Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Trondheim. Her artistic practice focuses on performance and text-based work, often made in collaboration with other artists. Upcoming projects include: Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (2024); Surnadal Bilag, Surnadal (2025) and Lydgalleriet, Bergen (2025).

Her most recent projects are: Machine Membranes, with Nayara Leite and Mari Kvien Brunvoll, at Lydgalleriet (2023); Reveries, with Icaro Zorbar, at Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer (2022); Lyset midt i oktober at Paviljong Våtmark, Østensjøvannet, Oslo (2022); Echolocation at P////AKT, Amsterdam (2019); Signposts Tromsø at Small Projects, Tromsø (2019); Signpost at Hordaland Kunstsenter (2018), all three in collaboration with Nickel van Duijvenboden; and a lecture performance at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall (2017).

Previous projects have also been presented at among others: Artgenda, Hamburg; Atelier Concorde, Lisbon; BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen; Black Box Teater and UKS, Oslo; Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth; Kino Šiška, Ljubljana; Performa/Platforma Festival, Maribor; Škuc Gallery/Mladi Levi, Ljubljana; Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen; Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim; and TOU Scene, Stavanger.

Since 2019 Nerland has been part of the long-term project The Wetland Pavilion – an initiative based in and around Oslo’s Østensjøvannet nature reserve – with a group of artists whose practices are likewise invested in durational studies of place: Andrea Bakketun, Espen Sommer Eide, Geir Tore Holm, Øyvind Novak Jenssen, Søssa Jørgensen, Signe Lidén, Randi Nygård and Karoline Sætre.

Nerland is the founder of Volt, a long-term, Bergen-based curatorial project that focuses on commissioning and presenting new contemporary artworks by practitioners working across a diverse range of media. Past projects have taken the form of exhibitions, time-based media, sound art and performances, as well as publications, lectures, seminars, workshops and reading circles held in a wide variety of public venues. With Volt, she has commissioned new works by artists including Erick Beltrán, Liv Bugge, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Every Ocean Hughes, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Rabih Mroué, Bernardo Ortiz and Maia Urstad and presented a broad spectrum of lectures, talks, seminars and workshops featuring, among others: T.J. Demos, Avery F. Gordon, Adrian Heathfield, Satch Hoyt, Isabell Lorey, Nina Möntmann and Alexandra Pirici.

In 2021, Nerland was awarded a three-month curatorial residency at International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York by Office for Contemporary Art, Norway.

The editor of The Imaginary Reader (Volt, 2016), 25 (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2010) and Ferdsskriveren (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2003), Nerland also co-edited the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010–13) and 3t, a Norwegian journal of contemporary performing arts (1997–2007).

After studying political science and comparative literature, Nerland obtained both an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Bergen and a MA-level degree in Curatorial Practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.


Contact
marie(at)trete(dot)no
phone: +4791111309
Post address: Teglverkstunet 1B, 7069 Trondheim
Studio: Rotvoll kunstkollektiv, A313, Arkitekt Ebbelsvei 22, 7053 Ranheim
Volt office: c/o Litteraturhuset i Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7, 5017 Bergen

Web link
www.v-o-l-t.no
www.marienerland.no

CV


Membership
The Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK)
Young Artists' Society (UKS)
Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH)
Trøndelag Bildende kunstnere (TBK)
The Norwegian Association of Curators
The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)
Performance Studies international (PSi)

2025
Machine Membranes - Movement Two, Lydgalleriet, a performance in collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Nayara Leite (upcoming)
Surnadal Bilag, in collaboration with Icaro Zorbar (upcoming)

2024
Hordaland kunstsenter, performance and exhibition 25th of May- 11th of August 2024 (upcoming)
Bergen kunsthalls Live Studio residency, 2 - 13th of December, together with Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Nayara Leite (upcoming)

2023
Machine Membranes, Lydgalleriet, a performance in collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Nayara Leite
Oslo Open, part of visitor programme
Paviljong Våtmark in collaboration with Andrea Bakketun, Espen Sommer Eide, Geir Tore Holm, Øyvind Novak Jenssen, Søssa Jørgensen, Signe Lidén, Randi Nygård and Karoline Sætre.
Coast Contemporary 2023

2022
Studio residency at BEK together with Nayara Leite
Reveries, Oppland kunstsenter, exhibition in collaboration with Icaro Zorbar
Paviljong Våtmark, Østensjø in Oslo, in collaboration with Andrea Bakketun, Espen Sommer Eide, Geir Tore Holm, Øyvind Novak Jenssen, Søssa Jørgensen, Signe Lidén, Randi Nygård and Karoline Sætre.
Curator of The Sound Is the Monument, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Bergen, Volt

2021
Residency Lademoen kunstnerverksteder
Residency ISCP, NYC with Office for Contemporary Art OCA Norways three months residency for curators
Curator of All that goes before forget, Daisuke Kosugi, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Goliat, Draugen & Maria, Liv Bugge, Bergen, Volt

2020
Coast Contemporary, invited participant, Hovedøya, Oslo
Curator of Island studio, Andreas Siqueland, Hjertøya, Molde, Volt
Oslo Open, part of visitor programme for curators, cancelled due to the corona situation
Residency ISCP, NYC with OCA, postponed till 2021 due to the corona situation
Visiting Meta-Morf Biennial opening days, Trondheim

2019
Performance Signpost Tromsø with Nickel van Dujivenboden at Small projects, Tromsø.
Performance Echolocations with Nickel van Dujivenboden at P///AAKT, Amsterdam

Curator of Help the Dead, Every Ocean Hughes, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Memorial: The right to work, Nora Joung, Ytre-Arna, Volt
Curator of The Image of Power - A Bergen Parade, Erick Beltrán, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Chalk Outlines, Rabih Mroué, Bergen, Volt
& workshop, talks, lectures and lecture performance by Erick Beltrán, T.J. Demos, Rabih Mroué, Alexandra Pirici, Bergen, Volt
Radical Land Preservation Pavillion a 3-day workshop in collaboration with Signe Lidén, Oslo, DOKK & Volt

Following Elizabeth Groz, spring semester course, Duke University, Durham, US
IKT International association of curators of contemporary art, 3 day - congress Miami, US
Visiting Black Mountain Collage, North Carolina
Visiting LIAF, opening days, Svolvær

2018
Performance Signpost with Nickel van Dujivenboden at Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen

Curator Mareograf, Cecilia Jonsson, Bergen, Volt
Curator An Alert Rabbit Breathing Purified Air, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, USF Visningsrommet, Bergen, Volt
Curator The Silent Character, Janne Kruse, Bergen, Volt
& lectures and talks by Barbara Casavecchia, Espen Sommer Eide, Pascal Gielen, Gediminas og Nomeda Urbonas

2017
Lecture performance, Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall

Curator Untitled (a walk), Bernardo Ortiz, Bergen, Volt
& lectures and lecture performance by Rudi Laermans, Nina Möntmann, Bernardo Ortiz, Stevphen Shukaitis

Oslo Open, part of visitor programme for curators
Vistiting Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, opening days, New Orleans
Visiting Documenta, Kassel opening days and Munster Skulpturprojecte, Munster, opening days, Munster

Grants
2023 One year work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2021 Travel grant, Scandinavian-Japan Sasakawa Foundation Norge
2020 Culture grant, City of Bergen
2019 Grant from USF Visningsrommet
2017 One year work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2015 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2013 One year work grant for artists, City of Bergen
2009 Artist grant, City of Bergen
2008 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2007 Travel grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)
2006 One year work grant, Statens Kunstnerstipend
2003 Establishing grant for young artists, City of Bergen

Residencies
2022 BEK, studio residency
2021 Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim
2021 ISCP New York, OCA (postponed from 2020)
2015 Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2015 Vilnius, Arts Printing House
2013 AIR Bergen-Berlin
2011 OCA Berlin Mitte
2007 TAOH residency at TOU Scene, Stavanger

Art Consultant
2023 Åfjord videregående skole, Trøndelag fylkeskommune
2023-2025 Cissi Klein videregående skole, together with Anne-Gro Erikstad, Trøndelag fylkeskommune

Board
2023-2025 TBK, deputy board member
2021-2025 B-open, deputy board member
2018-2022 Chair of the board of The Norwegian Art Yearbook
2014-2018 The Norwegian Art Yearbook, board member
2016-2018 The Norwegian Association of Curators, board member


Jury
2017 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2017 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2016 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2016 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2015 Jury BKH-grants for students, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, MA and BA-level
2014 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2013 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale


Education
2008-2010 MA-level in Creative Curating, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
2006 Mobile Academy, Warsaw
2001 Cand Philol (MA) Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1999, spring semester Electronic art, theatre and performance studies, Stony Brook, State University of New York (Exchange student)
1996-97 Theatre studies, University of Antwerp (Erasmus student)
1993-95 Cand Mag (BA), Litterature studies,Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1992-93 Political Science, Molde University College

Performance

Hordaland kunstsenter 2024

2024 - In Art Projects

Machine Membranes

2023 - In Art Projects

Lyset midt i oktober

2022 - In Art Projects

Curatorial Work

VOLT (2008- )

2022 - In Curatorial Work

Imagining Commons

2015 - In Curatorial Work

Publications

The Imaginary Reader

2016 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2013

2013 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2012

2012 - In Publications

Lectures, Writing & more

Coast Contemporary 2023

2023 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Oslo Open 2023

2023 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Artist talk with Icaro Zorbar

2022 - In Lectures, Writing & more