Ruin Archive Archive Ruin seminar day in Bergen

"Ruin Archive Archive Ruin" will explore the landscapes of the contemporary ruin and the archive.

Speakers Marit Eikemo (Autor, NO) and Neil Brownsword (Artist, UK) will in particular focus on the Post-Industrial- Contemporary Ruin and Michelle Teran (Artist, CA) and Hildur Bjarnadottir (Artist, IS) will hone in on the site/place as/in archive, and the narrative of archive.

Please mark that Marit Eikemo will read in Norwegian but the rest of the seminar will be in English.

The seminar is free of charge.

Mon 29.9.  C. Sundsgt 54, 4th floor Lecture room

Seminar day 10-16: Ruin Archive Archive Ruin

10.00 Marit Eikemo reads from her essay collection 'Samtidsruinar'

10.30 Break

10.40 Marit Eikemo presents her project and work on
Contemporary Ruins

11.10 Neil Brownsword: The Six Towns - An Urban Tragedy? Recounting North Staffordshire's Industrial Ruination.

12.00 Lunch (individual arrangement)

13.00  Michelle Teran screens "Mortgaged Lives", a film which examines the experience of rupture, through the loss of a home, centering on the eviction crisis in Spain.

14.10 Hildur Bjarnadottir: 'Subjective systems'

15.00 Summing up  





















This seminar is part of the project period: 'Site Anatomy' at KHIB that works with the post industrial landscape/sites in Bergen. A particular focus will be on the discourse around the site as: Matter, Contemporary Ruin, Archive, and Territory.

Site Anatomy is a part of 'Topographies of the Obsolete: exploring the site specific and associated histories of Post- Industry.' an Artistic Research project (KU Prosjekt) initiated by Professors Neil Brownsword and Anne Helen Mydland at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) in collaboration with partner universities/institutions in Denmark, Germany and the UK. Topographies have for two years been working in Stoke on Trent in the UKwithandinthe remnants of its ceramics industries. More than 40 international artists and theoreticians have participated in this multidisciplinary project with a program of seminars, publications and exhibitions.

The project is on-going until 2015, and is funded by The Norwegian Artistic Research Program, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB), and partner institutions; The Royal Danish Academy of Art; Muthesius Kunsthochsule, Kiel; Bucks New University, Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam New University and Newcastle University.


Marit Eikemo, Author of the Essay collection:Samtidsruinar (2011)(Contemporary Ruins)


Neil Brownsword:



Michelle Teran:


Hildur Bjarnadottir: