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Foto: Lene Berg, fra Ung løs gris, 2013.
Foto: Lene Berg, fra Ung løs gris, 2013.

Art is best in Cinema

Professor Ane Hjort Guttu arranges a two-day symposium New initiatives for cinematic art and moving images , 3–4 April 2017. The event is organized by Kunstnernes Hus Kino and Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

This event is free, but please see Facebookevent for booking of seat.

The past decade has witnessed a number of initiatives for new ways of producing, distributing, and screening film and video art in Norway, as well as for new forms of education and organization. Such initiatives are launched both by visual artists who want to create more professionalized productions and by film directors and producers who desire greater flexibility and artistic freedom. Several Norwegian visual artists are now collaborating with film producers and seeking both production and distribution support for their cinematic ventures, while directors hailing from a more traditional background within film seek both inspiration from and collaboration with artists and art institutions. At the moment, the field is blossoming throughout the Nordic countries.

Our aim is for the symposium to reflect some of the energy inherent in this new field, show the range of new productions and projects by filmmakers and artists alike, and facilitate a discussion on shared artistic concerns and issues. During the symposium, several new film and video pieces will be screened. A key aspect of the symposium is that actors from fields that traditionally have been separated will meet and exchange experiences. The symposium is therefore open to professionals from both fields as well as to art and film students.

The symposium will be divided into three areas of focus

Language and Culture in Cinematic Art and Moving Images

Broadly speaking, the field “between film and art” represents an encounter  between two cultures. What sort of language and self-concept do these cultures have, and how have they been shaped by the specific economic  and historical conditions from which they stem?

Educating Filmmakers

How are filmmakers educated in the Nordic countries? What educational models are there? Is it possible to outline an alternative way of training filmmakers in Norway?

Production, Distribution, Screening

Film directors and visual artists have traditionally had entirely different ways of creating and distributing films. Does the new film require new forms of production and distribution? What common venues are there for cinematic art and artists´ moving images, and how can these be more advantageously organized?

Full programme

Monday 3 April

10:00 Ane Hjort Guttu, artist, filmmaker, and professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Silja Espolin Johnson, film producer and project manager at Kunstnernes Hus Kino:Introduction to the Symposium

10:20 Katja Eyde Jacobsen, filmmaker and rector at Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole: Starting a New Film and Art Education

10:55 Kalle Boman, film producer and professor at the Valand Academy: The Valand Model

11:30 Fredrik Graver, dean (interim) at The Norwegian Film School: Creation Through Constraints

12:00 Moderated discussion: Jacobsen, Boman, Graver

12:30 LUNCH

13:00 Ulrik Eriksen, film critic and head of the programme committee at Kunstnernes Hus Kino, and Silja Espolin Johnson: Background and Visions for Kunstnernes Hus Kino

13:20 Kalle Boman: The Cinema as Social Arena

13:45 Per Platou, artist, curator and project manager at the Norwegian Video Art Archive: The Conditions for Screening Art

14:30 Film screening: Lene Berg: Dirty Young Loose, 32 min, 2013

15:30 – 18:30 Spring break special: Selected new film- and video works

Tuesday 4 April

10:00 Itonje Søimer Guttormsen and Mariken Halle, film directors: Organising Film Artists

10:20 Lene Berg, filmmaker and artist: Hybrids, Bastards and Paradoxes

11:10 Paul Williams, film producer, head of Burning Bridges productions (London): Waiting, on a Field of One

12:00 LUNCH

12:30 Anouk de Clercq, artist, filmmaker and part of the production collective Auguste Orts (Brussel): Auguste Orts - Production and Distribution Platform for Moving Images

13:30 Mike Sperlinger, writer and curator. Founder of LUX and professor of theory and writing at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo: Dispersion

14:30 Film Screening: Anouk de Clercq: Thing, 18 min, 2013

15:30 – 18:30 Spring break special: Selected new film- and video works

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