Re:place

Re: place

Re: place is a collaborative research project in which the notion of “place” is investigated through a range of artistic practices including moving image, installation, photography, sound, text and performance. Within the project umbrella, a number of individual and group artworks are being developed, alongside a series of discursive events including seminars, lectures and discussion-workshops. Re: place is a collaboration between KHIB, Oslo Academy of Art, the Grieg Academy, the media arts organisations Bergen Center of Electronic Arts (BEK), Atelier Nord, and Kino Kino, center for contemporary art and film in Sandnes. The project started October 2012.

Re: place is an art research project initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) in association with Oslo Academy of Art (KHIO) and The Grieg Academy (Griegakademiet). The core research team consists of Jeremy Welsh, professor & dean of Fine Art at KHIB; Synne Bull, associate professor in film and video at KHIO and Morten Eide Pedersen, leader of the composition department at Griegakademiet, Sound artist Trond Lossius is engaged by KHIB as project leader and Signe Lidén, as research assistant, from October 2012.  Colleagues from all three institutions are involved in the project, as well as external partners and guest researchers.

The project is an investigation of (relationships between) place, time and memory as manifested in artistic works exploring image, sound, text - or combinations of these. It builds upon the existing practices of participating artists and further extends investigations that have taken place within the framework of previous research projects and seminars. These include the seminar " Placeholders", which took place at KHiB in September 2011; the conference and exhibition series " Cities Re-imagined" (2009 - 2010); Tracing Space, an exhibition held at Bergen Kunsthall in 2005 featuring works by 5 faculty members from KHIB; Intervall, a project in which temporary artworks were sited at neglected public spaces within the city of Bergen; Urban Images, a conference at Oslo Academy of Art in 2010.

The question of "Place" is considered both in terms of how artistic practices encounter and interact with actual places and, conversely, how creative acts can also take the form of "placemaking". Artists connected to the project represent both of these positions, and in many instances combine aspects of both in their investigations of the complex relationships between image (representation) and memory as lived experience of a specific space or place.The artistic strategies employed may range from the interpretive, for example how a contemporary composer might formulate a new soundtrack for a cityscape film such as "Berlin, A City Symphony", through investigative strategies, such as photographic explorations of particular places, to the constitutive; for example how contemporary media are used to elaborate a "sense of place" that can be virtual, distributed and post-geographic.

How "place" is constituted, reconfigured, deconstructed, augmented, discussed, described, experienced - through a variety of signifying practices - is the core theme and question of the project.There are a number of different approaches that will be used, examined, cross-referenced and interrogated during the project period.The intention is not to realize one single, unified artistic project, but to gather together a number of related and interconnected artistic processes through a series of thematically linked events that are also connected to discursive investigations of the project's theme or themes.

Place is a theme that is manifest in numerous contemporary art practices, and the way this theme is explored and developed varies enormously according to geographic location and cultural conditions. Projects connected to Re:place may have a global reach,  as in the case of Bull.Miletic's "Heaven can wait", an ongoing cinematic work that aims to encompass many of the existing revolving restaurants that have been built in cities around the world. Other projects have a more local nature, focussing on the near and known, but nevertheless exploring themes with a broad and non-local resonance, such as the sites of post-industry within European cities.

Re:place was launched in October 2012 with an exhibition and seminar, taking place at KHiB. The exhibition in Rom 8, the KHiB exhibition space, featured works-in-progress by Jeremy Welsh and Scott Rettberg, Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen and an internationally recognized innovator in the field of electronic literature. During the three-day seminar, colleagues connected to Re: place gave short presentations of current projects within the format of a discussion workshop. Three guest speakers, Bill Rankin, a historian and cartographer; film-maker Inger Lise Hansen and artist/designer Clement Valla, held open lectures for Re:place participants and also students and faculty at KHIB. The final day of the seminar took the form of a journey to the post-industrial town of Odda in Hardanger, where several participants were also included in Odds, an exhibition that took the form of temporary interventions in a variety of sites including disused and derelict buildings, a small museum, empty commercial premises and domestic spaces.

As an extension of the opening seminar, several guest lectures were arranged during the autumn of 2012, including film-maker Helen Petts and philosopher Esther Leslie. A series of lectures and seminars is planned for spring 2013 at Oslo Academy of Artand The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. Regular updates can be found on the Re: place blog and website.

Funding: The Project Programme under the direction of The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme & KHiB
Duration: 2012-2015 (three years)
Project Leader: Trond Lossius, professor
Project Assistant: Signe Lidén, MA Fine Art KHiB (2011)

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Published: 10/29/2013 by Cecilia Gelin Updated: 8/17/2015 by Gard Andreas Frantzsen