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Dear all.
We are taking a break in the program og would therefore like to invite you to the last exhibiton at Holodeck in 2013. We are very happy to present an exhibition with the danish artist Ditte Knus Tønnesen, combined with a summerparty and a surprise concert. Hope to see you all.

With love,
Kjersti, Lina and Silja.

knock rock. Ditte Knus Tønnesen

Opening: Friday June 21st, 20.00
Open: June 21st – 23rd, 2 – 5 PM

The exhibition knock rock presents several new works by the danish artist Ditte Knus Tønnesen.

The photographic work, The Law Forbids Rich And Poor Alike To Sleep Under Bridges shows an abandoned building site at a resort area in EgyptThe artist has used the cameras technical difficulties of how to reproduce a linear perspective as a reference to the paradoxes in economic growth and downturn associated with tourism.

A plastic cast of a small walking stick with emblems rests on a well know danish design chair, the Safari Chair. The title Goslar, Kungälv, Aarhus, Kalø, Clausthal-zellerf., Himmelbjerget, Danmarks Akvariumindicated different locations, places normal to visit as a tourist. The chair is designed to travel with, as it is possible to take apart with only one simple move. Both objects function as illustrative references to well known trademarks and national ideals.

By using materials as large scale photographic prints, wooden structures, a plastic cast on a readymade chair, Ditte Knus Tønnesen presents a body of work that explors the intersections between the different material qualities, history and context.

The exhibition, knock rock is created in reference to mans desire to explore, conquer and capture the world and explores the associations between historical references and current political matters. Knus Tønnesen’s work investigates how individual understanding becomes a unique way of communication, showing a fascination of the idea that reality often can be seen as layers of understanding from diverse cultures, languages, religious and political views.

Ditte Knus Tønnesen (b. 1982) graduated from The Glasgow School of Art (UK) and Kyoto Seika University (Japan) in 2008, with a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography. She currently lives and works in Denmark, where she is the co-founder and curator of the exhibition space Green Is Gold Studio. A selection of her latest exhibitions and art projects includes The Jewel, Kontor Project’s, Copenhagen (2013), Forgotten Art, (research residency) MoKs Center for Art & Social Practice, Estonia (2012), Twin City, (research residency) Skaftfell Center For Visual Art, Iceland (2012), Living with Ghosts, Hour Projects, Copenhagen (2012), Ekskursion, Green Is Gold , Copenhagen (2012), 1,000,000 Acres of Sky, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Iceland (2012), Never Express Yourself More Clearly Than You Are Able to Think, Four Boxes Gallery, Skive, Denmark (2011), We Just Live Here,The Forgotten Bar, Berlin (2010), Possible Realities, One Night Only, Oslo (2009). She is currently an artist in residence at the Danish Art Workshop, in Copenhagen.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Danish Art Workshops, Danish Art Council for International Art, Culture Point North and Forbundet Frie Fotografer.

www.ditteknus.com

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Decembers – revisited

Maj Hasager

Opening: Friday June 7th, 20.00

Open: June 8th – 9th, 2 – 5 PM

The exhibition Decembers – revisited at Holodeck presents the two video works Decembers – a round table conversation and Decembers – narrating history.   The video works juxtaposes images from an official history and true stories told by women. The work centres on two protests that happened in December. The first was brutally put down by the Polish People’s Army and the Citizen’s Militia – at least 42 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded – and the latter event in 1981 marked the beginning of a period of martial law. Both incidents have become familiar through their documentation in thousands of photographs revealing the ensuing street fights.

The video  ‘Decembers – a round table conversation’ is developed in collaboration with a group of women who participated in literary workshops at the University of the Third Age. Here the women recall forgotten stories and fragmentary memories of everyday life. The project revolves around themes of memory, stigmatisation and the construction of history.

The film production is structured around the personal narratives of the women and their memories of times when they had no voice in the public realm. Their views on the two December strikes of 1970 and 1981 are also addressed.

These narratives are sometimes funny and sometimes dramatic, and being told from a female and largely missing perspective, they offer a re-telling of a particular element of the historical narrative.

The second video work in the exhibition is the montage film Decembers – narrating history, which is a black/white film made of archival images from the archive of the European Center for Solidarity in Gdansk. The film shines a light on the discarded stories of everyday life and emphasizes their role in the fabric of history. The work is an attempt to make the private stories of those events more prominent, to complete the official image of history.

Both video works were commissioned by Laznia – Centre for Cotemporary Art in Gdansk and developed in a Polish context in 2012. The project has been supported in part by the Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw, the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts, The Danish Arts Foundation, European Centre for Solidarity and Nordic culture point.

Maj Hasager is a Danish artist currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied photography and fine art in Denmark, Sweden and the UK, earning an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden in 2008. Her work deals with power structures, identity, memory, the construction of history, and architecture, looking at how these interlinked phenomena are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. Her artistic approach is research-based and interdisciplinary, and she works predominantly with text, sound, video and photography. She has exhibited her work internationally in events and institutions such as, Past Upon Past, Red Barn Photo Gallery, Belfast, Ireland (2013), Decembers, LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland (2012), Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010), Between Here and Somewhere Else, al-Hoash, al-Kahf gallery and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, Palestine (2010), The Other Shadow of the City, al-Hoash, Jerusalem (2009), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2009), Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008), A Public Affair, Gallery 21, Malmö (2008), LOOP Film festival, Barcelona, Spain (2008), EMERGED Space, Glasgow, Scotland (2007), and KargART festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2007). She has been awarded grants in support of her work from the Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut, Lebanon), ArtSchool Palestine, Danish Centre for Culture and Development and the Danish Arts Agency. She is the programme director of Critical and Pedagogical studies at Malmö Art Academy, and is a guest lecturer at the International Academy of Art – Palestine, Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem and University of Ulster, Belfast.

www.majhasager.net

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HEAVY DAYS

Kevin Malcolm

Opening: Friday May 24rd, 19:00
Open: May 24rd – 26th, 12-5 pm as part of OSLO GALLERY WEEKEND

Heavy Days presents new sculptural and collage works which approach concrete through its use in construction, and develop an exploration of its materiality in relation to the human body.

A slump test measures the workability of concrete; its malleability when wet is directly related to its strength and integrity when set. Simultaneously, a slump test is a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of leg and back pain disorders; flexibility is assessed to determine neural tension and spinal damage. Neither test is conclusive, only suggestive of the likelihood that failure will occur.

A new series of collages activate the appropriative tradition as a mirror of content, namely a repurposing of space, both within image culture and the built environment. A photograph of a figurative sculpture built into a wall in Salvador Dali’s garden lays atop a newsprint page from an advertising brochure using images of DIY concrete work to impart a rugged authenticity to jeans.

Unsurprisingly the form, the content and the intent are embedded in the material. Indeed, the material is the content. Concrete is inescapably present but into which mold should it be poured or from which form cast? Can it bind an aggregate of our desires? It is mute and yet we would have it speak. What realistic expectations can we have of cement, sand and water?

Kevin Malcolm (Glasgow, 1979) is a Scottish artist based in Copenhagen. His work deals with the tensions between image and source, highlighting the role of photography in the experience of space, place and history. Encompassing sculpture, photography, collage and works which fall somewhere between these definitions, his practice questions the construction and display of visual information and how it figures in our relationship to the built environment.

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The Other Skyline

Lina Norell 

Opening: Friday April 26th, 20:00

Open: April 27th – 28th, 2-5 PM 

The exhibition The Other Skyline displays recent paintings from an ongoing series by Lina Norell, drawing inspiration from artificial landscapes and nature adapted to the gains and pleasure of humans. Norell’s scenery projects a mixed sense of triumph and melancholia, balancing the playful color codes of theme parks and the careful symmetry of garden installations with a sense of struggle and restraint. Mundane reality crashes into an idealized hyperreality as we have yet to decide whether these landscapes are under construction or desolate testaments to a loss of control.

Lina Norell (b. 1983) lives and works in Oslo. She holds a degree in Fine Art and Art History from Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has previously been shown in Kunsthall Oslo; Trondheim Bi-annual; North-South Galleries, San Francisco; Shoreditch Town Hall, London and most recently in a solo exhibition at Konstfrämjandet Värmlands Konstnärsförbund in Karlstad.

 

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No, and other possibilities

Marie Thams

Opening: Friday April 12th, 8 pm

Open: April 13-14th, 2 – 5 pm

”Dear Sir Bartleby
… You say you would prefer not to perform the tasks your employer asks you to carry out. Why? That I am not certain of, but one thing seems clear – precisely that you will not. It is this act of refusal and the questions it brings with it, which makes me write to you, Sir. Out of your negation emerges a question of potentiality to me, which is something I will attempt to unfold in this letter. …”

Excerpt from ‘Letter to Bartleby’ written by the artist.

At Holodeck Marie Thams shows the video installation No, and other possibilities. The work is an artistic investigation dealing with human potentiality in creative fields. By breaking with the expected and focusing on the possibility of Not using our potential and to Stop doing something Thams raises an urgent question in a time and field for endless possibilities and demands for productivity.

Marie Thams (b. 1982) lives in Copenhagen. She holds a MFA in Art Theory and Communication from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art (2011/12) and a BA in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London University (2009). Thams has among other places exhibited in London, Trondheim, Barcelona, Copenhagen and San Francisco. Furthermore, she is currently Chair person in the professional organisation UKK, Unge kunstnere og Kunstformidlere (Young Art Workers).

http://mariethams.com

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Bananas on a trip

Sverre Strandberg

(Utstillingen som tar en pause fra jakten på at det finnes noe unikt det ute)

Opening: Friday March 22nd, 20:00

Open: March 23rd – 24th, and 30th – 31st, 2-5 PM

Two bananas were out walking.
Then the green banana run off an hid behind a tree.
Just behind him came the yellow banana.
As the yellow banana past the tree,
the green banana scared the yellow banana.
Then the yellow banana said:
Ah you’re so immature.

Sverre Strandberg viser på Holodeck innrammede cut-outs i kartong og et lydverk. Lydarbeidet er klippet fra en serie samtaler/intervjuer med kunstnerne McAlinden, E. Mugaas, V.P. Lind og F. Markus og er fritt redigert til 14.30 min. loop.
Vitser er framført av A. Vinnem.

www.sverrestrandberg.com

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FOLDE t

Ingrid Eggen

Opening: Friday February 22nd, 20:00

Open: February 23rd – 24th, March 2nd – 3rd, 2-5 PM

 

HOLD t

det kommer noe

hold pusten

slit strikken, spre bunken og

fyr fingern løs!

 

hold on me, hold me on

hold me tight, tight me on

hold on me, hold me tight, tonight

come on and tie me on, tonight

 

Det var noen som raste

falt pladask ut av form

under holdningskampanjeplakaten

et kroppsvirvar på holde(på)plassen

hei vi kan hjelpe, men vi trenger hjelp

hva holder du på med?

hold ut

mot og fingern oppe!

 

Den som holder en finger til værs

et HOLD t

deg i form

omveltern, øyeblikksfrysern, frigjørern

er det hold i

denne holdninga, holder det?

hold nå opp! og hold

opp en finger

bare løft en finger på vers

 

hold on me, hold me on

hold me tight, oh please

tie me tight, tonight

 

Aina Villanger

Ingrid Eggen (b.1979) lives and works in Oslo. Eggen has her BA from Institutt for farge at KHIO in 2006. Ingrid works with photography and video. Her main area of interest is the combination of human perception, action and reaction. She investigates this by creating situations with conflicting, confusing, surreal and overwhelming stimuli and restrictions for her subjects. She has participated in group exhibitions like “Limited Matter” at Leilighet Horizont in Copenhagen, 2012, “Open Studio” at Cite des Artes i Paris, 2012, Grand Prix De La Decouverte in Paris, 2012, Vårutstillingen (The Spring Exhibition) at Fotogalleriet, 2009, “Mørkeromsbilder” at Preus museum, 2008, and ”Scramble for Survival” at Oslo Kunstforening, 2006. She has also participated at Høstutstillingen (The Autumn Exhibition) in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

www.ingrideggen.no