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 Stńdelschule 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 L°w (NO)
Talleiv Taro Manum (NO)
Michaela Meise (DE)
Rosalind Nashashibi (UK)
Romantic Geographic Society (FI/DE)
Egill SŠbj÷rnsson (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:

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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, Bj°rn 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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daft punk is playing in my house (LCD sound system) 
The opening weekend of OY (Obscure Yourself) is over.
A good opening. The fact that Pierogi, a rather know gallery from NY (Brooklyn) opend a second space in Leipzig made radio stations, tv- channels, magazines and news papers go crazy. I am glad that my small curatorial project was in the back and not know to all those. Joe, Jason and Christina was doing nothing but giving interviews. I on the other hand could just be there.

Not that being there was very pleasant. People went bananas with the sound installation of Brian and Leon Dewan named Dewantron.... see here the press text from the exhibition in Brooklyn. It is a very nice installation and Leon and Brian makes great music. It is just that the instruments seen on the photos are interactive - and people tend to
a) find the most annoying sound
b) max the volume.
This made me frequently pump up the volume for the video program.
Thus, in order to have a decent conversation one had to yell.
After nine hours of that you want to do something radical. Like killing some visitors. Kick a wall.
I chose to get insanely drunk. That helped - until the next day.

Photos from the opening and from the installation will be up on the web site before the end of this week.

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