In order to rethink issues of pedagogy and display as they play out in the museum, the exhibition MoDERNISM MACHINE at HOK will be activated as a discursive space for lectures and seminars. A concept for the museum as a study-object within the curriculum of the art academy is at the core of the project.
The open semester plan of MoDERNISM MACHINE selects, negotiates and reflects upon these historical, modern and contemporary traces of art production.
The historical development of art education as an academic field of study took shape parallel to the development of the museum as a container for and mediator of art. For a long time the art museum functioned as a place for copying and studying the old masters; the museum was cultural storehouse and the academy’s prime objects of study were the masterworks within it. During the twentieth century, the definition of the art object became increasingly precarious. More and more, the object was viewed as the result of a negotiation within a discursive field rather than a consequence of the study of a fixed object. With paradigmatic shifts within art towards Conceptualism and expanded practices, themselves more discursive and self-reflexive, the symbiotic relationship between museum and academy as it was traditionally conceived demanded reconsideration, and it continues to.
Since August 2011, the students Mari Opsahl, Bjarne Bare and Henrik Mojord Jahnsen and Professor Dag Erik Elgin from KHiO, Academy of Fine Art, have been working with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter as their study-object and as a site for research. Vast material has been reviewed: the architecture and design; extensive documentation of HOK’s activity-from administration to exhibition and art production; its storage and archives; its core collection of primarily high-modernist art; the digital sound and media archive, and a considerable amount of HOK-publications. During the process it became clear that HOK could not be reduced to one specific study-object, but rather constitutes a collection of practices.
The educational programme is divided in three parts:
- Culture of Display: a full-day seminar (including lunch)
- Extended Classroom: where art education takes place in the exhibition space during the day time. Classes are open to the audience.
- Sunday conversations on museum architecture and display.
A catalogue produced during the exhibition will function as an archive containing accumulated visual and textual material from the project. The catalogue will be presented in connection with the seminar Culture of Display.
Culture of Display
The purpose of the one-day seminar is to reconsider the dual role of the museum and the academy. It will also consider how modalities of display specific to the exhibition format have a critical educational and mediating function. Culture of Display focuses on different regimes and approaches to exhibition as form, with speakers from the field of visual art, anthropology, architecture and art history.
The seminar is free – but registration is mandatory:
Send an e-mail to: BeriAndr@khio.no before September 15.
In the Autumn Semester 2012 part of Dag Erik Elgin´s lecture programme at KHiO, Academy of Fine Art, will take place at HOK. An area in the exhibition will be designed as an extended classroom with a space for lectures and a lounge area for more informal talks and gatherings. During the exhibition the HOK art collection, its architecture and archives will function as study and reference material.
The lectures are open to the public. All lectures start at 12.00 noon
Free bus connection (Sandvika Storsenter) from Thon Hotel Opera 11:00, stops at the Vigeland Park 11:15, Skøyen (Statoil) 11:25 arriving at HOK 11:35. Return to Oslo from HOK 14:10 or 16:10
August 31: Modernism in situ. Stian Grøgaard, Professor in art theory at the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of Art and Dag Erik Elgin.
September 6: Violence of Silence. Panasonic AVCHD 97 min. Presentation and screening by Kristian Skylstad, artist, Oslo.
September 14: Private Collectors and Public Museums. Dr. Gabriele Knapstein, Art Historian and Curator, Head of Exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof -Museum für Gegenwart-, Berlin in conversation with Dag Erik Elgin.
September 20: Black Holes and Holograms, Modern Ruins. Sound and Film. Lecture/Screening : All Divided Selves, Luke Fowler. Susanne Winterling, artist, Berlin, Professor at the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of Art.
October 4: Tor Hoff. Lecture/Performance with Per Hovdenakk, Director of HOK 1989-96 and Victor Boullet, artist, Paris.
CANCELLED! October 11: Drawing as Score, Notation and Diagram. Touring the archives of Henie Onstad Art Centre. Elise Storsveen, artist, and Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of Art and Dag Erik Elgin.
October 18: Rethinking Social Sculpture. Joseph Beuys, Neuroplasticity and “Die soziale Plastik”. Ina Blom, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo.
Conversations in the Studio
October 7, at 12 noon:
Producing a Museum-the new National Museum in Oslo. Klaus Schuwerk, architect (Kleihues&Schuwerk) in conversation with Dag Erik Elgin and Tone Hansen.
October 21, at 12 noon:
The construction of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, a conversation with the architects Eikvar and Engebretsen and the designer Svein Ivar Dysthe about the work on the shaping of the building and the esthetical qualities of the art centre. Tone Hansen will lead the conversation.