The Exhibition: 13 Years Of Archive

Open Forum (Åpent Forum) : The Exhibition
22 nd March – 4th April

Open Forum is a student organized activity, consisting of a series of lectures, presentations, performances and conversations with artists, curators, theorists, authors, musicians etc. initiated and arranged by the Kunstakademiet i Oslo since 1999.
The casual and laid back character of this project creates a unique environment for the meeting point for students, faculty and a general audience with an international art sphere. Because this setting has been profoundly fertile for the academy, we would like to reflect it in the exhibition. Therefore, it will have an open and informal feel to it, rather than to present an empirical take on the archive.
Open Forum usually takes place at the Academy’s auditorium, mainly held in English and open for a general public. The lectures are recorded and archived. After visiting the archives at the library of Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, we have decided that it was an opportune moment to make this knowledge visible and accessible. This is in line with our goal to have the complete archive online and within reach for everyone on the internet.

We would like to organize and curate the official exhibition of Open Forum and offer to the audience who have been following Open Forum for many years, another approach to these conferences, performances, lectures and conversations.

Through our research into these archives we have found an extraordinary amount of distinguished guests from the international and national artistic scene have participated, which has made Open Forum a central platform in the art milieu of Oslo. Among them are Martin Creed, Kenneth Goldsmith, Martha Rosler, Marta Kuzma, Chto Delat, Miguel Guttierez, Goodiepal, Annika Larsson, Masaki Fujihata, Walid Raad, Johanna Billing, Lotte Konow Lund, Leif Elggren, Luc Courchesne, Robert Pfaller, Nickas Robbert, Christina Kubisch, Joan Jonas and so many others.

We will highlight the pedagogical format and the historical character of this initiative, and this will be the guiding line for the exhibition. We intend to have a program of several projections from the archive every day, selected by the Open Forum Team. In addition to the archives, a reading area will give access to several books, texts and documents.
During this period, the exhibition will also host several open forum sessions, and add to the archive.
It will take place at the Steenstrups gate Gallery of the Art Academy from the 22nd of March to the 4th of April.

For more information about this project, please contact the board of Open Forum at this address: aapentforum@gmail.com

March 20, 2012
Written by Åpent forum

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