On Interdimentional Beings. Performance by Viktor Pedersen - winner of the 2022 prize. Photo: Jannik Abel for Høstutstillingen.
On Interdimentional Beings. Performance by Viktor Pedersen - winner of the 2022 prize. Photo: Jannik Abel for Høstutstillingen.

The Coast Contemporary prize is an annual award and collaboration between Coast Contemporary and Oslo Open to honor an artist who opens his, hen, or her studio during the art festival Oslo Open.

The price consists of participation and presentation of the artists work during Coast Contemporary. Travel, accommodation, food, production costs and an artist fee is a part of the price.

To See Without Man. Animation by Viktor Pedersen, in collaboration with artist Ingrid K. Bjørnaali.
To See Without Man. Animation by Viktor Pedersen, in collaboration with artist Ingrid K. Bjørnaali.

VIKTOR PEDERSEN

We are honored and excited to present Viktor Pedersen as the winner of our Coast Contemporary price, 2022.

In collaboration with Oslo Open, an Open Studios festival in Oslo, we are happy to grant this prize to Pedersen and to present his work during Coast Contemporary.
Pedersen participates in Tromsø during our sixth edition Land of Prey, with a screening of the new film To See Without Man. The work is a collaboration between artist Ingrid K. Bjørnaali and Viktor Pedersen.

Screening location: Rødbanken in Tromsø.

To See Without Man is an animated video narrated by poetic reflections originating from attempts to approach and understand the vegetal mind.
Bjørnaali is behind the visual part of the video, where she has worked with photogrammetric 3d scanning of plants that Pedersen grows at home. These plants are mainly in the Nightshade family, and include members like Tobacco, Belladonna, Datura Stramonium, and Mugwort. Specimens that through history have been used for ritual and magic purposes.

Viktor Pedersen (b.1988) works interdisciplinary with video, performance, sound, and text. In his artistic practice, he approaches non-human intelligence to look at how we interact with other organisms in conscious and unconscious ways.

Former winners include:

Anne-Lise Stenseth at Hovedøya. Photo Jan Kühr, Coast.
Anne-Lise Stenseth at Hovedøya. Photo Jan Kühr, Coast.

WINNER 2020
ANNE_LISE STENSETH
Anne-Lise Stenseth – The price winner was presented with a month long screening of the film Suspended Dust HD 25 min. (2015) including a publication.

Chair of Oslo Open Trond Hugo Haugen and price winner Anne-Lise Stenseth in Conversation at Hovedøya. Photo Jan Kühr, Coast.
Chair of Oslo Open Trond Hugo Haugen and price winner Anne-Lise Stenseth in Conversation at Hovedøya. Photo Jan Kühr, Coast.

She also participated in an artist talk with chair of Oslo Open Trond Hugo Haugen, during “Constructing Structures” curated by Tanja Sæter. Location: Hovedøya (and Covid-19 limitations).

WINNER 2019
RAGNHILD AAMÅS
Ragnhild Aamås – The price winner was presented with the out door performance and reading:
urørt&naturleg
untouched&natural
intacte&naturel (once again)

Ragnhild Aamås during performance at Håholmen in Hustadvika. Photo: Coast.
Ragnhild Aamås during performance at Håholmen in Hustadvika. Photo: Coast.

Ragnhild Aamås installation at Håholmen. Photo Kobie Nel, Coast.
Ragnhild Aamås installation at Håholmen. Photo Kobie Nel, Coast.

Aamås also presented sculptures and outdoor installations. She participated in 2019 during “Organized Freedom” curated by Sverre Gullesen and Tanja Sæter. Location: Molde, Håholmen and Bergen.

Randi Nygård and Timotheus Vermeulen in conversation aboard Hurtigruten, Coast 2018. Photo Laimonas Puisys, Coast.
Randi Nygård and Timotheus Vermeulen in conversation aboard Hurtigruten, Coast 2018. Photo Laimonas Puisys, Coast.

WINNER 2018
RANDI NYGÅRD
Randi Nygård – The price winner was presented with the book The Wild Living Marine Resources Belongs to the Society as a Whole, and an artist talk with scholar and author Timotheus Vermeulen, during the second edition “Rugged weathered, above the sea”, curated by Charles Aubin (New York) in dialogue with Artistic Director, Tanja Sæter. Location: Lofoten to Bergen.

JURY MEMBERS

2018
On behalf of Oslo Open: Artist and Chair of Oslo Open, Trond Hugo Haugen.
On behalf of Coast: Coast Advisory Board member, author and art critic Timotheus Vermeulen and founder of Coast, Tanja Sæter.

2019
On behalf of Oslo Open: Artist and Chair of Oslo Open, Trond Hugo Haugen.
On behalf of Coast: artist Sverre Gullesen & founder Tanja Sæter, co-curators of the third edition.

2020
On behalf of Oslo Open: Astrup Fearnley curator and Oslo Open board member Therese Möllenhoff.
On behalf of Coast, Tanja Sæter, founder of Coast.

2021
Oslo Open was Covid-cancelled.

2022
On behalf of Oslo Open: ADirector of the Canica collection and Oslo Open board member Therese Möllenhoff.
On behalf of Coast, Tanja Sæter, founder of Coast.