Critical Issuses in Public Art presents: Knut Åsdam

The political imaginary

«The Political Imaginary» is an important starting point for Åsdam’s explorations of subjectivity, narrative and the public sphere. According to the philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis, politics is a performative activity – to visualise, create and believe in new forms of social organisation. Åsdam explores the possibilities of moving upwards in the public sphere, and how this act establishes and constitutes subjectivities. With a starting point in his own projects, Åsdam discusses how the experienced, movable body creates subjectivity in the public space and how this body relates to storytelling, sequence and temporality.

Knut Åsdam (b. 1968, Trondheim, Norway) established himself as an international artist on the New York art scene after finishing his studies at the Wimbledon School of Art (1988-89) and Goldsmiths College (1989-92), both in London, the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht (1992-94) and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1994-95). Åsdam’s works have been shown at Tate Modern, London; Bergen Kunsthall; Tate Britain, London; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; the Venice Biennale; Kunsthalle Bern; Istanbul Biennale; FRAC Bourgogne; MARCO, Roma; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Manifesta VII; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; PS1 MoMA, New York; and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, amongst other places.


Thursday, February 27, 2014


Kristian Augusts gate 23, 8th floor, Oslo, Norway

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