Art in Public Space
My exhibition mon-uh-lawg opened on friday. It’s a performative installation in a small space with huge windows facing one of the main pedestrian streets is Bergen. The space lies outside the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, right next to the train station, and gets a fair amount of attention from passers-by. The installation is meant to be seen only from the outside, but it is lit day and night, thus being «open» and «public».
The nice thing about art in public spaces is that whomever wishes can experience it. There are no gallery guards telling you you’re too close, no one to guide you towards the correct interpretation. Once it’s out there, it’s out, for a broader audience to own.
I wish I could be a fly, listening in on all the reactions (or lack thereof). It pleased me, for example, to find a charcoal-graffiti in front of it saying «cool art!» or that the animal-rights activist group NOAH started their demonstration on precisely this spot yesterday, thereby interpreting and recontextualizing my work. Here are some images: