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Volt event with Stefano Harney and Adrian Heathfield of freethought in Bergen

If you are in Bergen this week be sure to not miss Imagining Commons- twelve days of exhibitions, performances, a camp, talks and lectures 5th – 17th June 2015 by Volt. Bergen Assembly curators and colleagues Stefano Harney and Adrian Heathfield of freethought will together with political theorist Isabell Lorey and artist Wendy Houstoun participate in two separate events this week.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 10th at 18:00 Harney and Lorey will discuss the meaning of concepts like autonomy and freedom against the background of algorithms and logistics and the thematization of new and persistent forms of subjectivization at the Bergen Public Library. Read more here

Friday June 11th at 18:25 at Victoria Pub Heathfield and Houstoun will in a live exchange delve into their personal archives to give each other gifts: fragments of video and sound recordings, images and texts. Read more here

We hope to see you there!

freethought invites.... Jan Verwoert: What Forces Us to Go into Abstraction

Thursday 11 June 2015 at Hordaland Kunstsenter.

Please join us for the third in freethought's series of public lectures for the Bergen Assembly. A simple dinner will be served at 19:00, lecture by Jan Verwoert at 20:00.

Why do things work the way they do? Is it because people shape places? So there wouldn't be a single city, institution or social structure on the planet which wasn't a product of how people perform whatever they think is the right thing to do and life in the polis would be defined by forces that are infinitely specific. Or is it never about people but first and foremost about (super- and infra-) structures?

How else could you explain that a sheer accumulation of power and money can create realities which have nothing to do with people, which are abstract beyond belief because they are manifestations of structural plotting alone, but which shape life in the city with the physical force of a slap in the face? Do we want to look closely at how people perform politics, in the flesh? Or do the structural realities created by superpower and superriches force us to go into abstraction?

The event will be documented and uploaded to Vimeo.

Read more about the event here.

All welcome!

The .freethought .infrastructure log

.freethought .infrastructure is an evolving log of freethought’s large-scale investigation into infrastructure, which will both archive and share freethought's infrastructure research from the seminars and public events.

The log is available here and will be updated after each event.

freethought's first and second lecture now available online

Stay tuned for more videos and follow Bergen Assembly on Vimeo here.

The second freethought event for Bergen Assembly 2016

On March 19th, the second event in freethought’s seminar series took place. Nora Sternfeld and Louis Moreno from freethought hosted the daytime seminar at Litteraturhuset in Bergen. In the evening, they invited to dinner and an evening lecture at Hordaland Kunstsenter. The evening lecture by Louis Moreno, was titled Infrastructures of Resistance: Detroit and the underground desire for Utopia. During his talk, Moreno showed how one can find examples of resistance and infrastructure by looking at such diverse areas as the struggle for workers’ rights and the music industry in the history of Detroit. After the lecture, there was an opportunity to mingle and talk with freethought, as well as dance to the musical history of Detroit.

freethought invites.... Infrastructures of Resistance : Detroit and the underground desire for utopia

Thursday 19 March 2015 at Hordaland Kunstsenter. Doors open at 19:30. Talk by Louis Moreno of freethought at 21:00.

This is the second of a programme of events led by freethought for Bergen Assembly 2016. A simple dinner will be provided and drinks will be available to buy from the Bob's Your Uncle Sports Bar.

All are welcome!

For any questions please contact: lona@bergenassembly.no

First freethought event

For Bergen Assembly 2016, freethought will focus on their current collective interest: “Infrastructure”, an investigation of how the term can be wrested away from the language of planners and technocrats and put to creative and critical use within the cultural sphere. Over the next year, freethought will lead a programme of events in dialogue with one another and with invited guests to introduce this research by using concepts gleaned from the study of management and political economy, urbanism and visual culture, and performance and curating.

February the 17th of February 2015 marked the start of the freethought programme. Irit Rogoff and Massimiliano Mollona of freethought led the day seminar at the Bergen Public Library, followed by a dinner and the evening lecture Territorial Agency: The Infrastructural Unconscious by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnsko at Hordaland Kunstsenter.

New Director of Bergen Assembly

The art triennial Bergen Assembly appoints Haakon Thuestad as Director. He will take over the helm on October 1st, succeeding Evelyn Holm, who has held the position since Bergen Assembly was established in 2011.

Thuestad was formerly a political advisor for the Vice Mayor of Culture, Henning Warloe, and press advisor to the Governing Mayors of Bergen, Monica Mæland and Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen. In addition to many years of experience within Bergen's political sphere, Thuestad also served four years in the Standing Committee for Culture in the Hordaland County Council.

“I am very pleased to announce that Haakon Thuestad is appointed as the new Director of Bergen Assembly. He has been heavily involved in politics and culture in Bergen since discussions about establishing an art triennial here first occurred. We believe he can take Bergen Assembly forward to realize the ambitions we have for the triennial,” stated Chairman of the Board Petter Snare.

Bergen Assembly arose in 2007 as part of the work of Bergen municipality's art program and was established four years later. A biennial in Bergen was promoted as the contemporary art field’s response to the city's major festivals in film, music, and theater.

In acceptance of the appointment, Thuestad reflected on the outlook of Bergen Assembly, saying, “I am looking forward enormously to taking on this position. The first edition of Bergen Assembly is perhaps the art event in Norway that has received the most extensive coverage in the international press, and the artistic level was very high. Our long-term goal is to be the undisputed flagship event in the Norwegian contemporary art field.”

Thuestad begins as Director on October 1st; current Director Evelyn Holm will continue as a consultant to Bergen Assembly until further notice. Remarking on the post's turnover and Holm's long-standing dedication, Chairman Snare expressed, “I want to thank departing Director Evelyn Holm for the brilliant effort she has put into Bergen Assembly. There would not have been a triennial without Evelyn, and I am glad that we have her on board a little longer.”

Bergen Assembly is an international triennial of contemporary art, structured around exhibitions and other events in Bergen every three years. The next edition of Bergen Assembly will be held in 2016.