[artinfo] a seminar on "Normality"
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A seminar on "Normality"
March 28, 2014
Free admission. Lunch and coffee will be served.
Registration from March 7: <mailto:booking at hok.no>booking at hok.no
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK)
Sonja Henies vei 31
The seminar is the last event of the contemporary
art exhibition project titled Vi lever på en
stjerne (We Are Living on a Star), which opened
on January 30 at HOK. The exhibition takes its
title from a tapestry woven in 1958 by Hannah
Ryggen, which hung in the Norwegian government
building, known as the High-Rise, until July 22,
2011. The extensive explosion that took place
that day left the tapestry with a gash in the
left lower corner. Like a wound that has healed,
this tear is now barely visible after meticulous
reconstruction, although a slight scar remains--a
testament to the brutal tear in the fabric of
Norwegian society. In a short span of time the
events of July 22 transformed the experience of
normality as it was known and, consequently, the
predictable. The normal was no longer familiar,
and the abnormal was no longer associated only
with the foreign.
During and after the trial against Anders Behring
Breivik, Norway was encompassed in a larger
debate about his sanity and responsibility, about
normality and the soundness of the mind.
Normality, however, is far more than the opposite
of insanity. The normative intervenes in all
parts of society and regulates all our actions;
it defines what appears as natural and should
therefore be considered as a highly relevant
issue in political and aesthetic discussions.
Lectures by Renata Salecl, Even Smith Wergeland,
Sandi Hilal from DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture
Art Residency), and Tone Hansen, among others.
Moderated by Thomas Keenan.
Organized by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) in
collaboration with Fritt Ord (The Freedom of
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