WITTGENSTEIN ON VACATION

WITTGENSTEIN-GIFF
Wittgenstein on Vacation Part I, Little Austria (2015) web poster

2015 – 2018
Wittgenstein on Vacation 
by Marianne Bredesen, Sebastian Makonnen
Kjølaas and Siri Hjorth, supported by
KORO (URO), Art in Public Space Norway
and the Fritt Ord Foundation.

In August 2015 we arranged a holiday for 30 people
to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s cabin in Skjolden, Norway.
Here we did a performance at the ruin of his cabin,
as well as lectures on his life and thoughts. In January
2016 we held a lecture at KORO’s auditorium about
the trip, and our subsequent take on Wittgenstein’s
thoughts. This was part I of Wittgenstein on Vacation,
Little 
Austria. 

We take language as some kind of fundamental
reality, problematize death 
as an inevitable disaster,
and extend our middle finger to those dark forces in
the universe that is  the cause of all human problems,
namely nothingness.

In August 2018 we will unveil Part II – the
worlds largest monument to Ludwig Wittgenstein –
and it speaks! 


Siri Hjorth, Wittgenstein on Vacation (2015) performance at Wittgenstein’s Cabin, Skjolden (NO) video still


Siri Hjorth, Wittgenstein on Vacation (2015) performance at Wittgenstein’s Cabin, Skjolden (NO) video still

Kirstin Dirksen, Wittgenstein in Norway (2015), Open Culture Documentary

Wittgenstein on Vacation Part I, Little Austria (2015) trailer

AAHHAA

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2013
AAHHAA

With Vilde von Krogh Mikael D. Brkic
Initiated by Prosjektskolen AS
in conjunction with UKS
Oslo (NO) 

ART ART HISTORY HISTORY AGAIN AGAIN was an open forum
for dialectical discussion and interpretation of the historical
preconditions for art. During this forum we developed our main tool;
a timeline that manifested the discussed history. In the form of a
classical symposium the participants was encouraged to actively
involve themselves in the material as well as additional resources
available at UKS. With the idea of man’s separation from nature,
through the Dionysian return via utopian ecstasy, and up to heroic
materialism, we presented an eclectic array of narratives and action.

Covering 202 013 years, the symposium was held over three weeks,
and culminated in an exhibition at UKS. The participants was
assigned to unique artistic eras that they interpreted, both concept-
ually and stylistically.

Participants:

Alex Sander Fossøy / Markus Theodor Frossli Sundberg / Runa Gidske /
Catrine Constanse Gjelsnes / Luka Grbelja Fischer / Hedda Grevle Ottesen /
Ole Henry Halvorsen / Simen Halvorsen Tyse / Lise Hartvigsen /
Adrian Hidalgo Nygaard / Kristin Hovde / Ida Aurora Høiklev Ribu /
Petter Iversen / Marianne Knutsen / Solveig Aurora Lien Granberg /
Eirik Lyster / Caroline Løvhaug Harrison / Morten Magnus /
Anne Mari Mork Sletta / Sunniva Nilssen / Alexandra Nordfjeldmark /
Live Nornes Westli / Helle Pedersen / Tor Andreas Petterson /
Natalie Price Hafslund / Roger Robberstad / Tone Elizabeth Sabro /
Liam Seeland / Jan Eric Skevik / Katarina Skår Henriksen /
Sebastian Slaatten / Kristin Stangenes / Johannes Per Stockhausen Hektoen /
Sigrid Voll Bøyum / Frida Yggeseth

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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås


AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås 


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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

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AAHHAA (2013) exhibition view, UKS (NO). Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås


AAHHAA (2013) Art history timeline, pastell on canvas, 35 x 2,5 m. Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

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AAHHAA (2013) Art history timeline, pastell on canvas, 35 x 2,5 m. Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

 
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AAHHAA (2013) Art history timeline, pastell on canvas, 35 x 2,5 m. Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås 


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AAHHAA (2013) Art history timeline, pastell on canvas, 35 x 2,5 m. Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-14-16-04AAHHAA (2013) Art history timeline, pastell on canvas, 35 x 2,5 m. Photographer: Jon Benjamin Tallerås

SALT

Sandro StegerSandro Steger (2012). Photographer: Martin Johansen

2011 – 2013
Saltarelli Salong (SALT)
Oslo (NO)

Saltarelli Salong (SALT) operated through weekend exhibitions,
happenings, screenings, concerts and workshops mainly focused
on exhibiting young artists based in Oslo – and named after
Jacopo Saltarelli – an apprentice goldsmith and notorious male
prostitute who lived in Firenze during the renaissance.
In 1476 Leonardo da Vinci was arrested, spending two month
in jail, along with several young companions, on the charge of
sodomy with the then 17-year-old Jacopo. He was in his own time
accused of being ‘party to many wretched affairs and consents
to please those persons who request such wickedness of him‘.
SALT believed this to be much the same service delivered
by the majority of contemporary art.

Run by Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas
Siri Hjorth, Jon Magnus Ohren, 
Morten Ising, Martin Johansen,
Vilde von Krogh, Luca Andreotti
Maren Aarbu Titterud and
Marianne Bredesen

Cecilie Lind 01Cecilie Lind (2012). Photographer: Martin Johansen

Espen T. Samuelsen 02Espen T. Samuelsen (2012). Photographer: Martin Johansen

espens T. Samuelsen 01Espen T. Samuelsen (2012). Photographer: Martin Johansen

Geir Backe AlternIllegal tree, Geir Backe Altern (2012). Photographer: Martin Johansen

Tito Frey 01Tito Frey (2011). Photographer: Martin Johansen

Tito Frey 02Tito Frey (2011). Photographer: Martin Johansen

Tito Frey 03Tito Frey (2011). Photographer: Martin Johansen

GAGO

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Galleri Godteri, exhibition space (2009). Photographer: Martin Johansen

2009 – 2011
 GAGO (Galleri Godteri)
Oslo (NO)

At GAGO, located in one of the oldest candy factory’s in Norway,
the desires of bourgeois consumer culture was personified.
The pictorial language of consumerism was distilled into fine art.
Instead of being primarily concerned with providing a space to
show works of art in the most neutral way, we made it evident
that surroundings and social setting is more than a prominent
part of any visual representation. The gallery white cube, the
impersonal, clinical art-space that is embraced by the
contemporary art world, gives the illusion that art should be seen
in a sterile environment, not contaminated by the outside world.
In the 1960’s a group of British scientists did an experiment.
They put a 4-year-old in a room with a marshmallow. They then
left the room, promising the child one more marshmallow, if he
could wait to eat it for 15 minutes. This experiment was tried out
all over the world, and always with the same result; Only one out
of three waited for the extra marshmallow. With this in mind we
made GAGO a gallery for instant satisfaction. As a marshmallow,
we’re not refined, only momentarily desirable.

Founded by Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas,
Morten Ising Siri Hjorth Can Bora Lundby
and Martin Johannsen.


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Galleri Godteri, exhibition space (2009). Photographer: Martin Johansen


Nr 9 Presents Galleri Godteri, Vilde von Krogh (2009). Photographer: Martin Johansen