In the Usual Direction of Travel

In the Usual Direction of Travel

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Steinar Laumann, The Course of the Glacier, 2013. Workshop on a glacier, dimensions variable, duration: six days. Photo: Rebecca Szabo Onstad.
May 25, 2015
In the Usual Direction of Travel

June 5–14, 2015

Opening: Friday, June 5, 18h

Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Fossveien 24, 0551
Hours: Monday–Friday 15–20h,
Saturday–Sunday 12–18h

The Department of Art and Craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts is pleased to announce the final degree show for the 2015 MFA in Medium and Material Based Art: In the Usual Direction of Travel curated by Jennifer Allen.

The exhibition features new works by Patrik Berg, Christian Magnus Tømmeraas Berg, Maia Birkeland, Matilda Björkne, Stine Bråthen, Stein Are Kjærås Dahl, Emil Gustafsson, Jeanett Gustavsen, hÅkon gÅre, Jørgen Frederik Scheel Haarstad, Anita Hanch-Hansen, Elin Hedberg, Andrea Wikhammer Heir, Steinar Laumann, Aron-Irving Li, Tina Lindvall, Rebecca Szabo Onstad, Zahra Rashid and Hege Cathrine Hauge Thoresen.

In the Usual Direction of Travel manifests the movement at the heart of this exhibition. Visitors are invited to walk across the campus of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and to follow an itinerary: from the inside to the outside, from one artwork to the next, from the academy’s Seilduken Galleri down to the shore of the Akerselva River which flows through Oslo.

This itinerary is very much “in the usual direction of travel” for the artists who use the campus daily, although most do not associate walking across these well-worn paths with a trip. The word “travel” adds a sense of accomplishing a voyage, wandering, expedition, trek or adventure—even if the destinations are nearby. Travel—a Norwegian neologism taken from the French travail (work)—is also about having a great deal to do.

Making art can be a way of moving—with little displacement and much discovery: on a wood block, in a ceramic glaze, in a copper wire or on a thread. Inspirations include imaginary trips, like Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island (1973) and Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1978-80) as well as real travels that involved next to no movement: Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage Around My Room (1794), Jean Cocteau’s Opium (1930), George Perec’s Species of Spaces (1974) and even Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book (1002) which articulates an elaborate, intensive and immediate aesthetic experience of materials, from textiles to paper.

For further information and announcements, please see the exhibition website, the department website or contact Anne Line Abotnes, Information Officer. The catalogue has been designed by Büro Otto Sauhaus, Berlin.


Final degree show for the 2015 MFA in Medium and Material Based Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts

RSVP for In the Usual Direction of Travel
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
May 25, 2015

Thank you for your RSVP.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.