Critical Issuses in Public Art presents: Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk

Notes on Authorised Interventions

Works of art sometimes intervene or intrude on other institutions. They move into other social institutions’ spaces or territories with a deliberate aim to disturb and influence the status quo. It is possible to view these artworks in the light of Interventionist art practices.

An interventionist is by nature antagonistic and conflicting: he or she intervenes with the aim of influencing and changing a situation or relationship. This usually happens as an unannounced or hostile form of intrusion. These are artworks that use manipulation, reorganization and expansion to alter the institutions’ activities, but that enter through the front door as the result of negotiation.

Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk’s starting point are concrete examples he has been part of creating as a curator and producer; these examples are used in order to describe negotiations, motivations and interests that typify so-called authorised interventions. His primary interests are how these productions are seen in the light of historical genres of art, such as Interventionist Art and Institutional Critique, and how these genres evaluate the criticality they carry with them.

Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (b. 1964) is a freelance curator educated at Vestlandets Kunstakademi in Bergen and Hochschüle für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. Between 1995 and 1998, Eeg-Tverbakk was Director of Galleri Otto Plonk in Bergen. In 1999, he was responsible for exhibitions at NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) in Helsinki. He was intendant at The Artists’ House in Oslo from 2000 to 2001. From 2003 until 2005, he was project leader for the international art project Kunst i Nordland – Kunstneriske Forstyrrelser (Art in Nordland – Artistic Disturbances), initiated by Nordland county Council. From 2005 to 2009, Eeg-Tverbakk was a PhD candidate at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO). From 2009 until 2012, he was Director of Kunsthall Oslo AS. Freelance commissions include curating Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) in 1999 and the Nordic Art Bienniale Momentum in 2004.
The lecture will be in Norwegian

The series Critical Issues in Public Art is a part of Public Art Norway ’s (KORO) focus on knowledge production in our field where we initiate and develop lectures, workshops and publications that discuss current issues. As a little national “giant” when it comes to commissioning public art works, we see there is an urgent need to rethink many of the strategies and policies in this production: The question of representation, financial structures and artistic sensibility versus public frameworks. The recurring debates on art in the public sphere demonstrate the need to facilitate the discussions about possibilities and preconditions of art in public spaces. The debate is often raised to a principal level; lifted out of the realm of the self-referential field of art and into the political and public sphere.

We have invited Svein Bjørkås and Eivind Røssaak to prepare contributions shortly after the lecture. Bjørkås is a sociologist and Director of Public Art Norway since June 2013. He has a background as a researcher and writer and comes from the position as Head of Department of Musicology, University of Oslo. Røssaak is Guest Professor at University of Chicago and Associate Professor at Department of Scholarship and Collections, National Library of Norway, Oslo. He has written several books on aesthetics, critical theory, film and new media. Latest book is Between Stillness and Motion: Film, Photography, Algorithms (Amsterdam 2011).


Thursday January 23, 2014.


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

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