Event, Exhibition

Dig It Up and Put It in a Bag

Exhibit times: 28th August - 31th October

Opening: 28th August 10:00-16:00

 

Booking: Book through the museum

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00–16.00

Sunday 11–17

Closed on Mondays

Matter, Gesture and Soul is a KMD research project supported nationally by Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid (PKU),HK-dir.

Saturday 28th of August opens a new and exciting exhibition at Universitetsmuseet, Nature Science. This time the Faculty of Art, Music and Design is presenting the research in the cross-disciplinary project Matter, Gesture and Soul Lørdag 28. august åpner en ny og spennende utstilling for publikum ved Universitetmuseet, Naturhistorie. Denne gangen er det Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design som presenterer forskningen i det kryssdisiplinære prosjektet Matter, Gesture, and Soul.

The goal of the interdisciplinary project Matter, Gesture, and Soul is to explore how contemporary art intersects with archaeology. The project, led by Geir Harald Samuelsen, has created a collaborative environment where artistic, poetic and scientific expressions meet and respond to prehistoric “art”.

One of the project’s meeting points is the exhibition “Dig it Up and Put It in a Bag” at the University Museum of Bergen in the autumn 2021, with a publication to follow. The exhibit gives an insight into how art and archaeology offer different standpoints and approaches in the meeting with material from the past: prehistoric symbols and stone engravings at Fontainebleau (France), cave paintings from South Africa, the Neolithic tomb Newgrange in Ireland and the abalone shell’s practical and mythical significance to our ancestors. It deals with the way shapes and traces are recurring, how we remember and how the past continuously changes character as the position we view it from is constantly changing.

O`Kane, Eamon (Northern Ireland). Synergetic Structures. Jesmonite, burnt clay, plastic, plaster. Vitrine Installation 100x200cm. 2020. Photo: Eamon O`Kane

Bøthun, Åsil (Norway). Hair 1905. Plaster and pigmented clay. 22x30x4 cm. 2020. Photo: Thomas Tveter

When facing humanity’s greatest challenge, to change the way we affect the earth’s ecosystems, it’s crucial we find new ways to relate to reality. We dig into the past to find a new future; we dig in order to learn how to turn sensing into new understanding. All research nudges our thinking. That is the goal. But we also know that when thought finds a voice and steps into the world in the form of knowledge, it’s often the result of a collective effort across different areas of expertise.

What may art do for other types of research? This is a question one often encounters in interdisciplinary projects. Suppose we turn the question around and ask what other fields may do for art? By nature, art is collective; it’s a field of knowledge that collects and presents without strict conditions, methods and scientific requirements. It could perhaps be compared to an expansible tote bag, bag or container where our findings and work can be collected, shared and carried on.

The exhibition is curated by Marit Paasche, PhD of art history, independent researcher and author.

Matter, Gesture and Soul is a KMD research project supported nationally by Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid (PKU), HK-dir.

   

Exhibition participants

Geir Harald Samuelsen (Norway)
Leader of the project: “Matter, Gesture, and Soul”. Visual artist, PhD, associate professor and researcher at the Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Elin Tanding Sørensen (Norway)
Visual artist and landscape architect. PhD in landscape architecture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

Dragoş Gheorghiu (Romania)
Professor of cultural anthropology, Doctoral School, National University of Arts in Bucharest and Instituto Terra e Memória - Mação, Centro de Geociências da Universidade de Coimbra.

Eamon O'Kane (Ireland)
Visual artist and professor of visual art at the Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Maarten Vanden Eynde (Belgium)
Visual artist and PhD candidate at the MGS project at the Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Petro Cecilia Keene (South Africa)
Archaeologist and independent researcher, loosely affiliated with SFF Centre for Early Sapiens (SapienCE), University of Bergen.      

Åsil Bøthun (Norway)
Visual artist and professor of sculpture and installation at the Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.  

Images

Petro Cecilia Keene (South Africa). Cave painting from Ezeljagdspoort, Southern Cape. C-Print. 35x50 cm. 2021.  Photo: Pieter Jolly 

Gheorghiu, Dragoş (Romania). A Shamanic Performance to Approach the Origins of Art. C-Print. 14x21 cm. 2021. Photo: Mihaela Motaianu

Vanden Eynde, Maarten (Belgium). Game Changer Printed circuit board (PCB), ferric chloride, varnish. 70x50x5 cm. 71 AP (2021). Photo: Marjolijn Dijkman