12th NoVA Suggests by Alexandra Stroganova 16 September 2017


I have spent the last semester on exchange at Oslo and Akershus University College Of Applied Sciences (Norway). Oslo city is full of diverse public art pieces and events and also has a very lively contemporary art scene. Almost every week there is an opening of a new exhibition at different venues. By luck, I happened to get my summer internship at the Oslo based public art production company Kulturbyrået Mesén (http://www.mesen.no). Thanks to that, I prolonged my stay in Norway and got the opportunity to get more closely acquainted with the Nordic art market, as well as delve into the details of public art production processes. Thus, my suggestions will be concentrated on the events and happenings in Norway (primarily in Oslo).

The Lost Museum – Department of Humans (Nordic Section) – Oslo, Norway


Exhibition period: September 9th – November 5th

Venue: Munchmuseet on the Move – Kunsthall Oslo

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-17.00

Dronning Eufemias gate 34, Oslo, Norway

The Lost Museum is a pop-up museum, curated by Charles Esche (born 1963, England), who is an internationally recognised curator and the director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The Lost Museum is travelling from one country to another, but the content and form of each edition is different every time according to the particularities of the place, which makes every edition unique. However, the concept of the project remains unchangeable: to challenge the very idea of the museum, the cabinet of curiosity, the white cube, and so on. Through the course of several months the curator along with a team of experts examine the country’s specificities and history in search for art, historical documentation, everyday objects and curiosities to be displayed side by side in order to break established categories and unveil hidden narratives.

The Oslo edition The Lost Museum – Department of Humans (Nordic Section) is focusing on the interrelations of human and non-human, the way in which it was defined and redefined in the Northern European context. A troll painting by Theodor Kittelsen, a carnival mask of a polar bear, depictions of diseases, photographs from the laboratory of racial studies, demonical mural drawings from inside a medieval church, siamese twins’ skeletons and a lot of other objects from various archives and museum collections from all across Norway are gathered together in this exhibition in order to redefine their previous classifications and generate new perspectives.

I really recommend to visit this exhibition


The Last Testament by Jonas Bendiksen – Oslo, Norway


Exhibition period: September 9th – November 5th

Venue: Shoot Galley

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12-17. Monday closed

Address: Trelastgaten 17, Oslo, Norway

Jonas Bendiksen is the Norwegian photographer (born 1977) and a member of Magnum Photos. He has spent the last three years following seven men who all claim to be the biblical Messiah. Throughout this project he collects different types of material for the narrative: observations, interviews, photographs of daily life as well as portraits. This was the basis for his newly published book The Last Testament, the exhibition of the same title at Shoot Gallery in Oslo and a very interesting documentary series for NRK channel (in Norwegian only). I would recommend to visit the exhibition for everyone and watch the series for those who understand Norwegian language. It is very interesting to see all those very different people which claim to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, their lifestyle and followers. One of the cases happened to be in Russian Siberia, which initially made me very curious about the project.


Thomas Hirschhorn exhibition at Fotogalleriet – Oslo, Norway


Exhibition period: September 1st – October 22d

Venue: Fotogalleriet

Opening hours: Wed.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12.00 – 17.00; Thu. 12.00 – 19.00; Mon.-Tue. closed

Address: Møllergata 34, Oslo, Norway

I have never been a huge fan of Thomas Hirschhorn’s art, but this exhibition made me change my mind. After attending the exhibition opening, I came to realize that the impression derived from reading reviews or viewing reproductions of Hirschhorn’s art can instill a different and possibly misleading understanding compared to a first-hand experience of his work. In the exhibition at Fotogalleriet along with photographic pixel-collages, Thomas Hirschhorn presents his research, which provides the theoretical frame for the artworks and is inseparable from it. By presenting a collection of his essays, articles of different authors and other collected data material about the censorship and pixelation of violent images in media, Hirschhorn invites us on a journey through the rhizomes of the artworks production processes, which brings it to a totally new level. I strongly recommend for all to visit this exhibition and reserve enough time to go through Hirschhorn’s research materials!

Thomas Hirschhorn states:

“I think that ‘pixelation’ or blurring, masking and furthermore censorship or self-censorship, is a growing and insidious problematic, also in regard to the new social media. Obviously I don’t accept what has been pixelated in my place ‘to protect me’. I consequently don’t pixelate what is usually concealed or removed and meant to frustrate, censor or make non-visible. I can, I want and I need to use my own eyes as an act of emancipation – this is the detonator of ‘De-Pixelation’. De-Pixelation is the term I want to use to manifest that pixelating is no longer necessary. The pixels, the blurring and the masking, and in general all kinds of censorships, can no longer prevent us from fake-news, facts, opinions and comments. We have definitely entered the post-truth world, and pixelation is the form of the agreement in this post-truth world.”


Momentum 9 – Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art – Moss, Norway


Exhibition period: June 17th – October 11th

Venue: Momentum 9:Alienation can be seen in Momentum kunsthall, Vannverket and House // of // Foundation in Møllebyen in Moss, in Parkteateret in Moss city center as well as at Gallery F 15 and the Naturhuset at Jeløy (Moss, Norway)

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. (Note: Parkteateret is only open Sundays from 14:00 until 15:00).

Momentum is the Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, which features mainly the works of young Scandinavian artists but also profiles international art scene. Momentum operates from and within a Nordic context. The ways in which “Nordic” as a term or concept is approached has differed since the first edition in 1998. The ninth edition of the Momentum Biennial takes the notion of alienation as its starting point. By alienation the curators refer to a contemporary world where alien processes and entities are becoming an integrated part of our lives through technological, ecological and social transformations. M9 insists on searching for new tools for greater understanding of the human condition through cross-pollination of methods, categories and disciplines. The collection of artworks exhibited in M9 is very diverse and varied in forms: sculptures, sound- and video-installations, mixed-media, paintings, graphics and wall drawings. The Museum of Nonhumanity, for example, presents the history of distinction between humans and other animals, and the way that this boundary has been used to oppress human and nonhuman beings. Missing Time by Olga Bergman and Anna Hallis deal with biology; genetics and ecosystems in which all sorts of classifications, from genetic mappings to historical registrations, are questioned; the artists present a fictional narration in factual manner; addressing speculative futures as well as alternative pasts. These are only few examples of the art works exhibited in this edition of the biennial.


Kistefos-Museet and Ekebergparken – Jevnaker and Oso, Norway

  1. http://kistefos.museum.no/?lang=_eng
  2. https://ekebergparken.com/en

Both places are basically natural parks filled with a lot of interesting artworks. While Ekebergparken is situated in Oslo, Kistefos museum is not easy to reach without a car. The latter is situated in Jevnaker municipality about 70km from Oslo. Both places are equally interesting to visit if you are keen on nature, art and history. Ekebergparken is open for everyone at any time and day of the year and is free of charge. This season, Kistefos-Museet is only open to the public between Tuesday-Sunday 11am til 5pm until the 8th of October. I would recommend a visit to both places, as they are both very exciting and interesting. Kistefos-Museet is situated at the premises of the former wood pulp factory A/S Kistefos Træsliberi. The museum was founded in 1996 by Christen Sveaas, who is the grandson of the factory owner. The Kistefos-Museet is comprised of the Industrial Museum, the Art Hall and the Sculpture Park.The sculpture park is part of the abundant park area belonging to Kistefos Museum, and consists of sculptures by influential Norwegian and international contemporary artists. Several of the sculptures provide an interactive and playful experience. This season, Kistefos-Museet also presents the exhibition Human Nature: Doing, Undoing and Redoing by the internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), who is one of the 20th century’s most notable and influential artists. The exhibition (curated by Luise Faurschou) gives an exceptional insight into her lifelong examination of the human condition. She addresses fundamental experiences like growth, amputation and regrowth inherent in relationships with others as part of human internal processes and emotions.

One work of Louise Bourgeois – The Couple – can also be found in Ekebergparken, as well as works of such artists as Auguste Rodin and Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, Tony Cragg, Marina Abramović and many of the others, which gives the park a glimpse of the eclectic, but undoubtedly provides an inspiring and exciting experience. Ekebergparken is the public sculpture park created for the people of Oslo in 2013 by the philanthropist and art collector Christian Ringnes.

Alexandra Stroganova (born 1990 in Moscow, Russia) is a second year Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education Master’s student at Aalto University, School of Art Design and Architecture, Department of Art (Finland). She has a background in Fine Arts from Moscow City University (former Moscow City Teachers’ Training University). Alexandra has about 5 years working experience as an Art Teacher in several different schools in Moscow and St-Petersburg, Russia. Her main interest is currently focused on contemporary art and art in public spaces.

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11th NoVA Suggests by Stine Ejsing-Duun 11 October 2016


1. Play: Perfect woman by Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder – it was released for Kinect on September 14: See this video about the game and read more about it here: http://kotaku.com/1786853840


Picture credits: Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder

Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder created Perfect Woman while working together at the UCLA Game Lab. The inspiration for their project came from the personality questionnaires you meet in women’s magazines that try to squeeze people together in generalized boxes. It is a political and humorous game. Lea Schönfelder has this provocative and political style in her games that I find inspiring. She is using games to make us relate to stereotypes through our own actions.

2. More play: Any of the small thought provoking indie games in Newgrounds art game collection. Flash required

3. Go to: (or check out) Games as Arts/Arts as Games in Cornwall, UK is a festival organised by The MetaMakers Institute of Falmouth University at the crossroads of games and art. It takes place from the 12-22 October 2016 at the Poly in Falmouth

4. Read: The book Critical Play (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/critical-play) by professor Mary Flangan. In the book Flanagan explores games as a means for creative expression, instruments for conceptual thinking, or tools for social change. You can get a quick intro into Flanagan’s thinking through this Tedx talk.

For a newer overview of critical games read Critical Games: Critical Design in Independent Games by Lindsay Grace:

5. Stay updated: I found GAMESCENES. ART IN THE AGE OF VIDEOGAMES to be a nice casual source of what is going on at the crossroads between art and games.

Stine Ejsing-Duun is associate professor at Aalborg University and part of NoVA. She is interested in the relation between technology, perception and cognition. Her ambition is to describe how technologies allow us to transcend ourselves. Her research has been in various areas connected to play and playful processes – especially in games and game design and in making games motivate the gamer. Her present studies are within the fields of learning and art.

Her Ph.D. was on location-based gaming and location-based games. Here her focus was the use of everyday environment as game space.

Specialties: HCI; Game Theory; Game Design; Games and art; Games and education; Location-based Games; Design theory, and methods; critical design; design-based research.

10th NoVA Suggests by Karina Angelika Kosasih 22 June 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 16.28.21Me (guess which one) and Moomin in  the Arabia ceramic exhibition, September 2014. I binge watched the Moomins cartoon in an attempt to know more about Finnish culture.

1. Museum of broken relationship
Museum of broken relationships is a travelling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruin. Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. This exhibition is in Helsinki City Museum 13.5.2016 – 11.9.2016. The entry fee for this exhibition is free and will consist of local objects collected from people of Helsinki as well as pieces from the permanent collection

2. Caisa
Caisa is an international cultural art center in Helsinki. They always have events which support diverse culture in society. As somebody who comes from outside of a Nordic background, CAISA is a potential place to learn and research or even participate in visual cultural studies. They have an endless variation of activities such as workshops, singing competitions, food festivals, art exhibitions and art performances. Most of the events are free of charge.

3. Magdalene
Magdalene is an Indonesian based website about issues of feminism, gender issues and equality. Some articles are in Indonesian but most are in English. Personally, feminism is an issue that I just learnt more seriously about after moving to Finland. Articles from this website often became a marker for me to return to the idea of feminism and think back into the context of my culture.

4. Find your academic family
Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom/seminar. We are blessed with bright colleagues, students, teachers and classmates. However, like every relationship it takes a lot of effort to build connections. Sometimes the brightest ideas and inspiration come during a casual coffee break or when you are at somebody’s house party. It is not rare for a casual night out with my classmates to turn into an interesting thesis discussion. Research can sometimes feel lonely, but with great connections to an academic family, it surely turns extra exciting!

Karina Angelika Kosasih is a second year NoVA student in Aalto University, Helsinki. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, she completed her bachelor degree in LASALLE College of The Arts, Singapore with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Passionate about teaching, she choose the subject of art empowerment and the retired elderly for her master thesis.

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9th NoVA Suggests by Grace Hewitt 9 May 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 18.55.17Me (in the Boomtown Rats Christmas shirt) and my sister, enjoying Sunday afternoon barefoot lawn bowls. Australia, Dec 2015.

1.HAM – Helsinki Art Museum
This is my favourite art museum in Helsinki because I enjoy its wide variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions. When I first moved to Helsinki I discovered many contemporary Finnish artists via visits to HAM.

2. MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
If anyone is in or near Sydney, definitely check out the MCA! It is quite possibly my favourite art museum in the world.

3. Instagram account @textsfromyourexistentialist
This account pairs renowned works of art/film stills with existentialist quotes. If Wednesday Addams and Nietzsche co-owned an Instagram or Tumblr account, this would be it.

4. Creative Nonfiction magazine
Unfortunately this magazine is available via subscription only, but there are some essays and articles available on the website. Each issue explores a specific topic e.g the weather or siblings etc. and I especially enjoy the experimental pieces.

Grace Hewitt is originally from Australia but has lived in Finland since 2011. She has worked as a teacher in Australia, England and Finland but is now a student in the Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) Master’s programme at Aalto school of Art, Design and Architecture.

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8th NoVA Suggests by Margit Jugar 1 April 2016

Photo on 26.02.16 at 7.14On my way from Tallinn to Helsinki – ferry is like my third home, after Tartu and Helsinki.

1. Tartmus
Tartu Art Museum is my home town museum so for me it is a cherished place. Tartmus has wonderful exhibitions of Estonian, especially local (Tartu) contemporary artists’ works. Right now they are exhibiting Laura Põld’s “Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land”, she has used many different materials and elements to create a wonderful and multiplex environment.

2. Kumu
Kumu is the art museum in Tallinn, but art exhibitions are not the only thing that happen there. Especially interesting events are films, performances and concerts. The best part about visiting Kumu events is that you can always go and see ongoing art exhibitions too. For example right now Kumu shows “RAM. Early Estonian Computer Art” ,”Saga. Iceland: Art and Narrative” and “Force majeure. The Destroyed and the Disappeared in Estonian Art”.

3. Sport
I recommend doing sport, any kind of sport it is a good way to release endorphins. It will help to loosen up the mind and let in new, brilliant and fresh ideas. Also sport can be tool of self-expression or a way to make art and on top of that, sport keeps you healthy. I myself love to do all kind of sport, but especially volleyball, gym and extreme sport. Now I wish you all motivation to go and do something physical and self-expressive now. 🙂

Margit Jugar is a NoVA student from Aalto University (Helsinki). She completed her bachelor degree in Art Education at Tallinn University. For her master thesis she is researching Soviet Union era Russian migration to Estonia and what influences it has on today’s Estonian society and migration discussions.

NoVA Suggests is a regularly published edition of interesting events, publications and sites by someone from NoVA. View other suggestions at http://nova-master.fi/category/nova-suggests/