Monday lecture

2019 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Monday lecture In the autumn 2019, I will give a lecture as part of the
Monday Lectures at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Photo: Mette Edvardsen I can’t quite place it, photo by Thor Brødreskift.


2018 - In Performances


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Looking up into the sky

2017 - In Performances

Looking up into the sky A lecture performance

Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall
18 May 2017 at 8 pm
Free entrance

On time, gravity, and dark matter; darkness, artificial light, and science fiction(s);
the sense that each sentence is a ray of light and that everything we are and everything on earth is (of) stardust.

The project has received funding from City of Bergen.
On Landmark's webpage:

Oslo Open

2017 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Oslo Open Invited by Oslo Open to take part in their visitor programme for curators.

Pro tempore! Sørlandsutstillingen 2017

2017 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Pro tempore! Sørlandsutstillingen 2017 Being in the jury for Sørlandsutstillingen 2017 together with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi.

Kristiansand Kunsthall
11.02. – 05.03.2017

Opening Saturday 11 February at 6 pm.
With Lasse Årikstads drawing club, performance by Ane Sagatun,
and a presentation by The parallel university.
Followed by an after-party at Teateret from 8.30 pm.

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On the role of the artist in society

2017 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Invited to give a small talk at the kick-off seminar for the municipality of Bergen's new cultural strategy for the arts (2018-2027).
The given theme was on the role of the artist in society. On responsibility, urgencies, and cultural policy.

USF Verftet, Bergen
6 February 2017

The Imaginary Reader

2016 - In Publications

The Imaginary Reader Contributors:
Øystein Aasan, aiPotu, Andreas Angelidakis, BADco., Erick Beltrán & Bernardo Ortiz, Milena Bonilla, Michel de Broin, Barbara Casavecchia, Daniela Cascella, Jan Christensen, Phil Coy, Bojana Cvejić & Ana Vujanović, Judith Dybendal, Mette Edvardsen, Espen Sommer Eide, Tom Engels, Jan Freuchen, Stian Gabrielsen, Dora García, Andrea Geyer, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Avery F. Gordon, Ane Graff, Luis Guerra, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Johannes Heldén, Vlatka Horvat, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Institutt for Farge, Dimitris Ioannou, Ivana Ivković, Marte Johnslien, Cecilia Jonsson, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Brandon LaBelle, John Lely, Per-Oskar Leu, Lewis & Taggart, Isabell Lorey, Young Lunde, Kristin Nordhøy, Linn Pedersen, plan b, Alexandra Pirici, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Hans Rosenström, Andreas Schlaegel, Ingerid S. Straume, Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Hans E. Thorsen, Ève K. Tremblay, Synnøve Marie Vik, Jacob Wren, Icaro Zorbar

Editor: Marie Nerland
Design: Erik Johan Worsøe Eriksen

Volt 2016
ISBN 978-82-303-2814-9
Pages: 240
Hardcover: 24 x 33 cm
Language: English
The book is available from Volt’s website and in selected book stores.

The Imaginary Reader 
is both an anthology of commissioned texts by a variety of writers, artists, critics, art historians and philosophers and
 an exhibition in the form of a book with several artworks. The final section of the book presents a series of texts about some of the art projects in the Volt programme Imagining Commons, which lasted twelve days in June in Bergen in 2015 with exhibitions, performances, a 24-hour camp, conversations and lectures. The book is meant as a stimulus to thinking about the imaginary and the relationship between fiction 
and reality. By way of artworks, experimental texts and reflections it offers a range of angles and ideas that it is up to the reader to take up and explore further. To imagine something is already to start a process; to acknowledge the limitations of a situation and at the same time to initiate a change. The Imaginary Reader explores different aspects of the imaginary – the political imagination, the imaginary in art and art production, imaginary projects, the lack of and the need for the imaginary.

The book is funded by Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, Fritt ord and Public Art Norway (URO).

To order the book, and more info:

Article in an anthology on Norwegian dance

2016 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Article in an anthology on Norwegian dance Contributing with an article on BIT Teatergarasjen, in the anthology
Bevegelser - Norsk dansekunst i 20 år.
Ed. Sigrid Øverås Svendal.
The book is initiated by Danseinformasjonen and published by Skald forlag.

The book is released on 8th December at Dansens Hus in Oslo.
More info about the anthology:

Book cover: Steffi Lund i USANNSYNLIG (2010). Photo: Elisabeth Kjeldahl Nilsson

Why I Write - a seminar on writing, dramaturgy and work

2016 - In Curatorial Work

Why I Write - a seminar on writing, dramaturgy and work Why I Write - a seminar in Ulvik on writing, dramaturgy and work

With Marcus Doverud, Joe Kelleher, Bojana Kunst, Danae Theodoridou

15. - 18. September 2016
Olav H. Hauge Centre
Ulvik, Hardanger

Seminar at the Olav H. Hauge Centre in Ulvik with a program of conversations, lectures, working sessions, readings, discussions, shared meals and a walk in the mountains.

Sign up: marie[at]
Limited space available.

"I read and read and live in books and live off them, without them I’d go to pieces."
Olav H. Hauge "Dagbok Band I", 1927

The title of the seminar is taken from the title of a talk by Joan Didion. She had stolen it from the title of a text by George Orwell. She writes: "I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear."

The poet Olav H. Hauge (1908-1994) was born in Ulvik in Hardanger, on the farm Hakestad where he lived all his life. He worked as a farmer and gardener on his own orchard. He taught himself several languages, was internationally oriented and translated among others Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, Friedrich Hölderlin, Paul Celan and Bertolt Brecht to Norwegian. He wrote poems, aphorisms and letters as well as an extensive nearly four thousand-page diary, "Dagbok 1924-1994", which was found and published posthumously. It contains reflections on work and life: the literature he read, on the often hard labour at the farm, the struggle with writing and finding time for it.

Bojana Kunst writes in her latest book "Artist at Work - Proximity of Art and Capitalism" (Zero Books, 2015) about the economic and social conditions of the artist's work. She writes about how the artists often do more and more for less and less and risk through it to corrode both their own practices and bodies. She writes about the significance of the artist to do less, when confronted with the demand to do more.

As a disobedient line of argument in the defence of art: ”Doing less could also be understood as a new radical gesture that opens up speculation about the value of artistic life and rather than working towards perfection of work, starts working autunomously for life itself. It is therefore an important aesthetic and ethical attitude for the artist as worker.”


Marcus Doverud is working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. He graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied aesthetics and philosophy at Södertörn University College. His work move between different stages dealing with bodily, spatial and sonic utterances and their interrelations. The performance "renaissance prenaissance" (2015) revolved around sampling and choreographic staging of music. He has made several solo performances in Sweden and has a longterm collaboration with among others artist Liv Strand which has resulted in a number of performances and book projects.

Joe Kelleher is Professor of Theatre and Performance at University of Roehampton, London. His books include "The Illuminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images" (Routledge 2015) and "Theatre & Politics" (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). He is co-author with Claudia and Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Giudi and Nicholas Ridout of "The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio" (Routledge 2007). Recent essays appear in "Stedelijk Studies" (2016), and "Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage", ed. Carl Lavery and Clare Finburgh (2015). He has been making performances with Eirini Kartsaki, including most recently "How to Be a Fig" (2014).

Bojana Kunst is a philosopher, dramaturg and performance theoretician. She is a professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Justus Liebig University Giessen, where she is leading an international master program Choreography and Performance. She is a member of the editorial board of Maska Magazine, Amfiteater and Performance Research. Her essays have appeared in numerous journals and publications and she has thought and lectured extensively at the various universities in Europe. She published several publications, among them "Impossible Body" (Ljubljana, 1999) and "Dangerous Connections: Body, Philosophy and Relation to the Artificial" (Ljubljana, 2004), "Processes of Work and Collaboration in Contemporary Performance" (Ur)., Amfiteater, Maska, Ljubljana, 2006, "Performance and Labour", Performance Research 18.1. (ed. with Gabriele Klein), "Artist at Work", Zero Books, London, 2015.

Danae Theodoridou is a Greek born performance maker and researcher based in Brussels. Her latest artistic work focuses on the notion of social imaginaries. In this frame she created "One Small Step for a Man: Hello, Goodbye" (2015), "Earth in 100 Years" (2016) and "Something Dreamy" (2016) which are currently presented in different European cities. She is a co-creator of the three-year-long research project "Dramaturgy at Work" and a co-author of the subsequent publication "The Practice of Dramaturgy - Working on Actions in Performance" (Valiz, 2016). She completed a practice-led PhD on dramaturgy at Roehampton University (London), teaches in various university departments and art conservatoires of theatre and dance, and publishes her texts internationally.

The seminar is funded by Arts Council Norway and is in collaboration with the Olav H. Hauge Center.
Volt is funded by Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen.

Photo: Olav H. Hauge. Photo credit: Olav H. Hauge-senteret

On art and money

2016 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Gave a lecture titled "On art and money" at the Ulvik seminar 2016: «Pengenes nytte og unytte for livet»
Olav H. Hauge Centre in Ulvik
26 - 27 August 2016

The seminar was organized by the research group for subjectivation and late modernity at the departement of philosophy at the University of Bergen.

Dark Ecology Journey 2016

2016 - In Lectures, Writing & more

The third edition of the art, research and commissioning project Dark Ecology will take place between 8 and 12 June 2016 in the border zone between Norway and Russia, with events scheduled in the Pasvik Valley and Kirkenes (NO) as well as in the surroundings of Nikel (RU). Over the course of five days, a group of more than 50 artists, researchers, curators, writers and organisers, will travel from Northern Norway to North West Russia.

Sørlandsutstillingen 2016

2016 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Being in the jury together with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi for the Sørlandsutstillingen 2016.
It is opening on the 2nd of April in Skien and afterwards it will be touring to Mandal, Arendal and Flekkefjord. André Tribbensee got the travel grant 2016 from the jury.

Board member Norwegian Association of Curators

2016 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Became a member of the board of the Norwegian Association of Curators. The Association works to enhance the understanding of curatorial practice in Norway and to promote the legal and economic conditions of its members vis-à-vis public policymakers and cultural institutions.

Residency The Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale

2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Residency The Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale Residency in December at the The Nordic Artists' Centre in Dale
Photo: NK Dale

Notes on Utopia, Zagreb

2015 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Zagreb Notes on Utopia

Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia Soares

9 September 2015
Pogon, in collaboration with Tala Dance Center

Notes on Utopia is a performance which builds a situation for reflecting on contemporary utopia, on public space and on utopian thoughts in art and life. Passing from climbing stairs, to looking at the ceiling or meeting the audience seated at a table, this performance approaches utopia through various modes of dealing with imaginary spaces and times.

Previous versions of the performance have been presented in Lisbon and Bergen. Gerner, Nerland and Soares have previously collaborated on the performances Endings for Berlin at Bekarei, Berlin (2006), Let’s do endings again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen (2007) and Endings for Oslo at Black Box Teater/UKS in Oslo (2007).

Alexander Gerner is a German playwright, theatre director and a researcher in Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, based in Lisbon. He is a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and holds a PhD on ”Philosophical Investigations of Attention“ (2012). At the moment he is head of the CFCUL thematic research line ”Philosophy of Human Technologies” and a Post-Doc Researcher at the CFCUL on the topic of ”Philosophy of Cognitive Enhancement” with an FCT research grant. He investigates how technologies constitute, magnify, amplify human experiences, but can also enslave or put human experience and life at risk. He explores questions raised by human, cognitive, virtual and social ”enhancements” and critically envisions social or individual utopias (Bostrom, Kurzweil etc.) of human experience and their transformation that challenge policymakers and the public in general today or have to be prepared for in the near future. From 2015 onwards Gerner approaches the outreach of scientific and philosophical debates into public space on the (u-)topia of Human Enhancement in extended (artistic) ”peer reviews” such as by this new edition of the Notes on Utopia performance project.

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She holds a master in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and in creative curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She has been working with performance since 1999 in different collaborative projects. She was co-editor of the performing arts magazine 3t (1997-2007) and the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2013). In 2008, she founded Volt, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Bergen.

Lígia P. Soares is a Portuguese choreographer and playwright working in the field of performative arts. She started her work in 1997 with Companhia de Teatro Sensurround in Lisbon. Since 2001 she created more then 20 pieces a solo or in collaboration. Her work has been developed and presented both nationally and internationally. From 2004 to 2006 she was artist in residency at TanzFabrik in Berlin. She took part in several programs of contemporary dance and artistic residencies in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Danceweb, PRACTICE (UferStudios), Fabrik Potsdam, Point-Éphémère, Centre National de la Danse, Alkantara, Nomad Lab Dance Academy, Guimarães 2012 among others. She is co-director of Máquina Agradável (Lisbon) since 2001 and co-mentor of the program “Demimonde” since 2011.

The presentation of the performance in Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb is funded by Arts Council Norway. Notes on Utopia was made with support from Bergen center for electronic art, Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen. Alexander Gerners (CFCUL) research is supported by a FCT grant SFRH/BPD/90360/2012.