unkNOW live stream festival

Dec 7th, 18:00 – 22:00
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus 

If we could only catch up with the wave of information… we would, at last, be in the now… to digest and comprehend [its] totality would amount to having reality on tap as if from a fantastic media control room capable of monitoring everything, everywhere, all at the same time.” – Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock

unkNOW is an international live stream festival based in Oslo. As a symptom of digital culture, streaming is the emphasis which defines relations between spatial and temporal distances. While the rapid-fire absorption of media overtaking our experience of the physical world, unkNOW creates a space to explore the complexities of internet culture and how we connect through the digital intimacy of performance and visual art.

On December 7, unkNOW will bring together works from Beijing-, London-, NYC- and Oslo-based performance and media artists, incorporating broadcasts and television taping events, live stream and physical performances, media art and music, which explore power structures of hyper connected society, televisual language, surveillance and the relationship between the human and a machine.

In addition to the physical event, the works will be documented and presented as an online exhibition December 10th – January 13th at 
UNKNOW is an online environment for interdisciplinary exchange between young artists, guest curators and academics. It is an open-format space for displaying works and research-based projects dedicated to digital culture, philosophy, and media.

E.S.P. TV (New York City, USA)

Join unkNOW for a live taping with NY based multimedia collective E.S.P. TV. Directed and operated by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, E.S.P. TV utilizes a mobile television studio to explore televisual language, placing a particular focus on the performativity of production itself through installations, broadcasts and live television taping events. A strong network through artist collaborations for broadcast, amassing an extensive archive detailing these unique explorations of performance, sound, and vision. E.S.P. TV has held over 100 live television taping events internationally and has worked with various venues and institutions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art; New Museum; Museum of Arts and Design; Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art; Hunter College Art Galleries; Flux Factory; Roulette; Queens Museum; Harvard Art Museums; Pioneer Works, and many others.

Josse Thuresson & Karin Keisu (Stockholm, Sweden/Oslo, Norway) 

Josse Thuresson and Karin Keisu work in collaborative processes where they challenge hegemonic structures in western society. Through context specific work they address the political climate and its consequences for marginalized groups. Queer strategies, aesthetics and historical documents function as a tool to make text-based performance and video art that center around performing resistance. At unkNOW Josse Thuresson & Karin Keisu will present a 20 minutes long performance, a new work in continuation of their ongoing research.

Funa Ye & Beio (Beijing, China)

Funa Ye’s practice is mainly concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life, the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structure, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape. Beio currently works and lives in Beijing. Since 2009 he has started Butoh performance and choreography. During the period, he has collaborated with various national and international musicians, as well as curated and participated several improvisations based on Butoh and sound art. For unkNOW, Funa Ye & Beio will produce a new episode from ongoing live online performance program Exhibitionist: peep stream (image below). It is a unique form of performance, other than common performance art, online show or TV show. The purpose of Exhibitionist Series is to break the boundaries of “daily display” and ”art exhibition”, and to reduce the distance between the public and contemporary art. In our current hyper-connected society, people’s desire to “display” is everywhere – selfies, Instagram, Web chat, and in its most extreme form, Live Stream.

Karen Nikgol (Oslo, Norway) 

Karen Nikgol is an artist and curator based in Oslo. His practice ranges from film and paintings to stage productions and performances. His work investigates topics of mysticism, eroticism, power structures and connecting the ancient to the contemporary. Karen is also one of the founders and curators of the artist-run space Noplace, Oslo. His work «Empowerment», exhibited at K4 gallery, awarded the “Årets Kunst” by Natt&Dag OSLOPRISEN, as the most distinguished and important artwork in the contemporary art scene in Oslo in 2017.

Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen (Oslo, Norway)

The installation nownownownownow points a live camera to its own live documentation. Every image and every sound captured by the looping stream is repeated infinitely but is ultimately limited by bitrates and broadcast speed. The image is destroyed by the resolution, and the sound begins crumbling in its repetition. At the same time, a rhythm starts developing, mimicking constant and real-time distribution of information through the net. Through his artistic practice, Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen explores notions of communication in relation to specific structures or settings. Concerns revolving around ideas of power, discourse, representation and identity politics propose central questions in his work, which involve explorations of language or translation. His digital works reference physical and interpersonal themes, like the body, the voice and body language in contrast to experiences around distributions of data, algorithms, democracy and digital spheres.

Lesia Vasylchenko (Kyiv, Ukraine/Oslo, Norway) 

Lesia Vasylchenko takes on a multidisciplinary approach using a variety of media including photography, film and video and explores themes of media-technological transformations, visual information overload, liminality and perception of time. The video work Between Being Too Early Or Too Late is a juxtaposition of CCTV, from uncontrolled spaces with uncontrolled narratives, that simultaneously and continuously frames and broadcasts the landscapes and its inhabitants. The fragmentary moving image data are transforming a society and places into contributors to an endless “other cinema”. In the context of constant camera surveillance and “observation without an observer”, the work depicts the topology of digital media consumption and uncontrolled visual content dissemination in a connected world.

Yoke Collective (London, UK) 

Yoke Collective is an artistic and curatorial project created by Emily Roderick and Georgina Rowlands. A heavily research based practice filters contemporary identity politics, examining the position of the female body within the surveillance state, into performance and installation. The relationship between the human and the machine is constantly reframed as Yoke dualistically resist and embrace the camera’s gaze. Taking an interest in the male-dominated office space and corporate sphere, Yoke Collective present a performative installation consisting of a row of seven monitors forming a restrictive path. Combining workplace meditation and office chair exercises the performers follow dictated gesture and spoken instructions, the presence of authority moves through the work, from the ever-changing autocue monitors on the floor to the personas of instructor and worker, interchanging between the two performers, direct reference is made to relationships of corporate production and capitalist structures. A regurgitation of information occurs holding a doubled gaze between screen and performer, this durational performance aims to explore the mindset in the office space and issues of self-help within an overworked society.

18:00 Opening
18:30 Yoke Collective (UK)
19:00 Funa Ye & Beio (CHN)
20:00 Josse Thuresson & Karin Keisu (SWE)
20:30 E.S.P TV (USA)
21:30 Karen Nikgol (NO)


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