Trondheim, 20 Mar. ‘Ten working days’ at the Academy of Fine Arts

March 20th, 2015

“10 working days” is a series of events from March 18-27 in Trondheim. It includes lectures, presentations, screenings, shows and exhibitions in different venues across the city in mid-Norway.

The goal of the “10 working days” is to further explore the aesthetical and ethical impact of today’s working conditions for artists: What is the role of the artist in a society where art is no longer situated outside of a general production, but lies at the very core of so called creative industries? And what does it then mean to be constantly on the edge — of the world, of production or of a self?

These questions will be discussed during the “10 working days” from a range of more or less eccentric positions, in a variety of different formats and across the borders of established disciplines. “10 working days” will be opened with a presentation by Koyo Kouoh, artistic director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar. Matteo Pasquinelli introduces the concept of “Algorithmic Vision”, the NTNU professors Letizia Jaccheri, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos and Martin Steinert discuss new ways of imagining the multiple relationships of art, entertainment and technology.

Emil A. Røyrvik, researcher at SINTEF, will introduce “Norwegian style neoliberalism” and how it links to widespread processes of objectification, quantification, measurement and standardization. Soenke Zehle will investigate strategies of depletion designJesper Alvær disclose findings from his research “Work, work”. Alexander König, media theoretician from Berlin, will talk about the divisions of labor in the visual effects industries. The conditions of a self-consciousness of artists which addresses their own role in social reproduction will be raised by Angela Dimitrakaki, art theorist from Athens.

Maurizio Lazzarato presents his research on “Governing by debt”, before the “10 working days” conclude by revisiting the work of Hannah Ryggen who spent most of her creative life in the coastal area of the Trondheim fjord. “Fishing in the sea of debt” is a seminar led by Corinne Diserens and Sven Augustijnen. It refers to the title of one of a Ryggens tapestries and it sets out to actualise her work against the backdrop of current political and archival configurations. During the seminar films by Sven AugustijnenYervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Abderrahmane Sissako will be screened and discussed. The seminar is linked to the exhibition “Summer Thoughts” by Sven Augustijnen in Kunsthall Trondheim which opened on March 12.

The program of the “10 working days” takes place in the context of the artistic research project Divisions. It is the first event in a series of three gatherings of artists, theorists, scientists and activists over the next two years. Divisions is carried out by the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. Funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme it will investigate self-images and self-conceptions of artists in a post-industrial society that is characterised by hybrid divisions of labour. The project consists of researching facts on the ground of creative industries, a series of conferences and workshops across Norway, culminating in the commission of five artworks by internationally renowned artists.

Jesper Alvær, Sven Augustijnen, Angela Dimitrakaki, Corinne Diserens, Egija Inzule, Letizia Jaccheri, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Alexander König, Koyo Kouoh, Maurizio Lazzarato, Matteo Pasquinelli, Emil Røyrvik, Martin Steinert, Johanne Nordby Wernø, Soenke Zehle and many others.

“10 working days” is curated by Florian Schneider in collaboration with Corinne Diserens and Helena Holmberg.

The program is open for the public, but some workshops and seminars require prior registration. Parts of the program will be video-taped and published online.

“10 working days” is supported by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU).

Contact and registration:

Further information and program updates:

Kunsthalle Trondheim, Dronningens gate 28
Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Bispegata 7 B
Dokkhuset Scene, Dokkparken 4
Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Olav Tryggvasonsgate 5
Faculty for Art and Architecture, NTNU, Alfred Getz vei 3
Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (Kunstarken), Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget), Entrance Kirkegata/Gyldenløves gate

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