10 working days

10 working days


Florian Schneider, Untitled (Precision) from the series “10 working points for artists in new divisions of labor,” 2014. C-print, 160 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

February 20, 2015

10 working days
March 18–27, 2015

Kunsthalle Trondheim, Dronningens gate 28
Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Bispegata 7 B
Dokkhuset Scene, Dokkparken 4
Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Olav Tryggvasonsgate 5
Faculty for Art and Architecture, NTNU, Alfred Getz vei 3
Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)


10 working days is a series of events from March 18 to 27 in Trondheim. It will include lectures, presentations, screenings, shows and exhibitions in different venues across the city in mid-Norway. 

The goal of the 10 working days is to further explore the aesthetic and ethical impact of today’s working conditions for artists: How do the effects and aftereffects of a crisis that has become permanent and the advent of bio-political production that involves all aspects of social and individual life determine the ways of working, and in particular, working together? What is the role of the artist in a society where art is no longer situated outside of a general production, but lies at the very core of so-called creative industries? And what does it then mean to be constantly on the edge—of the world, of production or of a self? 

These questions will be discussed during the 10 working days from a range of more or less eccentric positions, in a variety of different formats and across the borders of established disciplines. 10 working days will be opened with a lecture by Koyo Kouoh, artistic director of Raw Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar. Matteo Pasquinelli introduces the concept of “Algorithmic Vision,” the NTNU professors Letizia Jaccheri and Martin Steinert discuss the relationships of art and technology. Soenke Zehle will investigate strategies of depletion design, while Jesper Alvær discloses findings from his research “Work, work.” The conditions of a self-consciousness of artists which addresses their own role in social reproduction will be raised by Angela Dimitrakaki, art theorist from Athens.

Maurizio Lazzarato presents his research on “Governing by debt,” before the 10 working days conclude by revisiting the work of Hannah Ryggen who spent most of her creative life in the coastal area of the Trondheim fjord. “Fishing in the sea of debt” is a seminar led by Corinne Diserens and Sven Augustijnen. It refers to the title of one of a Ryggens tapestries and it sets out to actualise her work against the backdrop of current political and archival configurations. During the seminar films by Sven Augustijnen, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Abderrahmane Sissako will be screened and discussed. The seminar is linked to the exhibition Summer Thoughts by Sven Augustijnen in Trondheim Kunsthall, which opens on March 12.

The program of the 10 working days takes place in the context of the artistic research project Divisions. It is the first event in a series of three gatherings of artists, theorists, scientists and activists over the next two years. Divisions is carried out by the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. Funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme it will investigate self-images and self-conceptions of artists in a post-industrial society that is characterised by hybrid divisions of labour. The project consists of researching facts on the ground of creative industries, a series of conferences and workshops across Norway, culminating in the commission of five artworks by internationally renowned artists.

Guests: Jesper Alvær, Sven Augustijnen, Angela Dimitrakaki, Corinne Diserens, Letizia Jaccheri, Alexander König, Koyo Kouoh, Maurizio Lazzarato, Matteo Pasquinelli, Emil Røyrvik, Martin Steinert, Soenke Zehle and many others

10 working days is curated by Florian Schneider in collaboration with Corinne Diserens and Helena Holmberg.

The program is open for the public, but some workshops and seminars require prior registration. Parts of the program will be video-taped and published online.

10 working days is supported by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU).

Contact and registration: contact [​at​] divisions.no

Further information and program updates: divisions.no

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