13 May 2019, 10:00am
UKS

#12 HOW TO PRACTICE?
KNUT ÅSDAM

Considering collegial exchange, informal peer-to-peer/practice-to-practice learning, and attempts at friendship as a fundamental part of our remit, UKS presents the weekly walk-in-workshop: HOW TO PRACTICE?

Starting off the workweek every Monday morning at 10am, rotating local and international artists teach their conspicuous version of this essential question—HOW TO PRACTICE?—serving up their tricks and toolboxes, angry birds, excel, or yoga as UKS serves free coffee.

For UKS’ twelfth walk-in-workshop on Monday, 13 May at 10am, Oslo-based artist, filmmaker, and writer KNUT ÅSDAM (b. 1968) will discuss his practice which balances cinema, video, and installation. Currently working on longer film formats, Åsdam will give insight into how he produces his work and attempts to insert an acute sense of subjectivity and material life into it—from the toll of everyday life to the way individuals adjust their desires to the rules of contemporary society—using a mixture of documentary and fictional narrative elements.

Åsdam studied internationally in the late eighties to the mid-nineties at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Jan van Eyck Academie, and Goldsmiths College. His work has been shown at institutions including MOMA, NYC; Tate Modern, London; Bergen Kunsthall; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Venice Biennial; Kunsthalle Bern; Istanbul Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Moderna Museet, Stockholm: Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Åsdam’s upcoming projects include two feature film projects on contemporary Europe and installations for both the Momentum and the Oslo Biennial.

 

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