Curated Exhibition // Summer 2018
The Nomadic Space project is dedicated to the moving image and public space, aiming to present curated screening programs to a wider audience. It is based on the idea of mediating works from an extended list of contemporary video artists, through new digital exhibition formats and cloud-based platforms.
The art works are selected and curated thematically entitled, Science Art: exploring the relation between nature, perception and ecology, Moving Canvas: reflecting upon painting in motion, Animation now, highlights a current voice within the 3-D animation and video-game expression, and the aesthetics of resistance: explores issues of identity, gender and resistance, through precise portraits of power and body-language.
In the video Coral, we are captivated as viewers by what can best be described as a moving abstract painting with allusions to both traditional romantic, atmospheric paintings and chemical processes. With seductive imagery in a meditative pace, we are faced with cascades of colours that slowly appear to assume the shape of organic forms such as plants, smoke, clouds, explosions or, as the title suggests, corals.
Paintings in motion
Inspired by science and our experience of forms in nature, Tone Bjordam has for many years been working with video and photography projects visualising the movement and progression of liquid colour in fluids and unfolding organic forms.
She stages controlled, yet playful experiments and creates imaginary landscapes and paintings in motion. She started using this technique as a student at the Art Academy in Oslo (2001-2007). Her first exhibited video with this technique was Liquid Landscape in 2005. A dark and gloomy landscape appears from the horizon and a cloudy weather system seems to build up around it. From there she moved on to make big format photographs of different liquids and in 2009, she made a video entitled Coral. In contrast to the dark, black and white, Liquid Landscape, Coral is bright and colourful. Coral won the People's Choice Award in all of the Carnegie Art Award exhibitions in 2010 in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
There is always movement, even in stillness. Things around us are constantly changing in tiny ways that we don’t notice, eventually building up to growth and death. In “Confluence,” a new film by director Noah Shulman, viewers look beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing to experience those moments in between the transformations that we perceive. Noah Shulman shot an array of processes both natural and mechanical at incredibly close range and in a controlled environment, allowing to isolate the micro-movements that constantly occur around us in a nearly balletic way. The film includes extreme close-ups of everything from magnetic to chemical and heat reactions, but it’s up to the viewer to extrapolate out from what they can see to imagine the larger view that they can’t. Created with specialty macro lenses and microscopes and shot in 4K resolution, the film reveals hauntingly beautiful movement at the microscopic level and reminds viewers that everything around them is in flux, even when the surface is calm. Tiny movements compound upon each other to create perceptible change. The film is part of Mental Fabrications, an installation by architect Ion Popian that aims to map the mind's mental landscape through electroencephalogram (EEG) and 3D printing. To do that, “Confluence” seeks to stimulate particular brain activities and reactions.
Disco Beast (installation version)
2016, computer animated HD film, 18 minutes. Music by Furniteur. Disco Beast follows a unicorn, a symbol of the wild and untamable, as it wanders through a series of “non-spaces” – a corporate coffee shop, an abandoned mall, and a luxury hotel lobby. Interjected within these banal scenes are strange spaceships and futuristic contraptions. The mystical and elusive blends with the sterile and consumerist in this 18 minute journey. courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York
The art video Critical Transitions, made in 2012, was inspired by discussions with ecologist, scientist and musician Marten Scheffer, who studies the nature of change. Transformation Critical Transitions is an artistic visualisation of processes that are constantly going on around us. A system gradually builds up, and eventually it sometimes reach a tipping point where it suddenly changes. After that, it might stabilise in a new system. In the video there are three sequences, each about 10 minutes in length, inspired by such processes. The video can be viewed as an abstract painting in motion or as a landscape in flux. The climate, forests, coral reefs, financial markets and even our minds occasionally reach a tipping point where they go through a radical transformation. Foreseeing such critical transitions or even noticing that they are unfolding is challenging as they are embedded in the omnipresent permanent flow of change. Dazzled by myriads of such minimal motions, how can we see that they sometimes erupt into transforming change? Immersed in chaotic and turbulent transformation, how can we see where we are going? Science seeks universal early warning signals for critical transitions, but we often only realise the world is not the same anymore in hindsight.
Somewhere in Between
The video Somewhere in Between reflects on the Indo diaspora after the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia). Hundreds of thousands of people of Eurasian heritage were forced to leave the country after the Bersiap period (the bloody separation between the Netherlands and its colony). The narration of the video conflates a number of comments left on online Indo community networks. Shaped like a stream of thoughts — Somewhere in Between highlights different aspects of the process to redefine identity and culture.
Iselin Linstad Hauge
The Foreignness of Her
The Foreignness of Her consists of text and moving images, that show a waterbuck calf trapped inside a structure of high concrete walls. The calf shifts between standing completely still to walking back and forth, as if trying to find a way out, while the camera follows her every move closely. The walls are all too high, and there seems to be no exit. She gets increasingly restless while examining their height. The Foreignness of Her speaks of human self-knowledge and our relation to living beings, other than our selfs. It is about the potential understanding of something familiar that lies within the emotional closeness with the animal.
Angry Boy-Happy Boy (Motholic Mobble part 10)
Angry Boy / Happy Boy (Motholic Mobble part 10) 1015, 3 minutes Angry Boy / Happy Boy is part of Kaia Hugin’s ongoing series of surreal video performances. In this short film, Hugin’s 10-month-old child – suspended over a plinth like living work of art – appears to demonstrate uncanny levels of physical strength.
Folkvanger is an animation that travels through the layers of a painting.
08:13 min., single channel video The work "%" has been created in collaboration between Michal Helfman and the choreographers Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof. The video "%" by Michal Helfman, describes a choreography built in a form of a musical canon. Each dancer in the group performs the same movement as the one before him, in a few seconds delay. The dancers are subjected to a kind of a repetitive "assembly line" dance. Using their bodies, they create a human loop, existing in the gap between a mechanistic and a repetitive tribal dance. Helfman examines the complex concept of the "Stage", which acts as a sort of an unfulfilled dream. Throughout her career, Helfman has been researching bodily practices, movement and choreographies in different cultural contexts. She has collaborated with various professionals in these fields, including performers, dancers, gymnasts and others. In "%", Helfman explores the smooth flow of movement, data and communication, which characterizes western civilization. She examines the way it stands in opposite relation to the movement of the smuggler and the "goods", which is being transferred through different landscapes. This kind of "transparent choreography" is a theme Helfman deals with.
Founder and Director of the nomadic media art platform Art Republic dedicated to the relationship between interaction, new media and public space. Daniela Arriado holds a degree in Aesthetics & Arts Administration (University of Stavanger) and Curatorial Studies (Bergen Academy of Art & Design). Her projects seek new curatorial approaches towards expanded borders of cinematic experiences – the origin and vision behind Screen City Festival, which she founded in 2013. Her last research and productions are dedicated to the development of new exhibition and distribution models for the moving image.
Noah Shulman is a New York City born artist and creative filmmaker. He has a BFA in Film, Video and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked with commercial clients as diverse as Vox Media, Nike, Ford, Vogue, Coach and Samsung and has won several awards for his work including a Digiday Video Award for Best Video Ad.
Noah’s musical roots give him a unique sense of rhythm which he applies to his creative process. He is passionate about short form storytelling, native advertising and experimenting with innovative ways to create and deliver video content in the ever-changing digital space.
Jonathan Monaghan works across print, sculpture, and video installation. His work challenges the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from science fiction to Baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling narratives and imagery with the same high-end technology used in Hollywood or by video game designers. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at bitforms gallery in New York, Spazio Ridotto in Venice, and Market Gallery in Glasgow. Group exhibitions include New Frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Postmasters Gallery.
Norwegian artist Tone Bjordam makes projects related to nature, perception and ecology. Bjordam works with video, animation films, nature photography, abstract and nature-inspired paintings, intricate, detailed drawings and sculpture installations. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, and exhibits artwork internationally. Bjordam’s art, which takes the form of videos, animation films, nature photography, abstract paintings, intricate drawings, and geometric sculptures–goes where science alone cannot. Her art has the unique power to engage viewers empathically and aesthetically in a way that often simulates meaningful experiences with the natural world.
Mirelle Borra's artistic practice explores forms of representation beyond the standard expectations of documentary imagery. Using photography and video, she engages with current social and political topics in an attempt to re-frame these issues in new ways. Borra seeks to examine structures of representation through a transnational perspective while staying in constant dialog with the context from which the work is derived. Her work has been shown in several international art festivals and exhibitions. Most recently she participated in the Autonomous University at the 7th Berlin Biennale. Borra was born in the Netherlands, and after living in New York City for several years, she is currently based in Berlin.
Iselin Linstad Hauge
Iselin Linstad Hauge (b.1981) works with film, text, photography and performance. Her work aims to develop a more sensitive awareness, highlighting the relationship between society and nature, with emphasis on the human-animal interaction. Hauge’s work has been exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the world, including Nordic Outbreak in N.Y., Hors Pistes at Centre Pompidou Paris, Moscow International Film Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. Hauge was educated at the European Film College in Denmark, the National Academy of Arts in Oslo, and the masters program in film at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. She has since 2009 been co-editor and publisher of the nordic art publication Spesial Nord.
Kaia Hugin (b. 1975) primarily works with video, and has received very good reviews for the
performance based video works in the series Motholic Mobble. Thematically, these works
revolve around different existential questions, and they are characterized by an unsettling atmosphere.
The main character seems to be caught up in a compulsive-like, repetitive pattern. It is surreal and ghastly, but at the same time humor is a key instrument.
Fusing paint and moving image, Jacco Olivier creates short, painterly animations that depict a variety of subject matter, ranging from scenes of daily life to elemental landscapes and abstract forms. Every painting is repeatedly reworked in generous, casual strokes and systematically photographed at each stage of development. The resulting films are enigmatic and experiential – moving in and out of abstraction they reveal the traces and decisions made by the artist in the process of painting. The works for which Olivier first became known are, with few exceptions, small-scale single projections of concise narrative episodes that appear in a microcosmic, dreamlike world. However, Whale, 2006, in which the artist imagines a whale's movements so that it disappears and reappears in a painterly field, is split across three projections and spans some twelve metres in total.
Michal Helfman (b. 1973, Tel-Aviv, Israel) lives and works in Tel-Aviv. She is a senior faculty member at the BFA and MFA programs, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. . Exhibited solo shows at KW institute Berlin p! Gallery, NY, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, CCA, Tel-Aviv and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. She participated in group exhibitions at Upcomming Sau-Paulo Biennial, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin and the Venice Biennial, among rest. She is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture Award (2010), the Anselm Kiefer Prize and The Wolf Foundation prize (1998)