August 14, 2012 - Henie Onstad Kunstsenter - MoDERNISM MACHINE
August 14, 2012


HOK under construction 1967. Archival image, © HOK.

Exhibition and Symposium:
Culture of Display & Book Launch
August 16–October 21, 2012

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 
Sonja Henies vei 31 
Høvikodden, Norway

T +47 67 80 48 80

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) aims to re-position the role an art institution can take in the educational field today, prompting three students and a professor from the KHiO, The Academy of Fine Art Oslo, as well as a variety of cultural producers and scholars, to contribute to the dialogue.

MoDERNISM MACHINE takes on multiple senses of occupying the museum where pedagogy becomes generative. It reflects and negotiates the collection of practices that constitute the museum and the academy’s current relation to it. In the midst of their research process, the artists found themselves entering a site of production, commenting on art by making art, rather than solely holding a position of analytical distance. Working with the Museum as a study object opens up the center’s history while it simultaneously accumulates a future archive.

MoDERNISM MACHINE will run as an ongoing discursive and educational platform.

A full-day symposium on September 30, Culture of Display, will host lectures, considering how exhibition practices can have a critical educational and mediating function.

Symposium speakers: Theodor Barth (Associate Professor KHiO, Oslo), Celine Condorelli (Professor at NABA, Milan), Clémentine Deliss (Director, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt), Dag Erik Elgin (artist), Tone Hansen (Director, HOK), Milena Hoegsberg (Acting Chief Curator, HOK), Catherine Ince (Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London), Maria Lind (Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm), Natalie O’Donell (PhD candidate in Architecture), and Rane Willerslev (Director, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo).

A comprehensive publication will follow, titled MoDERNISM MACHINE (Design: Your Friends, Oslo), documenting the exhibition and the events taking place within it, to be launched at the Culture of Display Symposium.

From August 31–October 18, 2012, Extended Classroom will convert an exhibition area into an art educational space, with daytime talks from Dag Erik Elgin’s academy lecture program made open to the public at HOK. Sunday Conversations Series will cover a variety of topics on art and architecture with critical thinkers and artists in a more informal setting, with HOK serving as subtext.

Culture of Display Symposium
September 30, 10–5pm
Free; registration mandatory
Send an e-mail to BeriAndr [​at​] before September 15.

Sunday Conversations Series and Extended Classroom 
For a full calendar, please click here.



Henie Onstad Kunstsenter presents MoDERNISM MACHINE
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
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