An alphabetical list of both parallel ongoing activities as well as previous projects, that in different ways are dealing with issues related to cities, artistic production and the public realm, architecture, as well as interest organisations dealing with Bjørvika, within the city of Oslo. All texts are excerpts from the actual linked webpages, the purpose of this list is to function as a resource, an selected addition to other contemporary archives. It is an ongoing growing list updated on an irregular basis.
An Architektur – Production and Use of the Built Environment
An Architektur is the exercise of discursive architectural practice. For us, both the critical analysis of spatial relations and the visualization of their inherent socio-political conceptions offer a possibility of political agency.
Based in London but working across Britain and beyond, Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists. Each new project evolves from a singular commissioning process, born from an open-ended conversation with an artist offered the opportunity to imagine something extraordinary. Artangel’s work is powered by the belief that artists are capable of creating visionary works which impact upon the way we view our world, our times and ourselves in unusual and enduring ways.
BEYOND - Leidsche Rijn
The Municipality of Utrecht has developed a scenario in which the introduction of public art is linked to the urban development of Leidsche Rijn in cooperation with SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space). This scenario: Beyond Leidsche Rijn, the Vinex assignment for art simultaneously uses Leidsche Rijn as a working area and as a point of departure. What does this mean? That art is not regarded as a series of autonomous beacons in a new neighbourhood, but establishes a bond with the architecture, landscaping and urban development. The artists react to specific developments in Leidsche Rijn and Vinex as a phenomenon.
CASCO projects - Networked Cities: Governance, Trust, Design
Reinventing Harbour Cities II - a Conference in Reykjavík
The focus was “Urban Planning and Art in Public Space” and speakers like Ólafur Elíasson or Vito Acconci for the arts or representatives from the urban planning offices of Fieldoperations (New York), West 8 (Rotterdam), Gehl architects (Copenhagen) or from Hamburg Hafencity were asking themselves why there was obviously no general concept, no vision in creating Reykjavík’s urban future.
Creative Time strives to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in New York City and across the globe. We are guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to create inspiring personal experiences as well as foster social progress.
Our project uses architecture to articulate the spatial dimension of a process of decolonization. Recognizing that Israeli colonies and military bases are amongst the most excruciating instruments of domination, the project assumes that a viable approach to the issue of their appropriation is to be found not only in the professional language of architecture and planning but rather in inaugurating an “arena of speculation” that incorporates varied cultural and political perspectives through the participation of a multiplicity of individuals and organizations.
The European Kunsthalle considers itself a forum in which the aspect of artistic production is ascribed a similar significance as the presentation and reflection of art and culture. It sees itself as a basis open to a broad range of art forms including both known and emerging contemporary art practices, approaching these in an interdisciplinary and experimental way.
Expodium is a collective that provides constructive, critical visions on changes in the urban situation, by means of artistic interventions in the city. By initiating and facilitating long-term projects and energetic actions, Expodium focuses attention on today's urban challenges and confronts artists with these phenomena. The goal is to break through entrenched behaviour patterns. Expodium surprises, provokes and stimulates both those who develop the city, and those who use it, by using art as its approach to spark off discussions about changes in the urban environment.
Fallen Fruit is a long-term art collaboration that began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. By always working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience. Public Fruit Jams invites a broad public to transform homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making as experimentation in personal narrative and sublime collaboration; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours explores the boundaries of public and private space at the edge of darkness; Public Fruit Meditations renegotiates our relationship to ourselves through guided visualizations and dynamic group participation.
Fucking Good Art - in selfless sevice to our community
Freee is a collective made up of three artists, Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan, who work together on slogans, billboards and publications that challenge the commercial and bureaucratic colonization of the public sphere of opinion formation. Freee occupies the public sphere with works that take sides, speak their mind and divide opinion.
Frihetlig.org tar sikte på å bli et samlingspunkt for den anti-autoritære venstresida i Norge. Tekstene du finner her varierer i form, innhold og alder, men har til felles at de forsøker å utgjøre en motvekt til tidens herskende tanker, og de speilbilder de har i den etablerte venstresidas verdensforståelse. Alle er velkomne på våre diskusjonsmøter.
Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers working together since 1995. Our design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, aritist in residency program and research interests. We are teachers, researchers, designers, gardeners, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cooks and bus drivers with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems.
The Good Life
A proposal by Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans, in collaboration with 51N4E – Office for Architecture, Justin Bennett, Amir Borenstein, Mieja Hollevoet, Pierre Huyghebaert, Eric Jooris and Carly Wijs.
Gåafstand er en gåklub for folk, der har interesse i at gå, og i byens infrastrukturer og byplanlægning Vi kortlægger, som vi går derud af. Vi forestiller os at gøre det simpelt: Ved at lade vores registrering bestå af billeder og tekst, lader vi vores subjektive møde med byen, være tråden i fortællingen.
Based in the English Lake District National Park, Grizedale Arts has over the last decade acquired a significant reputation for pioneering new approaches to artistic production and exhibition. In contrast to traditional institutions and, indeed, to its own history in the UK land art movement, GA has neither studios nor exhibition space, but rather provides artists with the opportunity to realise projects using the social, cultural and economic networks of the area and beyond.
The Hafencity Story
Find out about the history and origins of Europe’s largest inner city urban development project plus all the relevant facts and figures.
A temporary exhibition architecture consisting of ship containers and scaffoldings form an extraordinary frame for an unconventional endeavour. The design of the yet undeveloped “prime cut” of the HafenCity is oriented towards urban planning models, citing them not without irony.'
Hovedstadsaksjonen (HA) er en organisasjon som opprinnelig besto av private gårdeiere i Oslo sentrum. I 1995 slo de seg sammen for å oppruste nedre del av Karl Johan. Det førte til totalrenovering av fasader, gategulv og belysning. Arbeidet var fullført til byens 1000 års jubileum i 2000. Innsatsen ga mersmak.
Nå skulle byrommet i hele sentrum få en ny friskhet, skjønnhet og harmoni. Dette resulterte i en helhetsplan som både stat, kommune og gårdeiere samlet seg om.
Målene skulle oppnås ved en dugnadsstrategi og ved hjelp av et felles investeringsfond der alle tre parter var bidragsytere.
is a registered non-profit oganization and artist collective founded by 5 individual artists, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs and Daniel Seiple.
The group’s formation was precipitated by their initial project, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, a non-traditional exhibition venue on 62 vacant lots of downtown real estate, on what was formerly the “death strip” within the Berlin Wall.
Since 2006, the group has conceived and realized many site-specific exhibitions, which have pulled from their extensive research of the site’s history and its present in-between status. Through their activities in the park, the group’s members have gone on to engage in other constellations and community-based activities, including education, urban planning, art making and curation.
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Lab of ii) is not an institution or a group, not a network or an NGO, but an affinity of friends who recognise the beauty of collective disobedience and the role of culture in radical social change. We treat insurrection as an art and art as a means of preparing for the coming insurrection. (www.labofii.net). The Lab is presently based in London, UK.
Lawson Park Farm is the headquarters of Grizedale Arts, a charitable organisation which offers artists' residencies and curates and commissions contemporary art. The building houses four live/work spaces, various communal areas and a warden's cottage.
N55 is a platform for persons who wants to work together, share places to live, economy, and means of production. N55 is based both in Copenhagen, and in LAND. N55 has its own means of production and distribution. Manuals for N55 things are published at www.N55.dk and in the N55 periodical. Furthermore, N55 things are implemented in various situations around the world, initiated by N55 or in collaboration with different persons and institutions.
News From NowHere er et forlag basert på frivillighet og iver, med base i Oslo og København.
Forlagets grunnleggende formål er å problematisere den rådende samfunnsordens alment aksepterte forutsetninger, om nødvendigheten av lønnsforholdet og en stat.
Mossutställningar grundades 2005 med övertygelsen att alternativa produktionssätt kan diskutera och uppdatera begreppet offentlig konst.
Social Engineering - Can Society Be Engineered in the Twenty-First Century? Is social engineering now a hollow ideal, or does it offer urgent perspectives once more? In current discussions about urban politics and social systems, theorists and designers are once again asking whether social engineering is not a pre-requisite of the human desire for organizational forms and interventions that guarantee a pleasant communal existence. This issue of Open reflects on old and new forms of the philosophy of social engineering in relation to the urban and social space and to the (communal) life therein.'
Oslo byforum - opererer som kompetansenettverk og tenketank og tar aktivt initiativ til å skape debatt, lage møteplasser og gi beslutningsgrunnlag for aktører innenfor kultur, by- og næringsutvikling.
Byfolk er en interesseforening for gårdeiere, med eiendommer i Oslo sentrum. Byfolk har medlemmer med geografisk beliggenhet innenfor Ring 1. Foreningen favner alle gårdeiere, både store og små. Vi har medlemmer som eier store eiendomsmasser, vi har mellomstore gårdeiere som medlemmer og vi har medlemmer som eier en bygård i Sentrum. Medlemmene har alle en ting felles; nemlig å stå samlet om Byfolks mål for å gjøre bykjernen mer attraktiv.
Oslo Byaksjon har byen som mål og middel
Oslo Byaksjon bejaer mangfold, toleranse, fellesskapsløsninger
Oslo Byaksjon setter pragmatisme og gjennomføringskraft høyt
Stilte til kommunevalget 2007
openhagen er en kollektiv blog, et digitalt tidsskrift eller en åben platform. Det handler om byen, om at forandre det urbane rum og de tanker vi gør os, mens vi gør det.
opensourcefood is a collaborative art activist project that repurposes New Nordic cuisine. Harnessing the full socioeconomic potential of foraging wild plants, opensourcefood juxtaposes the living conditions of asylum seekers with a free, fun and nutritious way of sharing knowledge with others. The first opensourcefood event was hosted at decenter II, a four day art event, initiated by artist Bettina Camilla Vestergaard at Marienborg Manor on the island of Møn.
Portscapes is a series of artists’ projects developed in connection with the construction of Maasvlakte 2, an area that during the next five years is being reclaimed from the North Sea. The Maasvlakte 2 will add 2,000 hectares to the Rotterdam harbour, increasing the Port of Rotterdam Authority, already by far the biggest in Europe, by 20%.
Public Address explores how cultural producers work with different strategies to make things publicly known. The project is composed as a discussion forum and the production of a series of posters involving a small group of artists who takes a special interest in various ways of working with public spheres both as a concept as well as on a more concrete level. These different approaches include research oriented practices, activist strategies as well as a more general interest in investigating, countering and producing new or hidden knowledge about topical issues of society and the world we live in.
Redlight Art Amsterdam - Red A.i.R
The City of Amsterdam is removing the underlying criminality and achieving greater balance in the famous Red Light District, and housing corporations are purchasing buildings currently used for prostitution. Nevertheless, prostitution without the underlying criminality will remain in this district, as it is legal in the Netherlands. Before the purchased buildings are given a permanent function, the City of Amsterdam will give national and international top talents from the creative industry a unique chance to display their creations in the famous windows for the duration of one year.
RESEARCH ARCHITECTURE: A Laboratory for Critical Spatial Practices
Paradoxically perhaps, the Centre for Research Architecture sets out to question the two separate terms that make up its given title. It seeks to open up the discipline and praxis of 'architecture' – understood as the production of rarefied buildings and urban structures – into shifting network of 'spatial practices' that includes various other forms of intervention. It contests as well the utilitarian, applied, means-to-ends relation between knowledge and action that is evoked by the term 'research' and the artificial opposition between theory and practice it implies.
The Researchgroup Art & Public Space (in Dutch the 'Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte'), stimulates research and theoretical reflection on the role of art and design in the public domain.
RECLAIMING-SPACES is an independent and voluntary project that aims to build a forum of international communication and reflection for urban activists dedicated to struggles against dispossession and expropriation of inhabitants from their land, housing, infrastructure, and public spaces. These struggles begin at local levels by organizing the social and/or political protection of common and public goods from privatisation, financial speculation, authoritarianism and/or corruption. While local mobilizations build the foundations of successful resistances, it is also true that processes of capitalist dispossession cannot be overcome without transforming the underlying political economic structures that are largely determined by supranational “global” economic conditions, corporations and powers.
REV- is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-‘s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture. The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression “to rev” a vehicle and the prefix “rev-“ which means to turn—as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc.
Right to the City was born out of desire and need by organizers and allies around the country to have a stronger movement for urban justice. But it was also born out of the power of an idea of a new kind of urban politics that asserts that everyone, particularly the disenfranchised, not only has a right to the city, but as inhabitants, have a right to shape it, design it, and operationalize an urban human rights agenda.
The Mobile Home
For the establishment of the Lectoraat Kunst en de Publieke Ruimte (Lectorate for Art and Public Space), architects Bik Van der Pol and Korteknie Stuhlmacher designed a layout for a mobile office: the Mobile Home.
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is a project by five artists who founded KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V. They opened the park in November 2006.
S.L.U.M Lab A unique lab that works as a nomadic enterprise; bringing planners, architects, and students from all areas of the globe to converge and to work towards an understanding of the link between urban planning and poverty alleviation.
We are dedicated to the commissioning of outstanding artists' projects, often outside conventional gallery or museum contexts, which open up new forms of public engagement with contemporary art. We are also committed to placing our own projects within a wider international context through the development and dissemination of internationally significant research in contemporary art and commissioning.
Stiftelsen Byens Fornyelse - arkitektur som sammenheng
Stiftelsen Byens Fornyelse er et nettverk av arkitekter, kunsthistorikere, skribenter og andre interesserte som arbeider for å gjøre de tradisjonsbaserte alternativer innen arkitektur og stedsutvikling kjent.
STEALTH.unlimited (set up in 2000 by Ana Džoki? and Marc Neelen) is a practice based between Rotterdam and Belgrade. STEALTH shape opportunities where various fields of investigation meet and where thinking about possible future(s) of the city are mobilized. We consider space both a tool and an agency, and focus on innovative aspects of sometimes hidden, temporary or unplanned urban practices that challenge ways in which to create physical aspects of the city and of its culture. In this, shifts of perspectives – from urban research, visual arts, spatial intervention, to cultural activism - are a key element. By creating devices that can take the form of a specific intervention in physical space, an occasion for exchange of knowledge, but also a piece of software, we produce test conditions to probe the shared authoring of urban space and culture.
The Surplus Library’s collection consists of books relevant to the topic of affect and economic exchange. The project functions as an idiosyncratic register of literature on this specific topic, while concurrently embodying the subject of its holdings: quasi economic, non-monetary exchanges trading on affect.
This Is Not A Gateway
There is complete inaccessibility to existing conferences and regeneration events. At the same time, there is an increasing amount of interesting and critical work being produced by people who do not have the platforms in which to share them. TINAG was established to address this gap.
Temporary Use is activity in spaces currently unsuitable or undesireeable in mainstream economic cycles.
Tumult ønsker at sætte spot på periferiens kvaliteter og at involvere lokalsamfundet i en selvundersøgende og forandrende proces. I en dynamisk dialog mellem steder, publikummer og kontekster vil TUMULT skabe inspirerende personlige oplevelser og social udvikling. Som et frit og kreativt udtryk, der henvender sig til alle, kan kunst i det offentlige rum nå folk på tværs af befolkningen og åbne muligheder. Afmatning af udkantsområder er et internationalt fænomen, og Tumult inviterer alle til at deltage i diskussionen om udviklingsmuligheder og om kunstens potentiale for forandring.
Urban Subjects is a cultural collective formed with the goal of researching and developing artistic projects focusing on urban issues. Recognizing that globalization has intensified urbanization worldwide, Urban Subjects aims to investigate the global-urban nexus: how are the forces of globalization transforming cities; what roles does culture take in shaping the globalized city; what are the reconfigurations of modernity in the globalized city; and how is the city emerging as a platform for new social, political, and cultural claims of citizens. Urban Subjects is a transnational collective focusing primarily, although not exclusively, on North American and European cities.
Toward the end of the previous century, talks began on the metamorphosis of Amsterdam’s Zuidas – at the time a neglected, undeveloped area between the Amstel and Schinkel rivers on the outskirts of the city – into a high-quality urban sector. Zuidas was to become a leading international business centre, with an airport – Schiphol – right around the corner. But besides being an office district it would also be an attractive extension of Amsterdam’s inner city, an area full of character in which living, working, recreation and amenities go hand in hand.
From the very first, the visual arts have been allotted an essential place in the development of the Zuidas: to promote liveability and liveliness, to give the new district character and identity and to create an atmosphere that encourages people to become attached to the area.
VORRATSKAMMER ist die zentrale Metapher dieser Arbeit. Wir nutzen das Jahr, um Vorratskammern anzulegen, Produzenten und mögliche Produzenten zu treffen und zusammenzubringen, zu sammeln und zu verarbeiten, zu pflücken und zu konservieren, Ackerflächen, Milchbauern und Schnapsbrennereien zu suchen. Wir interessieren uns für Neuproduktionen ebenso wie für Bewährtes, für kleine Mengen wie für große, für Schlepper und Mähdrescher wie für Handarbeit, für neue Technologien wie für Rosenlimonade.
ÜBER LEBENSKUNST Initiative for Culture and Sustainability.
How do we define "good living" given the global ecological crisis? This question, which is relevant for everyone no matter what social group they belong to, is the central thematic focus of ÜBER LEBENSKUNST (the art of living), an initiative project of the Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In a multi-part programme, the project explores the profound changes our planet is undergoing through art – in performance, visual art, music, discourse and literature.
YNKB is an artist group based on Ydre Nørrebro, the most densely populated area of Copenhagen and also the part of Copenhagen with the highest percentage of immigrants.
YNKB wants to leave the elitist centres of Art and want to establish cultural and artistic activities where people live. Because YNKB see art as a collective research project on a global interrelational and human scale based on humanity, openness, self-determination, participation, generosity and warmth, YNKB wants to use dialogue and participation as a method of involving participants and audiences in a common artistic process.