboor Siasang and Ghafoor Liwal: workshop on Rahraw Omarzad’s “Every Tiger Needs a Horse” (2015), lead by Theodor Barth
Location: OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2

 

Day 3, Friday, November 18th

09:00 – 09:30:  Registration and one-to-one sign-ups
If you haven’t checked in already, please do at this time and pick up your symposium folder, which contains the programme and information about the speakers. You will also be able to sign up for one-to-one meetings at this time. Coffee and tea will be available all day.

09:30 – 09:40:  Introduction to day 3 of the symposium by OSLO PILOT

09:40 – 10:15:  Keynote presentation by Rahraw Omarzad
Rahraw Omarzad will speak about his project, “Every Tiger Needs a Horse” (2015)

10:15 – 10:30:  Break

10:30 – 12:15:  Plenary discussion of Rahraw Omarzad’s “Every Tiger Needs a Horse”
With moderator Trude Schjelderup Iversen, and panelists Edvard Hoem and Vibeke Tandberg

12:15 – 13:15:  Lunch break

13:15 – 14:50:  One-to-one meetings
There are a limited number of one-to-one meetings available. If you would like to sign up, please visit the registration desk.

On Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Gramsci Monument”
∙ Abayomi Vincent
∙ Erik Farmer
∙ Susie Shaw
∙ Tyrone Grant

On Dora García’s “Second Time Around”
∙ Anton Jawdokimov
∙ Fernanda Branco
∙ Håkon Smeby
∙ Kristian Støvind

On Mette Edvardsen’s “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine”
∙ Bruno De Wachter
∙ Kristien Van den Brande
∙ Mari Matre Larsen
∙ Staffan Eek

On Rahraw Omarzad’s “Every Tiger Needs a Horse”
∙ Maryam Azimi
∙ Angel Robin Fox
∙ Zeina Bali
∙ Gelawesh Waledkhani

14:50 – 15:30:  Break, and walk to OSLO PILOT Project Space at Prinsens gate 2

15:30 – 16:30:  Closing remarks at OSLO PILOT Project Space by OSLO PILOT curators
Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk

17:00:  Afterparty at OSLO PILOT Project Space with refreshments

 



Program: 

To see a PDF-version of the symposiums One-to-one catalogue: click here

To see the complete symposium program: click here