‘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 5 29 November 2015, 7 PM - Nicolaysens vei 5a, Wergeland, Bergen

Double Kierulf – Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf

Annette and Caroline will elaborate on their practice, which has a particular collaborative character. While co-creating the public instances of their projects – be they in an exhibition space or public space – they produce their works separately, yet in dialogue. Even though this is a public moment for the presentation of their works, this edition of Husrom will have the privilege of listening to the two artists separately. Both will address the political implications in their choice of technique: woodcut.

Annette writes: From my studio on an island situated between an oil refinery and a port for export of crude oil, I see the terminals light up their flames in the dark. Myriads of lights make them look like a big cities. The hugeness of these installations makes any art project seem small and insignificant. How can I express my concern with ecological issues? How are the changes the ‘oil-age’ has brought about, socially, mentally, environmentally, reflected in society? I will explore some relations between people, place and print, and woodcut as political art.

Caroline writes: I will explore the relationship between old and new graphic media practices. I have specialised in woodcuts or woodcut in combination with new technologies such as laser cutting, and am interested in how language works as a manipulative tool in our everyday life. I have explored the language from the economical sphere and the language typical to bureaucratic governmental plans. A key question is the extent to which the choice of printing technique influences and becomes part of the content of the work I create. Can the old – ‘out-of-date’ – printing technologies represent something today beyond the purely functional, and entail other qualities than nostalgia. Can it also be a critical tool, productive of alternative futures (economic, political, etc.)?

Annette Kierulf (1964, Norway) is an artist, writer and curator who lives and works in Bøvågen and Bergen. Caroline Kierulf (1968, Norway) is an artist who lives and works in Bergen. They mainly work with woodcuts, but also objects and artist books, and have collaborated on exhibitions since 1999. Recent solo exhibitions include Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Hordaland Art Centre (2013), Nattarbeid i hagen II (Night-work in the Garden II), Kunstnerforbundet, (Oslo, Norway, 2012) and Boliggjeld er dagens rock´n roll (A Mortgage is Today’s Rock’n’roll), Galleri Norske Grafikere (Oslo, Norway, 2011). Their works have been included in several group exhibitions, latest in Brannon, Büttner, Kierulf, Kierulf, Kilpper, Bergen Kunsthall (2012) and BGO1, Bergen Kunstmuseum (2010). October 2015 Galleri F15 will host a solo exhibition of their works, and in relation to the Bergen Light Rail they have been commissioned to create a sculptural work for public space in relation to the Sandsli stop. Annette Kierulf is a professor and Caroline Kierulf is an associate professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.