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- the third edition -

Curated by Sverre Gullesen and Tanja Sæter

Organized Freedom took place between October 20 – 25, 2019, at the locations of Håholmen in Hustadvika, Kristiansund, Hurtigruten and Bergen.

About the third edition

I thought I could organize freedom
How Scandinavian of me

Hunter, Björk
(Homogenic, 1997)

What lies in solidarity economics and the uniquely strong artist run scene in Norway?
In the upcoming edition we take a look at artists engaging in artist organizations and artist unions, the political art scene in Norway and how it operates.
Speakers include artists, unions, curators, museums, writers and institutions relating to the topic.

We will hear from artists with a desire to influence our society. These are artists with a professional and political commitment to the art field or to their community, but also artists with an art production who seek to influence a larger public. What are the driving forces behind the artists, and what strategies are used to achieve an impact?
How is the politics of exhibition and the institutions affected and what are the international differences?

The journey starts off in Molde and we spend three days on the island Håholmen, before continuing to Kristiansund, boarding the former mail ship Hurtigruten for one night and ending in Bergen. Traveldates 15 – 20 of October.

Programme consists of talks, debates, installations, conversations, presentations, podcasts, exhibitions, screenings, food, performance, group conversations and readings.


Tanja Sæter (b. 1975) lives and works in Oslo and is the founder of Coast Contemporary.
She is educated as a glassblower and artist at Kosta Glasschool and Konstfack in Stockholm. She is a former board member and deputy chair of The Association of Visual Artists / Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK) from 2013-2017 where she worked for four years establishing the first collective low priced insurance for artists Kunstnerforsikringen, now offering insurance to 29 000 artists from all artists groups from 9 art organizations. As director of Oslo Open Art Festival (2011-2015) Sæter founded and established the children’s art festival BOO! (Barnas Oslo Open) and the festivals international visitors programme to generate more opportunities for artists.
Sæter works to try and “fill the gaps” and to strengthen artists positions in society trough projects, solidarity economics, long term interventions and activism as well as trough social practice.
She has held various positions as board member in artist unions and she is a former board member of the Lorck Schive Art Prize.

Sverre Gullesen (b.1980) lives and works in Oslo.
Gullesen is an artist who graduated from the Oslo National Aacademy of the Arts and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels. He works primarily with sculpture, performance, social choreography and curatorial projects. He has previously been chair of the board at Young Artists Society / Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS) and the Artists House / Kunstnernes Hus, and is now in the board at the Office for Contemporary Art, OCA and Akershus Art Center. In the period from 2006 to 2015 he was part of the artist group D.O.R, and ran Gallery D.O.R. in Brussels (2010-2013).

Coast Contemporary is generously supported by
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Norwegian embassies in Berlin, London, Rome and Paris
The Royal Consulate General in New York
The Municipality of Bergen
Fritt Ord