The seventh spring session of the E2-E4 program, April 19, 2018. Open Lecture: Ane Hjort Guttu, The Mediator.
Can you, as an artist, speak for someone else? Can you take the position of mediator of someone else’s work? Conversely, can you allow someone else to take control of your own work? Can such renunciation of authority even be employed as a strategy for defending your integrity, or for disrupting the order of the discourse? In that case, who really speaks for whom, or through whom? Who exploits whom?
In Ane Hjort Guttu’s films, we encounter characters who for various reasons decline to speak for themselves, or who refuse to talk using the language of the enemy. During this session, Guttu will present excerpts from her works and discuss how she experiments with strategies of representation, mediation, and autonomy.
Ane Hjort Guttu is an artist based in Oslo. She works in a variety of media, but has in recent years mainly concentrated on film and video works, ranging from investigative documentary to poetic fiction. Among recurrent themes in her works are the relationship between freedom and power, economy and the public space, social change and the limits of action.
Between 2011 and 2016 she directed a series of portrait films where a central conflict reappears: an individual dissident struggling to handle oppressive social structures. Guttu is also a writer and curator, and she is a professor at the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo. An anthology of her written works is forthcoming in 2018, edited by Rike Frank and published by Sternberg and Torpedo Press.
E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a program for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as that first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality, which may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility, to the provisional determination of practice. The program explores the use values of the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination.
The E2-E4 program is created by guest professors Stefanie Hessler, Lars Bang Larsen, and Kim West.
The meeting place, Rutiga golvet, aims to link teaching in art theory, publication and exhibition production, seminars and the construction of a micro library. Rutiga golvet should be a place where theory meets practice.
What happens on Rutiga golvet will interact with the Institute’s education and the student’s work in order to provide an opportunity for a meeting between the theory and practice of art.
The exact place of Rutiga golvet was in the early 70’s the location of the legendary experimental department of Moderna museet where key exhibitions for the Swedish alternative movement where carried out.