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Sivil ulydighet. Nasjonalmuseets overvåkningskamera
Sivil ulydighet. Nasjonalmuseets overvåkningskamera

Agenda Art and Craft: Voicing

To be human, to grow up, realize and perceive, is often though of as a self-realization, but for those who have spent a few years traversing this planet and this world, it is just as much about the world around one self, to understand the voices of others, their realities, so that one can become a person in the world, with people, and not lonely observing it from the sideline.

Through art, literature, research and academia one can see all the attempts, the successes, the at first failed attempts that we still learn a great deal from, to understand the world not only from ones own vantage point, but an active attempt at giving a voice, a space, an image to someone, ore something else. That being a situation, people, different groups, an object, or history so that one realizes one self in connection to a greater entity and not in the singular. This «voicing» is an attempt at understanding the world, but it is also to give voice, to expand the space, the community both global and local the we inhabit, and through that learn, see, and understand all the parts that make up our world and the people in it.

In this Agenda we will look at how this idea can be explored and articulated though different forms, shapes and strategies, which will not aim at giving one correct and definitive answer, nor a complete image from north to west, outer space to inner space. But rather this Agenda will show how art, literature, research and many other fields actively work at, and explores, how to give a voice, give language, and sometimes just simple words, not only for others to understand, but so that they can speak of their own realities and experience, and in that manner let us partake in the world together.


09:30–10:00: Coffee and meeting + greeting
10:00–10:05: Welcome and introduction by Marius Moldvær
10:05–10:50: Lisa Esohel Knudsen
11:00–11:45: Thomas A. Østbye
12:00–13:00: Lunch
13:00–13:45: Lise Linnert and Gelawesh Waledkhani
14:00–15:00: Anna Ulrikke Andersen: An A to X of Chronic Illness: Patients’ Architectural Histories
15:10–15:30: Q and A

Lisa Esohel Knudsen

Lisa Esohel Knudsen is deputy chairman at Minotenk, a social debater and a writer. She debuted in 2018 with the book «Det er personlig» (It´s personal), which is about racism and freedom of speech. She has been part of Minotenk since 2018, and was in 2019 hired as advisor and has since then been working with diversity, representation, racism and mental health.
Knudsen has a background in comparative politics from the University in Bergen. Before her studies she has an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) from Waterford Kamhlaba UWC in Eswatini. She is also educated as a dialogue pilot from the University in Oslo. This programme focuses on interreligious and multicultural dialogue.
Knudsen has been active in the youth organization Changemaker, and was deputy chairman in the student community at the University in Bergen. She has also been member of the national committee in UWC Norway.

Thomas A. Østbye

Thomas A. Østbye works with film, photography and installation.
He's known to combine artistic reflections on the documentary genre with contemporary political dilemmas. He made his mark with formally challenging documentaries works Imagining Emanuel, HUMAN, 17000 Islands and In your dreams, which received a dozen of art and film awards.

Lise Linnert

Lise Linnert: born 1964, lives and works in Oslo. Linnert works interdiciplinary, and humanism and human rights are at the core of her activistic practice. She believes art is the gateway to dialogue, attention and change, and her projects are often based on the spectators to be engaged and involved. The time span is essensial, and her projects may last for several years, or be without an end date.
She has initiated a social innovation project and a clothing brand, NI EN MORE, who helps women who are victim of abuse in Cd Juárez, Mexico to be economically independent. Every year up till 2030 she will be working with.4th grade at Møllergata skole in Oslo, and engage the students in the fight for equality. Together with gelawesh Waledkhani she is also running the project «Mellom rommene», that creates a cretive community for refugees without documentation in Norway, and becomes a platform for dialogue with the society. The past three years she has been working with writer and priest Elisabeth Thorsen to arrange creative workshops in Ullersmo and trondheim jail, resulting in the multimedia project Pust meg fram! (exhibition, dancetheatre and dialogues) to be shown as the main attraction at Olavsfestdagene in Nidarosdomen this summer.
Her work has been shown at institutions such as Women Museum, Mexico By, FN Høykommmisær for Menneskerettigheters kontor in Mexico By, Juarez Contemporary in Juárez, Mexico, Rubin Centre for Contemporary Art in El Paso, The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, USA, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, England, Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen, Denmark, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, Ireland, Musée Bernadotte in Pau, France, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Hå gamle prestegard and Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway.

Gelawesh Waledkhani

Gelawesh Waledkhani – born in Kurdistan 1982, lives and works in Oslo. Waledkhanis artistic practice has a human orientation where she through poetic handling of mediums such as embroidery, drawing, installations, films and workshops promotes political, feminist and human rights issues. She embroids with her own hair on watercolor papers that leaves a delicate, withdrawn and intimate expression alongside questioning human rights.
Waledkhani has through her intire practice focused on oppressed and suffering civilians that are victims of war. She has introduced contemporary art to children and teenagers in refugee centers in Norway through creative workshops.
Waledkhani has a MFA from Kunstakademiet in Oslo (2013). Her latest solo show was at Glasslåveb Kunstsenter, Galleri BOA (Oslo) and Kunstmuseet i Nord-Trøndelag (Namsos). She has participated in numerous group shows, among others Akershus Kunstsenter (Lillestrøm), Haugar Vestfold kunstmuseum (Tønsberg), OSL contemporary (Oslo), Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag (Namsos), Tegnerforbundet (Oslo), Autocenter (Berlin), Trafo Kunsthall (Asker) and Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo).
Waledkhanis works are purchased by Oslo kommune and Buskerud Kunstsenter.

Anna Ulrikke Andersen

Anna Ulrikke Andersen is an architectural historian and filmmaker, currently working as an associate professor in art history at NTNU. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, and has been a Fellow at Harvard Film Study Centre and was a junior research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Her work to date has focused on filmmaking as a method of architectural history, either exploring the window in the life and work of Christian Norberg-Schulz or by looking at architecture as experienced by people with chronic illness. She is the author of Following Norberg-Schulz: An Architectural History of the Essay Film, published by Bloomsbury Academic 2022, and was the curator of the exhibition Chronic Conditions: Body and Building, commissioned and organized by Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2021.