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ATOPIA kunstlab is a new place for production and study of installation works that explore motion, both in terms of moving image and moving objects.

ATOPIA kunstlab is an attempt to identify and break away from the conventions of commercial galleries. It explores alternative methods to unleash the hidden potentials of the non-commercial art practice.

ATOPIA kunstlab is a study room for creation and analysis of motion, an open place for meetings and discussions with artists as well as a laboratory for art in public space.

Maridalsveien 90, Oslo

© Atopia Stiftelse, 2017 -

ATOPIA kunstlab      

Opening of the exhibition: SUDDEN SHOWER

An Installation Work by: Per Hess & Nina Bang



Wed, 23 Nov.  at 18:00

Maridalsveien 90 (entrance on Vøyensvingen)



Per Hess & Nina Bang working as a duo, are the first collaborators with ATOPIA kunstlab. Together they have produced the installation work “Sudden Shower” with neon lights and large drawings mounted on the window. Evoking the apparatus of a zoetrope “Sudden Shower” creates its sense of motion through the interactions between neon lights and lines of drawing. SUDDEN SHOWER highlights and relies on the act of viewing as an integral element of the work itself. It shifts the importance from what one sees in the work to how one sees it.



www.ninabang.com

www.perhess.com



Every program at ATOPIA kunstlab will be followed by the production of an artist text that will bring about new adventures in art writing. The artists’ text is to explore the ideas and practice of the exhibiting artists in depth, with care and insight. ATOPIA has invited the artist Vibeke Frost Andersen to collaborate on the first artist text of the kunstlab.




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As they work in ATOPIA kunstlab, Nina Bang & Per Hess would be available to meet with public and discuss their works and their processes. We invite you to visit ATOPIA kunst lab before the opening of the exhibition and meet the artists in person:


Meeting hours:


Wed. 16 Nov. 2016  15:00 - 17:00

Fri. 18 Nov. 2016    15:00 - 17:00

Sudden Shower, 2016


Per Hess & Nina Bang




23 Nov 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

ATOPIA has the pleasure of inviting you to the Finissage of “Sudden Shower”, an exhibition by Per Hess & Nina Bang at ATOPIA kunstlab.


Wed. 18 Jan. 2017 at 19:00


As a laboratory for art and ideas, the kunstlab is a place for discussions and critical reflections concerning its own projects. In November last year the artist Vibeke Frost Andersen was invited to lead the discussions and the production of an artist text concerning the exhibition "Sudden Shower". At the finissage she will talk about the artist text and present her views on the project.


Vibeke Frost Andersen (Oslo, 1976) is a visual artist, graphic designer and educator. She holds a MFA in Art and Public Space from The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo (2016), a post-graduate diploma in education from Østfold University College (2006), and a BA(Hons) in Graphic Communication from University of Wales Institute Cardiff (2001). She has also completed university courses in art history, sculpture and photography in Norway and the UK.


Sudden Shower, Per Hess & Nina Bang (installation view)

Meeting with the artist & Preview hours:

    Fri,   10 March 2017    10:00 - 16:00

    Tue. 14 March 2017    15:00 - 17:00

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES is said to be an old Chinese proverb used as a curse or threat, referring to such times that would bestow no peace of mind.


Hilde Rognskog graduated from Oslo Academy of Arts in 1996 and later worked as the manager of Institutt for romkunst (2000-2004). It comes natural to her to treat the space of exhibition itself as an integral part of her artwork. Working at ATOPIA kunstlab she transforms the space into machinery, with walls, floor and ceiling of the room as its components. She is installing automated pulley systems that build up constant physical pressure and tension inside the room as they move around heavy sand bags tied up with ropes in traditional techniques.


MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES ties together Rognskog’s various experiences as an engineer, carpenter, dancer and visual artist. A wide range of ideas and concerns inform the installation; as the material, the choice of rope, sandbags, knots, pulleys and their timing create a complex composition.


Rognskog’s installation is not a kinetic art work placed inside a gallery, it is a work that transforms ATOPIA kunstlab into a factory of tension and movement.


www.hilderognskog.com



Every program at ATOPIA kunstlab is followed by the production of an artist text that will bring about new adventures in art writing. The artists’ text is to explore the ideas and practice of the exhibiting artists in depth, with care and insight. ATOPIA has invited the artist Elna Hagemann to collaborate on the second artist text of the kunstlab.


www.elnahagemann.com



As Rognskog works in ATOPIA kunstlab, she is available to meet with public and discuss her works and her  processes. We invite you to visit ATOPIA kunstlab before the opening of the exhibition and meet the artist in person.

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES                          an installation work by: Hilde Rognskog

Opening: Fri. 17 March 2017 at 18:00

         (10 March - 16 April,  2017)