Art and Common Space: Common Time

13.09.2018 - 14:00
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Common Time
Art and Common Space, Autumn 2018

`Now is the time …` is a phrase we often hear in politics, but how have artists worked with the potentiality of this affirmatory utterance? The course will look at `presencing` – what `now` can mean in artistic practice – and the ever-changing nature, and slipperiness of what we try to capture as `presentness`. The course will consider its implications for the concept of the avant-garde.

Other terms of nowness that will be covered are: fluxus-inspired happenings; the thick, deep and resonant moment in artistic representation; the immediate future (re. Futurist manifesto production); and presencing the past (bringing the archive alive and accessing the virtual one-ness of past, present and future). The practice of sketch-making will also be examined for its spontaneity. Beside practices of presencing, we will look at long and sustained practices in art and architecture, and so-called `durational` artwork.

Collaborative work is usually temporary: it is an intensive, sometimes difficult, experience that must shortly end – rather like the so-called Temporary Autonomous Zones, or `pirate utopias` that inspired collaborations in the 1980s. In this regard, we will be looking at Hakim Bey’s concept of the TAZ.

The long and the short of this coming semester’s theme is: intense presencing in time (of the artist, artwork, exhibition and audience) and, by contrast, or in relation to it, the extensive duration of many other artistic and architectural practices that unfold over months, years, decades - aeons.

The course will begin with an introduction on time, its commonness, as well as how it relates to space, including the concept of chronotopia. We will also look at how artistic practices can bind us together in terms of experiencing, commonly, short-term cultural events, at the same time that we also identify with, and participate in, long-term projects.

Dr Simon Harvey
Professor Anne-Karin Furunes

Guest Teachers
Professor Emerita (NTNU) Maaretta Jaukkuri (curator and writer)
Randi Nygard

Student eligibility
MFA (maximum of 8 masters art students) and BFA students, plus students from other departments within NTNU.

Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2: The Time-image
Hakim Bey, TAZ – Temporary Autonomous Zone
Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory

Artists/artworks/exhibitions to be referred to
Marko Vuokola, exhibition, Helsinki (2018)
Randi Nygard, Der Augenblick gesicht, gesechichte, sicht, dichte, schichte (2012)
Fluxus art
Sonia Delaunay and Blaise Cendrars (poet), La Prose du Transsibérrien et de la Petite Jehanne de France (1913)
Anne-Karin Furunes, Into the Image with Light

Long duration art projects:
IC-98 (artistic duo Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund), exhibition Helsinki (2018).
Katie Paterson, Future Library (2014-2114), Oslo, elsewhere in Norway
Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas, U-topia; River Runs
Artscape Nordland

Video work:
Chris Marker, Sans-soleil (1983)
Johan Grimonprez Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997)

When and where
Every other Thursday 14.00-15.00, some Fridays, in Kunstarken, KiT.
Introduction to the theme on Thursday 13th Sep at 1400.

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

Contact form
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Tel. +47 73 59 79 00
Fax. +47 73 59 79 20