Time as a Social Institution

The fifth edition. (Covid-19 limited).

Reflections around different perspectives of Time.
The hunt for a better future becomes an edited and filtered edition of the past, and as we try to find ways to escape and colonize other planets we see our own eco systems falling apart.

Covid-curated by Tanja Sæter. The Trondheim art-walk program was made in collaboration with artists Veslemøy Lilleengen and Per Kristian Nygård.

Locations: Trondheim and Bergen.
Dates: 20. – 26. 09, 2021

Time as a Social Institution

Looking at the Social Institutions in society today (from a sociologic perspective) they are; politics, education, economy, family and religion. It is necessary to imagine other social institutions and needed additions. During this edition we turned to art, sound, media archeology, horology, humans, videos, buildings, literature, nature, philosophy and alternative institutions outside and within, and reflect around some of the different perspectives of Time.

The Covid times we were in had had great impact on this edition, and we are deeply grateful to advisor and college Kenneth Varpe and artist college Per Kristian Nygård that this edition took place. Sincere thanks to the artists, our speakers, the staff, our funders and our collaborative institutions: Lademoen Artist Studios and BABEL, Bergen Kunsthall, Svartlamon, VISP, Entrée, Bergen Open, Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (K-U-K), Rosendal Theater and Kunsthall Trondheim for being there with us, in-between lockdowns.

The 2021 edition was supported by The Arts Council / Kulturrådet, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Norwegian Embassy in Paris, KORO – Art in Public Space, Bergen Municipality and Trondheim Municipality.


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Ørjan Amundsen

Amundsen participated with a performance of the soundtrack during the screening of his film Cactus Land Remade – A Martian Gothic at Rosendal Teater, followed by an artist talk with Valentine Umansky, curator of International Art at Tate Modern.

Through appropriated material from games, films, music videos, commercials and more, Cactus Land Remade – A Martian Gothic tells a story about human colonization of Mars. The allure of Mars has for a long time been a central theme in myths and in fiction, as well as conspiracies and in recent years it has become the focus of a new space race. Countries like the U.S, China, Russia and India are contenders alongside private entities such as SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin.

Mars has in a sense become the first step of the utopian dream of colonizing space, or a second Earth when our planet no longer can sustain humans.

His film was also screened at BABEL.

“Magpies to the echoes exchange”, entrance, personal questions and drinks from Transylvania, Romania, brought by Apparatus 22. Photo: Daniel Hansen.

Apparatus 22

“Magpies to the echoes exchange” takes shape of a dinner ~ conversation piece ~ non linear effort of being together.
Happening in the first evening of Coast Contemporary, the participatory setting imagined by art collective Apparatus 22 highlights and hopefully twists the social clumsiness most of us feel on first encounters. And aims to plunge in an extended moment of unpacking pluralities.

Apparatus 22 is a collective of daydreamers, citizens of many realms, researchers, poetic activists and (failed) futurologists interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society. Based in between Bucharest, Romania, Brussels, Belgium and SUPRAINFINIT utopian realm.

THE NEED TO TELL YOU by Eirik Melstrøm

Breton Cassette / 17 artists and cassette recordings

A retrospective of 21 cassettes by 17 artists was exhibited at BABEL in Trondheim, with full content of the material that comes with each release. Walk-Man sound walks were available to the audience.

Breton Cassette publishes cross-genre sound projects and convey a wide range of expressions and projects. Breton Cassette collaborates with artists who work with music and sound separately or as an inclusive part of their visual arts project. Breton Cassette is an artist-driven initiative, which was started in 2019. It is located in Oslo and is founded and run by Pernille Meidell.

TimeScape No.1 (2019). Photography. Exhibited in the locker room of Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder. Photo: Daniel Hansen.

Hasan Daraghmeh

Daraghmeh participated in our exhibition in the Lademoen locker rooms with Six Digital C-prints.

His works explores the interlacing relationship between the individual and place. Often focusing on the memory, time and space in relation to the digital era that we live in.

His interest in vast and open spaces such as cities and public places in perpetual motion prompted him to examine the concepts of time, distance, and movement by trying to stand at a distance to capture and understand the rhythm of the movement.

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Anne Marthe Dyvi

Dyvi is a part of our film program screened at our collaborative institution BABEL Visningsrom for Kunst with the film Å gjøre tid / Doing Time.
She also participated in a conversation with Agnés Violeau, Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Printed Matter at FRAC Lorraine, France.

What the Artist does is proving time. Dyvis work can be described as interdisciplinary, site-specific and process-orientated, and with a special interest for technology and time, and the existence, survival or behavior of nature and humanity.


Julie Ebbing

Julie Ebbing was presented in our basement exhibition at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder with her woodcutting boards (Part 1.) and at Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (K-U-K) (Part 2.) At K-U-K she was presented by Artistic Director Cathrine Hovdal Vik.

Ebbing’s work examines identity, power structures, power and how our social world is constructed. Through an encounter between craft and vandalism, she tries to have an active attitude to the institutional, historical and social spaces we move in.


Alexandra Jegerstedt

Liljene (Lilies) (2018), performance at Bergen Kunsthall. Photo: Thor Brødreskift

Iben Isabell Krogsgaard

Norsk Bauta / Norwegian Bauta. Image from Veslemøy Lilleengens studio at RAKE Artist Studios, located at Svartlamon.

Veslemøy Lilleengen

In the project “Potteblå” / Urine Indigo vat, urin is collected from female friends and feminist icons to generate the blue color used in dying the fabrics.

When I look at Hannah Ryggens work, I see the landscape of Ørland and her friends in the colours. Hannah had a deep-rooted connection to Ørlandet and made most of dyes using materials from her surroundings. She also collected urine from her friends and family to mix with indigo and make her beloved blue colour; Potteblå. My grandparents were among her friends. This is the background for my own work with Potteblå / Urine Indigo vat, as Hannah I have made potteblå with the people close to me.

Not Red but Green. Noplace, Oslo, 2014. Photo: Jason Havneraas.

Per Kristian Nygård

Utviklingsland / Developmentland was created by Per Kristian Nygård as a large outdoor sculpture in Nyhavna, commissioned for the fifth edition of Coast Contemporary.

Thematically, Nygård’s work is an ongoing study of the connections between architecture (form) and ideology (idea) and how ideologies manifest themselves in visual and formal expressions around us. Nygård is interested in how these forms become ideological images that reflects utopian ideas.

In his work, he examines the possibility of breaking with the economic language. The interest in how economic metaphors surround us and how we think, act and define our scope for action is a recurring theme.


Perimeter O / Pernille Meidell

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STRUKTURA is a cross-disciplinary initiative for research and practice within the framework of visual arts, media archeology, literature and philosophy. STRUKTURA is an exploration of how visual media and information technologies contribute to the ordering and production of time, where both past and future exist in a constantly malleable present. Founded and Curated by artist Lesia Vasylchenko who presented STRUKTURA in Trondheim.

Technologies shape our sense of time and constitute new arrangements of it. In effect, they produce new formal and experiential temporalities. Today, our experience of time does not merely govern our actions in the present, but influences our past and future. It has become an urgent field for political, economical and environmental struggle. Global telecommunications (internet, mobile phones, fiber optics, satellites, etc) have collapsed time and space into one another.



USIKKERKUNSTJENTE / INSECUREARTGIRL is a collaboration between Alexandra Jegerstedt and Iben Isabell Krogsgaard that started in 2018.

Combining their solo work and their individual strengths and experiences makes way for a dynamic meeting that results in new and shared ways of expression. Jegerstedt and Krogsgaard challenge each other to the brink of self-destruction, in order to be able to think about techniques and materials in new ways.

USIKKERKUNSTJENTE was presented in our exhibition at BABEL in Trondheim.


Lesia Vasylchenko

Vasylchenko contributed with Въ Руцѣ Лѣто ‘38 – a wearable sculpture, a calendar and ritual tool. Constructed between the frameworks of speculative design, science fiction and horology (the study of the measurement of time), this work is presented as an artefact from the future: it is intended to remind us both of precapitalist temporality and invites speculation of events that have not occurred yet. It is functional, but we don’t know how to use it yet, as well as anymore, simultaneously.

She also contributed with the film Postcard From a Nonexisting City. A video work that explores the Soviet imaginary and its relation to the future.

The work features a virtual rendering of an architectural landscape that contrasts physical and temporal scales and stamps function as graphic messengers of a political and cultural transition. Constructed between the frameworks of speculative architecture, philately and the politics of time, Postcard From a Nonexisting City is a work that reflects on temporal arrangements and geopolitical effects produced by space communication technologies.

Both works was presented in our exhibition at BABEL in Trondheim.

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Verena Winkelmann

In the project Colors towards the end (September fields), she merges photographs of vegetables in the field photographed by night with images from V.W to see if there can be any point of emotional meeting, of how the circle of life and death will be visualized.

Winkelmann works with a large amount of pictures over time, sentral part of the process is to see how the images work together, using intuition as an important motivator.

Winkemann did an artist presentation of her work and upcoming project for Sandefjord Kunstforening in 2022.
Winkelmann was presented in collaboration with Sandefjord Kunstforening and Artistic Director Kari Berge.