Bande à Part - UKS Conference

08.06.19 – 09.06.19

The large-scale international conference Bande à part is organised by UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society) and taking place at Kunstnernes Hus’ Kino. The conference discusses the reasons, means, and rationales of a range of recent independent institutions, which often have a small economy yet create a considerable impact within their respective art scenes. The two-day convention will take a close look at how small- to mid-scale models depart, each in a different way, from the traditional formats of the institutional white cube. The focus revolves around the operation of alternative mechanisms, instigating unconventional hierarchies between artwork, artist, audience, institution—between participants and authors, agents and aliens.

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Three keynotes—Chris Kraus, founder of Semiotext(e), New York; Lars Bang Larsen, curator at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Christine Tohme, founder of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut—consider the value of independent and, often, alternative institutional models vis-à-vis a default organizational infrastructure, from opening hours to art world newspeak.

The featured institutions include: 1857 (Steffen Håndlykken & Stian Eide Kluge), Oslo; The Artist’s Institute (Anthony Huberman), New York; Asakusa (Koichiro Osaka), Tokyo; Kunsthalle Lissabon (Luís Silva & João Mourão), Lisbon; Kunstverein (Yana Foqué), Amsterdam; Louise Dany (Ina Hagen & Daisuke Kosugi), Oslo; Lulu (Chris Sharp), Mexico City; New Theater (Calla Henkel), Berlin; P! (Prem Krishnamurthy), New York/Berlin; Pivô (Fernanda Brenner), São Paulo; PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art (Kristine Siegel & Rhea Dall), Berlin; Primer (David Hilmer Rex), Copenhagen; RAW Material Company (Dulcie Abrahams Altass), Dakar; and Signal – Center for Contemporary Art (Elena Tzotzi), Malmö.


Set in the black box "Kino" at Kunstnernes Hus, the conference concludes the UKS talk series on Artists’ Institutions. It is conceptualized by UKS Director and co-founder of PRAXES, Rhea Dall, in collaboration with co-founder of Lulu, Chris Sharp, and founder of P!, Prem Krishnamurthy.

Bande à part is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of Norway, Fritt Ord, and Nordic Culture Fond. Moreover, it is supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the collaborators Kunstnernes Hus and Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).