the death of a gallery 
there have been rumours for a long time: Galleri Wang , one of the flag ships of Norwegian contemporary art, has problems with their economy. A few days ago it became clearer as their two main investors pulled out.

This is not any longer breaking news in Norway since it was
one of the headlines of the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv yesterday.

It is now clear that Galleri Wang, that since they took in several new (Norwegian) artists in 2001, supporting their artist Børre Sæthre for his My Private Sky exhibition at the Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art in Oslo same year, represented at both Art Basel (2002 or 2003) and the Armory Show(2003-04). They did statement with Børre Sæthre in Basel 2000.

The rumours have been more than a few, and last year it was reported (one more time by the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv) that they had problems and was considering several different models for the gallery.

Earlier this year they let the same artist they started to work with only two years earlier (but before that they had solo exhibitions with three of them during the last year or so) go. And not only them, some of the artists they had been working with for several years also had to go. It was said that they would cut down to only five artists (my guess would then be: Harald Fenn, Kjell Erik Killi Olsen, Kjell Nupen, Torbjørn Rødland and Børre Sæthre), make a project room up front for showing new artists and doing art dealing from the office. I guess this model is still interesting as it would cut costs - if the artists would agree working with the gallery under such conditions.

Now the gallery haven't showed anything since April this year, and for the new
Standard Oslo gallery would be showing Torbjørn Rødland at the NADA art fair came as a surprise for the Norwegian arts life.

One comes and one goes.




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I, geek part II 
the technology blog at guardian are looking into what geeks like. They have seen into the best geek novels written in engslish since 1932 (to my pleasure, The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy won -- they do mention lofoten somewhere in the first part by the way...)


they are now asking what is the best geek movie ever. I guess I'm a geek, so here is my list, out of sequence;

- Flåklypa Grand Prix
best norwegian film ever made

Kon Tiki
the second best norwegian film ever made. byt thor heyerdahl.


D.A.R.Y.L
(it is listed in the international movie data base as a feel good movie, and I have to admit, it's been a while since I saw it (1993 to be accurat), but me I remenber all the technical details of the robot and what daryl could do.

LA JETÉE
photos made in to film. great, and the foundation for twelve monkeys

The Matrix
great film, it makes you question some of the things about alice in wonderland.

2001
you do know why it is called 2001?

Metropolis
set in 2000, and the reason for why stanley kubrick set his Odyssey in the following year.

Dr. Strangelove
funny way of talking about the bomb.

Brazil
great.

Abbys
I still love the way the made the water live inside the sub (or what it was...)

Lawnmower man
that is true, a great way of making a not so great stephen king novell into film. really great.

Blade Runner
It bug's me that it is almost impossible to get hold of the original cut. the directur's cut is just crap, they ruined the whole film.

Solaris
not the made understandable from the beginning of this century but the original

Indiana Jones (the last one more than the two others)

Tron
(almost forgott this one... it is there, and it is ---well, great)

Ghost in the shell
maga at its best

Ok this goes on, but I am going to stop here.



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stanley, stanley, stanley---- let's play 
james wagner points out that there is a new book on stanley kubric.
and he made a very nice comment about it in his blog pointing out that he probably the last person discovering kubric as a photographer.

I have watched kubrick films and thought about his work a lot over the past five or so years, I once was thinking on doing an exhibition on artist and art works that related to his films- but we never came longer than the idee and some research.

I haven't been writing so much on kubrick either, one of the few texts published is written together with the norwegian artist øystein aasan . This was for the berlin magazine neue review - the magazine is edited by art critic raimar stange and artist dave allen.
We did write the text for the exhibition on kubrick when it was shown in berlin late last year/ beginning of this year.

I think that what is most facinating with this film maker is his ability to transform or develope (going from being some one that did not read to a profound reader, from being a photographer to being a major hollywood film maker etc.) and his way of dealing with archiving (archiving is always a 'problem'). Not to mention that he played chess very well.

ps. do play on freechess.org I am apxtangen, the same goes for gameknot.com/chess.


let's play


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life and so on 
I guess it was not a great surprise, but I did not get the job at Art in Nordland... they are still looking for a director, so if anyone wants to move above the artic circle and work on contemporary - international, I might add - art. then go to their site and send them an mail. I haven't given up yettough...

soundtrack of the day:
king midas, the albums Romeo turn and The Jaguars (2005).

selling banner ads. for the norwegian online paper http://kunstkritikk.no and trying to finish a few texts.

further, according to spyware doctor, I do have 39 infections on my laptop, there is at least one trojan on my computer (it is a Trojan.MulDrop.1324 I think, and it is situated in c:\recycled\Dc234.exe -- and I do not know what to do with it.)

I feel sort of helpless. I did a hijackthis logfile - and this one to showed some very bad things.

i tried to do an online check at panda active scan but they do not support firefox or opera browsers.

I am really fed up with being a halfling -- I want to umsteigen to ubuntu -- but sort of never find the time really, and so is it that every now and then the search for bugs, virus etc is eating up my time. But I guess to umsteigen would also eat up a lot of my time to fix everyting and to get installed etc as well

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new to the blogroll....radiodays 
I was going to blog about the blogs I have updated to my read-list, but I will be writing about art radios and art sound online.

I guess listening to radio online is nothing new, and I guess there is no surprise in the fact that the only hard core online radio from an art institution I stumbled over (not looking for it) was from USA.
here are the few links I had time to listen to until now;

wps1 art radio

kunstradio (NB! german)

radiodays this is the traditional end- project/exhibition for the curator students at de appe in the netherlands. It is a four week radio program earlier this year. Although it is not ongoing it has an archive, and some of the interviews is very interesting, altough a bit "european curator mainstream" (Obrist, Birnbaum, Vidokle--since he's doing the next manifesta - but nothing to shame, I did it too, altough, that was before he became curator of above mentioned biennial).

Most important is maybe Seth Siegelaub on day 18.

new american radio not so much radio, but sound art

brainwashed radio not so much art, but very good music

--
update 23.november:
it is not that easy to find good art-related sound sites (and radio almost impossible), but
Art Radio Seattle is (not my style, but..) relevant.
I listened through the whole 10.november with 25 highlights from 150 works - and Enjoyed it.



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