Art Residence: Asle Lauvland Pettersen (Norway) and Ditte Knus Tønnesen (Denmark)


09.10 - 09.11.2015

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Program: [Art residence]

From October 9 till November 9, 2015 artists Asle Lauvland Pettersen (Norway) and Ditte Knus Tønnesen (Denmark) are working together at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt in the frames of the cooperation program with Nordland Cultural Centre (Norway). The residency was supported by Danish Arts Foundation.

During the residency artists would like to work on the art project named “Forgotten Art”. It aims to explore cases of forgotten art that because of outlying economic, historical, political and social factors are left for themselves without public access. Artists would like to find examples of public art-works that have been left in abandoned factories, offices, schools, etc. that are permanently stored because of lack of space or have never been exhibited by other reasons. They also would like to investigate art that has been trashed by private individuals. “The common destiny of these forgotten art-works is always an equally fascinating history, how they were created, how they lived and influenced people and why they were forgotten. In light of the story of the forgotten art, we want to facilitate a focus on and discuss art and the artist's role in society. Is art really art when it no longer is in contact with its audience?”

Asle Lauvland Pettersen (b. 1978) is a Norwegian artist and theater set designer whose work consists of conceptual, fundamental installations. In Pettersen’s practice, video, objects and performances are often combined with an expression of almost dogmatic conceptual ideas. An equal amount of technology, and an almost naive aesthetic, provides his work with a tempting surface, but as the layers are deconstructed more universes and questions emerge, which encourage the audience to respond and react to. Concepts of existentialism and ecological philosophy are often found to be important elements of Petersen’s work. Asle Lauvland Pettersen graduated from Oslo National Academy of Arts (Norway), Scenography and Fine Art Departments. Artist’s website:

Ditte Knus Tønnesen (b. 1982) is a Danish artist working with photography, video, objects and installations. Working in a field between images and spatial constructions she tests and investigates how different interpretations and world views become the accepted understanding of things – and how our understanding of ‘reality’ depends on our context, culture, religion and political standpoints. Knus Tønnesen graduated from The Glasgow School of Art (UK) and Kyoto Seika University (Japan) in 2008. In 2011 she founded GREEN IS GOLD an artist-run, non-profit exhibition room & publisher house in the old part of Copenhagen together with artist Amalie Bønnelycke Lunøe. For more information on GREEN IS GOLD see: Artist’s website:

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