Mobilizing Citizenship (MC) is an educational project where Norwegian and international artists and designers are invited to work with a small group of youth at Kunsthall Stavanger during one semester. The overall focus of MC is to investigate how young people can use tools and methods from contemporary art to express themselves and be heard in today's society.
Together with the participants, WALK OF SHAME (WOS) are building a collective of common thinking about the concepts of sharing and caring through an entire semester. For this workshop WOS and the participants will explore how we can communicate our identities through other means than the spoken or written word.
Through the previous workshops they have been developing personalised wearable art for each participant, in the format of customised jeans jackets with DIY buttons and patches. Through creative and empowering processes the group builds confidence around personal identity and expression. The artists and participants are working from the understanding that expressing ourselves is a tool for engaging with the world around us, as well as a tool for sharing our individual stories.
Curator: Kristina Ketola Bore
Project Manager: Marisa Molin
Youth Worker: Trine Ottosen
Mobilizing Citizenship has received generous funding from Arts Council Norway.
Established in 2012, WALK OF SHAME (WOS) is an artist collective based in Bergen, Norway comprised of Gulli Sekse, Hanne Maren Meldahl and Karoline Skuseth. Exploring the interrelation between performative and social spaces, WOS seeks to challenge the established hegemony of genres across disciplines such as visual arts, performance, live arts, and concerts. WOS’ visual expression combines elements such as clubbing culture, natural landscapes, trash culture and consumerism.
WOS are creating four workshops for the autumn semester of MC under the theme of Sharing is Caring.
Mobilizing Citizenship (MC) is an educational project where Norwegian and international artists and designers are invited to work with a small group of young people aged 12-16 at Kunsthall Stavanger during one semester. The overall focus of MC is to investigate how young people can use tools and methods from contemporary art to express themselves and be heard in today's society. MC is not a talent development programme, but rather an investigation into how contemporary art can be a relevant contribution in young people’s lives.
Since its inception in 2018, MC has developed into a practice-based research project. During the period 2022–2024, the project will focus on building more knowledge about how we can create good meetings between contemporary art and young people. As part of this, we are collaborating with institutions and cultural workers from around the world who have expertise in this area. The result of the project will take the form of reflections and documentations, made accessible to artists, curators, cultural workers and institutions who want to create relevant offerings for young people.
Previous Themes and Participants:
With: Lee Heinemann (curator), Delali Ayivor, Lex Brown, Ingela Ihrman
Unpacking the Visual Norms
With: Benedetta Crippa, Toxic Waste Face, Jennie Bringaker, Lee Heinemann
Movement and Body Representation
With: WALK OF SHAME, Sidsel Christensen, Zinzi Minott, Trojan Horse (Kaisa Karvinen, Tommi Vasko)
Public Space in the Context of the Digital
With: Clara Balaguer, Eglé Kulbokaité and Dorota Gawęda, Laurel Schwulst, Andreas Knag Danielsen and David Lamignan Larsen
Activism as Artistic Tool
With: Hardworking Goodlooking (Clara Balaguer, Kristian Henson), Synnøve Sizou G. Wetten, Hans Edward Hammonds, Nicole Killian and Benjamin Hickethier