Mai Hofstad Gunnes, "An Everywhere of Silver", 2009, videoinstallation

PARADOX. Positions in Norwegian video art 1980–2010

15 February 2013–18 August 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Since the 1980s, Norwegian video art has gone from being a marginal art form to a dominant discipline. This exhibition presents a selection of Norwegian video works from 1980 to 2010.

We trace the development of video art, from an innovative technique in the late 1970s through to its present-day incorporation in the field of digital art – from being a conceptual and technical idiom to a postmodern form of expression that is integrated digitally with related techniques such as film and photography.

Are there identifiable quali­ties specific to video art that has endured despite rapid technological advances? In what areas has video as a medium had an impact on Norwegian art? How did the video medium evolve between 1980 and 2010 in Norwegian art?

Thematic categories

The exhibition is divided into eight different categories. The headings refer to crucial intersections between techno­logical and art-historical developments of relevance to video art: “A conceptual foundation – Self-reflexivity and time”, “The material dimension – Sound and image”, “The formal dimension – Com­position and time”, “The virtual – An expansive medium”, “Performance – Time and context”, “Identity –Stag­ing and role-play”, “A shift towards film – Documentary and fiction” and “Poetic narrative –The mediated image”.

Participating artists include: Kristin Bergaust, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Morten Børresen, A K Dolven,Unn Fahlstrøm,Matias Faldbakken, Bodil Furu,Marit Følstad,Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Jason Havneraas, Marianne Heske,Narve Hovdenakk, Lars Lauman, Lotte Konow Lund, Jannicke Låker,Per Maning, Elisabeth Mathisen, Trine Lise  Nedreaas,Ole Jørgen Ness,Sven Påhlsson, Kjartan Slettemark, Per Teljer, Jeremy Welsh and Knut Åsdam.

Curator: Eva Klerck Gange

The exhibition is sponsored by: Fritt ord