Bergen Academy of Art and Design

Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection represents the first stage of a major art project at the faculty. Over the coming years, the two curators, Nora C. Nerdrum and Merete Røstad, will develop further projects designed to investigate the relationship between the faculty and the public – the people who inhabit the public spaces that exist in and around the building, the surrounding neighbourhood, and Bergen as a whole.


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  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (4), Oppgang A, plan 5, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (1), Oppgang A, plan 2, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (3), Oppgang A, plan 4, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (7), Oppgang B, plan 5, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (2), Oppgang A, plan 3, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (6), Oppgang B, plan 3, Photographer: Pål Hoff
  • Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection (5), Oppgang B, plan 2, Photographer: Pål Hoff
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About the project

About the project

 

The collection <em>Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection</em>, which is presented in seven alcoves on the stairways of the faculty’s new building at Møllendalsveien 61, comprises preparatory works, sketches and conceptual experiments by almost 200 art and design alumni of the University of Bergen’s Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design.

Continually trying out new approaches and experimenting with alternative materials and methods are key parts of being a student, but also of everyday practice in the fields of art and design. Through this project, precisely these manifestations of the creative process – records of thoughts that are usually considered to be fleeting and uncertain points along a trajectory – are allowed to live on.

The collection can also be interpreted as a retrospective glance at the historic institutions that have now been replaced by the new faculty: the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (1909-1996); the Western Norway Art Academy (1972-1996); and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (1996-2016). Over the course of their long histories, these institutions trained many artists and designers who have gone on to forge significant reputations in the fields of art and design, both in Norway and internationally. The works on display show traces of changing historical approaches to pedagogical practice, of inherent tendencies within the fields of art and design, and of the people who have contributed to shaping the institutions over the years.

The collection is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, which is available both in print and as a PDF.

Further projects will be completed in the period 2018-2020. These projects will be designed to encourage active public involvement by stimulating a dialogue between the faculty, the city’s wider art scene and the general public. The projects will be developed in close collaboration with the staff and students at the faculty.

Facts

Facts

Address

Strømgaten 1, 5015 Bergen

Scheduled completion

01.06.2017

Project manager

Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum, KORO

Curator

Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum, KORO
Merete Røstad

Art Committee

Astrid Renata Van Veen, Arkitekt fra Snøhetta
Christine Hansen, Brukerrepresentant

Building owner/developer

Hans Thomas Holm, Statsbygg

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

Milestones

Milestones

  • Oppstartsmøte kunstutvalg

  • 2. kvartal 2015
    Byggestart

  • Juni 2017
    Ferdigstilles

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