UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Campus Tromsø, Theoretical Disciplines Building and E Wing

The Theoretical Disciplines Building at UiT holds a rich collection of art in which works by Sámi artists occupy a particularly central place.


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  • Myggen, Iver Jåks. Photographer: Guri Dahl
  • Vandrende seide, Iver Jåks. Photographer: Guri Dahl
  • Historja, Britta Marakatt-Labba. Photographer: KORO
  • Historja, Britta Marakatt-Labba. Photographer: KORO
  • Historja, Britta Marakatt-Labba. Photographer: KORO
  • Historja, Britta Marakatt-Labba. Photographer: KORO
  • Oversiktsbilde, Iver Jåks og Britta Marakatt-Labba. Photographer: KORO
  • God dag! Moskus, Makoto Fujiwara. Photographer: Guri Dahl
  • Analytisk bilde - ved kysten, Leonard Rickhard. Photographer: Guri Dahl
  • Vingesluse, Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. Photographer: KORO
  • Nysgjerrig, Kjell Sundby Hommerstad. Photographer: KORO
  • Under overflaten, Heidi Wexelsen Goksøyr. Photographer: Heidi Wexelsen Goksøyr
  • Årstider, Harald Fenn. Photographer: Kjell Ove Storvik
  • Little Desert, Marja Helander.
  • Tinden, 28. august 18.30, Arvid Sveen.
  • Hus, Hanne Borchgrevink. Photographer: Acharya Larissa
  • Kvile/Rest, Per Inge Bjørlo. Photographer: Kjell Ove Storvik
  • Bilete 1976 II, Per Kleiva. Photographer: Bjørn-Kåre Iversen
  • Guolleipmil, Fiskegud ved Varangerfjorden, Arvid Sveen. Photographer: Arvid Sveen
  • Mannen (Kåre Kivijärvi), Arnold Johansen. Photographer: Bjørn-Kåre Iversen
  • Surrounding, Terje Uhrn.
  • Cleanup, Jim Bengston. Photographer: Jim Bengston
  • A dream itself is but a shadow, Ida Lorentzen. Photographer: KORO
  • Forgjengeleg idyll, Per Kleiva. Photographer: Acharya Larissa
  • Recall Vuoma, Jenny-Marie Johnsen. Photographer: Jenny-Marie Johnsen
  • Fiskebil, Kristin Tårnesvik. Photographer: Kristin Tårnesvik
  • Vi og verden IV, Iver Jåks. Photographer: Bjørn-Kåre Iversen
  • Hvorfor?, Iver Jåks. Photographer: Guri Dahl
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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.

Scroll down to see more images and information about all the artworks and artists.

Facts

Facts

Address

Universitetsvegen 30, 9019 Tromsø, Norge

Date completed

09.02.2005

Project manager

Mari Aarre

Art consultant/Art Committee

Marit Ellisiv Landsend
Søren Ubisch
Eevahenna Aalto

Architect

Borealis Arkitekter as
Telje-Torp-Aasen Arkitektkontor AS

Building owner/developer

Statsbygg

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

Tilgjengelig for publikum

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

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