The MA seminar in Fine Art

This year’s seminar is titled ”Inbetween Spaces” and takes place at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, on 7 May 2012 at 11am – 6pm.


  • Amund Sjølie Sveen
  • Christine Hansen
  • Helgard Mahrdt
  • Paul O´Neill
  • Stephen Zepke

Moderator: Steven Dixon

The state of in betweenness will be taken as a starting point for developing dialogues. Inspired by thinkers like Hannah Arendt, Georgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze, we would like to address a few matters in the political field; for artist in betweenness or the liminal space can be seen as a positive space, it can even often be read as a romanticized notion.

As a delayed echo from Europe´s increasing barrification of its borders: the tightening of the asylum politics in Norway, has forced numerous people, for various reasons unwilling to return to their country of origin, in becoming invisible outlaws. Arendt argues that what turns humans into superfluous beings, is the consolidation of power in a single omnipotent individual- or, better, an ideology articulated by an individual or group.

This delusion of omnipotence eliminates the unique manifestation of power that every human being possesses by nature of their birth - the capacity for novelty. To block this creative genesis in the individual is tantamount to making them superfluous. However, the artist position in society can be understood as superfluous but in contrast to the criminalized state of the paperless, the liminal space is the creative zone wherein the artist works.

Apichaya Wanthiang
Håkon Holm-Olsen
Jason Dunne
Live Haug Hilton
Signe Lidén
Tolga Balci

Published: 4/12/2012 by Peter Klasson Updated: 6/4/2015 by Mia Kolbjørnsen