Meta.Morf 2024 – Opening Festival
April 17 – 20, 2024 / 

Meta.Morf 2024 – [up]Loaded Bodies kicks off with a vibrant Opening Festival program taking place in Trondheim from April 17 to 20. Join us for a program of three exhibition openings and a two-day conference accompanied by an exciting evening program with concerts and performances.

Apex Anima / Birgitte Aga / Magnus Aspli / Myriam Bleau / Zane Cerpina / Sarah Cook / Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules / Marco Donnarumma / Driessens & Verstappen / Boris Eldagsen / Øystein Kjørstad Fjeldbo / Anders Hofseth / Tim Høibjerg / Andre Holzapfel / Siri Jøntvedt / Thomas Kvam / Charl Linssen / Alessandro Ludovico / Marlot Meyer / Marie-Luce Nadal / Marnix de Nijs / Frode Oldereid / Sunčica Ostoić / Špela Petrič / Margherita Pevere / Marietta Radomska / Daniel Rourke / Stahl Stenslie / Paula Strunden / Martinus Suijkerbuijk / Nien Tzu Weng / Werner van der Zwan


[up]Loaded Bodies
Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst

Marlot Meyer / Marie-Luce Nadal / Špela Petrič / Werner van der Zwan, Charl Linssen
18:00 – 20:00
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[up]Loaded Bodies
Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst

Marco Donnarumma / Driessens & Verstappen / Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules / Martinus Suijkerbuijk / Thomas Kvam, Frode Oldereid
18:00 – 21:00
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Dance Performance
Fifty Ways to Leave a Shape
Multiplié dansefestival, Rosendal Teater

Siri Jøntvedt
18.00 – 19.00 / Tickets
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APRIL 19 & 20

[up]Loaded Bodies Conference
Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst
10:00 – 16:00 both days / Free entrance with registration here!
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The [up]Loaded Bodies Conference explores the technological body caught between virtual ecstasy and digital obesity.
Time and again, we have been attracted by grand narratives of digital escape. The decades-old travel brochure advertises a one-way ticket to a limitless experience inside your perfect avatar body. It sells a utopian dream of a never-ending party on the other side of the screen. Yet, while the mind indulges in spectacular virtual tourism, the body is put into the bargain.

Speakers: Magnus Aspli / Birgitte Aga / Zane Cerpina / Sarah Cook / Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules / Marco Donnaruma / Boris Eldagsen / Anders Hofseth / Andre Holzapfel / Alessandro Ludovico / Marnix de Nijs / Sunčica Ostoić / Špela Petrič / Marietta Radomska / Daniel Rourke / Martinus Suijkerbuijk / Stahl Stenslie / Paula Strunden

Conference Friday, April 19
10:00 – 14:00
Participants: Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules /
Boris Eldagsen / Marnix de Nijs / Špela Petrič / Paula Strunden / Moderator: Zane Cerpina
14:00 – 15:30
Arts and Culture Norway presents “Art & Control – Artistic Freedom vs Regulating Tech”.
Panel debate with: Birgitte Aga / Sarah Cook / Anders Hofseth / Andre Holzapfel / Moderator: Ståle Stenslie

Conference Saturday, April 20
10:00 – 15:15
Participants: Marco Donnarumma / Alessandro Ludovico / Neural / Sunčica Ostoić / Marietta Radomska / Daniel Rourke / Martinus Suijkerbuijk / Moderator: Zane Cerpina
15:15 – 15:30
Panel debate and conclusion

[up]Loaded Bodies: Ejector

Tim Høibjerg
18:00 – 19:00
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Eingeweide: Performance (40 min.)
Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst

Marco Donnarumma, Margherita Pevere
21:00 – 21:40 (40 mins. No entrance after 21:00)
Student NOK 80 / Ordinary NOK 160: Tickets
After the performance the artists invite the audience for a conversation.
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What does it mean to create a truly autonomous machine, independent from human control? And what happens when organs live outside of a body? Perhaps the human body’s only real power is to take on ever-changing forms and identities.
Eingeweide is the staging of a ritual of coalescence. Inhabiting a desolated, surreal landscape, two human bodies become violently entangled with an artificially intelligent (AI) prosthesis, out-of-body organs, relics from computer server farms, and animal remains.

Concert night 21:00 – 02:00!

Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst
Student NOK 100 / Ordinary NOK 200: Tickets (
includes all three sets beneath!)

Audiovisual performance 21:00 – 21:40
Myriam Bleau, Nien Tzu Weng
Second Self (Avant Premiere!)

Second Selfis an audiovisual work and the first collaboration between choreographer and performer Nien Tzu Weng and composer and digital artist Myriam Bleau. Through movement, sound, and video, the performance explores the object of the screen as a tactile interface, prosthesis, mask, and mirror.
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Audiovisual performance 22:00 – 22:30
Martinus Suijkerbuijk, Øystein Fjeldbo

(Prelude) Turing Gaia: Composing the ((Non)Human)
The performance is an orchestration and composition of ((Non)Human) agency where the demarcations between the human and non-human entities are delicately and thoughtfully explored. At the center of this exploration is NPC-Markov: a functional agent implemented as a digital entity with a unique sensory suite, and guided by an advanced cognitive architecture.
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Techno-utopian dance night! 23:00 – 02:00
Apex Anima
Astral Boombox DJ set!

Are you one of those who love art but hate art openings? Wish you could just teleport your body away from the small talk and appear in full disco attire on a burning dance floor?
DJ Apex Anima invites you to a techno-utopian dance night, with musical gems collected on far-reaching trans-dimensional road trips. A night where limbs are king, and nothing can go wrong. Enough of art talk and clever conversations. Let’s move from the mental to the physical, from the platonic to the erotic, and from the static to the acrobatic!
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