Launch of the publications "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" and "Topographies of the Obsolete: Critical Texts"

Monday the 18th of November there will be a launch of the publications "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" and "Topographies of the Obsolete: Critical Texts" at Rom8.

Two publications are launched to mark the completion of the exhibition "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" in the closed original factory site of Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent. They give an inside view into the site specific strategies of the 31 participating artists and the post-industrial discourse circling around this ongoing artistic research project at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

Presentation of publications in Rom8 by project leader and professor Anne Helen Mydland and
art theorist Øystein Hauge.

Performance screenings by KELLY / MARHAUG and Richard Launder. There will also be a unique opportunity to view a video walkthrough of the exhibition!

Place: Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Vaskerelven 8.
Time: Monday 18th of November at 17-19pm

Anne Helen Mydland, project leader, tel: +47 47243995,
Neil Brownsword, project leader, tel: +44 7758645450

"Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" is the first major exhibition of the on-going artistic research project "Topographies of the Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry".It is initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design in collaboration with British Ceramics Biennial and 6 international partner institutions.

"Topographies of the Obsolete: Critical Texts" contains theoretical reflections written by Steven Dixon, Øystein Hauge and Ezra Shales.

"Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" gives an inside view into the artistic investigations of the post-industrial ruin which constitutes the original Spode Works factory site in Stoke-on -Trent, England. During three residencies in the last year there were made site-specific works of art which span from object appropriation and re-contextualization, architectural intervention, lens-based work to performative gesture. The factory was closed in 2008 after continuous production in the same facility for more than 200 years. The dereliction of the site is extreme in some areas, as nature reclaims the building. Several areas have been closed off since the production halted in 2008, but were made available for entry in conjunction with "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void".

The project is supported by The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.


Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Corrina Thornton
Heidi Nikolaisen
Øyvind Suul
Richard Launder/Julia Collura
Rita Marhaug/Traci Kelly
Sabine Popp
Tone Saastad
Anne Helen Mydland
Neil Brownsword
Johan Sandborg
Karin Linnea Blomgren
Camilla Holm Birkeland
Erna Skuladottir
Numi Thorvarsson
Anne Stinessen
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke

Invited artists/ previous KHiB students
Caroline Slotte
Toril Redalen

Kiel, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Kerstin Abraham
Lena Kaapke

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Karen Harsbo
Sofie Holten
Morten Modin

Newcastle University, Newcastle
Gwen Heeney

Nottingham Trent University
Danica Maier
Andrew Brown

Sheffield Hallam University
Chloe Brown

Buckinghamshire New University
Andreas Fabian
Tina Gibbs

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