Opening 29. september 19.00 – 22.00
Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, map.
Rustavelli Ave #11
0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Sølvsalen, Krona, Kongsberg, map.
Gallery Sagene Kunstsmie, map.
Performance: Risto Holopainen/Per Hess.
At the opening of the exhibition
Die Verwandlung by Nina Bang and Ingebjørg Une Hagen.
10.06 – 26.06
During this year’s Oslo Open, Per Hess / Nina Bang opens her studio in Trafo Kunstnerhus, room 2035 for the public. Meet the artists, see what they’re working on now and ask what you want to know about their art.
Everything that shakes our security seems provocative. Contemporary art is often such an unexpected encounter. Unknown content, unknown forms of expression, new techniques and materials put our convictions and our experience of art to the test. Høstutstillingen is challenging. It amazes and delights, irritates and excites.
Per Hess settles with the Kongsberg Group’s weapons production and Norway as a nation of peace.
Where there is light, there is also darkness. Per Hess has for many years worked with light and neon light, but now at Kongsberg Kunstforening takes a juicy settlement with some of the darkest things that exist: war, weapons, murder. And a look at his own background as born and raised in Kongsberg, the whole of Norway’s coat of arms.
Hilde Honerud/Per Hess
A conversation with the artist Per Hess about his background, his upbringing on Kongsberg, his relationship with the city’s advanced weapons industry and the work on the exhibition Silver Mind
The Silver Auditorium Krona
Per Hess / Kongsberg Kunstforening
High Technology and Humanity
Lectures: Thorbjørn Jagland / Jon Hovland Honerud / Hilde Honerud / Linda Bournane Engelberth / Bernt Hagtvet. Speaker: Tone Østerdal
The KONGSBERG seminar focuses on art and is an open informative seminar project with the goal of promoting engaged conversation about the traces of today’s worldwide technology industry including mass production of digital weapons in a local community as Kongsberg. High technology and humanity are highly topical issues today in a rapidly changing world. Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, algorithms and Big Data are major challenges that give us a future we do not know. Can art be a tool for identity, meaning and understanding in a future where man as subject is challenged?
Performance Risto Holopainen/Per Hess
Link: Art / Silver Mind
The extensive, site-specific exhibition Silver Mind shows neon works, paintings, performances, daguerreotypes and graphic works. Here, Kongsberg’s history is linked to a local / national / global perspective. A both industrial and cultural history that spans almost 400 years, from early mining with the extraction of silver, to the contemporary high-tech and globalized industry that also includes the highly topical debate topic Norwegian weapons production.
Link: Art / Silver Mind
With Nina Bang. Interview in our studio by Guri Skeie about Oslo Open and the situation for artists in Oslo.
Time period 38 min. – 49 min.
Join the studio of Per Hess, one of Norway’s foremost artists and one of the few artists in the world who work with neon lights.