November 23, 2020 — February 21, 2021
During 2020 we invited our visitors to experience art from home through our digital channels: from our TV channel made by young adults, specially commissioned Instagram posts by artists, to our online archive of video works and projects.
Seven on Seven Stavanger
This fall, Rhizome and Kunsthall Stavanger presented the first Norway-based edition of the project 7x7. Founded by Rhizome in 2010, 7x7 pairs artists and technologists and challenges them to make something new.
Typically, what they create in their short time together premieres at an annual conference, but at this time of isolation the partners supported remote collaboration and presentation. The aim was to experiment with the opportunity to open Seven on Seven to new audiences who otherwise could never attend the in-person conference.
FROM KS TO YOU
Through the outbreak we have asked artists to create a post for our Instagram account that can hopefully create calmness, ground and inspire, as well as spread solidarity at this moment in time. The intention is to keep artists engaged, support the art community where we can, and utilize art as a way to come together via digital channels.
Artists include Laurel Schwulst, Synnøve Sizou G. Wetten, Nicole Killian, Clara Balaguer and Czar Kristoff, Hanne Lippard, Lina Viste Grønli, Rhys Coren, Tiril Hasselknippe and Jader. You can see the works here.
We have also invited several artists to make videos that were screened on our website. These included:
Ely Kim, Boombox, 2009
Boombox (2009) was part of a 100 days project while artist and director Ely Kim was an MFA candidate at Yale University. Born out of a prompt to do one thing each day for 100 days, Ely chose dancing, something he loves to do, but was terrified to document on video. Each day, and within a different mundane space, Ely activated these spaces with his body, literally creating the room and space for him to exist. Read more here
Lex Brown, How to Find Belief in Life Again, 2020
How To Find Belief in Life Again is a 36 minute audio essay with tools for listeners to reconnect to a feeling of belief in a time of uncertainty. Though it is non-religious and compatible with any belief system, it was specifically written for those who "do not believe in anything" and want to build an everyday sense of spirituality by focusing on the power and patterns of nature. The work is a specially commissioned work for Kunsthall Stavanger's website as part of the project #fromKStoyou. Read more here
Margaret Tait, Happy Bees, 1954
Tait, who has described her work as film poems, lets one of her often used subjects take centre stage in Happy Bees; nature and its transformative power. The film can be seen as a poetic interpretation of island life, of childhood, preservation, change and remembrance. Depicted in the film is Tait’s brother's children. In a voice-over towards the end of the film we hear Tait declare: “The children are not far away, the children live here”. Read more here
Stine Janvin, Beautiful People, 2020
The videowork Beautiful People (2020) is an excerpt from the performance SOLD (a dog and pony show).
Stine Janvin has made a visual presentation and a composition consisting of five voices, all performed by Janvin. The work is a specially commissioned work for Kunsthall Stavanger's website as part of the project #fromKStoyou. Read more here
FROM KS TO YOU: Banner Art
While most of the projects take place on digital platforms the project also includes banners that are installed on the outside of the kunsthall’s building, located in the centre of one of Stavanger‘s traffic hubs. The banners, made in collaboration with international artists, are meant to bring art to the public in a safe and engaging way and is visible for the hundreds, if not thousands, of onlookers that pass the building on a daily basis. All works are specially commissioned for the project #fromKStoyou.The Banner Art project includes:
Molly Rose Dyson, Moons' Echo, 2020
The work is a psychedelic puzzle that visualises the reverberations between the cosmic, natural and human spheres. Says Dyson about her work: “As the world entered Corona-Virus lockdown, I watched spring bloom and humans retreat into their homes. In parks, gardens and forests, plants thrived and animals emerged from hibernation, while we entered our own kind of hibernation. The moon waxed and waned on it’s usual course”. Read more here.
Lauren Martin, Our Planet Deserves the World, 2020
About the banner, Martin says: "We are facing a critical moment on our planet where we have the opportunity to collectively manifest a positive future. We owe our planet a debt of gratitude, and we owe each other compassion, love, and an opportunity to heal undue suffering". Read more here.
Garb, Break Bread, 2020
The work is created by design collective Garb, with support by type design agency Dinamo. The publishing resource list is created by Black History Month Norway. For Garb the banner represents a call to "break bread" – to all come together at the same table to share food and conversation. Says Garb: "Responding to widespread protests following the murder of George Floyd, our social media feeds transformed into truly active spaces where live streams, organisational information and educational resource exchange drove crucial conversation across new platforms". Read more here.
Delali Ayivor, been thinking lately/of Fela, 2020
In the start of the summer Ayivor spent most of her time launching a public accountability campaign about institutionalized racism in the arts with Equitable Futures Collective. For the writer it was a crash course in community organizing, radical empathy, and an opportunity to learn, grow and reflect. Read more here.
Laura Aldridge, NO MATH METHDO, 2020
In this work, Aldridge uses the banner format as a mode to present physical and tactile experiences via a medium that is better known for carrying text and information. The visual and audio gives way to access and engage in a different manner of communication, one where a loose thread or a hair on someones head triggers a sensory response as weighty and charged as the written word. Read more here.
The summer school Klikk her-TV gathered 40 young adults and kids, 10 artists and 5 educators for the duration of a week. Together they created the TV channel Klikk her-TV, which was broadcast on Kunsthall Stavanger from during the summer school week, 6-10th of July.
ONLINE VIDEO ART FOR KIDS
You can watch art videos especially chosen for kids' viewing in our kids' online screening room. Artists include David Shrigley, Yusuke Mashiba, Yui Kugimiya, Robert Crumb, Rhys Coren, Ingela Ihrman, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Constance Tenvik, Andrea Zittel and Lars Hedelin.
ONLINE PROJECTS 2013-2017
Kunsthall Stavanger has engaged artists in online projects since 2013. You can see some of the projects and read more here:
COLOR IN THE KUNSTHALL!
For kids of all ages - go color in the kunsthall digitally on our website, and put it on display!