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Second test screening of Days

LINK TO WEBINAR:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86472676717?pwd=ZXF3aW5xMTFabTd4NVNJZWJQSmd6dz09

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Gif: from 'Days' by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong (2020), Gif by Emanuel Waal, featuring Amir Asgharnejad as GEIR.


Please join us on Wednesday, 2 December, at 7PM (GMT+1) for the second of a series of digital test screenings where you will have a chance to enter into the world of soap opera and to speak with artists Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard and Zayne Armstrong, together with an invited panel of artists, curators, and image-makers around the ongoing project Days.

Days is currently on view at Fotogalleriet in the form of a multi-channel, immersive installation. Now we will screen the single-channel pilot episode in various stages of post-production for the first time, followed by a feedback session.

Days is an experimental soap opera initiated by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard and Zayne Armstrong, substituting the ‘anywhere, anytime’ world of the American soap series Days of Our Lives, with the reality of contemporary Berlin. Produced by and about the lifestyles of a growing class of precarious labourers, the show Days asks: what does the precariat think, feel and understand about the world around them, and how can we find resilience in this increasingly absurd reality?

We welcome you to join us to watch, comment, and discuss the role that soap opera can play in our daily lives.

The digital event is part of a long-term collaboration between Fotogalleriet and Vega Scene for the presentation of artworks at the intersection of visual art and film. Vega Scene is an independent cinema and a small city theatre focusing on arthaus films and experimental drama. Days will have it's Norwegian premiere at Vega Scene in Oslo in early 2021.

Confirmed panelists:

Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, artist, and co-initiator of 'Days'

Zayne Armstrong, artist, and co-initiator of 'Days'

Antonio Cataldo, curator and Artistic Director, Fotogalleriet, Oslo

Yony Leyser, artist, writer, director, and educator, Berlin

Andrea Lissoni, Artistic Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Carolina Saquel, visual artist, Paris

Kita Updike, actress, New York

Gif: from 'Days' by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong (2020), Gif by Emanuel Waal

BIOS

Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard (born 1991 in Kristiansand, NO) received her BFA from the Malmö Art Academy (SE) in 2012. Aagaard’s installations are caught in between form and function, art and design, discourse and disgust. She reacts to the intrinsic structures of the art world, of socialization, distribution and value creation. With the artist Bror Sander Berg Størseth, Aasgaard worked as a duo under the name Aurora Sander. Their work has been exhibited at several galleries and institutions, including: UKS (NO), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (FR), La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (IT), 7th International Moscow Biennial (RU), Yamamoto Gendai (JP), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (DK), Nicolai Wallner (DK) and Sandy Brown (DE). Aasgaard has been a guest lecturer at Prosjektskolen in Oslo and UdK in Berlin.

Zayne Armstrong is an American/British artist born in California in the 80's. He studied art at The New School University in New York, Central Saint Martins in London and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where he developed his filmmaking practice. His writing and film work use storytelling to question the singularity of identity and authorship, often working with representations of artists and communities, and how they form, subsist, and collapse. He's had solo shows at Seen Through, and Hermes und der Pfau (Stuttgart), NextVisit (Berlin) and recently at the Lago Mio artist residency, Lugano (CH). He has also been a part of a number of international group exhibitions, among them atAusstellungsraum Klingental (Basel), X-Initiative (NYC), Oracle (Berlin), Tate Modern, David Roberts Art Foundation, and Institute of Contemporary Arts (London). He was part of the virtual curatorial identity Agatha Valkyrie Ice and her Oslo10 residency (Basel); he had a production residency at THEVIEW Studio (Genova); and he was half of the artist duo S/Z, with Elliott Elliott, and Montez Press, London has just published a short story of his.

Antonio Cataldo (b.1981) is the current Artistic Director of Fotogalleriet, since 2018. Here, he is envisioning a research-based programme questioning the social role of images in today's society. Throughout his career, Cataldo has worked actively for searching novel institutional practices, and questioning the economic and technological contradictions underpinning institutional formats. He has worked in different capacities for a number of large-scale exhibitions and symposia, especially through his employment at OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway, 2010–2018) where he was, among others, the co-curator of Camille Norment’s ‘Rapture’ at the 56th Venice Biennale, and ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’ (both with Curator Katya Garcia-Antón). Cataldo serves on the board of directors of Kunsthallene i Norge, and on the jury of Sandefjord Kunstforening's Art Award.

Andrea Lissoni, PhD, is the Artistic Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich. Formerly Senior Curator, International Art (Film) at Tate Modern, London; Curator at HangarBicocca, Milan, the co-founder of the independent artistic network Xing and co-director of the international festival Netmage in Bologna (Live Arts Week since 2011), he has lectured at Bocconi University (2007-13), and at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan (2001-13). In 2012 he co-founded Vdrome, an online screening programme for artists and filmmakers, which he co-curates since then. Among his curated survey exhibitions: Angela Ricci Lucchi&Yervant Gianikian, Wilfredo Prieto, Tomàs Saraceno (2012), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mike Kelley, Ragnar Kjartansson (2013), Micol Assael, Joan Jonas (2014), Celine Condorelli, Philippe Parreno (2016) all at HangarBicocca, Milan. At Tate Modern he launched a yearly Cinema Programme conceived as an exhibition unfolding throughout the entire year, he co-curated the display and the live programme at the opening of the Blavatnik Building in 2016, the 2017 and 2018 BMW Live Exhibition, the Hyundai Turbine Hall Commission 2016 Anywhen, by Philippe Parreno, the expanded exhibition Joan Jonas and, recently Bruce Nauman’s survey. He was the co-curator - with Andrea Bellini - of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement The Sound of Screens imploding, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, 2018.

Yony Leyser is an artist, writer, director, and educator with a focus on subcultures and queer history. In 2010 Leyser released his debut documentary feature film, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, followed by his first fiction feature film, Desire Will Set You Free in 2015. 2017 saw the release of Leyser’s critically-acclaimed documentary about the cultural and social movement Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution, with an accompanying book due for release in late 2020. Most recently Leyser wrote and directed W(A)RM HOLES, his first theatre production, which premiered in Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theatre in 2019. Collectively Leyser’s films have been screened in over 150 institutions and festivals around the world, including Slamdance, Seattle International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Viennale, Guadalajara International Film Festival, IDFA, ACMI Melbourne, Outfest, Frameline and HotDocs.

Carolina Saquel (b. 1970, Concepción, Chile; lives and works in Paris, France) is a visual artist and former lawyer. In 2003 she was selected to study in Le Fresnoy, France, a two-year program that focuses on cross-disciplinary work between contemporary art and cinema. She works with moving images to alter perceptions of temporality of seemingly unimportant events. Bodily gestures, the history of painting, nature stripped of human presence, and cinematographic as well as literary references are points of departure for her work in video and photography. Her work has been shown at Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canadá; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg; Kadist Art Foundation; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, and Grand Palais, Paris; Bloomberg Space, London; and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart. As a part of the Ensayos' nomadic collective research in which she has been involved since 2014, Saquel co-directed the two seasons of Distancia, "a more than human web series in Tierra del Fuego," which was recently screened as part of the New York’s New Museum’s summer residency programme.

Kita Updike is a Chippewa and African American woman, and she is excited to be able to bring diversity to the stage whenever possible. Over the past couple years she has been honored to work with The Public Theater (Reckoning, Dir: Billy Porter,) and Westport Playhouse (Click). She also has spent time developing several new works such as It's Not a Trip... by Charly Evon Simpson at The O'Neill Center, The Village (Dir. Hannah Ryan), and Initiative by Else Went, with Playwrights Realm. Proud AEA member!

Gif: from 'Days' by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong (2020), Gif by Emanuel Waal, featuring Ruth Rosenfeld as MARLIE.

LAST WEEK ON VIEW, AND LONG OPENING HOURS

This week Fotogalleriet introduces a soft reopening of the physical space in Møllergata, where the exhibition Days will be on view every day from Wednesday 2 December to Sunday 6 December, from 12.00-17.00. In addition we will have long opening hours on Thursday, 3 December, from 12.00–20.00.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Fotogalleriet's principal funding comes from The Arts Council Norway. Additional funding is provided by the Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo). Partial funding comes from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Oslo Municipality. The exhibition and soap opera 'Days' has been made possible through with generous support from The Art Council Norway, the Relief Fund for Visual Artists (BKH) and the Fritt Ord Foundation.

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