May 4, 2018
Kunsthall Stavanger is helping the voices of tomorrow be heard!
This semester Kunsthall Stavanger has initiated a new project together with guest curator Kristina Ketola Bore called Mobilizing Citizenship. The art mediation project is aimed at young people aged 12-16 with no prior exposure to art mediation or formal art education. During the semester, the youth will meet and collaborate with six different artists and be introduced to artistic strategies and methods in a workshop format. One of the main goals is that the participants will build a sense of ownership over their surroundings and see themselves as autonomous agents with the possibility to partake in public discourse.
The project will consist of four workshops led by internationally renowned artists and designers, over four weekends in the spring semester. Participating artists include Benjamin Hickethier (NO), Clara Balaguer (PHL) and Kristian Henson (US) (Hardworking Goodlooking), Synnøve Sizou G. Wetten (NO), Nicole Killian (US) and Stavanger-based artist, Hans Edward Hammonds.
Mobilizing Citizenship is centered around the three main themes; locality, visual surroundings and technology. The participants are given access to tools and methods aimed at building ownership of their own surroundings, with a focus on how these future adults can use artistic strategies to speak up and out and take the word!
Towards the end of the workshop period, the group will produce a publication. The publication will be launched at an event open to the public and released as a Kunsthall Stavanger publication.
Kristina Ketola Bore (born 1986) is a writer, editor and curator, based in Oslo. She has a master in Design Writing Criticism and has contributed to journals such as Domus, Today's Business and Aftenposten K. She is also a professional editor in the journal Periskop. Kristina teaches internationally in design as critical practice, and is guest lecturer and external sensor at, among others, The Estonian Academy of Arts and the Art Academy in Oslo.
The project is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
2-day workshop with Hardworking Goodlooking (Kristian Henson and Clara Balaguer)
The youth cooperated with HG in an exercise of mapping of their own visual landscape. They recieved an introduction to how visual environments can be mapped and how digital MEME culture can be used as a way to promote a message. Questions asked were; What do we care about? How is it related? And how does it affect us?
2-day workshop with Synnøve G. Wetten
In this workshop the youth together with the Wetten explored how one can, through performative methods, can break into the the public space and make an impact. Questions asked were; How can one make a break or a change, what does one need to feel a sense of ownership?
May 2018 2-day workshop Hans Edward Hammonds
During Hammonds' workshop the youth learned how to get to know the local community better, and what is needed to start your own grass-roots project. Hammonds is an artist involved in the artist-driven Studio17 in Stavanger and familiar with the local art environment. The youth will be given an introduction to what it means to run your own initiatives and how to initiate something new when you lack something you may want in your surroundings.
June 2018 2-day workshop Nicole Killian and Benjamin Hickethier
In this workshop with Nicole Killian the youth, learned the importance of visual tribes. The group explored questions like; What does subculture mean today? And how can visual language be part of opposing repressive structures in society? Which tribe does the youth see themselves as part of? What unites them? What makes them unique?
As a second part to this final workshop, we set up a riso printing workshop at the Kunsthall together with designer and riso-printer Benjamin Hickethier. Hickethier collaborated with the youth in making the final publication for the semester called Book it!, he taught the group the riso printing process also helped them with the design of the publication.