June 11, 2011 - Momentum - Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art - The 6th Momentum Biennial: Imagine Being Here Now
June 11, 2011

The 6th Momentum Biennial: Imagine Being Here Now

Raphaël Jozan.

The 6th Momentum Biennial
Imagine Being Here Now
18 June–2 October 2011

Moss Norway


Fifty international artists take part in the 6th Momentum Biennial entitled Imagine Being Here Now opening on Saturday 18 June. Five Nordic curators collaborated on creating this year’s exhibition, which will take place in different places in and around the town of Moss in Norway and stretch to the capitals of the Nordic countries.

Imagine Being Here Now:
The exhibition, Imagine Being Here Now, is predicated upon a conviction that the complexities of orientating the world depend on factors of memory and imagination that inevitably transpire within time and space. Indeed, we tend to emphasize the latter when considering human experience, but for each individual time and space expands back and forth, up and down and even sideways (to whatever elements each person takes into consideration at any given moment). The inherent present of each individual not only extends to momentary impressions but to his or her past as well as their expectations of the future, owing to the fact that we have the ability to imagine being somewhere else entirely, in any other place at any other time.

In extension to the two venues that usually house Momentum, Gallery F15—a historic countryside villa, and Momentum kunsthall—a former brewery in the city center, the exhibition engages The Solberg Tower—an empty high-rise near the city of Moss. Furthermore, projects intervene in the exhibition infrastructure at unexpected hours and sites throughout Momentum. One of those events will be an itinerant performance program presenting itself around the Nordic region in the fall.

Øystein Aasan (NO), Caroline Achaintre (FR), Harpa Árnadóttir (IS), Michael Baers (US), Margrét H. Blőndal (IS), Paolo Bottarelli (IT), KP Brehmer (DE), Elina Brotherus (FI), Heman Chong (SG), Bruce Conner (US), Jason Dodge (US), Aleksandra Domanović (RS), Leif Elggren (SE), Luca Frei (SE), Ellie Ga (US), Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Hamza Halloubi (MA), Magnús Logi Kristinsson (IS), Matti Kujasalo (FI), Oliver Laric (AU), Karl Larsson (SE), Ann Lislegaard (NO), The Long Now Foundation (US), Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio (IT), Katarina Lőfstrőm (SE), Daniel Medina (VE), Maria Miesenberger (SE), Naeem Mohaiemen (BD), Ulrike Mohr (DE), Eadweard Muybridge (UK), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Rosalind Nashashibi (UK), Ioana Nemes (RO), Finnbogi Pétursson (IS), Prinz Gholam (DE/LB), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Mandla Reuter (ZA), Nikolai von Rosen (DE), Hans Rosenstrőm (FI), Andreas Siqueland (NO), SEX TAGS (NO), Simon Starling (UK), Fiete Stolte (DE), Superflex in collaboration with The Propeller Group (DK), Ines Tartler (DE), Roi Vaara (FI), Kjell Varvin (NO), Bettina Camilla Vestergaard (DK), Wooloo (DK), George Young (UK)

Curated by:
Markús Þór Andrésson (IS), Christian Skovbjerg Jensen (DK), Theodor Ringborg (SE), Aura Seikkula (FI), Marianne Zamecznik (NO)

The 6th Momentum Biennial catalogue consists of two publications, a Reader and an Index. Indicatory of an exhibition venturing to pin down, stretch and animate the experience of time in standstill, motion and reverse, the catalogue parallels the multiple layers of presentation and expressions characterizing the exhibition. The Reader is launched prior to the opening of the exhibition while the Index will be released at the very end of the exhibition, both published by Mousse Publishing. Texts in Reader by Elena Agudio, Markús Þór Andrésson, Carson Chan, Manuel Cirauqui, Stefan Heidenreich, Ronald Jones, Karl Larsson, Raqs Media Collective, Theodor Ringborg, Aura Seikkula, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen & Wooloo, Fatoş Üstek, Marianne Zamecznik & Øystein Aasan. Images in Index by Vegard Kleven.

Opening week program:
Wednesday 15 June 12.00. Press conference at Momentum kunsthall in Moss with exhibition curators

Saturday 18 June 13.30 Curator’s presentation and press preview (Press program for international press starts at 10.30. Information at www.momentum.no)

Saturday 18 June from 15.00. Public opening at Galleri F15

Saturday 18 June 20.00. Opening party at Momentum kunsthall

Sunday 19. June. Performance program and talks

Performances and live events by Heman Chong, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Magnús Logi Kristinsson, Prinz Gholam, Roi Vaara, SEX TAGS and Alexander Rose from The Long Now Foundation. For detailed information on program, transportation, press preview, etc., please visit www.momentum.no or contact mch@punkto.no

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