Oscar Tuazon: Water College
January 27–April 9, 2023
Bergen Kunsthall presents a large-scale exhibition with new works by the American artist Oscar Tuazon. Tuazon (b. 1975 in Seattle, WA) is thought predominantly for his sculptural work, however his observe additionally expands in the direction of structure and activism. His work usually makes use of architectural strategies and supplies, producing quasi-functional objects, components or representations of areas, or constructions which are open to make use of and appropriation. A lot of his initiatives are impressed by different and utopian architectures of the 1960 and Seventies, do-it-yourself buildings and early eco-efficient and self-sustainable dwelling fashions. Tuazon explores these architectural approaches to check their potential for immediately, not solely when it comes to the underlying technological ideas but in addition different makes use of of area and fashions of subjectivity they suggest.
The exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall presents new works and a large-scale set up related to Tuazon’s ongoing challenge Water College. With this challenge, beginning in 2016, Tuazon and collaborators discover the dynamics and energy performs that regulate entry to land, water, and infrastructures. The bodily construction of the Water College relies on a design for a “Zome Home”(1969–1972) by the architects and engineers Holy and Steve Baer, an early radical design primarily based on using passive photo voltaic power.
Because the artist explains the challenge, “Water College strikes, following water because it cycles throughout huge geographies, linking mountains to oceans and subterranean aquifers to the skies above them. Water College is a cell structure, studying from the fluidity of its medium and the collaborative strategy of its development.”
For his exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, Oscar Tuazon presents a scaled-down model of the preliminary Water College pavilions. The construction will occupy all 4 primary gallery areas of the Kunsthall and create a sequence of rooms through which inside and outdoors blurs. Extra works will create useable conditions, present studying supplies, and doc earlier iterations of the Water College. Within the centre of the exhibition, a brand new fountain sculpture will deliver water, its materiality and the sounds we join with it instantly into the exhibition. The present may also embrace a sequence of works by Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana, a Native Alaskan artist and early mentor of Tuazon.
Curated by Axel Wieder.
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with Kunst Museum Winterthur and Kunsthalle Bielefeld.
On Self-Protection—A Cassandra Press Reader in motion
Co-curated by Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo (Puppies Puppies)
November 18, 2022–April 11, 2023
Cassandra Press was based in 2016 by artist Kandis Williams as an impartial publishing challenge. At its core, Cassandra Press examines instruments of notion and racism, and their dominant position and expressions inside present sociocultural techniques. The press publishes lo-fi readers with texts by Black important theorists, organises programs and produces artist zines and catalogues protecting a broad vary of matters that fuse questions of ethics, racial colonial violence, white supremacist delusion, and aesthetics.
In partnership with Bergen Kunsthall, Cassandra Press presents the two-part challenge On Self-Protection. The primary half, which opened 18 November 2022, contains an exhibition that includes a studying room and analysis set up containing the whole catalogue of Cassandra Press readers and Particular Publications and launching a brand new sequence of artist zines. For the second a part of the challenge, Williams and artist Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo (Puppies Puppies) have produced a brand new reader and supplies on self-defense, particularly for individuals from trans and BIPOC communities. In an effort to redistribute institutional sources, components of the challenge price range shall be used for Cassandra Press to organise, promote and host programs on self-defense for queer communities of color in New York, Berlin and Paris.
By stepping outdoors the standard exhibition mannequin, this challenge furthers the groundwork for a collaborative type of studying and theorising in group. The challenge will evolve all through the exhibition interval, utilizing the exhibition area as a website for self-study and analysis.
Curated by Axel Wieder and Nora-Swantje Almes.
Friday, January 27, 8–10pm
Plattform: Oscar Tuazon in dialog
Saturday, January 28, 2–3:30pm (additionally streamed on-line)
Guided excursions and household workshops: January 29–April 9, each Sunday
Press requests: Emilio Sanhueza, =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);});return false”>emilio [at] kunsthall.no / T +47 99 29 89 84