Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7pm
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo

ARTISTS’ INSTITUTIONS is an ongoing series of talks about the reasons, means, and rationales of experimental institutions that are modeled in new ways around contemporary artistic practices. On Tuesday 10 April at 7pm, designer, curator, writer, and educator Prem Krishnamurthy will talk about his recent renditions of institutional frameworks—deliberating on P! and K, respectively.

Initiated in a Chinatown storefront in New York, from 2012 till 2017 P! (“P-exclamation”) was a free-wheeling combination of project space, commercial gallery, and “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle”, that proposed an experimental space of display in which the radical possibilities of disparate disciplines, historical periods, and modes of production rubbed shoulders. Following the closure of P!, Krishnamurthy opened K, (“K-Komma”) in Berlin-Schöneberg earlier this year. A “workshop for exhibition-making”, K, is positioned between “studio and cube”,  a space for production, presentation, and potential pedagogy that hosts a single, continuous exhibition over 2018. This program is framed by the work of the East German graphic designer and exhibition-maker Klaus Wittkugel (1910–85) and is supported by KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s residency format A Year with…

*Prem Krishnamurthy works between design, curating, writing, and teaching. He co-founded the award-winning graphic design studio Project Projects (2004–17), which continues in New York as the multidisciplinary design workshop Wkshps. He has curated exhibitions at the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; The Bass, Miami Beach; Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University, London; Para Site, Hong Kong; and other venues. He is co-curator of the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 2018 (Sharjah, UAE) and is organizing a constellation of exhibitions on polymathic artist and designer Elaine Lustig Cohen at the Jewish Museum, New York and NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2018–19. ​

Images from UKS #9 MINIBAR. Photos by Jan Khür

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