27 June 2022, 10:00am
Podium, Oslo


Considering collegial exchange, informal learning, and attempts at friendship as a fundamental part of our remit, UKS is pleased to reintroduce HOW TO PRACTICE? our popular walk-in workshop! Rotating local and international practitioners in the cultural field teach their particular version of this essential question, serving up their tricks and toolboxes, fears and desires, spreadsheets or yoga positions as UKS serves free coffee.

Starting off the workweek on monthly Mondays at 10am, this season’s HOW TO PRACTICE? is kindly hosted by artist-run gallery Podium, while UKS’s new location is closed for renovation.

This week’s HOW TO PRACTICE? is an attempt to defragment with artist SILJE FIGENSCHOU THORESEN.

“Being in the midst of too many projects, like I am right now, creates a certain type of stress that always fragments my brain,” says Silje. Instead of giving a very coherent talk, she will present some headlines from the upper layers of her consciousness including, but not limited to, the best hunting season for the red king crab (with spear); the use and non-use of the gákti; I DON’T CARE ABOUT Y-BLOKKA; some recent instances of life and death (and the fragmentation that followed); when to be nice; other stuff that may pop up. The talk may entail defragmentation and potentially some Finnish grammar.

Silje Figenschou Thoresen (b. 1978) lives and works in Kirkenes. She mainly works with the materials that surround her. Her work is based in the Sàmi tradition of improvisation and she tries to follow the material logic and leads presented by the objects she works with.


The event is spoken in English. Unfortunately, this event is not wheelchair accessible.


* Image: Silje Figenschou Thoresen, der har altså utvilsomt været folk på stedet, mens folk har ungået den barskere kyst mot nord from UKS’ anniversary exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus, 2021. Photo by Vegard Kleven.

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