Toril Johannessen’s (b. 1978, Norway) practice often engages in methods and source material from the domains of science. Thematically her work spans a wide range of interests, from visual perception to linguistics; impossible energy cycles, alternative methods for time measurement; optical illusions and spatial disorientation. By combining scientific fact and the history of science with her own investigations and concepts, she applies a critical and subjective view on the impact of modern science on various forms of knowledge production.

Johannessen received her MFA from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway (2008), and in 2011 she was a student at The Mountain School of Arts, LA.


Solo exhibitions include

  • Unlearning Optical Illusions at Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2016) and Kabuso, Øystese (2016)
  • NORSK NATUR, with Tue Greenfort, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Oslo (2016)
  • AA-MHUMA-AITI-KITTEKITII, OSL Contemporary, Oslo (2015)
  • Teleportation Paradigm, UKS, Oslo (2013)

Her works has been included in group exhibitons such as

  • What Remains, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017)
  • Foreign Places, WIELS, Brussel (2016)
  • The Sculpture Biennial, Vigeland-Museet (2015)
  • On the moment of change (…), ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand (2014)
  • Paradise Reclaimed, Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad (2014)
  • Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Mom, Am I Barbarian? 13th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
  • Nouvelle Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, France
  • Curiosity: Art and the pleasures of knowing, deAppel, Amsterdam and Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2013 – 2014)
  • dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
  • Machine Worries, Machine Hearts, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Biennale Bénin, Cotonou, Bénin
  • The End of Money, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011)