Coast Contemporary 2023

2023 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Coast Contemporary 2023 Invited to take part in Coast Contemporary 2023 in Kabelvåg in Lofoten.
18-22 of September 2023.
The Ocean Eyes’ edition of the Coast Contemporary festival was curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas.

Photo from "Sensory walk" by Elin Már Øyen Vister in Nyvågar during Ocean Eyes. Co-produced with the Riddo Duottar Museat. Photo: Severine Fromageat/Coast contemporary

Oslo Open 2023

2023 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Oslo Open 2023 Invited by Oslo Open to be part of their programme for visiting curators in 2023.

Artist talk with Icaro Zorbar

2022 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Artist talk with Icaro Zorbar Monday 17 October 2022 at 19

Artist talk at Oppland Kunstsenter about our exhibition Reveries

Photo: Vilde Andrea Brun

With Icaro Zorbar, Harpefoss kunstarena

2022 - In Lectures, Writing & more

With Icaro Zorbar, Harpefoss kunstarena Together with Icaro Zorbar at Harpefoss kunstarena in Gudbrandsdalen one week in June 2022.
Photo: Harpefoss hotell

Studio Residency at BEK

2022 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Studio Residency at BEK Will be having a studio residency at BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts
15-25th of February 2022
together with Nayara Leite to work on our upcoming project at Lydgalleriet.

Photo: Bek

Residency Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder

2021 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Residency Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder I have received a residency in August 2021 at the Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim.
Photo: Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder

Residency ISCP NYC with OCA

2021 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Residency ISCP NYC with OCA I have received Office for Contemporary Art Norway's residency for curators at ISCP in New York City.
Due to the corona situation the residency has been postponed one year till the autumn 2021.
Pressrelease OCA

Oslo Open 2020

2020 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Invited by Oslo Open to be part of their programme for visiting curators in 2020.
Due to the corona situation Oslo Open was cancelled.
Oslo Open

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.

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

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

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

Residency in Vilnius

2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Residency in Vilnius Residency at the Art Printing House in Vilnius
14th - 30th of September 2015 with Øyvind Ådland and Arve Kleiva. The residency is funded from the City of Bergen.
Photo: Arts Printing House, Dmitrij Matvejev


2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Citadelløya Spending one week in August at the NBK's (Norwegian Visual Artists Association) house at the beautiful Citadell Island outside of Stavern at the south coast of Norway. The house has been used by artists every summer since 1910.


2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Visiting Montreal in July 2015 for studio visists, exhibitions and meetings.

Daughters of Chaos Deleuze Studies Camp 2015

2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Daughters of Chaos Deleuze Studies Camp 2015 Taking part in the 8th Deleuze Studies Camp in the Stockholm archipelago on the island of Utö,
22nd – 26th June 2015.

Mobility grant: Stockholm

2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Mobility grant: Stockholm 10 days in Stockholm for curatorial research and taking part in the 8th Deleuze Studies International Conference: Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life at Konstfack. With a grant from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme from Nordic Culture Point.

Interview in Billedkunst

2015 - In Lectures, Writing & more


2014 - In Lectures, Writing & more

7 - 11 October 2014

MANIFESTA 10 On Board brings together three hundred artists, students, and arts professionals from the Nordic and Baltic region and Russia on an overnight ferry trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. The program addresses the context in which MANIFESTA 10 is presented and the issues related to its presence in Russia. On board participants will examine Russia’s socio-cultural and political impact on MANIFESTA 10 through discussion on the topic of censorship/self-censorship. What does censorship mean in this region? What is its impact on the work of artists and arts organizations? The program begins on board the St. Peter Line ferry in Helsinki and is followed by an optional program of events in St. Petersburg.

An exciting mix of leading Russian and international artists, theorists, and curators are participating in the On Board panel discussions and will present performances, critical discussions, video screenings, and interactive workshops during the overnight boat trip. The program will kick-off with introductory remarks from MANIFESTA 10 Curator Kasper König and Manifesta Director Hedwig Fijen; and a keynote address from Moscow professor Madina Tlostanova about the arts in Russia today and her research on the decolonization of post-Soviet countries and cultural politics in relationship to MANIFESTA 10’s current presence in Russia.

On Board panel discussions:
‘Artist as Activist’: moderated by Belgian philosopher, activist, and writer Lieven De Cauter. Panelists: Anton Polsky/Make (Russia), Tatiana Volkova (Russia), Antti Majava (Finland), Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Finland), Per Oskar Leu (Norway) and Marie Nerland (Norway).

‘Censorship from a Globalized Perspective’: moderated by Sepake Angiama (UK). Panelists: Kasper König (Germany), Dmitri Ozerkov (Russia), Hedwig Fijen (The Netherlands), Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuania), Timo Toots (Estonia), Tue Greenfort (Denmark), and Anna Horsberg Hansen (Norway).
Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze will provide visual commentary throughout the panel discussions.

On Board video screenings, performances and workshops:
A workshop with artists Emily Newman (USA), Olga Jitlina (Russia), and Sasha Sizova (Russia); video programs curated by Russian artist Maria Godovannaya and the Norwegian art collective FRANK; performance and video ‘The Floating Ghost’ curatorial project by Jussi Koitela (Finland) in collaboration with Swedish artist Anna Johansson, Anna Breu (Finland) and Tero Nauha (Finland); presentation by The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! (Estonia).

Manifesta 10 On Board has been produced by Manifesta in collaboration with Frame Visual Art Finland, Centre for Contemporary Arts Estonia and OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway. Supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.

Photos: Manifesta Biennial

Curating (in) the in-between

2014 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Curating (in) the in-between Art, Institutional ‘Dead Labor’ and Limits of Valorization
- symposium

Participants: Katja Diefenbach, Marie Nerland, Laurence Rassel, Janez Janša, Bojana Kunst


Within this symposium and its accompanying artistic programme we intend to problematize the shifting grounds of institutional evaluation and valorization in the art. Selection procedures such as curatorial concepts, institutional programmation, criticism, theory, funding priorities, project assessment, interpersonal connections, political clout and so on affect what is included and what remains outside the art system, but also how artworks engage with the broader socio-economic context. They define the types of work that are produced and that are not, the types of of work that are presented and that are not. In turn they re-configure subjectivities involved in the process of artistic production — i.e. roles and self-understanding of artists, curators, spectators, audiences, funders, etc.
However, the works that fall outside, escape and subvert these quantitative and qualitative boundaries of assessment, sometimes succeed in re-configuring the filtering mechanisms of valorization and sediment in the institutional knowledge that is applied toward future valorization. This is artistic ‘dead labor’ sedimenting in the circuitry of institutions. And while this dialectical process has been a constant topos of institutional critique, we want to focus on contemporary and ascendant forms of valorization and subjective determinations that they reproduce – for instance: project, practice, didactism, realism, etc. – and look at the works that try to undercut their centripetal force.

11.00 – 12.00 Katja Diefenbach: Unemployed positivity – The idea of differential politics in contemporay radical thought
12.00 – 12.45 Marie Nerland: Curating (in) the in-between
13.00 – 13.45 Laurence Rassel: Other ways – Choreographic art in museums
13.45 – 14.30 Janez Janša: ... from institutional critique to the institutional complicity
16.00 – 17.30 discussion with Bojana Kunst and other participants on the current conjecture of the project, practice, didactism and realism
18.00 Institution as a medium – public talk with visual artist and cinematographer Goran Trbuljak (moderated by Marko Golub)

Art, Institutional ‘Dead Labor’ and Limits of Valorization is part of TIMeSCAPES, Images and performances of time in late capitalism, a partner project of BADco. (Zagreb), Maska ( (Ljubljana), Science Communications Research ( (Vienna), Walking Theory ( (Belgrade), Film-protufilm (Zagreb) and Academy Of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb. With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. With support of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia and the Office for Education, Culture and Sport of the City of Zagreb.

Interview Kunstkritikk

2013 - In Lectures, Writing & more

On the art institutions

2012 - In Lectures, Writing & more

The Nordic Pavilion by Ytter

2011 - In Lectures, Writing & more

The Nordic Pavilion by Ytter The Nordic Pavilion by Ytter
Gallery Noorus
Tartu, Estonia

15 - 17 September 2011

Ytter from Bergen have temporarily moved their office to Gallery Noorus, where they initiate The Nordic Pavilion with works by (amongst others) Jacqueline Forzelius, Haukur Már Helgason, a hangover-brunch and a pink parachute as the backdrop for a meeting between Nordic and Baltic artists and curators.
Ytter will host two public talks and a seminar where the artistic role versus the role of the curator will be discussed, and where they wish to facilitate an exchange of experiences between their Nordic and Baltic guests. During the conversations they will talk about our experiences of self-organisation within the field of art and what happens when artistic and curatorial practice becomes more and more “professionalised”. In what way is our artistic integrity affected by power relations artists and curators in between? Is self-organisation in the field of art political art, or is it just an illustration of the method of organisation?

The speakers:
Rael Artel (curator and art historian/Estonia), Neringa Cerniauskaite (art critic, curator, and editor / Lithuania), Marie Nerland (curator and artist /Norway), Anders Härm (curator, art critic and museum director/Estonia), Ali MacGilp (curator and editor/Great Britain), Ytter (artist group and online art magazine/Norway), Steffen Håndlykken (artist and curator, Institute for Color and 1857/ Norway), Helen Tammemäe (editor of MÛÛRILETH, Estonian paper for arts and culture), Roberto N. Peyre (artist and curator, Blot and the exhibition XISM in Stockholm/ Sweden).


September 15, 2 pm: Conversational moment at Noorus Gallery with Roberto Peyre and Kiwa.

September 16, 2 pm: Conversational moment at Noorus Gallery with Steffen Håndlykken and Helen Tammemäe.

September 17, at 12: Hang-over brunch cooked by Ytter and at 1 pm seminar on relations between curators and artists, Nearing Cerniauskaite, Anders Härm, Ali MacGilp, Marie Nerland, and Ytter.

Organised by Ytter in collaboration with ART IST KUKU NU UT

A conversation with Stefan Kaegi

2011 - In Lectures, Writing & more

A conversation with Stefan Kaegi

On Lecture performance

2011 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Never or Now symposium

26 - 27 January 2011

Bergen National Academy of the Arts
C. Sundtsgate 53, 5004 Bergen

In cooperation with the NEVER AND NOW Festival of Performance Art at Bergen Kjøtt,
Bergen National Academy of the Arts is arranging a seminar and workshop series to provide a theoretical and critical frame of reference to the workshops and festival.

Shannon Cochran, artist, Toronto
Knut Ove Arntzen, UIB Teatervitenskap
Roy Vaara, Finland, artist / Professor Helsinki Theatre Academy
Amanda Steggell, Norway, artist
Marie Nerland, artist/curator BIT Teatergarasjen / Volt
Karen Kipphoff, Norway/Germany, artist / KHIB
Elsebeth Rahlff, Norway/Denmark, artist
Mary Coble, Odense, artist / Professor Fyns Kunstakademie
Annette Arlander, Helsinki, Helsinki Theatre Academy


Wednesday, January 26th 2011
09.45 Welcome by Karen Kipphoff, Agnes Nedregaard
10.00 – 10.45 Shannon Cochrane, artist, FADO network, Toronto, “Performance Festival Performance”
11.00 -11.45 Annette Arlander, TEAK Helsinki ” Is Performance Art self-portraiture?”
12.00 – 13.30 Lunchbreak / discussion
13.30-14.15 Amanda Steggell, artist Oslo “Uncanny technologies at work in performance”
14.30 – 15.15 Knut Ove Arntzen, UIB Bergen ” An avantgardistic regard on Performance Art and Theatre”
15.30 coffee / tea

Thursday, January 27th 2011
9.45 – 10.00 information about plans for a study course Performance Art KHIB by Karen Kipphoff
10.00 – 10.45 Roi Vaara, TEAK Helsinki, “Every piece of art is a statement – Roi Vaara talks why he has done what he has done.”
11.00 – 11.145 Elsebeth Rahlff, artist Bergen, ” From Coritus to the Flagg project”
12.00 – 13.30 Lunchbreak / discussion
13.30 – 14.15 Mary Coble, Fynsk Kunstakademie, Odense “Transgressive Bodies: Acts of Queering Performance”
14.30 – 15.15 Marie Nerland, artist and curator Bergen ” On Lecture performance ”
15.30 tea / coffee