Twelfth Speech, Bergen, Norway 2013 PHOTO Bjarte Bjørkum
Wednesday October 29 8 pm
About thoughts [in conjunction with the Publications Launch]
Saturday November 1 4:30 pm
Presence in the situation is fundamental to my work. I try to keep whatever else as open as possible so as not to precondition the possibilities. I am concerned with finding situations that can generate qualities I have not experienced before. I frequently focus on one image and then create microscopic variations within this frame.
Born in 1960 in Norway, Kurt Johannessen has been working with performance, artist books, video and installations since the early 1980s. His work is minimalist, poetic, and at times includes a touch of humour. He is his own publisher and has produced more than 70 books, many of them translated into English. The books vary from just one sentence to short stories or just pictures. He has created 250 different performances and has presented his work extensively in Europe, and in various countries in Asia and the Americas. In 2007 he had a large retrospective exhibition of installation, video and performances in the Bergen Art Museum.