Christine HansenKU-leder/ Artistic Research Leader
Kontor:C.Sundtsgt 53, 4.etasje
Christine Hansen is Artistic Research leader at Bergen Academy of Art and Design since August 2015. She is associate professor in art with a focus on photography and has a PhD in art history (2012).
Areas of Expertise
Photography, realism, history of photography, photo-theory, landscape, amateur photography, modernism.
Christine Hansen has worked with photo-based projects since she received her master in photography from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2000.
Her work is about questions of representation, the position of photography in society and poetic aspects of the ordinary. The work often takes as a vantage point concrete places and phenomenon’s such as psychiatric hospitals, airports and construction sites. Many of her works is based in her own family history or memory. I her last project 50 Billion Micrograms the encounter between the collective and the private history is important. Hansen has primarily worked with medium and large format in her practice. In recent years she has also worked with manual processes such as cyanotype. She has been shown in many group exhibitions and has had several solo shows. Her work is represented in the Norwegian Art Council’s collection and in the National Museum of Art. Hansen’s work is featured both in Norwegian Art history (Danbolt) and Norwegian history of Photography ( Larsen/Lien).
Hansen’s artistic research has the last years been connected to two different projects.
Støvkrystaller (Dust Crystals) is both an art project and a curatorial project about dementia and Alzheimer. It will be presented in two group shows at Hå Gamle Prestegard and Galleri F15 autumn 2015. Hansen curates the show and she contributes with the work Come What May. In addition to Hansen’s work it present four other camera-based projects by Bente Geving, Viktor Micka, Laila Kongevold and Marie Sjøvold that each in its own way chronicles personal histories connected to dementia. This is the first group show in Norway that addresses this topic.
The exhibition represents a visual and sensual entrance to the topic. How can you cope with the changes? How can you communicate with and remember family members who are still alive, but who have seen their living conditions completely changed?
50 billion micrograms
In the project 50 billion micrograms, Hansen takes an unsolved mystery and a forgotten media event of 1979 as point of departure. Almost 36 years ago, a giant meteorite reportedly landed in Swan Lake (Svanevannet) in Flora municipality. The artist was 10 years old at the time, lived in Florø, and still remembers the media fuss around this sensation. Based on the size of the hole in the ice, it was assumed that the meteorite weighed about 50 tons. The event was covered by both local and national newspapers. NRK sent several reporters to Swan Lake and the event was broadcast on the evening news with footage both above and below the water. After a long series of newspaper articles and investigations, it was concluded that the item on the lake bottom was not from space.
50 billion micrograms does not attempt to answer the riddle of 1979. Hansen uses poetic and place specific strategies that attempt to materialize the event for the spectator. The exhibition consists of photographs and cyanotypes made on the site featuring water, vegetation, and rocks in and around Swan Lake. In addition, the installation contains the sound footage of NRK recordings from 1979. In one of the pictures, On site, the artist is out in the lake beside the buoy where the meteorite landed. The work is conceived from a strong memory of the wonder of the universe and nature in childhood—where 50 tons could simply disappear into thin air. The project is not just about the meteorite’s disappearance; it examines the loss of memory. Today, a media event of this size would have left innumerable traces in digital memory. 50 billion micrograms is, therefore, also about the current state of media. However, in the late 70s, when our cyber networks did not exist, a sensation could simply disappear without a trace in the depths of the Swan Lake.
Part of the work has been showed at Studio 17 in Stavanger 2015. Hansen has also been invited to show the project at Vestlandsutstillingen 2016.
Hansen has taught at several institutions of higher education since 2005. She has associate professor competence both as a performing artist (since 2009) and as an art historian (since 2012). She has taught and had professional responsibility for a number of courses with a special emphasis on art history and art theoretical discussions from 1900 until today. Between 2009 and 2015 she was employed in a 20% position as associate professor of theory at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen. Since 2014 she also worked as an adjunct professor in art.
Hansen has extensive experience as a researcher. Her research is closely related to her own art practice. Among the topics that she has worked on include: use of family photographs in art projects, discussions around the so-called intention weak images (family photo, documentation photography etc.), questions about realism and objectivity (documentary), site-specific art and landscape issues. Her thesis, A Trip through the Ordinary Norwegian Landscape: Perspectives on Photography's Role in Contemporary Art (University of Bergen, 2012) examines the role of photography in contemporary art. The work explores and discusses photography’s floating character in the art world where the same photograph can be art, documentation or readymade. The thesis is also an in-depth study of issues around the man-made landscape. These topics are discussed through a variety of art projects and theoretical positions. An important part of the thesis also examines how photographers have theorized and written about their own practices. Hansen’s work resulted in an exhibition at Preus Museum, the National Museum of Photography in Norway in autumn 2012.
Hansen has also published articles in journals and books and she has submitted several contributions to Thames & Hudson dictionary of Photography (ed. Nathalie Herschdorfer), published in 2015. Hansen has been art critic and written many articles for art magazines and catalogs. She has also contributed with numerous papers on international conferences in USA, France, England and Scandinavia.
PhD in Art History, University of Bergen (2012)
Master in Art History, University of Bergen (2005)
Master in Photography, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2000)
Studio 17, Stavanger (2015)
Akershus Kunstnersenter, Oslo (2006)
Sogn og Fjordane Kystmuseum, Florø (2006)
Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde (2006)
Harstad Kunstforening, Harstad (2005)
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (2004)
GUN, Oslo Open, Oslo (2000)
Vestlandsutstillingen (invited) (2016)
Galleri F15 (2015)
Hå gamle Prestegard (2015)
Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger (2014)
Stavanger Art museum , Stavanger (2014)
Rom 8, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2012)
Rogaland Art Centre, Stavanger (2012)
R-Open, Stavanger (2011)
Haugesund Billedgalleri, Haugesund (2010)
Preus Museum, Horten (2008)
Nasjonal Musuem for Art and Design in Oslo (2005)
Haugesund Billedgalleri (2005)
Norwegian Art Concil(2000, 2004)
Jan Zahl, “Når det vanlege blir spesielt”, Stavanger Aftenblad (2012)
Sigrid Lien: “Stories about Invisibility and Stardom: Accounting for the Position of Female Photographers in the Norwegian History of Photography” i Acta Universitatis Gothenburgensis (2008)
Gunnar Danbolt, Norsk Kunsthistorie. Bilde og skulptur fra vikingtida til i dag.(2009)
Nina Skjønsby, “En norsk fotohistorie er skrevet, Billedkunst, (2007)
Peter Larsen/Sigrid Lien, Norsk Fotohistorie, fra Daguerreotypi til digitalt bilde (2007)
Kathrine Sæle, “Familiefoto som kunst,” (2006)
Morten Johan Svendsen, Forord, Familiegrafier, (2006)
Cato Wittusen, “Nær Himmelen” (2003)
Leader of the grant jury for photographers, Statens kunstnerstipend (2014-2015)
Board member of the Organisation for the Visual Artists Rogaland (2014-)
Representative for Bergen Academy of Art and Design in the Public Art working group for Bergen Academy’s new building (2014-)
Substitute member in the board of Program for Artistic Reserach Program
Research stays abroad:
Fulbright scholar at Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at the New York University in New York (2012-2013)
Research fellow at Department of Art History, University of Chicago (2007-2008)