September 17, 2017 Fotobokfestival Oslo 2017
This year’s Fotobokfestival Oslo opened last Friday at Arbeidersamfunnets Plass. In the square there are three containers. Slightly hidden in one of them (Punk) is a copy of Oslofjord. This book is still not reliably stocked here in Oslo, so if you are a local and want a copy, this is your chance! Last day to visit the containers is September 21.
September 2, 2017 LIAF
For the next month, two of my publications are a part of Mondo Books‘ installation at the 2017 Lofoten International Art Fesitval (LIAF) in Henningsvær. The books are both on view and for sale, if you find yourself that far north.
Islands Of The Sun, the title of Mondos’ contribution, is a selection of books and printed matter “organized as a fictional infrastructure, connecting islands, swamps and shifting seaboards and geographies to open critical perspectives on ecologies in flux, both locally and globally”.
August 14, 2017 Shanghai
Some quick photos from Shanghai and abC before heading off to Nanjing
Luxury mall, aesthetic trash heap in rain
Anki of Bergen Zines, my little corner of the Norway table
Strangely tranquil book fair moment, roof garden of the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
August 6, 2017 China Meets Norway in a Bookshelf
China meets Norway in a bookshelf is a cultural exchange project with the purpose of promoting Norwegian art books, picture books and illustrated books in China through exhibitions, book markets, seminars, workshops and other unofficial activities. The project focuses on young artists and illustrators from or based in Norway and their works that reflecting nowadays Norwegian subcultures.
Organised by Northing and Bergen Zines.
Kindly supported by Bergen Municipality, Grafill, NORLA, OCA and Norwegian Embassy in China.
I have been very lucky to be invited to this project and will be phyiscal participating in both Shanghai and Beijing! Perhaps see you soon at abC/f (art book in China) next Thursday-Saturday at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.
More info here.
August 1, 2017 It takes time
There’s an interview (på norsk) up now on the Deichman literature blog where I mostly talk about the (old) Internet and fermentation. One week left to catch my show in Grünerløkka!
Photo by Cathrine Strøm.
June 15, 2017 Next weekend at the local library
Growing up on the Internet and paper
Deichmanske Bibliotek Grünnerløkka
June 24 – August 5, 2017
Jessica Williams (1986, Anchorage) is an artist based in Oslo. Working within the fields of publications, photography and new media, her primary concerns are the power of language and everyday physicality in an increasingly digital world. She has had her work featured in several international publications and has exhibited widely including solo shows in New York City, Glasgow, Oslo, Malmö, Barcelona, and Austin, Texas.
For the show at Galleri VIS, her entire collection of self-produced printed matter spanning over a period of 15 years will be on view. Back in the early days of the Internet, there was a nostalgic longing towards the exchange of physical objects. It was as a lonley teenager in a Texan suburb that Williams began to produce fanzines of her collages to trade online. Since then printed matter has made up a large part of her artistic practice. As a companion to the exhibtion, all the publications have been scanned and will be available to view online.
The Saturday opening will be celebrated inside the libary and outside in the sun, with snacks from Indre Oslo Matforedling and my homemade soda.
Info på norsk + Facebook event
May 22, 2017 Documentation, 2 new texts
Documentation from High Tide is now up. Thanks to Joe Webb for the pics!
I’ve also uploaded two new texts on Medium, both made while preparing for the exhibition. One specifically pairs with a project, while the other stands alone; one is floaty and amorphous, while the other clings to a structure. Both are titled with the day upon which they were written. #empathy # language #technology #purgatory 😅
May 11, 2017 High Tide, Ulises
Some preliminary photos from my installation at High Tide, on view every Saturday through June 10!
Plus: some photos from Ulises, a fantastic indie art book shop in Kensington, where I crashed a High Tide zine launch with Oslofjord + a NEW small publication (based on this poem) out soon on Hverdag Books.
April 28, 2017 Next Friday in Philadelphia
High Tide presents only to find featuring recent works by Annie Bielski and Jessica Williams, curated by Kathy Cho. only to find will be on view from Saturday, May 6th to Saturday, June 10th, 2017.
only to find centers the anxieties and performative longing through digital means that connects the practices of Annie Bielski and Jessica Williams. Video-chatting with a partner who now lives abroad, applying for citizenship in a country where you’re still finding new roots in, moving to a completely new place where you only know one person, waiting to meet that friend who keeps not showing up; these are the moments where you reach out and hope that someone reaches back. In what ways do we choose to keep in touch while things are rapidly changing? How accessible do we choose to be, in a time where our devices give away what time we looked at that message?
Annie Bielski’s videos bring a frantic yet humorous energy to the performance of longing and ideas of self-care. Her video series Saab Stories shot in the style of a video blog, captures the fictional non-encounters of her character waiting to meet up for a friend/interviewee who never shows up.
Jessica Williams’ photographs are archives of moments that seem to exist somewhere between found and staged. Each moment contributes to it’s own narrative, surrounded by a quiet simmering anxiety, which seen together adds up to an overall feeling: hard to describe yet so familiar.
As a supplement to the physical exhibition only to find at High Tide, the artists have collaborated on a website which weaves their personal narratives and studio practices together before the artists meet in real life.
Also: FB event