Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme from 2019–2023, culminates in Oslo with an exhibition and accompanying events and summer school. The programme is co-organised by Frame and UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society).
Curated by Max Hannus and presenting the works of artists Thora Dolven Balke, Tarek Lakhrissi and Inari Sandell, the exhibition Moon in your Mouth considers consent, intimacy and emotional labour in the realm of exhibition making. Moon in your Mouth looks at processes of desire and intimacy in relation to questions of access. If we think of intimacy as seeing and being seen, what is required for the seeing to take place: how does one access intimacy?
Growing from the exhibition, UKS, Frame and Bedside Productions co-host I CONSENT, a three-day summer school in Oslo from 30 May to 1 June 2023. Convening around consent, complaint and intimacy, the programme offers a tender environment to explore alternative, safe and loving ways of relating, particularly in the context of arts institutions and cultural production. Session hosts include feminist pornographic film production collective Bedside Productions, curator Max Hannus, artist and activist Raju Rage and body philosopher Vishnu Vardhani.
The registration for the summer school has ended, but accompanying evening programme is free and open for all to participate.
The discussion Care and Complaint takes place on Tuesday 30 May at 7–9pm at Kunstnernes Hus Cinema (Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo), and is also streamed online. The event brings together artists, activists and curators to consider the relationship between care, complaint and access, and how institutions might better attend to these as a commitment to a more inclusive arts ecology. Contributors include activist Nora Sulejmani, body philosopher Vishnu Vardhani and writer, artist and musician Johanna Hedva. The discussion is moderated by Yvonne Billimore and Miriam Wistreich.
The second part of the public programme is a screening by Bedside Productions, taking place on Wednesday 31 May, at 7–9pm at UKS (Keysers gate 1, 0165, Oslo). Hana Noelle aka. Cherry Velour and Anne Sofie Steen Sverdrup will present their new film ‘2426F’ and share some thoughts of its conceptualisation and production, BDSM, consensual nonconsent and graphic depiction of violence in porn.
Full details on the programme and attending information can be found through the link below.
The Rehearsing Hospitalities 2023 programme is part of the EU-funded project Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions. I CONSENT—summer school is supported by Nordic Culture Point, The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute (FINNO), Kulturfonden för Finland och Norge and Fritt Ord.
Image: Tarek Lakhrissi, Spiraling (film still), 2022. Courtesy of the artist and VITRINE London/Basel.