TIFF 2017: To Do or Not to Be

17.01.2017 to 28.01.2017

For this years TIFF-exhibition, Kurant has invited Oslo-based artist run initiatives FRANK and Louise Dany, to curate the video exhibition To Do or Not To Be.

With works by:
Kristin Bergaust
Kjell Bjørgeengen
Morten Børresen
Ann-Elise Pettersen
Terje Munthe
Camilla Wærenskjold

The exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 17 at 19.00, with DJ Matti Aikio.

17th - 28th of January
All days
12.00 - 17.00

TIFF Weekend (20th - 22th of January)
15.00 - 21.00

To Do or Not to Be - An exhibition of Norwegian Video Art


To Do or Not to Be is an exhibition of works from the early years of Norwegian video art, highlighting artists who experimented with new consumer technologies of the time. It is presented at the exhibition space Kurant as a part of Tromsø International Film Festival. The show delves into Videokunstarkivet, the Norwegian Video Art Archive, a pilot project developed by PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art) and run from 2012 to 2015. The included works are by Kristin Bergaust, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Morten Børresen, Ann-Elise Pettersen, Terje Munthe og Camilla Wærenskjold.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Morten Børresen’s happening at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in the early 1980s. The phrase “To do or not to be” appears in the video documentation of the event, scribbled down on a piece of paper. In the recording, Børresen states, ”With these modern technologies, of which video is one, you can kind of empty yourself of the roles, masks, all the learned things.”

Through revisiting the beginnings of Norwegian video art, the exhibition explores a medium that has gone through tremendous technological advancements in the last thirty years. To Do or Not to Be is a collaborative project by FRANK and the artist-run initiative Louise Dany. FRANK is an Oslo-based platform established in 2012, and run by the artists Liv Bugge and Sille Storihle. Louise Dany is an artist initiative in Oslo, run by artists Daisuke Kosugi and Ina Hagen since August 2016.