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Norwegian Sculpture Biennal 2011

27 October 2011 - 5 February 2012

 

Man and machine

”Man / Machine” is the main theme for this years` Norwegian Sculpture Biennial. The theme refers to a current trend in Norwegian contemporary art, among established artists as well as the new generation.

The Biennial includes 29 artists, expressing themselves in a wide range of three dimensional styles. The Art works can be associated with diverse subject matter, such as industry, science fiction, computer technology and technical discoveries in general. A central issue has been to compare similarities in  industrial and artistic working processes.


Art History offer a variety on views regarding  the relationship between human beings and machinery. Presently, Futurism from the beginning of the twentieth century receives much attention in the Art world. The Futurists were the first group of artists who included industrial elements in their works. Devoid of everyday usefulness, machinery were being presented in a new context. Another early modernist trend, kinetic sculpture, are also being regarded as an important source of inspiration today. Kinetic sculpture describes how mechanical structures can generate movement, often supported by a soundtrack.


In addition to the early stages of modernism, contemporary sculpture are related to science fiction, biological science, computer technology and changes within the post industrial society. The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2011 attempt to show how artists, in different ways, focus on these connections.


Daniel Østvold


Artists:
KARI ANNE HELLEBERG BAHRIJAVIER BARRIOSRODDY BELLESPEN DIETRICHSONMARTE EKNÆSTHOMAS FALSTADGLEN FARLEYJON GUNDERSENREINHARD HAVERKAMPAKSEL HØGENHAUGMICHAEL JOHANSSONOLA JONSRUDJØRGEN CRAIG LELLOTOBIAS ARNELLISTVAN LISZTESHANNA LJUNGHSUSANNE KATHLEN MADERPIERRE LIONEL MATTEATLE SELNES NIELSENJOHANNES VEMREN RYGHKRISTINE ROALD SANDØYBENTE SOMMERFELDT COLBERGANNA DANIELLSVERRE STRANDBERGØYVIND SUULKJELL VARVINÅNOND VERSTOSVERRE WYLLERNILS AASLAND