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Lost in Space

Inger Lise Hansen / Joan Jonas / George Snow / Anders Solberg

Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art, Fjordgata 11, March 30 – April 10, 2016
The exhibition opens on Wednesday March 30 at 19:00.
Special afternoon screenings on Thursday April 7 from 12:00 – 20:00. The video program starts every whole hour. Last screening 19:00.

Curator Prof. Jeremy Welsh, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU.
Co-curator Randi Martine Brockmann, Trondheim Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art presents a video program consisting of four films, from the 1980’s and the 2000’s, all of which engage with notions of “Space” literally or metaphorically. The American artist JOAN JONAS video work, Double Lunar Dogs (1984), is considered a pioneering work in early video art and is made at a time when the “space race” between the US and USSR were influential. Inspired by the science fiction story Universe by Robert Heinlein, Double Lunar Dogs is an Orwellian vision of post-apocalyptic survival aboard a drifting spaceship whose timeless travelers have forgotten the purpose of their mission.

We also show a film by British film artist GEORGE SNOW. His Shuttle Disaster No 1 (1986), is a classic example of “Scratch Video” from the eighties, where documentary material from television is reworked and combined with digital graphics and electronic music. The film where made in 1986 shortly after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during take off. In it, Snow presents the event radically different from the way the media did.

INGER LISE HANSEN is a Norwegian filmmaker and we show her film Proximity from 2006 that explores our orientation and perception. In her film the landscape is filmed with super 16mm and appears to us as an unknown mythical place. The fourth film we present is Iosis (2015) a video by ANDERS SOLBERG, who currently is a student at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in Trondheim. Whilst the two earlier works, by Joan Jonas and George Snow, both make direct reference to space travel as understood during the nineteen eighties. The works by Inger Lise Hansen and Anders Solberg interrogate our perceptions of space as manifest through cinematic images. Both take a phenomenological approach, using the camera to record a process whose result is a visual landscape that unbalances our perception and proposes an imaginary space or landscape that may be terrestrial or otherwise.

A seminar will take place on Wednesday 30th of March at 12 – 16, in Kunstarken at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in Trondheim in Innherredsveien 7. Keynote speakers are artist Inger Lise Hansen, Professor Jeremy Welsh, and artist duo Bull.Miletic. See full program here.


Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art

Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art – TSSK –  is a regional arts center for North and South Trøndelag established in 1976 in Trondheim. The center has  a showroom for innovative visual contemporary art and handicrafts of individual artists and artist groups. Besides the exhibition production, the center works as a regional center of expertise for public art, and is a meeting place for projects, seminars and debates.