8 – 9 June 2019
Kunstnernes Hus


Dates: Saturday, 8 June – Sunday, 9 June 2019
Venue: Kunstnernes Hus Kino, Oslo
Tickets: Two days 200 NOK / UKS members 100 NOK. To reserve, please write tickets@uks.no *

Save the date for the finale of UKS’ Spring program! Taking place 8–9 June 2019 in Oslo, the large-scale international conference—Bande à part—discusses the reasons, means, and rationales of a range of recent independent institutions, which often have a small economy yet create a considerable impact within their respective art scenes.

The two-day convention will take a close look at how small- to mid-scale models depart, each in a different way, from the traditional formats of the institutional white cube. The focus revolves around the operation of alternative mechanisms, instigating unconventional hierarchies between artwork, artist, audience, institution—between participants and authors, agents and aliens.

Three keynotes—Chris Kraus, founder of Semiotext(e), New York; Lars Bang Larsen, curator at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Christine Tohme, founder of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut—consider the value of independent and, often, alternative institutional models vis-à-vis a default organizational infrastructure, from opening hours to art world newspeak.

The featured institutions include: 1857 (Steffen Håndlykken & Stian Eide Kluge), Oslo; The Artist’s Institute (Anthony Huberman), New York; Asakusa (Koichiro Osaka), Tokyo; Kunsthalle Lissabon (Luís Silva & João Mourão), Lisbon; Kunstverein (Yana Foqué), Amsterdam; Louise Dany (Ina Hagen & Daisuke Kosugi), Oslo; Lulu (Chris Sharp), Mexico City; New Theater (Calla Henkel), Berlin; P! (Prem Krishnamurthy), New York/Berlin; Pivô (Fernanda Brenner), São Paulo; PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art (Rhea Dall & Kristine Siegel), Berlin; Primer (David Hilmer Rex), Copenhagen; RAW Material Company (Dulcie Abrahams Altass), Dakar; and Signal – Center for Contemporary Art (Elena Tzotzi), Malmö.

Set in the black box “Kino” at Kunstnernes Hus, the conference concludes the UKS talk series on Artists’ Institutions. It is conceptualized by UKS Director and co-founder of PRAXES, Rhea Dall, in collaboration with co-founder of Lulu, Chris Sharp, and founder of P!, Prem Krishnamurthy.

Bande à part is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of Norway, Fritt Ord, and Nordic Culture Fond. Moreover, it is supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the collaborators Kunstnernes Hus and OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway.


* NB: Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come first-served basis.

** Image material from the film: Bande à part, Jean-Luc Godard, 1964.

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