Momeuntum 06 
One of the longest living spin off*s from the so-called Nordic miracle, the biennial Momentum, Moss - Norway will this year be seen for the fourth time since 1998.

Back then it was Swede, present Direcor of Städelschule in Frankfurt, Daniel Birnbaum, Independent Dane Lars Bang Larsen and Norse gallerist Atle Gerhardsen that speculated in calling it "Momentum - top of the pop". Luckily they decided not to. But it was a biennial with almost every high-flying Scandinavian artist included (Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Vibeke Tandberg, A.K. Dolven etc.). The second one, in 2000, tried to follow the same recipe - but could not bring out the same amount of high-flying curators and artists. The third, in 2004, promised to take the Nordic term beyond the geographical boarders, but failed.

The two curators of this years biennial Annette Kierulf and Mark Sladen have chosen a not so Scandinavian list of artists:

Endre Aalrust & Thomas Kilpper (NO & DE)
Lara Almarcegui (ES/NL)
Johanna Billing (SE)
Gerard Byrne (IR)
Phil Collins (UK)
Copenhagen Free University (DK)
Kajsa Dahlberg (SE)
Edvard Gran (NO)
Tue Greenfort (DK)
Jeppe Hein (DK)
Knut Henrik Henriksen (N)
Sergej Jensen (DK)
Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (FI)
Ragnar Kjartansson (IS)
Joachim Koester (DK)
Juozas Laivys (LT)
Camilla Løw (NO)
Talleiv Taro Manum (NO)
Michaela Meise (DE)
Rosalind Nashashibi (UK)
Romantic Geographic Society (FI/DE)
Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS)
Michael Sailstorfer (DE)
Lucy Skaer (UK)
Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan (UK)
Mark Titchner (UK)
Sue Tompkins (UK)
Lars Vilks (SE)





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exit basel... 
and enter Kunsthaus Baselland. They are showing Jan Christensen's exhibition Forward Momentum and I should have been there. The biggest solo show of Jan up to date.

Jan also got a homepage:


www.janchristensen.org

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The Munch Robberies 
Three out of total six was acquitted. I haven't followed the trial that close - but at he beginning the police and the prosecutors was 100% that all six were going to be sentenced.
The so-called master mind, Bjørn Hoen, was sentenced to seven years, altough he claimed being playing chess against Norwegian chess wonder Magnus Carlsen one of the days before the bold daylight robbery.
I just found this sort of funny because just one and a half month ago the end of the NOKAS (Norwegian Cash Service) trial Mastermind and according to the tabloid papers in Norway a devoted chess player at early age, David Toska was Sentenced to 19 years of prison.
I cannot remember how, but there are a link between the men involved both robberies.



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The death of Ola Pehrson 
Ola Pehrson, his wife Lena Gustavsson and two of their three children died in a tragic car crash Good Friday this year. Moderna Museet is inviting everyone to a memorial service on 7th of may - the last day - of the exhibition Moderna Exhibition 2006. Pehrson participated with his work "Hunt for the Una Bomber". This piece was also to be seen at the last Istanbul Biennial.

Pehrson was earlier selected to represent Sweden in the forthcoming Sao Paulo Biennial , and the participation will be followed out.

The tragic news has sent shock waves through the whole Scandinavian art community. I only hope that the memorial service in less than one week will be well attended (I am sure) and that his surviving child will get the support needed in the time to come.



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Zurich er 
liten, ca. 350.000 innbyggere.
multinasjonal og multinspråklig. Med det siste mener jeg ikke nødvendigvis at mennesker fra flere forskjellige nasjoner bor der bare det at man i sveits nødvendigvis snakker tysk, fransk, kanskje italiensk og veldig ofte bedre engelsk enn en gjennomsnittilig nordmann.


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