December 22, 2016

Part II of the public seminar Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Sarah Pierce, Future Exhibitions, 2010. Installation view at Tate Modern Live, Push and Pull, 2011. Photo: Tim Brotherton.

With contributions by Natalie Hope O’Donnell, Lara Khaldi, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Steeds, Anne Szefer-Karlsen and Jelena Vesić.

Participation in the conference is free. Due to limited seating, we kindly ask for registration until January 16, 2017. Please email to: [email protected]

Rike Frank, Curator and Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor for Art History, Visual Culture and Cultures of the Curatorial, Academy of Arts Leipzig

In a series of lectures, presentations, screenings and discussions Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics critically reflects on the concept of “exhibition history.” It starts from an understanding of exhibiting as a practice connected to broader social, economic and political developments while constituting a medium that generates situational and non-situational forms of knowledge. In this light, “exhibition history” has to go beyond techniques of historical analysis and revision. Instead Of(f) Our Times is interested in an understanding that runs counter to the current canonization and academization of the historical writing on and referencing of exhibitions. It aims to approach the debates on “re-,” historiography and historicity from a perspective that acknowledges and demonstrates the specific qualities of the exhibition as a medium and its reverberations in and entanglement with other narrative forms (such as writing, film, performance…) and cultural memories. In dialogue with artists, curators, and writers the conference thus sets out to explore modes and methods of curatorial relating, through which the actualization is rather done “with” exhibitions than “about” exhibitions.

The seminar aims to address questions such as: how do historical exhibitions participate in contemporary cultural discourses?How can “exhibition history” as a methodology open up into the present and future? What are the underlying concepts of history, historiography, and historicity? And how do they relate to concepts of actualization, presence, presentism and future? How (and why) can a historical exhibition get actualized? What role do the material qualities of an exhibition play in relation to the discursive ones? And what are the characteristics (and short-comings) of the research and writings on “exhibition history” so far?

As part of its program Of(f) Our Times will host the Oslo launch of the publication Spaces for Art in Oslo: Prosjekt i Gamlebyen – PiG (1994), published by the Munch Museum and designed by Eller med a & Eriksen/Brown. A complimentary copy will be available to those attending the launch.

Abstracts online at

Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics is made possible with support from Oslo National Academy of the Arts.


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