8th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art
June 13 – September 27, 2015
Press Preview: June 12, 2015
Opening: June 13, 2015, at 2pm
Curators: Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE), Birta Gudjonsdottir (IS), Stefanie Hessler (DE/SE), Toke Lykkeberg (DK)
Today’s networked culture not only generates hyper-connectivity, but it also produces a range of disconnects that allow people and communities to thrive in their own bubbles. Momentum 8 focuses on artists and cultural producers who inhabit worlds of their own logic and follow through on the ideas that emerge within these contexts.
The 8th Momentum takes place in Moss, a small city just outside of Oslo where Edvard Munch withdrew for four years. The relative solitude that he enjoyed there, which helped to cultivate his eclectic and highly personal practice, is not exceptional. Instead, it is exemplary of the geographical and cultural seclusion that has shaped the Nordic mindset.
Some might tend to condemn the notion of tunnel vision as alarmingly asocial, but artists have long celebrated the concept in various disarmingly eccentric ways. Not only addressing phenomena symptomatic of contemporary society and culture, Momentum 8 also draws on the longstanding idea of “a room of one’s own” as an important premise for artistic practice.
During Momentum 8, the theme of tunnel vision will unfold as a multisensory experience triggering altered states of mind and physical awareness. The exhibition aims at creating an atmosphere that appeals to all six senses, and which ties the various venues and events together across time and space. The artists of Momentum 8 will present fragrances, sound pieces, 3-D works, apps, music, installations, and performances.
1. Momentum Kunsthall in the historic city center of Moss (It is housed in an old industrial and urban center typical of the region. It is situated by a river and close to a former paper factory that was closed down in 2012)
2. Galleri F 15 at Alby Mansion on the island Jeløy in the Oslo fjord (The gallery occupies a historic mansion house on Alby, which also includes a garden)