POPULAR unrest


Still from Popular Unrest

Monday, April 28, 19h, 2014 at KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgaten 53

Since the economic crisis began in 2008, artist Melanie Gilligan has created three narrative episodic video works, Crisis in the Credit SystemSelf-Capital and Popular Unrest which reflect on the economics and politics of capital’s current ongoing crisis. Gilligan’s talk will focus on the third of these three works, Popular Unrest, and will center around its particular perspective on the present.

Melanie Gilligan is an artist and writer based in London and New York. Gilligan has written for magazines and journals such as Texte zur KunstMuteArtforum, and Grey Room. In 2008, Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini-drama, made specifically for internet viewing. Popular Unrest, is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. Here, however, all exchange transactions and social interactions are overseen by a system called ‘the Spirit’. A rash of unexplained killings have broken out across the globe. They often take place in public but witnesses never see an assailant. Just as mysteriously, groups of unrelated people are suddenly coming together everywhere, amassing new members rapidly. Unaccountably, they feel a deep and persistent sense of connection to one another.

The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.

The video-works of Melanie Gilligan is online here:




Foto: Hans Breder with student

Thursday, April 10, 5pm, 2014,  KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgate 53

Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek will be talking about the exhibition Anti-Academy, first presented at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton/England, 2013. The show examines the ideas, processes, workshops and legacies of three radical educational models in 1960s Japan, the USA and Denmark. Comprised of three installations, each relating to one of these school’s programmes, Anti-Academy explores life at Bigakko, Tokyo, The Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, and Ex-School, Copenhagen.

Schmidt-Bleek curated the Intermedia section of the exhibition, a program that was established by the German artist Hans Breder in 1968. At Intermedia, students experienced workshops by various visiting artists with an emphasis on exploring ‘the boundaries between media, between artistic and scholarly practices, between genres, between social and political universes, between viewer and artist’.  The Iowa program was characterized by an innovative use of media and technology. Key to its early years was the involvement of visiting artists who developed work with student participation, including creations by Robert Wilson and Allan Kaprow amongst others. There was an emphasis on development of a collaborative relationship with the local community and the utilisation of the local landscape as site for the making of student work. Anti-Academy includes works made with students (notably with the year group of students that included Ana Mendieta and Charles Ray) by Elaine Summers, Mary Beth Edelson and Vito Acconci, alongside a broader review of the archive. This program will be the focal point of the talk.

The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.

Anti-Academy is organised in collaboration with Heidi Nicolaisen.


By Reason or By Force

image001Thursday, February 6th, 6pm, 2014 at Stiftelsen 3,14, Vaagsallmenningen 12, 5014 Bergen

In Chile, in recent years there have been renewed forms of demonstration and protest. Through the occupation of public space (physical and virtual), social movements have used creative and poetic practices for disturbing public order, questioning the neoliberal model implemented during the dictatorship, deepened by recent governments and the democratic crisis. One of the important features of these manifestations is the appropriation of resources, strategies and aesthetic borrowed from advertising, film and pop culture in general, along with the use of technology and media.

The lecture will show some of the most representative examples of these actions, trying to understand them within its political context and its symbolic dimension, tracing their connections to conceptual practices carried out since the 70’s and 80’s in Chile and Latin America.

Valentina Montero is a Chilean journalist, curator and researcher. PhD candidate in Advanced Productions in Art (Barcelona University); Master in Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media; BA in Journalism and Social Communications and Aesthetic.

Her first professional steps were on the NGO Taller de Acción Cultural (tac), on developing social projects in urban and rural fields. Since 2002 she has worked as cultural producer, curator and teacher of history of arts and aesthetic, focusing on photography, media arts and gender studies. She has curated exhibitions for MNBA (National Fine Art of Santiago de Chile), Biennial of Video and New Media (Chile), Biennial VideoAkt (Spain), Drap-Art (Spain), CINUSP (Brazil), among others.

Currently her research is on the relation between media arts and politics through participative actions, hybrid practices and non-conventional art in Chile and Latin America.

She has published articles and papers in Interartive, Artnodes e-journal, Aisthesis academic journal, the book Of Bridges & Border, and several catalogues of artists.

She is author of By Reason or By Force (Errant Bodies, 2013)


Do you see any possibilities and need to reconsider a spirit of revolutionary romanticism in relations to the current situation of the global struggle for democracy?


Chto delat?, film still from “The Tower: A Songspiel,” 2010

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 13-17.30 at KHiB/Bergen Academy of Art and Design, C.Sundtsgt 53, 8.etg

13-15:  Dmitry Vilensky/Olga Egorova presents the work of CHTO DELAT?

The platform Chto delat? (What is to be done?) was founded in early 2003 in St Petersburg by a group of artists, critics, philosophers and writers from St Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. Since then Chto delat? has been producing works in video, installations, public actions, radio programmes and artistic examinations of urban space, and publishes an English-Russian newspaper on issues central to activist culture, with a special focus on the relationship between the repoliticisation of Russian intellectual culture and the broader international context. Chto delat? (What is to be done?) takes part in Bergen Assembly, opening on August 31.

15.30 – 17.30:  Do you see any possibilities and need to reconsider a spirit of revolutionary romanticism in relations to the current situation of the global struggle for democracy? with Dmitry Vilensky, Olga Egorova, Brandon LaBelle and Frans Jacobi

Elaborating on a question posed in a current work by Chto Delat? this micro-seminar will discuss certain aspects of the political practice of art and activism.