Double film screening and artist talk: Liv Bugge and Jean Genet


17.11.19

Welcome to this double film screening and artist talk, arranged by Kunstnernes Hus Kino and The Drawing Triennial! We present Liv Bugge's latest film To accept theirs, to make it mine, to wish it for myself (2018) and Jean Genets Un Chant d 'Amour (1950), which served as a source of inspiration. We look forward to Liv Bugge joining us for a conversation with curator Geir Haraldseth.

"We are tracing the writings of the bodies that have moved through the buildings of the prison, looking at the surfaces of the architecture as an inscribed or carved/drawn surface."

- Liv Bugge

About the event

19:30 Words of welcome and screening of To accept theirs, to make it mine, to wish it for myself (2018, Liv Bugge, 20 min)

20:00 Conversation between Liv Bugge and Geir Haraldseth

20:30 Screening of Un Chant d’Amour (1950, Jean Genet, 26 min)

About the films

The film To accept theirs, to make it mine, to wish it for myself is part of artist Liv Bugge's recently completed doctoral project "The Other Wild" at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The starting point for the film is a decoration assignment Bugge had in the prisons Ullersmo and Eidsberg. Up to 70 different languages ​​are spoken in the prisons, and Liv Bugge attempted to find a language that everyone could agree on. Parts of the project were conducted as a workshop with a group of inmates and dancer Brynjar Åbel Bandlien. Bugge explores how normative structures are manifested in the body's movements and routines. In the film we see the inmates move in silence and with full concentration. They move on invisible objects, wash, and exercise. If the prison is a place where members of society temporarily disappear, the film shows these "shadow citizens" in examining the subjectivity the system is trying to rob them of.

The film borrows its title from Jean Genet's novel "The Book of Thieves" (1949). Both the novel and Genet's only film Un Chant d'Amour (1950), which is also an important inspiration for Bugge's film, depict surprisingly beautiful and sensual life, behavior and subjectivity in closed prison environments.

About the artist

Liv Bugge is a Norwegian artist living in Oslo. She is educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Higher Institute of Fine Art in Belgium. In 2019, she earned a PhD in artistic development at KHiO, where she currently also serves as associate professor. Bugge's research work addresses how control mechanisms in society are internalized and maintains normative notions and dichotomies such as living and non-living, human or wild.

Geir Haraldseth is curator at the National Museum and holds a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College. Haraldseth was general manager at Rogaland Art Center from 2012-2018 and conducted exhibitions with, among others, HAiK, the Institute of Color, Sandra Vaka Olsen and Yngve Holen. Haraldseth has contributed to several journals and publications such as Art in America, the Exhibitionist, Art Criticism, Acne Paper, Contemporary Art Stavanger and the Landings Journal.