Milena Hoegsberg’s presentation will consider the process of researching and organising the exhibition project Arbeidstid (“work time”) at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and the accompanying publication Living Labour (Sternberg Press), co-edited with writer Cora Fisher. Both considered the increasing subordination of life to work. Despite economic instability, growing income gaps across countries and the rise of a migratory, flexible and underpaid labour force, our commitment to productivity is unflagging. In response to the eroding boundaries between work and life, and against the historic backdrop of the Scandinavian labour movement, the exhibition and more over Living Labour attempted also to propose viable forms of refusal and imagine prospects for a post-work future. Hoegsberg will explore and question how one can address and examine issues of shifting labour conditions in the context of the exhibition, and especially how a curatorial framework can grow from a shared investigation in dialog with participating artists and writers. Questioning amongst other things what the potential of performativity is when trying to imagine what a future where work and the economic regime that underpin it might be resisted and reconfigured?
Hoegsberg is a curator and writer. Since August 2011, she has been acting chief curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). She earned her MA at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY and her BA in Art History at Columbia University, NYC with a focus on 20th century art and contemporary time-based media. At HOK she has curated solo shows with Omer Fast and Ann Cathrin November Høibo, as well as several group shows most recently Arbeidstid, concerned with the time and space of labour. She is currently working on a large double Bauhaus presentation (Human-Space-Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus and Bauhaus in Norwegian), which will open May 22, 2014. She is the editor of the publications Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best (Sternberg Press, 2012), Living Labour (Sternberg Press, 2013) and Shaped by Time(Revolver Press).