About the project
About the project
About the project
The Theoretical Disciplines Building at UiT is in fact a complex of six buildings that house departments ranging from law and economics to psychology and philosophy. When this final addition to Campus Tromsø was completed in 2005, the ensuing art project resulted in the acquisition of 129 artworks by 25 artists. The collection covers a huge range of styles, and is particularly rich in printmaking and photography. It includes both Norwegian and international artists, with several important Sámi artists being especially well represented.
UiT already had a collection of works by one of the most important Sámi artists, Iver Jåks (1932–2007). Jåks worked in the area of overlap between international contemporary art and Sámi art and craft traditions. The art project for the building included the acquisition of a number of works by Jåks. As a result, the Theoretical Disciplines Building now houses Norway’s second largest collection of Jåks’s sculptures, prints and drawings.
Another leading Sámi artist, Britta Marakatt-Labba, took inspiration from the Bayeux tapestry in France, to embroider an untitled frieze nearly 24 metres in length depicting motifs from Sámi mythology and history. Another work by Marakatt-Labba in the collection is an embroidery made during the protests about the construction of the Alta Dam in 1981, The Crows/Garjjat. It is interesting to compare Marakatt-Labba’s treatment of conflicts between Norway’s indigenous population and mainstream Norwegian society over the exploitation of natural resources with the recent photographs by Kristin Tårnesvik, which adopt a similarly critical perspective.
Another artist who considers the place of Sámi culture in modern society is the Finnish photographer and artist Marja Helander, who is half Sámi. Helander acts as her own model in many of her photographs. Like Helander, the Norwegian Geir Tore Holm takes personal experiences as a starting point for considering the relationship between nature and culture and the transitions between indoor and outdoor space in a series of photographs from his parents’ home in Kåfjord in Troms County.
The Tromsø-based artist Idar Ingebrigtsen is commemorated by a meeting room in the Theoretical Disciplines Building that has been named after him. Fifteen of his works are displayed in the room: two oil paintings and thirteen prints, most of which are woodcuts. The subjects range from self-portraits to landscapes and animals, along with others from the world of music and theatre.
The only work in the collection that is located outdoors is Good morning! Musk Ox, a monumental sculpture in carved and polished larvikite stone by the Japanese artist Makoto Fujiwara. The abstract, musk ox-like stone sculpture is oriented towards, and appears to “greet” the local landmark Mount Tromsdalstinden.
Another well-known artist who is well represented in the collection is the printmaker Per Kleiva. Twenty-eight of the highly political screenprints for which Kleiva became famous now hang in the building.
In 2008, Public Art Norway and UiT collaborated on the publication of Kunst til stede/Art in Place (with parallel texts in Norwegian and English), which presents the entire art collection of the Theoretical Disciplines Building.
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Universitetsvegen 30, 9019 Tromsø, Norge
Bente Sommerfeldt -Colberg
Kjell Sundby Hommerstad
Geir Tore Holm
Per Inge Bjørlo
Kari Elisabeth Dahlmo
Heidi Wexelsen Goksøyr
Art consultant/Art Committee
Marit Ellisiv Landsend
Borealis Arkitekter as
Telje-Torp-Aasen Arkitektkontor AS
Tilgjengelig for publikum
Art scheme for new government-owned buildings