‘Husrom’ is a series of lectures in a living room in Bergen, Norway. The name refers to the Norwegian expression ‘Der det er hjerterom, er det husrom’ which literally translates to ‘If there is room in the heart, there is room in the house’. However, the more correct translation is ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’. The speaking guests will typically be artists, curators and writers that define the contemporary art field. Despite the private character of the room, the lectures are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

«Husrom» er en serie forelesninger i en stue i en leilighet i et borettslag på Wergeland i Bergen. Gjestene som presenterer sine tanker er kunstnere, kuratorer og skribenter som driver samtidskunstfeltet fremover. Til tross for rommets private karakter er forelesningene åpne for alle som ønsker å komme.

HUSROM 4 21 May 2015, 8 PM - Nicolaysens vei 5a, Wergeland, Bergen

Unlearning Optical Illusions (III) – Toril Johannessen

Toril will talk about her on going project Unlearning Optical Illusions, which brings together two otherwise unrelated histories and visual cultures: Modern scientific research on geometrical optical illusions and the history and cultural impact of wax resist cloths in West Africa. The project exists as a chapter in her book Unseeing (the artist’s book included in Dublett #2, Hordaland Art Centre, 2013) and as an installation with photographs – titled Unlearning Optical Illusions II, from 2014. For Husrom, Toril will take the opportunity to talk about the next iteration of the project, which involves working with the textile printing industry in Ghana.

Toril often uses materials and methods from the domain of science. Thematically her work spans a wide field of interest, from impossible energy cycles to alternative methods for time measurement; optical illusions; spatial disorientation and linguistic misunderstandings. By combining results from scientific research and the history of science with her own investigations and home made concepts, she applies a critical and simultaneously playful look at the impact of modern science.

Toril Johannessen (artist, Bergen) has participated in exhibitions such as On the moment of change (…), ARTSPACE (Auckland, New Zealand, 2014); Paradise Reclaimed, Galleri Nord-Norge (Harstad, Norway, 2014); Mom, Am I Barbarian? 13th Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul, Turkey, 2013); dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012); Machine Worries, Machine Hearts, Blank Projects (Cape Town, South Africa, 2012); Biennale Bénin (Cotonou, Bénin, 2012); The End of Money, Witte de With (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2011). Solo exhibitions include AA-MHUMA-AITI-KITTEKITII, OSL Contemporary (Oslo, Norway, 2015); Teleportation Paradigm, UKS (Oslo, Norway, 2013) and Transcendental Physics, Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen, Norway, 2010).