Oslo Municipality and leading street art festival, Nuart Festival, have collaborated on a joint project that deals with art in public spaces.
As a mark of the 50th anniversary of the student riots in Paris, the first phase of the project will culminate in a two-day event from 25-26 May in Oslo that investigates the relationship between street art and activism. The program over two days includes artist presentations, panel debates and film screenings.
International artists, academics, researchers and curators will gather at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo to discuss how street art is challenging centuries of tradition by once again making art a part of everyday life.
To illustrate this, leading international street artists Carrie Reichardt (UK); a self-proclaimed ‘craftivist’; and Julien de Casabianca (FR); founder of the Outings Project, a global participatory art project; will be producing a number of artworks along the Akerselva river. They will also share their reasons why they choose to circumnavigate traditional routes into the art world during a day of talks on Saturday 26th May.
The Akerselva river, which cuts through the centre of the city, has become a venue for street art thanks to Nuart’s three year collaboration with the Oslo Municipality. The public art project aims to celebrate the diversity of the four neighbourhoods through which the river flows – Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka and Gamle Oslo – and invite the local community to rediscover the area through the creation of an ‘art trail’.
“It’s a real honour to be invited to Oslo and to be able to create some ceramic street art for the city. I’ve really enjoyed researching the working class history and cultural heritage of the areas surrounding the Akerselva and can’t wait to visit for myself shortly.” Artist, Carrie Reichardt
“Street Art, like the Situationists and Dada before it, seeks to remove the boundaries between art and everyday life. Old industrial buildings, city streets, the Internet and mass media are increasingly replacing museums and galleries as the ideal forums and exhibition venues for art. Dada gave us the groundwork for abstract art and sound poetry, is the starting point for performance art and free theatre, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of anti-art and is the movement that laid the foundation for Surrealism. It gave us collage, cut up, paste-ups, photomontage, assemblage, readymades and happenings.
It would later be embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s by, amongst others, the likes of the Lettrist’s and Situationists. It would indirectly inform Malcolm McLaren’s idea of Punk which in turn would influence the development of hip hop culture in the Bronx (which had already decided the city was its canvas). It laid the foundation for culture jamming, ad busting and artivism. It was not a movement, but a mentality. A mentality shared by many of those participating in this event.” Martyn Reed Founder of Nuart Festival
The Nuart RAD International Art Conference takes place from Friday 25th – Saturday 26th May at Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, 0167 Oslo, and the best thing is that this event is free and open to everyone!
Find more information and how to reserve tickets here.