Knut Åsdam is a filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor, photographer, and writer. His work explores contemporary society and its psychological and material effects. He is also interested in the toll of everyday life, including how individuals construct and negotiate their identities in reaction to the rules and organizations of contemporary society. Åsdam is engaged in a deep reworking of narrative film from within a contemporary art context and also works in the public realm.
Knut Åsdam has had exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Kunsthalle Bern; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, among others.knutasdam.net
Residents from Norway
Bettina Brunner is a curator, art critic and academic focusing on avantgarde film and contemporary moving image practices.
Bettina Brunner has an MA in Art History and recently completed her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. As an independent curator she has organized film screenings and exhibitions at mumok kino, Vienna; das weisse haus, Vienna, and Auto Italia South East, London. She has previously worked at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; British Film Institute, London; and Cubitt Artists, London.
Residents from Austria
Maria Lalou explores the topic of ‘viewing’ throughout her large-scale installations, performances, and publications. Focusing on the topic of viewing, she incorporates cinematic apparatus and surveillance as part of her tools, with central references to ‘the political of the viewer’. Each of her works formulates a precise frame often in the form of a distilled, almost lab-like setting. In her native Greek language, she states: as spectator, one becomes ‘theoros’ in the sense that one observes, participates and interprets the performative process from a certain perspective while this is part of the performance’s ontology.
Maria Lalou’s works have been presented internationally at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; Onomatopee, Eindhoven; Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, Poland; Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki; and Industrial Gas Museum, Athens, amongst others. She has been a guest lecturer at Rijksakademie Studios, Amsterdam; Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy; and Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice, amongst others. She has contributed to the peer review journal activate, Roehampton University, London, as well at Leonardo, MIT Press Journals. Lalou has an ongoing collaboration with Danish architect Skafte Aymo-Boot working on the archival work [UN]FINISHED. The work is about concrete skeletons of Athens that engages the viewer in a process of looking into social, political and personal parts of the history of the city. Since 2004, Lalou shares her time between Amsterdam and Athens.