[artinfo] Museums on Fire
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Tue Mar 28 14:06:35 CEST 2017
"Museums on Fire"
A symposium taking place within a scenography, punctuated by artists' actions
April 20-21, 2017
Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7
OCA is pleased to present "Museums on Fire," a
symposium in Oslo and subsequently in Kárájohka*
(Northern Sami for Karasjok) that will take place
against a scenography specially commissioned to
artist Anders Sunna, with a number of actions and
interventions by artists Raven Chacon, Carola
Grahn, Geir Tore Holm and Duane Linklater.
"Museums on Fire" considers the entanglement of
art institutions within the colonial and
modernist ideologies that created them, and asks
artists, curators, academics of indigenous and
non-indigenous descent to consider the spaces and
processes through which indigenous artistic
practices, past and present, should be addressed
today. What would a non-colonial museum look,
feel and sound like? Is it enough to widen the
modernist art historical canon through the
politics of inclusion? And is the museum per se
an obsolete model for indigenous practices?
Should novel constellations of thought and
practice be sought to affirm and mediate the
indigenous discourses of the future?
With the significant "indigenisation" of the
international art world-as indigenous voices are
increasingly sought after for biennials,
residencies, exhibitions and art fairs-art
institutions are facing the challenge of engaging
meaningfully with indigenous thinking. While the
problematic issues of modern institutions were
denounced early on by the likes of artist Kazimir
Maleviã (his 1919 text On the Museum celebrated
the empowering force of burning museums) today
this questioning is most profoundly felt to come
from current indigenous artistic practices.
Confirmed speakers in the symposium are
Clementine Deliss, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm,
Anna Hudson, Eva Dagny Johansen, Duane Linklater,
Catalina Lozano, Gerald McMaster and Anne May
Olli. Artists' interventions by Raven Chacon,
Carola Grahn, with screenings of works by Geir
Tore Holm and Duane Linklater. "Museums on Fire"
is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio
For more information, please contact OCA's
<mailto:tara.hassel at oca.no>Tara Hassel.
About "Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North"
The event forms part of
at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the
North," a broad cross-disciplinary project
exploring the cultural history of Northern
Norway, curated by the Office for Contemporary
Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of
regional and international dialogues and
partnerships, the project is unfolding in various
forms and locations across Norway and beyond,
including research, artists' residencies,
exhibitions, text commissions and a number of
activities implemented through an OCA pilot
office in Tromsø as well as its premises in Oslo.
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