Many Norwegian female artists have achieved outstanding success in the field of experimental arts both in Norway and internationally. However, to this date most of their success stories remain hidden from the public. Now it’s time to tell their amazing histories to a wider audience.
FAEN – Female Artistic Experiments Norway is a three week long exhibition program at Atelier Nord in Oslo, October 17 – November 3, 2019. FAEN is the first edition of a planned event series focusing on different aspects and sub-themes that can be discovered from the project Temporary Library Norway. FAEN is inspired by the Temporary Library Norway project, produced by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Art Centre, and utilize the library as the base for discovering and discussing different areas of experimental arts in Norway. (temporarylibrary.no)
Too many untold stories
The project aims to uncover and reflect upon the significant role female artists and art practitioners have played in the historical development of the experimental art field in Norway. Together the three events aim at uncovering new strategies that strengthen the field of practice and proposing solutions to bridge the still existing gaps of gender inequality in arts.
Many areas of the Norwegian experimental art fields – from sculpture/installation, sound art, video art and digital art, seem to be historically dominated by male artists. Their larger numbers become evident through some of the archival projects in the field. As example, the initial list of artists to be included in The Electronic Art Book Norway has so far only found 36 female artists in comparison to 81 male artists. Also the Temporary Library Norway collection uncovers only 46 female artists who have published in comparison to 88 male authors.
How has this gender imbalance lead to long-term effects and a limitations in the field? Such less diverse artistic expressions and one-sided presentation of the field itself, often at the costs of the many important achievements by the female artists. To strengthen the field, these discussions have to be taken on a cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional and cross-generational level. Hence the aim of FAEN – Female Artistic Experiments Norway program is to ask:
Who are these female artists?
What did they do?
Why was it important?
When did they do it?
i) The Exhibition “Female Artistic Experiments Norway” is a curated selection of experimental art works by both: young emerging female artists as well as the established ones. The selected works will vary in experimental mediums from sound based art, video art, installation art to bioart. The final exhibition will be a result of a year long curatorial and talent development process in collaboration with established artistic institutions: PNEK – Production Network for Electronic Art Norway, BEK – Bergen Electronic Art Centre and i/o/lab – Centre for Future Art.
ii) The Symposium “FY FAEN SÅ BRA – eksperiment av norske kvinnelige kunstnere” reflects on the history, current state and the possible futures of the experimental art scene in Norway through the perspective of female artists and art practitioners. The symposium takes a historical and critical perspective – using archiving and publishing projects as critical tools to discover historical tendencies and important turning points in the field. The main questions the symposium will pose are: Who are these female artists? What did they do? When? Why was it important?
iii) The Archival Program consists of two artistic programs:
The Temporary Library Norway Exhibition, produced by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Art Centre. TEKS will show the second edition of the project with new publications added. As well the new printed catalog with the complete collection will be launched during the exhibition. temporarylibrary.no
The video Art Screening Program will be realized in collaboration with Videokunstarkivet and PNEK. videokunstarkivet.org
ORGANIZERS & PARTNERS
The “Female Norwegian Experimental Artists” is the first edition of planned event series focusing on different aspects and sub-themes of experimental arts in Norway. The events are initiated and organized by the emerging curator and experimental art practitioner Zane Cerpina (NO/LV) in collaboration with Atelier Nord.
FAEN is sponsored by : Arts Council Norway, PNEK, Atelier Nord and TEKS. Other partners include: BEK, i/o/lab, Notam, Videokunstarkivet and the book project: Elektronisk Kunst i Norge.