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27/6 – 6/7

Åpning Lørdag 27.06 kl 18.00
Søndag 28.06 13.00 – 17.00 
+++ Happenings by ON/OFF Berlin
Til Mandag 06.07 

with participating artists: Ana Rita Antonio (Bergen), Soline Asselin/Philippe RIchard (Montreal), Karin Blomgren (Bergen), Margrethe Brekke/Kiyoshi Yamamoto “The Reactive Movement” (Bergen), Kate Farquhar (Philadelphia), Katerina Filippopolou (Bergen), Maria Jonsson/Philipp von Hase/Jon Kuuva/Ada Chan (Bergen), Joel Kerner (Chicago), Kay Arne Kirkebø (Bergen), Julia Klauer (Berlin), Mari Kolbeinson (Bergen), Anne Cecilie Lie (Oslo), Maxim Pravosoudov /Jaclyn Kaloczi (Toronto), Thomas Holm Radil (Bergen), Susanne Skeide (Trondheim)  

Hardbakka Ruins Project 2015 // The Commons

For this year’s workshop and exhibition, we relocate the project to create interventions within the city of Bergen. Keeping the Hardbakka Ruins in mind, as a natural site deemed to have cultural-historical value, we expand conceptually to look at urban sites that blur the borders between public and private space: we start from a semi-public open area along the harbour, which is currently the site of considerable private development and expansion.

The Commons is a multi-faceted term that is understood differently in different contexts: this makes it a fruitful starting point for a workshop and exhibition. While the curator (Alison Hugill) reads the theoretical understanding of the term from Italian Autonomist-Marxists Massimo de Angelis, Antonio Negri and Silvia Federici, design collective ON/OFF have a more hands-on understanding of the commons as it relates to urban questions. Additionally, with the site in Bergen, Norway, the concept of ‘statsallmenning’ offers yet another perspective: referring to shared public resources owned by the state.This threefold understanding of the Commons will be discussed and worked on throughout the workshop, as we tackle the possibility of a ‘third-way’ between private and public (state owned) space.

Hardbakka 2015 will be co-presented with experimental design collective ON/OFF, as we interrogate the idea of ‘micro-architectures’: playful objects that appear within public space to prompt fresh interactions with the city. The first two days will be dedicated to an intensive workshop led by ON/OFF, wherein participants will come together to create ‘actions’ in the city.