• Curatorial

If on a winter’s night, a room


On a cold and breezy January night, you are out on a walk. Wandering through the narrow Bergen streets, you find yourself in a contemplative mode. Trying to arrange your thoughts, you look back upon the events of the day. The darkness is engulfing and a calmness takes over. Then all of a sudden you encounter a bright and changing full moon, its hovering at eyes height, and it greets you like a random stranger.

Maybe you stall your steps, carefully observing this phenomena right in front of you. You might be struck by a sheer but minutiae magic.

Or you might not even notice it, so consumed by your own flirtatious reveries. You might just pass it by, like an old man hunched back, drawn by gravity towards his own feet.

The night is still and time passes on. Whatever has been inserted into space, might have affected you, or it might have become a moment’s lost. 

If on a winter’s night, a room is a public video screening program held over seven nights in the heart of winter. The project is a curatorial collaboration with Cristian Stefanescu. It features a series of seven short and silent video works by Icaro Zorbar (CO) , Nora Joung (NO) , Robyn Nesbitt (ZA) , Finn Adrian Jorkjen (NO) , Sif Lina Ankergård (DK) , Kay Arne Kirkebø (NO) , Håkon Holm-Olsen (NO). One artist video per night. While the subject matter ranges from natural phenomena to fictionalised objects to performative video, the works share a certain slowness and subtlety that requires a patient contemplative approach.

The works function as luminous backgrounds, with a slow and creeping build-up. They are subtly surreal, which engenders a shift in how one observes the real surrounding and the depicted space of the video. The eeriness and lightness of the video works encourage a folding back upon ourselves, and a folding back upon our own way of ‘looking’, offering conditions for interiorising subjective spaces into a ‘room of one’s own’.

The program has generously been supported by NBK and BEK.