Cycle of Mutation

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Cycle of Mutation 27.09.2007 - 15.08.2009

The Cycle of Mutation

“The Cycle of Mutation” was a cycle of evolution that represented the cycle of life. The cycle contained 4 themes under which Transplant mutated - “Emergence”, “Growth”, “Maturation” and “Disappearance”. Each theme lasted for six months and influenced everything which happened in Transplant during that time such as exhibitions, the design shop, concerts and other events. The main objective of Transplant is to develop a platform for an international creative scene. Through this platform Transplant has brought people together across national borders, experimented and developed with them new ideas and boosted the dialog between creatives and manufacturers - a platform to think, discuss and produce. The ideas generated, works and products of the Transplant community have been discussed and exhibited in Transplant itself and beyond.

Emergence - 27.09.2007 to 28.02 2008 Growth - 29.02.2008 to 31.08.2008 Maturation - 12.09.2008 to 28.02.2009 Disappearance - 06.03.2009 to 15.08.2009

Emergence Emergence - is the first mutation, it`s how everything begins. Emergence led us to notice the passage of the inside to outdoors, of underground to overground, of underwater to cool air. Seeds sprouted and broke through while unseen forms and new ideas came into sight. Something new was born and alive. The young changed the fate of the old. Emergence worked on the new, the young and the unexpected.

This text will be completed by

Klaus Speidel philosopher and art critic

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artist / country: Gunilla

Åkesson / Sweden

My definition of emergence:

“Something new that is coming through, but you still don´t know what it is, it has just started to emerge but has not yet found its final form.”

name: “Shell 1”, “Shell 4”, “Shell 5” type of work: sculpture size: 50x30x25 personal dates: Born 1963 in Sweden.

selected exhibitions: • Lerverk, Göteborg/ Sweden 2006 • "SANS", Tendenser,Gallery F15, Moss/ Norway 2006 • Sogn og Fjordane Kunstsenter, Førde/ Norway 2005

artist / country: Martine

Linge / Norway

My definition of emergence:


name: “Extentions” type of work: sculpture size: “ jacked” 160x150x50 / “tabel” 70x80x110 personal dates: Born 1959 in Oslo.

selected exhibitions: • Vigeland-museet (with Liv Zachrisson), Oslo/ Norway 2006 • ”Sculpture and Object XI”, Bratislava, Slovakia 2006 • Varisjoner, Foreningen Kunstnernes Hus, Århus/ Danmark 2005

artist / country: Cathy

Cat-Rastler / France

My definition of emergence:

“Emergence is the crossing of the phantasm, the passing though from reality to the real; in my works the phantasmic distorted body breaks through a canvas which is like a theatre curtain in order to reach the real.”

name: “In Between”, “Emergence” type of work: photography size: 300x300 personal dates: Born 1962 in Villerupt, France.

selected exhibitions: •“What sense?” Gallery Odile Ouizeman, represented permanently, Paris/ France 2007 •“Des Doudous et des hommes”, Gallery Brun Léglise, Paris/ France 2005 • ”Trabymove, Photoespana”, Madrid/ Spain 2003

artist / country: Vegard

Fimland / Norway

My definition of emergence:

“Something is.”

name: “Untitled” type of work: photography size: 80x100 personal dates: Born 1981 in Førde/ Norway.

selected exhibitions: • “SCNU”, Guangzhou/ China 2004 • ”Avgangsutstilling”, Galleri Kunstverket, Oslo/ Norway 2005

artist / country: GonoGono

/ Germany

Our definition of emergence:

“ Emergence is a state where reality is so fragile that ideas come seeping through the cracks it makes us wonder.”

name: “Roaming Home” type of work: installation size: 160x70x40 personal dates: Felix Gorzitzke born 1981 & Jan Brauer born 1979. They founded GonoGono in 2005 as a supraregional project for wonderism.

selected exhibitions: • ”Neuwerk 7”, Halle/ Saale, Germany 2005 • “100 Pkt.”, Halle/ Salle, Germany 2005 • ”Color Me”/ International Comic Festival, Halle/ Salle, Germany 2005

artist / country: Moriceau

& Mrzyk / France

Shown at “Kinopådo” every Friday and Saturday night

name: “Looping” type of work: video art personal dates: Petra Mrzyk born 1973 & Jean- Francois Moriceau born 1974. They live and work in Paris.

career: • ”On her Majesty's Secret Service”, Ritter/Zamet Gallery, London/ GB 2005 • ”Live and Let Die”, Drawing Art Center of Norway, Oslo/ Norway 2004 • ”Only for your eyes”, Marcus Ritter Gallery, New York/ USA 2003

artist / country: Patrick

Vidal / France

Guest DJ Thursday and Friday the 27th and 28th of September 2007

name: “Emerging Sound” type of work: music personal dates: Born 1957

career: • resident at the legendary party K.A.B.P, 2000 - 2006 • first successful band “Marie et les Garcons” • opened David Bowie “Serious Moonlight Tour”, Paris 1983

organization / country: TV 2

/ Norway

Creative Workshop “Emergence” sponsored by TV 2 the 27th to the 29th of October 2007

name: “Emergence Workshop” type of work: installations / sculptures / ... about: 13 graphic designers and programmers from the norwegian TV channel TV 2 were in Transplant for three days to get input and to create personal works without usual production constraints. They were inspired by the theme “Emergence” and the exhibition. Three design groups worked on: “inside the box”, “type alive” and “outside the frame”. They produced sculptures, installations and other ideas.

artist / country: Laura

Annaert / Belgium

Fooding Consultant the 1st of November 2007

name: “Dream Castle” type of work: kids architecture workshop about: Laura Annaert is working with children and creativity with food. She makes an atelier for kids at the Architectural Museum of Paris and another about design and food at the design center “Lieu Commun” in Paris. A local school class of 23 pupils at the age of 9 years from the Dingemoen primary school was invited to experiment and to build their dream candy castle with Laura.

Growth Growth - the second mutation, is the period of evolving. What had just appeared stretched and rose to take a new shape. It was the stage of a dramatic change.The creation invaded the space as time went by. The walls were the canvas for paintings and collages which were added by different artists and designers during the theme. Vegetation was growing and mutating in niches and changed as well the face of Transplant from the spring until the late summer. This text will be completed by

Katrine Sele cultural journalist/ writer

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artist / country: Klub

7 / Germany

Guest Artist Group between 25th and 29th of February 2008

name: “ Growing Wall” type of work: streetart, postgraffiti personal dates: Artist group founded 1996 in Halle/ Saale Germany. Members are Dani, Chris, Otto, Mike Okay, Ingo, Low.

career: • ”Street Lab”, Fashion and Street Art Festival, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands 2007 • ”Klub 7 meets Carhartt”, Carhartt shop, Duesseldorf/ Germany 2006 • ”Cut´n Paste - Toys”, Berlin/ Germany 2005

artist / country: Paul

Lewthwaite / England

Paul Lewthwaite:

“It is like the book is dreaming of the reality, the house which is growing out of it.”

1) name: “Taking Shape” type of work: sculpture 2) name: “Useful/ Useless” type of work: installation, sculpture, design in collaboration with Ralston & Bau

personal dates: Born 1969 on the Isle of Man.

selected exhibitions: • ”On the Wall”, Olympia Grand Hall, London/ GB 2004 • “Las Escaleras”, Mas Cornadas Da El Hambre, Madrid/ Spain 2002 • ”Proposals”, Angel Orensanz Centre, New York/ USA 1999

artist / country: Ralston

& Bau / Norway and Paul Lewthwaite / England Paul Lewthwaite:

“Tools are an extension of the body, were it has grown out of necessity.”

name: “ Useful - Useless” type of work: sculpture personal dates: Paul Lewthwaite lives and works in Nottingham, UK. Ralston & Bau was founded 2001 in Paris, France and established 2004 in Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway.

selected exhibitions Ralston & Bau: • ”Onini - VU06 Vestlandsutstillingen”, Bergen, Stavanger, Hausgesund, Førde/ Norway 2007 • ”DS Chair & Table - Norsk Form”, Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, Oslo/ Norway 2006 • ”Stam - Tam”, Le Grand Hornu, Hornu/ Beligum 2003/ 2004

artist / country: Marius

Watz / Norway

Projected from 28th of February to the end of August 2008

name: “Neon Organic” type of work: animation personal dates: Born 1973 in Norway.

selected exhibitions: • ”Lovebytes”, Rishaug vs. Watz concert, Sheffield/ GB 2007 • “Abstract of Syn”, Museumsquartier, Vienna/ Austrian 2007 • ”ElectroPlastic #2”, Ars Electronica, Linz/ Austria 2006

artist / country: Torsten

Illner / Germany

Guest Artist between the 1st of March to the 11th of March 2008

personal dates: Born 1978 in Schoenebeck,Germany.

selected exhibitions: • ”linocut today ”, Bietigheim Bissingen/ Germany 2007 • “Arme Staedte”, project gallery A16, Halle/ Germany 2006 • ”Greater Chateau 5000”, Halle/ Germany 2005

artist / country: Are

Mokkelbost / Norway

Guest Artist 23th and 24th of Mai 2008

name: “Growing Wall” type of work: painting personal dates: Born 1976 in Oslo, Norway.

selected exhibitions: • ”Ny Figurasjon”, Kunstforening, Oslo/ Norway 2007 • “The Elementary Particles”, Standard, Oslo / Norway 2006 • ”Giving people what they want”, Glassbox, Paris/ France 2006

artist / country: Geneviève


Guest Artist 20th and 21st of June 2008

name: “Growing Wall” / “New Troll”

type of work: graphic art personal dates: Born 1967 in Lyon, France.

selected exhibitions: • ”Food Chain”, MU Eindhoven, Eindhoven/ The Netherlands 2008 • “Hotel Fox”, Copenhagen/ DK 2005 • ”Yeah/Outch”, Colette store, Paris/ France 2004

artist / country: Marco

Godinho/ Luxembourg

Guest Artist 2008 Exchange: Transplant / FRAC selected by FRAC de Lorraine

personal dates: Born 1978 in Salvaterre de Magos, Portugal.

selected exhibitions: • ”Antipodes”, Frac Lorraine, Metz/ France 2006 • “Fenêtre sur rue”, Galerie-Aître Saint- Maclou, Rouen/ France 2005 • ”De la Lorraine”, Musée des Beaux Arts, Nancy/ France 2004

artist / country: Tomas

Espedal / Norway

Guest Artist 2008 Exchange: Transplant / FRAC selected by Transplant

personal dates: Born 1961 in Bergen, Norway.

selected books: • ”Gå. Eller kunsten å leve et vilt og poetisk liv ”, Gyldendal/ Norway 2006 • “Brev”, novel, Gyldendal/ Norway 2005 • ”Dagbok”, prose, Gyldendal/ Norway 2003

Maturation Maturation - the third maturation is the phase of refinement. It was the substance ripening and defining.The materiality and presence was at it´s peak as a new asthetic impregnated the present form. Maturation was the phase of dwelling in a moment without past and future. A phase in which the dialog between creator and viewer was intimate and personal. This text will be completed

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artist / country: Studio

Glithero / England Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson Guest Design Group between7th and 14th of September 2008

London based designers Studio Glithero will be in residence at Transplant to build and present an installation born from a collaboration with the fishing net makers of Værlandet Fiskeredskap. Working with traditional net making techniques and light sensitive materials, within the walls of Transplant, their installation will come to final maturation at the opening.

name: “ Stor Ting” type of work: installation personal dates: Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson met at Royal College of Art/ London. Studio Glithero was founded in 2008. They live and work in London.

selected exhibitions: • • •

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“Panta Rei”, Galleria Nilufar/ Furniture Fair, Milan/ Italy 2008 “Design Tide”, Tokyo/ Japan 2007 “Designers in Residence”, Design Museum, London/ England 2006/ 2007 “Babylondon”, Venice Architecture Biennale, Subversive Sightseeing, Venice/ Italy 2006

artist / country: Sissel

Myklebust / Norway

Guest Artist between 8th and 12th of September 2008

Two portraits in a series of individual human matured faces. Sissel will exhibit portraits of locals, taken in the week proceeding the opening.

name: “ Elisabeth” type of work: photography personal dates: Born 1979 in Norway. Lives and works in Stavanger, Norway.

selected exhibitions: • • • •

”Det Individuelle Ansikt”, Telemark/ Norway 2008 ”Det Individuelle Ansikt”, Tananger/ Norway 2008 ”På vent”, Gallery Pygmalion, Bergen/ Norway 2004 ”Bolgedager”, Trondheim/ Norway 2000

artist / country: Rita

Marhaug/ Norway

Rita have worked a lot with performance as an art form where she has challenged the question of gender and identity.This video unsettles by the depiction of the most intimate and natural states of womenhood.

name: “ 13+35” type of work: video personal dates: Born in Bergen, Norway 1965. Lives and works in Bergen, Norway.

selected exhibitions: •

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“Life and Death when you are 42”, Gallery Kunstverket, Noray 2008 “All we see”, Westwerk Gallery, Hamburg/ Germany 2007 “5th Gravura festival Evora”, Portugal 2007 “Global Matrix 2”, Purdue University Galleries, Indiana/ USA 2006

artist / country: May

Elin Eikås Bjerk/ Norway

Guest Artist February 2008

name: “ Blur” type of work: sculpture selected exhibitions: • • •

Gallery LNM, Oslo/ Norway 2006 OMVEG, Norsk Form, Oslo/ Norway 2006 Kunstmesse København, Gallery Opdahl, Copenhagen/ Danmark 2006 Berlin Art Fair, Gallery Opdahl, Berlin/ Germany 2005

Disappearance We die from the moment of our birth and are being born until we die. (Martin Heidegger) As we enter the third millennium the death instinct is the order of the day. This, our hypothesis, is in no way pessimistic or sinister: our desire for death has a teleological goal (to be reborn). “Life is a constant struggle against extinction, a violent yet fleeting deliverance from ever-lurking night, this death is no external enemy, it is his own inner longing for the stillness and profound peace of all-knowing non-existence, for all-seeing sleep in the ocean of coming to be and passing away.” (Carl Gustav Jung) The death instinct does not lead necessarily or directly to selfdestruction or murder. It may take unforeseen detours and pass through reversible states, if we agree that in sleep, play,dreams, or orgasm, we temporarily take leave of life. The complex modalities of the death instinct include the power of negation, of subverting reality, the faculty of temporarily removing oneself or disconnecting from it. In this sense, artistic creation the in essence favors shadow over light and the imaginary over the real. Derives from the death instinct,- just as language and a fortiori intelligence do.“Art begins where life leaves off.” (Richard Wagner) Over the course of a few months (March-August 2009), we will try to assure the triumph of the death instinct which drives us to retreat, to retrench the spectacular, and to play on Maurice Blanchot’s paradox: If death is the real, and the real is the impossible, we are approaching the thought of the impossibility of death. In terms of the site, the surrounding, and the hosts will strive to curb the syndrome of Bartleby who “would prefer not to,” and organized an encounter with the real based on ephemeral, yet fundamental, gestures. Béatrice Josse Director of Frac Lorraine, Metz, France

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artist / country: Patrick Neu/ France

Guest Artist between 1st and 8th of March 2009

Patrick Neu was born in 1963, Patrick Neu lives and works in eastern France near the famous Saint Louis glassworks where he elaborates his works in crystal. However, he also uses bread, lead, egg shells, or bees wax, and draws in China ink on butterfly wings or paints in gouache on carbonized paper, or with a pen nib he engraves the surfaces of crystal glasses blackened by smoke. His works offer exercises in “sculptural acrobatics”, combining “ambition and lightness, apparent insignificance and gravity, sometimes modesty and absolute technical mastery.” Challenges to the imagination and to understanding, these works are not reducible to their virtuosity or their seduction. They present above all a meditation on time, a reflection on the ephemeral, on the ineluctable and unpredictable instability of things and of the instant. Among the fifteen crystal glasses, many represent famous scenes from the history of art. The artist is, however, presenting a glass created especially for Transplant.

artist / country: Maia Urstad/ Norway

Maia Urstad´s omposition of electronically treated sounds borrowed from Radio waves, Morse code, FM- and satellite radio/TV transmissions will complete the disappearing. The composition is reflects technological changes in telecommunication, such as the transition from analogue to digital technology - the analogue system is overloaded and might be shut down in a few years’ time, many signals will disappear as these transitions take place, SIgnals that are to me connected to memory; like the Morse code, the specific radio buzz between stations searching on the radio, the medium wave sounds.

artist / country: Monica Bonvicini/ Italy

Monica Bonvicini was born in 1965 in Venice, she resides and works in Berlin and Los Angeles. What is the destiny of all works of art? To be preserved from the ravages of time as well as from those of the public. Monica Bonvicini, on the contrary, destines her work for destruction. Since the mid-1990s, as an heir to the “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark as well as to the politician Martha Rosler, Monica Bonvicini has persevered to expose the underlying ideologies of architecture, revealing how much even the smallest space is culturally overdetermined and absolutely sexed. She exposes it as a place of repression, of (masculine, intellectual) authority, and an embodiment of all the mechanisms of power. Her video Hammering out (subtitled “an old argument”) is among those furious reactions with which she opposes such preconceptions. In the video, we can see an arm, presumably female, attacking a wall with a sledge-hammer. For the artist, the wall embodies the transposition of phallocratic power into architecture. But it is also the place of all metonymies: metaphor for the separation between the genders, between classes; a theoretical dead end; and the place of the unspoken. Little by little, under the onslaught of the hammer, bricks from the lower layers start to appear: an allusion to the eternal return which is binding for all creation, but also to all these hidden discourses which serve as a conceptual basis for apparently neutral spaces. “For me, there is no such thing as neutral architecture. Nothing is neutral starting from the moment you open a door and enter somewhere.”

artist / country: Michel Blazy/ France

Michel Blazy was born in Monaco in 1966, Michel Blazy studied art in Nice, and now resides in Paris. The artist’s work questions the productivity of art through sensory installations using the living matter and the organic. Blazy often brings into play perishable materials taken from daily life: a paper towel folded into rose petals, plastic bags, cotton balls, toilet paper, foam, fruits and vegetables, etc. They serve as the basis for ephemeral installations which last only as long as the exhibition. The works are made to survive through photographs and video. An artist and a chemist’s apprentice, Michel Blazy explores the developmental capacities of micro-organisms and the unsuspected esthetics of organic matter: sprouting, rotting, molding, and mutation, are the various modes of transformation of his works in the state of perpetual becoming. For instance, he whitewashes a wall with potato puree and beet puree, and awaits the result: an abstract all-over painting. His works possess a poetry evocative in a certain way of Land Art, where the artist plays the role of an assembler, but where ultimately, it is nature that does the work. The decomposing wall is produced using a mixture based on agar, a gelatinous thickener obtained from red algae.

artist / country: Roman Singer/ Switzerland

The action artist Roman Singer is fascinated by experimentation with the derisory. He stages micro-events meant to represent disjointed temporalities and empty spaces. Trivial poetical vocabulary has been a catalyst for Singer’s work for the past thirty years. The excessive use of explosives, as well as his great interest in electric helicopters and river canoes, transform Singer’s quasi-playful practice into an essential questioning of the foundations of art: time and movement. Just like Michel Blazy, who foregrounds the acceleration of the decay of walls, Singer’s gestures remind us that the present is in motion, and plant a doubt in our blind belief in the possibility of anticipating the course of events.

artist / country: Mario Garcia Torres/ Mexico

Mario Garcia Torres was born in the mid-1970s, the Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres revisits the history of conceptual art. In some cases only sketches and documents remain of this movement, which affirmed the primacy of the idea over its realization. Mario Garcia Torres enjoys uncovering the origins of certain pieces in order to renew the question “what is art?” and to construct a certain history where one may re-encounter John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt alongside Robert Barry.

Laying bare the material of the work, Mario Garcia Torres presents a purified work of art, wrought by the void and by absence. The young artist draws on rough sketches and disappearances which punctuate conceptual art, and revives ideas and projects initiated in the 1970s. Thus by proposing to add his name to the list of artists presented in this exhibition, he indicates his presence by his absence. The idea of “an intervention is sufficient, and the name alone is enough to stand for presence.” This note makes possible the interrogation of whether there is or there isn’t, such a thing as effective and immaterial presence of the work. Every disappearance is an active process which generates traces. Mario Garcia Torres sheds light on this palimpsest which comes to visibility in the transparency of being and of history.

artist / country: Klaus Speidel/ Germany

Guest Artist between 16th and 26th of April 2009

I was born in the late seventies. I believe that my generation has more than any generation before been subject to a number of technological revolutions which concerned our everyday existence. Universal human desires, like sexual and social recognition, have continued to play an important role for us, but another type of desire has occurred, which might have been more superficial, but which still has occupied our minds, and which was much more exteriorized: the desire to possess a gadget, a technical device whose possession, we believed, would change our lives for the better, give us richer experiences, make us more successful, or simply make certain tasks easier. Each object would blend into our lives as we already lived them, but also transform them. A personal reflection on the impact of technology might reveal some of the constants that can explain the tremendous success of objects like the video-recorder, the Game Boy. What objects are they associated with? What practices are they associated with? What do they reveal about their time? What desires do they satisfy? What use are they put to? What are the frustrations they provoke? How does their success end and what replaces them? Klaus Speidel

artist / country: Jean Christophe Norman/ France

Guest Artist between 14th and 31st of June 2009

Jean-Christophe Norman was born in 1964 in Besançon where he lives and works, Jean-Christophe Norman has developed an artistic practice akin to performance and directly stemming from his years as professional climber. Time writings, started in 1993, are inscribed in a conceptual approach: a method, a principle hinging on a protocol or on a delimited space. Jean-Christophe Norman systematically registers the passage of time—day, month, year, hour, minute, second—on different media filled to the point of saturation. Time accumulates and becomes tangible matter, but also sensitive matter: its passage is tirelessly inscribed and yet destined to be progressively effaced, to disappear ineluctably. The element of physical engagement is present in walking, and particularly in long cross-city walks and, soon, in hikes across the regions of Dale and Sunnfjord in Norway. The line becomes a trajectory. The method remains the same, but the crossing follows predetermined paths: there is no wandering or simple strolling. Time is space and cartography becomes tangible. Such are the premises of the hike Jean-Christophe Norman is going to undertake across the fjord next June. Following a line, the one drawn by his scar, the hike becomes an initiation and a redemption.

Future participants who will take part in “Disappearance” are: David Renaud/ France/ July 2009 David Renaud questions geographical codifications. Through maps, relief models, or painting, for the period of his stay, he is going to experience the ambivalence of points of view on the fjord landscape. Using innovative materials available at his disposal, Renaud’s work will attempt to bring together disappearance and technological innovation. Marc Bretillot/ France/ August 2009 Finally, because a Norwegian (Geir SKEIE, with Mathuset Solvold Restaurant in SANDEFJORD) won the haute-cuisine contest, le Bocuse d’Or 2008, we will be honored to welcome culinary artist Marc Brétillot, the French expert in culinary experimentation. The confrontation of Art/Cuisine/Design will be an occasion to prolong the vanished works of art through a tasting interpretation. Fanny Holmin/ Norway/ August 2009 Fanny Holmin will develop an performance based on the book without an “E” of George Perec.

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