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Art and Language

Agenda Art and Craft mini seminar #2
Monday 08.06.20
Kurt Johannessen

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.


Kurt Johannessen reads Og fjellet og frøet og (2017), 28 personar (1997), Det blåe (2012).

Cecilie Løveid reads from Vandreutstillinger (2019).

Silje Linge Haaland shows textvideos.

Hans Petter Blad reads poems taken from Clair-obscur (Forlaget Oktober, 2016).


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About the lecturers

Kurt Johannessen (b. 1960) works with performance, books, video, drawing, graphics and installation. He has presented his performances in Europe, Asia and America since the early 1980s. His performances often have a poetic and minimalist expression. He has had exhibitions in several places in Norway, including the Bergen Art Museum and Kunstnernes Hus (2007) as well as Kunstnerforbundet (2016). He publishes artist books through his own publishing house.

Cecilie Løveid has published a number of novels, children's books, poems, television dramas, stage dramas and plays, as well as texts for performance, opera and dance performances. She has performed in her own performances and collaborated with several composers and visual artists. Alongside Jon Fosse, she is the Norwegian playwright that has been played the most outside of Norway.

Silje Linge Haaland (b. 1984, Bergen) lives and works in Oslo She works with video, text, sculpture and choreography. In recent years, she has worked on an extensive project entitled Hjernen er for nær munnen. Linge Haaland graduated from Gerrit Rietveld in Amsterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and Städelschule in Frankfurt. In the spring of 2018, she completed a one-year specialization in text at the Writing Arts Academy in Bergen. In recent years, she has exhibited at Galleri K (Oslo), GL-beach (Copenhagen), Henie Onstad Art Center (Asker) and Papay Gyro Nights in Tokyo. Upcoming exhibitions consist of a separate exhibition at In Extenso Art Space (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and a participation at a major exhibition project at the Munchmuseet (Lamba) in 2021. Linge Haaland was the initiator of the comprehensive art festival Five Thousand Generations of Birds (2012, Fitjar) with Andrea Bakketun. She is also active with a number of positions and representative assignments, including as a board member of Kunstnernes Hus, former deputy chairman of the UKS (Young Artists' Society) and participates in Kunstnerforbundet's initiative Atelier Kunstnerforbundet.

Hans Petter Blad (Oslo, 1962) is a writer and playwright. He has published thirteen books, the latest releases being the poem collection Random Music (H // O // F 2018) and the novel Paris Offices (Forlaget Oktober, 2019).

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: Frå Andre Øvingar, Kurt Johannessen.

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