Toril Johannessen
Toril Johannessen

Open Lecture: Toril Johannessen "Change of Mind"

Toril Johannessen will do a presentation of previous and current works. Her works often has elements of storytelling in visual or written form. 

The title "Change og mind" indicates a double meaning: change of mind when it comes to how our environments, particularly technological, may change perception and cognition, and change of mind according to the common usage of the term in everyday language. Toril Johannessen is an artist who´s practice is methodologically and thematically consistent from project to project: it addresses scientific topics and procedures, and the metaphors and creative.


Part I Presentation of The Invention and Conclusion of the Eye: audioplay (2017) and publication with illustrations (2018). Imaginary Networks, diagrams (2015/2017)


Part II Unlearning optical illusions. A series of works including a book chapter (2013), photographs (2014), installation with printed textiles (2015) and textile sculptures (2018). Reclaiming Vision, film (2018).

In 2014 Toril Johannessen was invited to AGENDA on Embodied Cognition together with the neurobiologist Semir Zeki, the philosopher Mikkel B. Tin, the essayist and performance artist Julian Blaue and the researcher Karel Jazek at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. AGENDA highlighted how the strict borders drawn between one field and another, art and science, may well be challenged by the desire for communication among people with varying specialties. Since 2014 Toril Johannessen has realized various projects worldwide.

Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway) is an artist living in Tromsø. Ways of seeing — and not seeing — are recurring themes in Johannessen’s artistic practice. Combining historical records with fiction and her own investigations, and with an attention to how scientific knowledge coexists with other systems of knowledge and belief, her works often has elements of storytelling in visual or written form.

Recent exhibitions include solo shows for Munchmuseet on the Move (w/Marjolijn Dijkman), Oslo (2018); Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2017); ARoS, Aarhus (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2016), and group shows such as NATURvitenskap, Trondheim Art Museum (2018); the 13th Dak’Art Bienniale de Dakar (2018); STAGES, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2017), and What Remains - The Golden Records, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017).