On February 11th, we gathered at Louise Dany in Oslo, Norway for a public conversation around the launch of “To Make a Public” to consider alternative spaces and artists’ publications in times of social and political crisis.
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Bergen Assembly’s 2016 edition (from now on: BA16) honors the original intentions behind the city’s commitment to host a perennial..
Current Topic: Transitions
Between the election and the inauguration in the United States is a period known unpoetically as the “transition.” Our own transition feels like a categorical shift, a break in the paradigm. It is closer to Gramsci’s interregnum - “the crisis...that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” The synonyms here don’t fit: progression, shift, evolution. Antonyms feel more like the truth: decline, cease, or decrease.
This interregnum in the nation-state is transempirical: beyond experiential knowledge. The beyond, also, of empire. We go across, through; we change thoroughly. We transition.
"Artist's publications in time of crisis" panel at Louise Dany (Oslo) w/ The Ventriloquist Press and Vi ser på kunst