Fiction: A Reading Group
Welcome to the first session of our reading group on fiction at the Loft of Atelier Kunstnerforbundet on Thursday 8th of February from 10 to 12. This reading group is organized on the occasion of Norske Kunsthåndverkeres exhibition about craft and fiction at Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, from the 2nd of March to the 5th of May 2024.
We will read out loud and comment together Elvia Wilk’s text “Death by Landscape” (in Death by Landscape: Essays, New York: Soft Skull, 2022, pp.3-24).
In this essay, Wilk reflects on the reversal of hierarchy between the human figure and the landscape in contemporary fiction. Published as part of a collection of texts about living and writing in the age of extinction, the essay teases out the kind of narratives that can help us rethink our human perspective towards the Earth.
The reading group is open to everybody and will be held in English. If you would like to participate, you can sign up by sending an e-mail to Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org. No preparation is needed! For their own curiosity, participants will receive a PDF of the text prior to each reading session but are not required to read the text beforehand.
Participants are also welcome to suggest texts for the next sessions!
This reading group aims to gather readers who share an interest in fiction and art. Between February and May the group will meet three times to read texts that look at fictioning, worlding, and how these intersect with artistic practices.
The group’s first session will take place at Atelier Kunstnerforbundet Loft in Oslo on Thursday 8th of February from 10:00 to 12:00.
The second session will take place at Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal on Thursday 18th of April.
The last session will take place at Atelier Kunstnerforbundet Loft in Oslo on Thursday 23rd of May.
You can attend as many sessions as you would like.
Temautstillingen 2024 is curated by Johanna Zanon, Kari Skippervold, and Åse Kamilla Spjelkavik Aslaksen. Atelier Kunstnerforbundet is curated by Martina Petrelli.
Atelier Kunstnerforbundet Loft is regrettably not accessible for people with limited mobility, and a long-term rehabilitation of its building is in process. Please get in touch if you have any questions about accessibility.
About the organizers:
Located in Kunstnerforbundet’s premises in the centre of Oslo, Atelier Kunstnerforbundet is a studio collective and a pioneering project in the field of public engagement, started as a pilot project in 2018. Based on a two-year cycle the Atelier fosters artistic and cultural production by offering free-of-charge studios for artists, in combination with a customised programme geared towards the development of their practices.
Norske Kunsthåndverkere (NK), the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, is an artist organization that works to promote and support Norway-based contemporary craft artists. Currently NK has a membership of 1,050 professional artists and makers from all over Norway. NK produces exhibitions, administers art grants, publishes Kunsthåndverk magazine, and aims to influence art policies.
Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall is a contemporary art institution located in a former textile factory in Arendal, Norway. Bomuldsfabriken is a meeting place where audiences can experience the latest developments of contemporary art.