Open Forum is a student run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo that runs at Khartoum Contemporary Art Center (KCAC) every Monday night. Open Forum seeks to create a meaningful exchange of ideas and a dynamic space for dialogue and debate between art students, artists and others working across disciplines. The talks are structured around different topics, from those closer to artistic and curatorial practices to others of social and political relevance. After the presentations we offer soup and a chance to discuss more informally.
9–16 May 2021 (15:00–18:00)
St. Olavs gate 32
Antena no. 4 Åsa Sonjasdotter: Weeds. Roots. Seeds.

*Each Act is a separate event, you are welcome to join one or all.
Please send your rsvp to: with your preferred date of attendance. Maximum capacity for each event is 10.

Act 1. Weeds. Sunday 9th May 15.00

Act 2. Roots Thursday 13th May 15:00

Act 3. Seeds. Sunday 16th May 15.00

Open Forum is pleased to host our fourth Antenna by artist, researcher, writer and organiser Åsa Sonjasdotter. Working as a receptor, the 𝘈𝘕𝘛𝘌𝘕𝘕𝘈 attempts to reach, grasp and transmit voices from one locality to another. This antenna grew out of a correspondence that moved back and forth between two gardens, Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin and the backyard of what used to be inhabited by the Art Academy at St. Olavs gate 32, before the transition to its current location in Grünerløkka. Our conversation touched the histories in the grounds, spices that become like companions because they have been with us for such a long time. In the end, Åsa came back to us with an essay in three acts: Weeds. Roots. Seeds. We would like to invite you to read and respond to it together with us in the garden at St. Olavs gate by activating, re-thinking and re-searching the place itself.

𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯:
We kindly ask you to dress accordingly as we will be outside during the whole event and get a bit of dirt on our hands. Warm soup and drinks will be provided. Please bring your own cup, so we can minimize the waste.
𝘈 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘛𝘪𝘭 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘨𝘴 (For Sale), Fine Arts bachelor graduation class of 2021 graduation exhibition, opening on May 8th at St. Olavsgate 32. Situated in a symbolic, cultural-historical address in central Oslo: The building was originally built for the Norwegian Mapping Authority in 1880. From 1981 to 2010, the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts was located at St. Olavsgate 32. The graduation exhibition Til Salgs takes place at the same time as the state sells the facility worthy of protection to the highest bidder. In the meeting between location, exhibition and sale, contradictions and connections between education, art, city development and society are made visible. Bringing art and art production back to the house, albeit for a short period, is a political, historical, artistic, social and poetic act, as well as a tribute to the building's history.***

Å𝘴𝘢 𝘚𝘰𝘯𝘫𝘢𝘴𝘥𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 is an artist, researcher, writer and organiser, living by the island of Ven in Sweden and the city of Berlin, Germany. Her work deals with ways of knowing, unmaking, mourning and remembering through processes of recovery and re-narration of livelihood relations. Through close reading of tacit matter, dead and alive, abundant imagination of the past and the present is brought into re-existence.
Sonjasdotter is currently translating and contextualising the pamphlet Peace with the earth (Fred med Jorden), written by Elisabeth Tamm and Elin Wägner in 1940, to be published by Archive Books, Berlin, in 2021, who also published her recent publication Tracing Agricultural Memory – Refiguring Practice in 2019. Sonjasdotter’s ongoing work, Cultivating Stories, follows the re-cultivation of grains rescued from the deep freezers of the Nordic Gene Bank. It was commissioned by the Bergen Assembly, Norway in 2019, and has been shown at the Biennale of Warsaw, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Württembergischen Kunstvereins, Stuttgart, and further places.

In 2007, Sonjasdotter took part in the foundation of the Academy for Contemporary Art in Tromsø, North Norway, where she was program leader until 2010, and professor until 2014. Since 2015 she is a founding member of the Neighbourhood Academy, a bottom up learning site in Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin. Since 2018, Sonjasdotter is a Doctoral Researcher in Artistic Practice at Valand Academy, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.****

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘻𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘯 is a self-organized open platform for urban and rural knowledge sharing, cultural practice and activism.It started in the summer of 2015 with the program City Country Land, and invited activists, artists, architects, researchers and representatives of initiatives from New York, Chicago, Madrid, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg to work on questions of urban and rural resilience, commons, land-politics and social housing. The Neighborhood Academy is an open and continously growing co-operation. It is initiated by Marco Clausen (Prinzessinnengarten), Elizabeth Calderón Lüning (common grounds), Åsa Sonjasdotter and anstiftung.*****

𝘖𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘶𝘮 is a student run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, that seeks to create a meaningful exchange of ideas, a dynamic space for dialogue and debate within the academy, the art scene and a wider panorama. As a nomadic organism, Open Forum takes different shapes, from lectures to performative events, in order to map the delta moving in the landscape of multiple river branches and islands. We wish to invite to those places situated in the mouth of the river, the meeting point of two water bodies which stream different intensities of movement.