Heidi NikolaisenHøgskolelektor i fotografi
Kontor:4. etasje, Vaskerelven 8
Heidi Nikolaisen is emplyed as an Assistant Professor at KHiB at 50%, from 1 August 2012 til 31 January 2014 at 100%.
Heidi Nikolaisen holds a BA and MA in Photography from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2001). Before this she studied History and Art History at the University in Oslo. Nikolaisen has exhibited widely both internationally and nationally, and has done site-sepcific public commissions in Norway. Her artist practice is based in Bergen at Flaggfabrikken, a studio collective she was part of founding in 2003.
Areas of expertise: Photography, archive, installation, storytelling, text, site-specificity
Nikolaisen's work is highly influenced by the photographic medium, both through being a photographer and working with different types of archives, but she also uses other mediums such as video, text, sculpture, ready-mades and installation. As an artist she also considers herself a collector, detective, archaeologist, micro-historian and storyteller. She is interested in everyday topics through what these topics can tell us about human behaviour, how we relate to the world, and how we as individuals write history through our actions. She uses visual elements and narrative structures to reveal how the individual can affect historical events or are affected by them.
Nikolaisen often uses public and private archives as a source of information and inspiration. Her work often commences by observing photographs, letters and objects that are connected to certain people or places. In the expansion of this she also research "non-material archives" such as stories, myths and oral history. Her findings often set her off on journeys to personally investigate a particular story, person or places, so her works also has performative and relational aspects to them. The people she meets and places she sees during these travels are considered an important part of her working process as they trigger and influence the development of the work. The works are often displayed as installations consisting of her own and found photographs, videos, texts, objects and sculptures, arranged in fragmented narratives.
Artist Research Based Teaching
Various workshops to develop the way we see and work with and through photography. Using different photographic genres and archives to develop the student's artistic expressions.
100år! 100år! (100years!) is a program running through all 2013. With a parade of events, seminars, exhibitions and texts we want to celebrate the historical efforts leading up to universal rights to vote in Norway. 100år has a critical focus on our times and how the right to control one's personal life is still worth fighting for. Through art we seek to promote and encourage a diverse set of voices to be heard and add new perspectives to issues such as the right to vote, equality, activism, power and representation. The key feature is collaboration as process, which enables a diverse and complex program. The group wants to allow different traditions and discourses to meet and exist - side by side - in a polyphonous expression. The initiators of 100år! are Maya Økland and Hilde Jørgensen, artists and managers of KNIPSU, artist-run space & mobile events in Bergen; Malin Barth, Art Historian, Curator and Director of Gallery 3,14; Helga Nyman, Art Historian and Curator and Heidi Nikolaisen, Artist and Assistant Professor at KHiB.
Artistic Research Projects: Participating in Topographies of the Obsolete
Workshops in the Spode Factory Works: September 2012 and March 2013
"Being present in the Spode Factory gave me the feeling of walking in a post apocalyptic landscape. I tried to picture what would be left even further ahead in the future, and how archaelogists might interpret findings of bits and pieces found in its' ruins. This feeling was something I worked with between the first and second workshop period. While I was in Spode I read and found inspiration in the book "The World Without us" by Alan Weisman. The book describes how fast deterioration will affect the buildings and cities if humans were to disappear. For an exhibition in Rom8 in Bergen, I put together photographs from Spode and pictures I've taken in the world that carry the same derelict aesthetics. I showed them as a grid on the wall. In Air Space Gallery in Stoke I used the same images, reprinted smaller in black and white. I placed them in a drawer found in the factory together with small pieces of scrap and junk also found on the site."
"Visiting the Spode Works Factory and a few of the people who had worked there, most importantly the very present Head of Security Alan, a story teller at large, made me want to preserve an art of the factory for the future. Knowledge that has been developed and used in Spode for over 250 years has disappeared with the workers. For the exhibition 'Vociferous Void' at the British Ceramics Biennial I decided to pay hommage to the former Spode Workers and their tools.
The idea is to preserve some of the now redundant working tools and make them not valuable objects. I've taken parts of some of the molds from Spode Works and made them into bronze objects. Bronze is the material that has the best chance to survive time and different types of nature catastrophes. By using bronze I am up-scaling the value of the molds, making the previous working tools into sculptures."
The objects were displayed in a vitrine cabinet, mimicking the way archaelogical objects are displayed in museums.