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New programme challenges ideas of what a contemporary art biennial should be


Details have been announced for the 2016 Oslo Pilot programme, a two-year initiative exploring the potential for a new kind of arts biennial in the Norwegian capital.

This year will see the launch of new public art pieces and performances alongside a poetry initiative, Cycle Wording, and the first issue of Oslo Pilot Magazine. The publication will feature a mixture of writings by artists published in the last century alongside newly commissioned artists’ texts, and act as the “anchor” for Oslo Pilot’s research into the role of art in the public realm.

According to Oslo Pilot’s curators Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, the programme’s four lines of investigation – Reactivation, Periodicity, Disappearance, and Public – will form insights into the potential to create a new kind of arts event that “is aimed at challenging the standard timeframe and economy of the periodic event.”

Among the works to be executed throughout 2016 is City of Dislocation, a piece by architects Johanne Borthne and Vilhelm Christensen, curator and writer Martin Braathen and architectural historian Even Smith Wergeland, working with Eva and Per Gunnar. It examines the use of abandoned cultural landmarks in Oslo including The National Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Deichmanske Library, the Munch Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.

For full details of the Oslo Pilot programme visit the website here.