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Mediafest

– NRK as a laboratory for new art

Dates: 13.11. — 13.12.20
Location: Atelier Nord, Olaf Ryes plass 2 (entrance Sofienberggata)
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 15-18, Saturday and Sunday 13-18.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of broadcast television in Norway, Atelier Nord is focusing on The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s (NRK) important role as a resource and patron for artists. From the 1960s and until 1990, NRK offered many artists the chance to work in its high-end sound- and television studios, thereby contributing to many experimental and pioneering works within both Norwegian media art and sound art.

In a time when television was considered well-suited to increasing the general public’s cultural literacy, NRK organized workshops and seminars where artists discussed the use of television for artistic purposes. Many visual artists, composers and dancers were offered the opportunity to work closely with NRK’s technicians and producers, creating experimental art-programs that were broadcast to every Norwegian home with a television set.

Featuring works by Nina Aabel, Rolf Aamot, Aage Andersen, Arild Boman, Stein Roger Bull, Jannike M. Falk, Bjørn Fongaard, Jan Horne, Kjartan Slettemark & Robert Jäppinen, Per Kleiva, Kåre Kolberg, Arne Nordheim and Sidsel Paaske.

Exhibition design by artist Elise Storsveen.

Mediafest is curated by Lars Mørch Finborud and produced in collaboration with NRK.