Margret H. Blondal
Asdís Sif Gunnarsdottir
Magnús Logi Kristinsson
The Long Now Foundation
Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio
Simon Dybbroe Moller
Raqs Media Collective
Nikolai von Rosen
The Propeller Group
Bettina Camilla Vestergaard
Christian Skovbjerg Jensen
Imagine Being Here Now. Five Nordic curators collaborated on creating this year's exhibition, which will take place in different places in and around the town of Moss and even stretch to the capitals of the Nordic countries. It is predicated upon a conviction that the complexities of orientating the world depend on factors of memory and imagination that inevitably transpire within time and space.
Fifty international artists are announced to take part in the 6th Momentum Biennial entitled Imagine Being Here Now opening in Norway on 18 June. Five Nordic curators collaborated on creating this year’s exhibition, which will take place in different places in and around the town of Moss and even stretch to the capitals of the Nordic countries.
Imagine Being Here Now
The 6th Momentum Biennial is predicated upon a conviction that the complexities of orientating the world depend on factors of memory and imagination that inevitably transpire within time and space. Indeed, we tend to emphasize the latter when considering human experience, but for each individual time and space expands back and forth, up and down and even sideways (to whatever elements each person takes into consideration at any given moment). The inherent present of each individual not only extends to momentary impressions but to his or her past as well as their expectations of the future, owing to the fact that we have the ability to imagine being somewhere else entirely, in any other place at any other time. The epigram guiding the exhibition, Imagine Being Here Now, was originally conceived by Lucy R. Lippard as a lecture title offered for advance publication when unclear of what to speak about. However, the paradoxical phrase also presented an advantageous position by alluding to the question ‘why would we have to imagine a place if we are right here now?’ and moreover, perhaps most importantly, initiated a discussion about the significance of time and place in art and exhibition-making.
In extension to the two venues that usually house the Momentum Biennial, Galleri F15 – a historic countryside villa, and Momentum Kunsthall – a former brewery in the city center, the exhibition engages The Solberg Tower – an empty high-rise near the city of Moss. Furthermore, projects intervene in the exhibition infrastructure at unexpected hours and sites throughout The 6th Momentum Biennial. One of those events will be an itinerant performance program presenting itself around the Nordic region in the fall.
Meet us in Venice
A prelude to what might occur in Moss; the launch of an introductory reader published by Mousse will take place in Venice, June 3 at 8 pm in the courtyard of Collegio Armeno (Campo Santa Margherita) in collaboration with the Icelandic Pavilion. Writers, artists and thinkers will then, in the Reader, introduce the exhibition. Indicatory of an exhibition venturing to pin down, stretch and animate the experience of time in standstill, motion and reverse the Reader parallels the multiple layers of presentation and expressions characterizing the exhibition.
Artists: Øystein Aasan (NO), Caroline Achaintre (FR), Harpa Árnadóttir (IS), Michael Baers (US), Margrét H. Blöndal (IS), Paolo Bottarelli (IT), KP Brehmer (DE), Elina Brotherus (FI), Heman Chong (SG), Bruce Conner (US), Jason Dodge (US), Aleksandra Domanović (RS), Leif Elggren (SE), Luca Frei (SE), Ellie Ga (US), Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Hamza Halloubi (MA), Magnús Logi Kristinsson (IS), Matti Kujasalo (FI), Oliver Laric (AU), Karl Larsson (SE), Ann Lislegaard(NO), The Long Now Foundation (US), Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio (IT), Katarina Löfström (SE), Daniel Medina (VE), Maria Miesenberger (SE), Naeem Mohaiemen (BD), Ulrike Mohr (DE), Eadweard Muybridge (UK), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Rosalind Nashashibi (UK), Ioana Nemes (RO), Finnbogi Pétursson (IS), Prinz Gholam (LB/DE), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Mandla Reuter (ZA), Nikolai von Rosen (DE), Hans Rosenström (FI), Andreas Siqueland (NO) , SEXTAGS(NO), Simon Starling (UK), Fiete Stolte (DE), Superflex in collaboration with The Propeller Group (DK), Ines Tartler (DE), Roi Vaara (FI), Kjell Varvin (NO), Bettina Camilla Vestergaard (DK), Wooloo (DK), George Young (UK)
Markús Þór Andrésson, Theodor Ringborg, Aura Seikkula, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen and Marianne Zamecznik
Catalogue 1 of 2 “Reader”, Publisher Mousse Publishing, www.moussepublishing.com/ Texts by: Elena Agudio, Markús Þór Andrésson, Carson Chan, Manuel Cirauqui, Stefan Heidenreich, Ronald Jones, Karl Larsson, Raqs Media Collective, Theodor Ringborg, Aura Seikkula, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen & Wooloo, Fatoş Üstek, Marianne Zamecznik & Øystein Aasan Catalogue 2 of 2, Published by Mousse Publishing towards the end of the exhibition
Press preview, international press: June 18, 11 am, Solberg Tower
Opening: June 18, 3 pm, Gallery F15
Opening party: June 18, 9 pm, Kunsthall Exhibition venues and opening events will be connected with shuttle buses
The Solberg Tower
Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 11- 17