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Art and Language

Agenda Art and Craft mini seminar #1
Friday 05.06.20
Agenda seminar riktig storrelse

In April 2020, the seminar series Agenda Art and Craft (KHiO) had planned a seminar at Kunstnernes Hus under the title: What is the canon, and do we need it? This seminar is postponed until it is possible to meet physically again.

In the meantime, Art and Craft has, in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, created two digital mini-seminars entitled: Agenda: Art and Language, which will explore the relationship between visual art and text. The two seminars will be presented on Kunstnernes Hus' website, Vimeo channel, Agenda Art and Craft on Facebook, and on KHiOs webpages.

Please note that parts of the seminar can be removed after about one month.


Lotte Konow Lund: Words of welcome

Raghild Reinton: The beautiful books are written in a foreign language. About Marcel Proust and the desire to turn life into literature.

Dag Erik Elgin: From painting to literature and back. About the exhibition In Order of Appearance in OSL contemporary.


Press PLAY in order to start the seminar.

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Screenshot Dag Erik Elgin

About the lecturers

Ragnhild Evang Reinton (b. 1946) is professor emeritus of general literature at the University of Oslo. She has written and edited several books, including authors such as Walter Benjamin, Marcel Proust and Marguerite Duras. In 2014, she published the book Memory Crisis and Memory Pictures. Literary Reminiscences of the 20th Century.

Dag Erik Elgin (b. 1962) works with an artistic examination of the history of painting, the ideals of modernism and contemporary visual culture. In projects such as Museum Work, In Order of Appearance, Originals Grisaille and La Collection Moderne, text-based works and repetition are introduced in an exploration of the cultural and aesthetic representations of modernism and contemporary. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Elgin has had an extensive national and international exhibition practice with the parallel production of texts, such as "Preparing for Painting to Happen" in Josef Albers': No Tricks, No Twinkling of the Eyes and "p.p. Provenance Painted in Looters, Smugglers, and Collectors: Provenance Research and the Market", both published at Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The monograph "Mirror falling from the Wall", Tone Hansen (ed.), with essays by Uwe Fleckner, Gabriele Knapstein and Øystein Ustvedt was published at Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne in October 2019.

Lotte Konow Lund is a visual artist, professor at KHiO and writer for Morgenbladet. She has been politically active in the visual arts field since graduating from the National Academy of Fine Arts in 1997. Konow Lund works with many techniques and in recent years with extensive projects that can take several years. Her work has been purchased by, among others, the National Museum, the Cultural Council, Henie Onstad Art Center and the Bergen Art Museum, and since 2008 she receives the guaranteed income for artists by the state.

Agenda Art and Craft

The Agenda Art and Craft seminar is produced in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, and has been an ongoing project since 2013. The goal is to provide students and other interested parties with an insight into art-related subjects, for further research and conversation, in practice and/or through instruction.

The seminars are available on Kunstnernes Hus' website, Vimeo channel, Agenda Art and Craft on Facebook, and on KHiOs webpages. Please note that parts of the seminar can be removed after about one month.

Picture above: Dag Erik Elgin "In Order of Appearance". Courtesy of OSL contemporary, 2020. Photographer: Øystein Thorvaldsen

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