October 10, 2019 — December 8, 2019
Marte Eknæs and Michael Amstad
5/4 CITY, 2016 (Video Art for Kids)
5/4 CITY (2016) is an animation video that shows the fast growth of a pop-up city with an architecture of bollards, trash cans, everyday objects, casinos, billboards and iconic buildings founded on an unstable ground. It caters to the consumption of its population of short term visitors, weekenders and startuppers, in a continuous circle of service, maintenance, construction and destruction.
Marte Eknæs lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Espa, Norway. She works in a wide range of mediums and formats from sculpture, drawing, collage and text, to collaborative projects in video and content based environments. Her solo and duo-exhibitions have happened at, among others, Kunsthall Oslo, Between Bridges; London, Bonner Kunstverein; Bonn, Kunstnerforbundet; Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus; Oslo, What Pipeline; Detroit and Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Some of her most recent projects are Materie, a permanent work at Vollebekk skole, commissioned by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Oslo (2017) and the video work People Mover (2017, collaboration with Swiss animator and filmmaker Michael Amstad), which has been shown at UKS, Grüner Salon / Volksbühne; Berlin and The Kitchen; New York. With her long term collaborator, Brazilian artist Nicolau Verguerio, she recently completed Open 24 Hours (2016-2018) for Munchmuseet On the Move in Oslo, as well as the permanent interior Gatekeepers (2018) in São Paulo. Together they also work on an ongoing curatorial project of the work of the late graphic designer Bea Feitler, which has been shown at Between Bridges; Berlin, UKS; Oslo (2017) and Kölnischer Kunstverein; Cologne (2019). She is currently working on establishing the Forms of Flexibility (FOF), a transdisciplinary platform in which she combines her artistic research with other contributions in the form of text, music, video and imagery.
MICHAEL AMSTAD is a Swiss filmmaker, video designer and animator based in Berlin. He operates in different constellations in art, music and film. Recent and ongoing collaborations include Wolfgang Tillmans, Powell, Not Waving and Hylas Film. In close collaboration with Marte Eknæs he makes videos and visuals for music and short films. Their film People Mover, 2017 was screened at UKS, Oslo, Volksbühne, Berlin, Kölnischer Kunstverein and The Kitchen, NYC.