Norwegian artist at unique festival

 Date:20/10/2006 - 22/10/2006
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:England, London

‘Cold, Cold Heart’, the first international video festival of its kind hosted by Somerset House, will showcase work by established and rising artists from Nordic countries, Russia and the UK, all sharing a distinctly northern vision.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s East Wing Collection is hosting 'Cold, Cold Heart', a weekend of video and performance art from Nordic countries. This event will include a half-day conference in the Courtauld Institute Research Forum with artists, museum curators and academics, followed by the opening of Ragnar Kjartansson's three-day performance, and screenings of film and video works staged for the first time in all parts of this historic building. Participating artists at the festival include Mattias Akerfelt (Sweden), Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Jesper Just (Denmark), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Antti Laitinen (Finland), Elena Nasanen (Finland), Torbjørn Rødland (Norway) and Richard T. Walker (UK).


Friday, 20 October:

2 – 5.30pm: an afternoon conference on Nordic contemporary art. Presentations by participating artists Jesper Just, Antti Laitinen, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Caroline Corbetta, curator of 2004 Momentum Biennale. Moderator: Dr Sarah Wilson, Courtauld Institute.

6 pm onwards:  Private view of the video projections and a drinks reception.
Opening of 3-day performance by Ragnar Kjartansson,

Saturday – Sunday, 21-22 October: Video projections around Somerset House and an ongoing performance by Ragnar Kjartansson.

Saturday 21 October, 7 pm. Performance Snowman by Antti Laitinen at White Space Gallery, St Peter’s Church, Vere Street, London W1G ODQ

The programme is curated in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Wilson, head of the contemporary department at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Nicolas Dubois, student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Anya Stonelake of White Space Gallery.

Tank Magazine will preview Cold, Cold Heart in its October issue, and will present all the video and performance pieces on its website between 15 and 30 October.

Cold, Cold Heart
Video art and performance weekend at Somerset House
20 – 22 October 2006
Somerset House, Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

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Torbjørn Rødland is one of the artists taking part at the 'Cold, Cold Heart' festivalPhoto: Torbjørn Rødland

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