ART + SPACE PUNKTET VISNINGSROM Words: Laura-Ann Morrison
Who are you - PUNKTET? punktet is an exhibition arena which focuses on the theme art and space in Trondheim. punktet consists of 23 art history students divided into different sections. We work with two exhibitions each year, which are taking place in the springtime.The exhibition period for each project is five days, where we arrange different happenings, like artist talks, performances and lectures. In this way, we want the exhibitions to be a dynamic and vibrant contribution to the city’s art scene. We want to explore the theme of art and space, by pulling the contemporary art out of the common white cube. We wish to create a situation where art and space can influence, but also challenge each other. In doing so, we hope that the audience perceives both the art and the space in a new manner. Up until now, we have used places around the city, which is usually closed off to the public. Last year in 2015, Mikael Jacobsson and Øyvind Sørfjordmo had the exhibition Analog Virtual Reality in one of the quays in Kjøpmannsgata 27 in March. For the April exhibition David Breida created Oh the Sisters of Mercy in the cellar at Bakke Gård, which was previously used as a monastery. Jacobsson and Sørfjordmo kept the focus for their exhibition on the architectonic challenges of the location, while Breida had a more historical focus. The exhibitions of 2016 was also held at different locations. For the March exhibition, Hanna Fauske used the guarding towers at Bakke Bru, to create the exhibition Guardians of the Bridge. Fauske invented two fictional characters and created a certain atmosphere in the towers. By using different techniques she activated the public senses, through smell, sound and visual elements. For the April exhibition Pink Shoelaces, we used the whole area at Skansen. We got access to Skansen lighthouse, an old power station and Skansen Station. In addition to this, the artists were also invited to use the newly developed outdoor area. The curators David Breida and Jeremy Welsh asked 15 young artists to interpret the place in their own way.This resulted in a diverse exhibition with several different artistic mediums that communicated with the space in their own particular manner. There were performances, video installations, sculptures and installations.
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Tell me about PUNKTET from the beginning – The idea for punktet started when a group of art history students went to Helsinki on a study trip in 2014. We suddenly realized that there were many of the students which had competencies in other disciplines, like economics, education and project management. In addition to this, we wanted to use our theoretical knowledge and combine it with practical work to create a showroom, run by art history students. We saw an opportunity to use our art historical knowledge, in relations to the contemporary art scene in Trondheim. So we pitched the idea for our institute – institute for art and media at NTNU, and the response we got was more positive than we could have hoped for. We knew that we had an idea, but the actual form derived from the first project phase, which took place in the autumn of 2014. We approached many different ideas, through brainstorming and workshops. We thought about building our own gallery, to buy a bus or to have a floating dock and place a container on top of it. At last, we settled on the idea of borrowing different locations throughout the city, and that this would go well with our concept about art and space. From there, we started looking for suitable locations, to host exhibitions corresponding to our theme. This was a new experience for all of us, and we were excited about how it would be received by Trondheims artscene, and also the population as a whole. We got financial support from Trondheim Kommune and Faculty for Humanities at NTNU, so that we could start planning the exhibitions and finally see them happening for the first time in the spring of 2015. How can/are PUNKTET collaborate with international artists? punktet has an open call once a year, where artists can apply for the two different exhibitions. We want the applying artists to interpret the space in which the exhibition will take place. It is also an important factor that the artists is relatively unestablished (min. 6 years since finished studies) and that they have a connection to Trondheim. This year we got a lot of applications from the students at the Academy of Fine Arts here in Trondheim,
Published on May 2, 2016