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Museo de Pasatiempo at OCA

04.11.2009 - 19.12.2009

The multiple from 2001; MPT - Museo de Pasatiempo, is included in this show, curated by Will Bradley, at OCA within the context of As a part of the project 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution'

As a part of the project 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution', this workshop on art, criticism and the institution of critique is accompanied by a presentation of artists' works selected by Will Bradley that highlight the conventions and interrelationships which structure the contemporary art world. These works take elements of the art world value system – the formal institutions of art and criticism, the media and the market – as their subjects, but offer diverse positions and strategies in response. Works by Martha Rosler and Marcel Broodthaers will be screened as part of the public event on 4 November, while works by BANK, Lina Viste Grønli, David Hall, Pablo Helguera, Simon Linke and Terje Nicolaisen will be on view until 19 December.


Welcome and introduction by Will Bradley. What is art criticism for? How does it function? How should it change? This workshop will investigate art criticism, its aesthetics, its ideologies and its institutional role to focus on questions such as: How does critique take form? How does a text operate? What is the relationship between writer and text, text and reader? How does a text reach an audience? How is the discourse around art constructed? What forces affect it? If the critique of the institution of art is also, itself, part of the institution, how can meaningful change take place? With an emphasis on the current situation within Norway, this workshop will investigate art criticism, its aesthetics, its ideologies and its institutional role.

Talk by Lotte Sandberg, art critic Aftenposten.
Afternoon Session

The efforts of the first generation of conceptual artists to break down the boundaries between art practice, art theory and art criticism were a deliberate attack on the structure of modern art's political institutions. Now, it is common for artists to also work as critics, and for artists to engage with contemporary theory as an integral part of their practice, yet the institutional structures that mediate this discourse remain in place.

Talk by Trude Schjeldrup Iversen, Research Fellow at the University of Oslo and The Parallel Action, artist group based in Oslo

A presentation of works by BANK, David Hall, Pablo Helguera, Simon Linke, Terje Nicolaisen and Lina Viste Grønli