Critics Conversations: Bergen Assembly

Festsalen, KODE 1, Søndag kl 12.00:
The panel will discuss Bergen Assembly that opens this weekend. In the panel: Skye Arundhati Thomas, Kristoffer Jul-Larsen and Rachael Rakes. Moderator is Johanna Lettmayer, the event will be held in English.

In Critics Conversations we discuss exhibitions and projects, what they are, what they do, and how we can relate to them. The oral critique both opens up for discussions among the panel and the audience present, making it possible to present diverse readings and understandings.

About the panel:
Skye Arundhati Thomas is a writer and editor based in Mumbai. She writes for Frieze, Artforum, e-flux, and The Caravan, among others, and is contributing editor at The White Review. Her work pays special attention to contemporary art, culture, and the multiple histories of South Asia.

Kristoffer Jul-Larsen is associate professor of Norwegian literature at Western Norway University of Applied Science in Bergen, and is an art critic for Kunstkritikk – Journal of contemporary art. He is the author of a dissertation on the history of literary criticism in Norwegian radio. For Bergen Assembly 2016 Jul-Larsen was the local coordinator for Freethought, and he has extensive experience from Bergen’s cultural scene.

Rachael Rakes is a curator, critic, and teacher. Most recently Rakes was the Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. She is currently the Editor at Large for Verso Books, and a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center—where she co-curates the annual festival Art of
the Real. From 2011-2017, Rakes was an Editor at the Brooklyn Rail. She has recently contributed criticism to Art-Agenda, Artforum, the Village Voice, and Ocula, among other publications and catalogues.

Johanna Lettmayer is an Austrian artist based in Bergen. She combines anecdotal, academic and anarchistic styles and utilises them in language based performances, invisible theatre and interventions in public space, lectures and printed matter. Lettmayer is a temporary assistant professor for performance and time based art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen and the initiator of an ongoing series of one-evening events and exhibitions called IN THE LIBRARY.

Critics Conversations are arranged by VISP, a resource and networking organisation for the Visual Arts in Norway. We work to improve and facilitate conditions for the production and dissemination of Visual Arts.
VISP represents all of the creative community within the Visual Arts, including artists, galleries, institutions, producers, curators, critics et al.

The event is supported by Bergen Kommune, Fritt Ord and Hordaland Fylkeskommune.