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Test screening of Days

BROADCAST LINK: https://bit.ly/35xIIDi
PASSWORD: days4ever

Please join us on Wednesday, 18 November, at 5PM (GMT+1) for the first 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 has been presented 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. An episode of 'Days' will 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

Siri Hjorth, artist, Oslo

Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas, artist, Oslo

Emanuele Guidi, writer, curator and artistic director, ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein of Bolzano

Popo Fan, artist, filmmaker and part of ‘Days’ cast

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. He's currently preparing a short story for publication with Montez Press, London.

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.

Emanuele Guidi is a writer, curator and artistic director at ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein of Bolzano (Italy) where he carries on a program of commissions and productions, exploring the mutual relationship between visual art and publishing, architecture, live arts and theory. Central to this research are positions that focus on the politics of display and exhibition-making as practice for knowledge production and circulation. At ar/ge kunst he curated solo shows by, a.o. Mohamed Bourouissa, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jumana Manna, Slavs and Tatars, Otobong Nkanga. Current and past exhibitions include: hostileenvironments.eu (online platform and symposium, ongoing), Shadow Writings, Lorenzo Sandoval (Centro Párraga, Murcia, 2020), The Variational Status, Riccardo Giacconi (FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, 2017, with A. Marchand), Ingrid Hora, Freyzeit (DAZ, Berlin, 2015), How to Tell a Story (DEPO, Istanbul, 2013 with C. Larquè). Among his edited publications: Image Diplomacy, Vladislav Shapovalov (Mousse, 2020, with A. Siclodi); Spaces of Anticipation (Oncurating Journal, 2018, with L. Sandoval); The Variational Status (Humboldt Books, 2017 with R. Giacconi); Rehearsing Collectivity – Choreography Beyond Dance (Argobooks, 2012, with E. Basteri, E. Ricci); Urban Makers – Parallel Narratives of Grassroots Practices and Tensions (Bbooks, 2008). He is PhD candidate in Practice in Curating at the University of Reading & Zurich University of the Arts.

Siri Hjorth (1986, Trondheim) and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas (1985, Oslo) live and work in Oslo, and are educated from the Oslo Academy of the Arts. They have worked closely on a number of artistic projects since 2009 and were married in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in 2016. Their work has been shown at exhibition venues such as Fondazione Prada Venice, The Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Kunsthall Oslo, Kunsthall Kristiansand, Kunstnerforbundet, Kunstnernes Hus, Sandefjord kunstforening, Kunstplass Oslo, Trondheim kunstforening, and Kunsthaus KULE, Berlin.

Popo Fan is a Berlin-based filmmaker, writer and activist from China. His queer documentaries “Chinese Closet” “Mama Rainbow” “Papa Rainbow” on family issues in China have made a notable impact on Chinese society. From 2016, he has concentrated on scripted, sex-positive shorts, now based in Berlin. He has served as an organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, and is also the founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. Additionally, he participated in Berlinale Talents 2017 and was a jury member of the Teddy Award in 2019.

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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