I have nothing to say, and I am saying it 
In an text I wrote about the art biennial in Lofoten (LIAF) I claimed that two of the earlier issues (the 1999 and 2004 one) was both a disaster. The text is in Norwegian language if anyone wonder.
The co-curator of both 1999 and 2004 LIAF - Norwegian artist Tor Inge Kveum replied (can be read in the same link as the text, just scroll down). Kveum claims that I am a lose cannon, and that it made him feel quite upset. But he was reminded on the English saying: Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one. and that this is the way it goes when one publish harsh conclusions faster then arguments that are based on research and facts.

Now, this is not my best piece ever. And he did arrest me on the money flow from the state of Norway to LIAF. I am very glad he did that, because it
a) taught me a lesson
So now I am double-cross-checking my sources on that.

But, the way he called me a dilettante was not very sophisticated and clear. Obviously, he is really eager to defend his curatorial choices, as am I to attack them, but there is something that is bugging me about this, and that is:
what do you do when you argue with someone?

I have been thinking quite a bit about the way I attacked his festival and the way he replied to that (not to mentioned my 2400 words long reply were I claim that his last effort in 2004 killed every opportunity the festival ever had to become international acclaimed - in contrast was the review only 1500 words long).

and here is what I am thinking

In a situation of debate, think fast and write or speak slower then you think.

be true to your first reaction
- ask yourself why you react this way

Do start with acknowledge the good points made by your opponent.

Always make a point out of your initial critique, and repeat, if possible more elaborated, what your arguments and opinions are.

Remember that opinions are a part of the stuff we bread (stole that one from Roberta Smith) and not a part of our bodies. there are no way around your own opinions, but do treat them with respect, always respect your own as well as other opinions, and do not think that just because someone got a good argument, you have to agree with them.

There are no way, not even in a parallel universe that I would give Kveum right in his argument that his version of LIAF (called Human, Fucking Human) was a good exhibition with a mixed reception. As far as I am concerned, it did not get any reviews, not really. Daniel Birnbaum asked what is the difference between art criticism and propaganda and suggested that a mind being sceptic. I like that.

Now, I do not wish the person Tor Inge Kveum any harm, and I can believe that espescially the last festival he curated have been a drag (really bad organised, unclear structures, changing director at least two times just before the opening, hard and long evaluation process with the municipality owning the festival - and on top of that, me, more than two years after claiming that it sucked - big time).

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Art Review goes digital 
Art Review goes online and offers obviously subscription, because it is for free the first six issues if you register. That should mean that it is either cheaper than the printed issue or completely different to the printed issue, but both is a problem in general; if the printed and the online issue are different, then where do you place your best pieces? and if they are the same, why do people want to pay for the online version when things online in general is free of charge?

anyway, I signed up.

Register at www.artreviewdigital.com

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seminar workshop in norway: A Framework for Modern Cultural Activism: Does Art Create A Public Sphere in Itself? 
Seminar and workshop, Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30 AM -- 4:00 PM
The National Museum, 8th floor lecture hall. Kristian Augustgate 23.
Free entrance. Light lunch served.
Relevant texts can be downloaded in advance from the National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings' website:
click here
--the link does not work, but it came with the press release--

10:30 AM -- 11:00 AM: Coffee
11:00 AM -- 11:15 AM: Introduction by Cecilia Widenheim and Tone Hansen
11:15 AM -- 11.30 AM: Per Gunnar Tverbakk/Tone Hansen
11:30 AM -- 1:00 PM: Martha Rosler
1:00 PM -- 1:30 PM: Quick, free lunch
1:30 PM -- 2:15 PM: Cornelia Sollfrank
2:15 PM -- 2:30 PM: Short break
2:30 PM -- 2:50 PM: Ane Hjort Guttu,
2:50 -- 15.10 PM: S°ssa J°rgensen
Discussion until 4:00 PM.

The seminar is organized by Tone Hansen, research fellow at the Oslo National
Academy of the Arts, and Cecilia Widenheim, Curator at Moderna
Museet (Stockholm) and responsible for the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial
2006, Oslo.

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on sex etc. 
I was an artist once (might just become one again in order to apply for grants from Norway).
One of the few works of art I did was A Viagra Case Study, 2000, an four hour long film of a penis on Viagra. Around then it was the big thing and everybody was wanting to try it out, so this film was just a test to see if one really had a boner all night long. And; yes and no - looks like one need to be sexually aroused [Live In Your Head] in order for the drug to work.

Helge Timmerberg of Die Zeit in Hamburg wrote a story how he could perform whole night long on speed and on Viagra. Great read.

Anyway, I was looking for condoms the other day, and stumbled over this condom with a lubricate of Benzocaine on the inside. That contains anaesthetic, and durex, the company who sells this condom called Performa, did a sex survey last year. Interesting in deed.

Age of first sex norway 16.5 not suprisingly low.

also number of sex partners; nr. Seven on this world ranking.

unprotected sex:
norway nr. 1

so, 21% of the norwegian s got a sexual transmitted infections or deceases that also more than any of the other countries involved in the survey.

also, experience is sort of interesting:

22% (41% in Norway, only denemark and Turkey scored better) have had affairs outside marriage. More then expected. And more people have tried tantric sex then those into SM. Also 12% have had homosexual experiences. My question would be, is this rather hetero world that we live in, would anal sex count for homosexual experience? I mean, it is the same, isn't regradless if it is a man or a woman -- no?


I am also very surprised that 3% of the asked never heard of lubricants.

1% of the interviewees bought a vibrator and/or massagers in his/her clothes store.

What is a penis sleeves?

70% of the New Zealanders had sex in a car
21% in the USA and in Canada had sex in front of camera, only 17% in Norway
not surprising, skyrocketing, Norwegians have more sex at parties (58% nest best is Denmark with 51%) -- any party in Norway is the major meat market around, you are more likely to get laid at or because of a party than finding a hooker in Norway (outside of Oslo that is almost impossible, and even in Oslo it is restricted to one tiny district)

Also, looks like 98% of the Norwegians uses lubricants in case of "vaginal dryness" (that's on my list of things not tried out; having sex with someone that are dry inside ;D), and 86% (only Austria better) in case of anal penetration.

One should do one like this for the art world. I think the number of one night stands would increase substantially.
I did, by the way, buy the condom -- what else could I do.

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fighting or debating: Tor Inge Kveum and LIAF (long story made short) 
I wrote a review for the Norwegian magazine kunstkritikk.no about the art festival in lofoten called LIAF . There I was quite hard on the issues of 1999 and 2004, both co-curated by artist Tor Inge Kveum . He wrote an angry letter back, which I am obliged to reply on. Me being without lap top for a while, trying to get my shit together for the PHILIP project at Project Art Space in Dublin in a fourth nights time ends up writing small novels when trying to reply - guess that I do not really want to answer him. It is not that I have done some big mistake although he does points out that my research on the founding from the state of Norway was not good enough, there are some issues that I am going to touch upon that I think is not that pleasant for him. He started his reply to my review by using the English term "Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one". I did find that quite strange because my latest review is about an artificial arsehole in the wall. Well, back to those books on reality and universe. Or should I rock the world and start feeling misunderstood as a writer?

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