OSLO PILOT is a two-year project investigating the role of art in and for the public realm. Laying the groundwork for a future periodic art event in public space, Oslo Pilot’s 2015–2016 programme is aimed at exploring the intersecting temporalities of the artwork, the periodic art event, and the public sphere.
To develop these areas of enquiry, curators Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk have identified four interconnected lines of investigation on which the project is founded: Reactivation, Periodicity, Disappearance, and Public. Each underpinned by a reflection on time, these four concepts are intended to call attention to the life cycle of the artwork in public space and to generate new considerations of temporal-specificity in a field that has otherwise privileged examinations of site. They serve as starting points for all works produced by OSLO PILOT across all of its channels, including publication, commissioned artworks, public actions, talks, presentations, seminars, and live events.
OSLO PILOT’s working process is premised on multiple forms of collaboration with professionals from diverse fields of practice. These partnerships bring numerous perspectives to OSLO PILOT’s central investigations and enable the project to explore new ways of working in the public sphere. The reflections and insight gained from these collaborations and experiments are fundamental to Oslo Pilot’s broader goal of developing a critical framework for future production.
Oslo Pilot is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway. Further funding is generously provided by Norsk kulturråd and KORO.
Oslo Pilot: Rethinking Art in Norway, Port Magazine, 18. March 2016
Soaring High, DAMn #55, March / April 2016
New programme challenges ideas of what a contemporary art biennial should be, It´s nice that, 26. januar
Is Norway gearing up for a new biennial?, The Art Newspaper, 26.januar 2016
About the OSLO PILOT curators
Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Curators
Eva González-Sancho (Spain) is a curator who has developed over fifty exhibitions at international art centres and directed various artists’ residency programs. She was curator of the 2013 Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) (Norway); director and curator of Frac Bourgogne (Dijon, France) from 2003 to 2011; lecturer on the History of Exhibitions course at Metz University from 2001 to 2004; and director and curator of Etablissement d’en face projects (Brussels) from 1998 to 2003. Her curatorial interests are often concerned with reflections on public space, language, and “non-authoritarian” art practices. She has developed projects with artists Dora García, Armando Andrade Tudela, Rita McBride and Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Guillaume Leblon, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Matthew Buckingham, among many others. Gonzalez-Sancho holds a BFA from ISLAP-ERG (Graphic Research and Liberal Arts Institute) (Brussels) and an M.A. in Science and Technology “Exhibition Trades,” specializing in contemporary art, from Rennes 2 University (France).
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (Norway) is a freelance curator with twenty years’ experience working at numerous art institutions and developing art projects in public space. He was director of Kunsthall Oslo from 2009 to 2012; project manager for Artistic Interruptions – Art in Nordland from 2003 to 2005; curator of the 2004 Nordic Art Biennial Momentum; deputy director of the Kunstnernes Hus from 2000 to 2001; curator of the 1999 Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) (Norway); exhibition manager at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (Helsinki) in 1999; and director of Otto Plonk Gallery (Bergen) from 1995 to 1998. He has worked closely with artists including Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Matias Faldbakken, Marianne Heier, Aleksandra Mir, Marjetica Potrc, Eva Rothschild and Knut Åsdam. Eeg-Tverbakk holds degrees from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Hamburg) and a Ph.D. from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
OSLO PILOT team and Editorial Boards
OSLO PILOT team
Else Haavik, Project Manager
Tanja Sæter, Production and Communication Officer
Martin Berner Mathiesen, Editorial Assistant
Marie Skeie, Production Assistant
Ronald Van de Sompel, Research and Symposium Associate
Matthew Evans, Editorial and Research Associate
William James Packer, Editorial Advisor and Translator
Esther Ramón, Researcher and Editorial Associate
Jessica MacMillan, Producer and Coordinator for the Symposium
Eva González-Sancho (Spain) and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (Norway), OSLO PILOT Curators
Editorial Advisory Boards (Oslo Pilot Magazine)
Chus Martínez (Spain), writer and curator, Head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel; James Lingwood (UK), Co-Director of Artangel; Marianne Heier (Norway), artist; Philippe Pirotte (Belgium), Dean of Städelschule and Director of Portikus Frankfurt; Trude Schjelderup Iversen (Norway), art theorist and Curator of KORO/Public Art Norway.
Anne Hilde Neset (Norway), Artistic Director of nyMusikk; Dora García (Spain), artist; Eleonora Fabião (Brazil), performance artist and theorist; Juan Herreros (Spain), architect and educator; Karl Larsson (Sweden), artist and poet.
Jonny Aspen (Norway), Associate Professor at Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO, Oslo; Lisa Mazza (Italy), curator and cultural producer; Lisa Tan (United States), artist and PhD researcher, University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy; Luc Deleu (Belgium), architect; Rob Stone (United Kingdom), Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver.
Britta Peters (Germany), Curator of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017; Jan Verwoert (Germany), writer and critic; Knut Åsdam (Norway), artist and filmmaker; Li Zhenhua (China), artist and curator; Lisa Rosendahl (Sweden), Curator at Public Art Agency Sweden; Marius Grønning (Norway), architect, urbanist and Associate Professor at Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, NMBU, Ås.
Editorial Advisory Board (Cycle Wording)
Aina Villanger (Norway), poet and writer; Erling Kittelsen (Norway), poet, playwright and translator; Gunnar Wærness (Norway), poet, artist and translator; Juris Kronbergs (Latvia/Sweden), poet and translator; Knut Åsdam (Norway), artist and filmmaker; Monica Aasprong (Norway), poet and translator; Rob Stone (United Kingdom), Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver; Sigbjørn Skåden (Norway), writer, translator, and cultural worker.