Mai Hofstad Gunnes
Celler og Vev
23.02.23 – 02.04.23
With references to current discussions within biotechnology, Mai Hofstad Gunnes' 16mm film connects weaving and genetics. In the film, titled Celler og vev (Cells and Weaving), we follow the work process of an artist collective who communicate through a coded language. At the same time, a research group discovers a new genetic mutation in a laboratory for medical genetics. The film shows the preparation of blood samples for DNA-analysis: the coiling, measuring and cutting of threads, scanning by microscopes, and rotation of digital models. We zero in on the smallest components of various systems, be they the fundaments of our DNA, data pixels, or the letters in our languages. Letter sequences are transferred from one system to another in a careful play with language on an ontological level – and we can wonder how a typographical error or misunderstanding can disrupt large structures and have huge consequences.
From a feminist perspective, Mai Hofstad Gunnes' film stages collective actions that shed light on associative connections that together form our shared ideas.
The film Celler og vev is shown every half hour.
Mai Hofstad Gunnes (b. 1977) lives and works in Oslo. Her artistic practice consists mainly of film and video installation. Hofstad Gunnes was educated at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan, and received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim in 2004. She has had solo exhibitions at: Entrée, Bergen; Baltic 39, Gateshead/Newcastle; Trondheim Art Museum; WIELS Centre of Contemporary Art, Brussels; UKS, Oslo; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, amongst others. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including at the National Museum, Oslo; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Kunsthall Oslo; Kunsthall Stavanger; CAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Momentum 7, Moss; Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany; and Bergen Kunsthall. Her work has been acquired by the National Museum of Art; Architecture and Design, Oslo; Sparebankstiftelsen DnB; Arts Council Norway; Trondheim Municipality; Hordaland County Municipality; and The Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
Celler og vev is supported by the Norwegian Visual Artists Fund (BKV) and the Arts Council Norway.