6 May 2023, 2:00pm
UKS, Keysers gate 1


Are We Not Drawn Onward, We FeW, drawn OnwarD to NeW erA is a lecture-performance drawing on MARTIN WHITE’s ongoing research on the US-support of Norwegian psychiatrist Carl Wilhelm Sem-Jacobsen. White broadens the questions of American influence to the wider societal fields of mental health – determining normativity versus insanity – and human rights. A performative layer atop White’s publication BIG SCIENCE and his exhibition at UKS, the lecture-performance shows previously unseen, highly restricted photographs and documents, many of which cannot be photographed, distributed or electronically broadcast in any way. The act of presenting this material as a lecture is therefore given a political imperative.

Martin White (b. 1978, AU) lives and works in Oslo. He is a graduate from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, RMIT University in Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Is this OK? at Oslo Kunstforening (2019) and Dust Biter at Tokonoma at Melk, Oslo (2018). White’s work has been included in Project Anywhere (2023), Høstutstillingen at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2021) and Making Sense Together at Norsk Teknisk Museum, Oslo (2017). Prior to his career as a visual artist, White directed performance, film and television. He also writes essays and reviews alongside researching and teaching.



Free admission.
The performance is at 2–2.40pm.
The event is spoken in English.
UKS is wheelchair accessible. Read more about access here.


*Image: Martin White, Big Science Issue #03. Detail of page 71. Scan of pencil and ink drawing by Martin White.

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