Meta.Morf 2016 – Nice to be in Orbit!

New technologies and scientific insights increasingly contribute to placing questions concerning man’s origin and destiny on the immediate agenda. It can be argued that we, as the planet’s probably most innovative species, are now agents for an evolutionary process which in its consequence lead towards the possible creation of new forms of intelligent entities and a new universal consciousness. The assembly of our new shared memory bank, the digital cloud, and the accelerating development of artificial intelligence and life thatRead more

About / CV

Espen Gangvik is a Norwegian artist and curator. Gangvik studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Trondheim from 1980 to 1984. Gangvik is noted as an artist that from a constructivist perspective works “…between reality and virtuality. His sculptures – often performed in metal or other materials that give a sense of possessing mass and a fixed form – is based on the manipulation of space using geometry and mathematics as the basic tool.” Prof. Øivind Storm Bjerke, 2000Read more

‘Transformer’, omtale, kunsthistoriker Anja Johansen, Billedkunst, 2008

Transformer Espen Gangvik Objekter fra en endret tilværelse Trondheim Kunstmuseum Kunsthistoriker Anja Johansen, Publisert: 24.01.2008 Utgave: 1/2008 Billedkunst Gangviks algoritmiske og industrielle figurer transformerer andre etasje av Trondheim Kunstmuseum til en geometrisk verden av pulserende liv. Det er syv år siden Espen Gangvik sist presenterte en separatutstilling. I mellomtiden har han vært med på å opprette TEKS, Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstnersenter, og har siden den gang vært en engasjert aktør i formidlingen av ny teknologisk kunst. Utstillingen i Trondheim Kunstmuseum gir etRead more

‘AMBIGUOUS GEOMETRY’ catalogue text by Prof. Øivind Storm Bjerke.

A reflection on ‘A LONG FORGOTTEN FUTURE‘, one of Espen Gangvik’s rare solo exhibitions, 2000. Professor Øivind Storm Bjerke, University of Oslo. The art of Espen Gangvik takes an intermediate position between reality and virtuality. His sculptures – usually made in metal or other materials that gives a feeling of solidity – are based on the manipulation of space with geometry and mathematics as the basic tools. He makes the shapes of his sculptures with the help of digital techniques.Read more

‘CREATIVE ORDER’ catalogue text by prof. Øivind Storm Bjerke.

CREATIVE ORDER. Article based on Espen Gangvik’s solo exhibition ‘OBJECTS FROM AN ALTERED EXCISTENCE’, at Trondheim Art Museum, 2007. Professor Øivind Storm Bjerke, professor, University of Oslo. Espen Gangvik emerged on the art scene in the mid-1980s with a youthful freshness, and immediately attracted attention, which led to public commissions and purchases. Rapid shifts in trends and changes in art institutions and other venues have not made Gangvik modify his direction. He has followed his own path in what may be regardedRead more

‘PARADOX AND PARALOGY’ catalogue text by art historian Synnøve Engevik.

PARADOX AND PARALOGY. Espen Gangvik’s concrete and metaphysical art. Article based on Espen Gangvik’s solo exhibition ‘OBJECTS FROM AN ALTERED EXCISTENCE’, at Trondheim Art Museum, 2007, by Synnøve Engevik, art historian, Trondheim Art Museum. Espen Gangvik’s sculptures exist somewhere in between an intuitive design and a mathematical and philosophical reflection. The formal language is constructive and geometrical, and is an exploration of the concrete object and the relation between object, viewer, time and space. A line is broken, and creates aRead more

Director, TEKS – Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter / Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, 2002 – present.

TEKS – Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter / Trondheim Electronic Arts centre – was founded in January 2002 as a non-profit organisation. The Arts Council Norway initiated a process in 1999 for updating knowledge and skills amongst Norwegian artist regarding digital and electronic tools for artistic practice. In 2000 I was assigned as the head of the newly established computer lab at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, and in collaboration with the institution and the Arts Council Norway we eventually founded TEKS as an open source media-lab. Trine E.Read more

Curator, Trondheim Matchmaking, Annual festival for art & technology, 2002 – 2009.

Trondheim Matchmaking Trondheim Matchmaking is a festival project for art & technology that TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre started in 2002 as part of the organisation’s strategy for raising awareness of the field of art & technology. The festival ran for eight years until 2009. Along the road, Trondheim Matchmaking became a major part of TEKS’s  activities, and in 2010 we revealed its successor, Meta.Morf – biennale for art & technology. From the 2002 intro text: Trondheim Matchmaking is an annual internationalRead more

Director and Curator, Meta.Morf – Biennale for art & technology, 2010 – present

Meta.Morf – Biennale for art & technology – Trondheim. After arranging the annual festival for art and technology – Trondheim Matchmaking – for eight years between 2002 and 2009, we started in 2007 to discuss changing the festival to a biannual event to try to ensure increased curatorial research between the events, hopefully assuring a quality enhanced project. To help develop the biennale idea we put together a reference board in 2007 that consisted of: Alex Adriaansens, Director, V2_ og DEAF, Rotterdam CliveRead more

Meta.Morf 2014 – Lost in Transition

The perpetual processes of change that can be observed within all levels of the Universe, from micro to macro scale, from stardust to animate entities, are constantly generating new patterns, structures and forms, shaping all aspects of life. Transformative processes carries aesthetic qualities not only of great intrinsic value, but qualities that as well can be suggested playing an essential part of the way all things develop. Meta.Morf 2014 – Lost in Transition – aims to illuminate transformation and aestheticsRead more

Meta.Morf 2012 – A Matter of Feeling!

Art, design and architecture have become a question of relational design, which again concerns our cities, the environment, politics, consumer behaviour, social relations, even life itself. Life is impure, revealing itself as an open and complex system with porous boundaries, bringing forth an endless social and biological diversity. Every relational system operates on affect, or as we often call it, feelings. Human and nonhuman actions and interactions are expressions of these networked relations. Meta.Morf 2012 presents art and design projectsRead more

Meta.Morf 2010 – New.Brave.World!

Almost nothing on this planet has been left untouched by humankind and its actions. Sometimes as a side effect, but often as a conscious interference from trying to sculpt the world according to our dreams and fears. Mastering and designing all aspects of life is closely related to the development of science and technology. New technologies have become tools for trying to change nature from its unpredictable and uncontrollable state, into the opposite, a predictable and controllable planet of ‘perfection’.Read more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2009

ART THAT CARES – MUSIC THAT BENDS Trondheim Matchmaking 2009 is proud to announce the opening of the very first Nordic Electroboutique! In relation to this very last Trondheim Matchmaking, Electroboutique launches its new conceptual store: Art that Cares. The 150 sq. meters concept store named “Art that Cares” will be opened on October 16 in Fjordgt. 11, Trondheim, Norway. Electroboutique’s first concept store in the Nordic countries will offer unique art works developed by our highly competent contemporary artists, designersRead more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2008

HYBRIDS From medieval mythologies we are familiar with hybrid creatures like the Centaur and the Griffon. The creation of these fantasy beings denies in itself the very existence of species as we define the term today. The tendency to try to abolish the species and our body´s limitations seems to be a recurring theme with mankind. This years conference highlights amongst others how knowledge from new research and insight radically can happen to change human biology and self understanding, andRead more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2007

NATURE [of Man] Nature can be defined as the physical world containing all natural phenomenas and living things, including the forces and mechanisms that collectively controls and run these processes independently of human volition or intervention. Mankind has tried to master and refine these mechanisms from its very beginning. “NATURE [of man]” presents artists and researchers with projects that takes a deeper look into man´s relation to nature, and the consequences and possibilities that lies therein. Click for full documentation: TrondheimRead more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2006

MACHINE A machine can be defined as a mechanical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of tasks. The subject of the festival relates to the possibilities and limitations that lies within the many technologies that we to an extending degree are surrounding ourselves with. For 2006 we are proudly presenting quite a few of the pioneers and leading artists within the field of art and technology. Click for full documentation: Trondheim Matchmaking 2006 PRESENTERS,Read more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2005

5002 In 2005 it´s one hundred years since Norway became an independent nation and 30 years into a communication revolution, and we are reflecting on just what it means to be a citizen in these times. We are free to use open source software, free to communicate with people and easily access information across the planet. But new technologies offer abilities to track and surveil, which may radically change, or extinguish, basic privacies. In terms of the world around us,Read more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2004

A DIGITAL LIFESTYLE Public art installations are increasingly being subject to techno based art productions. What might this entail on the practical side of things, and can this development on a longer term contribute to change our perception of art as well as reality? Keynote speakers: Natalie Jeremijenko, artist/ professor, UCSD, San Diego, “Fishy Interactions”, human interaction with fish. Anna Hill, artist, Dublin: “Space Synnaps Systems”, sculptures in space. Bjarne Kvinnsland, composer, Oslo, “The Tunnel of Light”, a subway station installation.Read more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2003

THE CONTINUATION In 2002 Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre ran a series of seminars and workshops titled Trondheim Matchmaking. Because of the huge interest the project created, we are arranging TMM as a mini festival this year! The idea is to create and maintain a meeting place in Trondheim for competence and resources within electronic arts and new technology, both domestic and international. The concept recides on presenting innovative ideas and projects. Projects in progress, projects that needs spesific technology, technologyRead more

Trondheim Matchmaking / 2002

The very first TRONDHEIM MATCHMAKING was organized as part of the founding process of TEKS – TRONDHEIM ELECTRONIC ARTS CENTRE. Trondheim Matchmaking’s very first statement: Trondheim Matchmaking is an annual international festival in Trondheim, Norway, for art and technology arranged by Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, TEKS. The festival is a meeting point for presenting innovative ideas and artistic projects, a place to share knowledge, make contacts and learn new skills and develop resources within new technology and electronic arts. New artRead more

SCREENS / 1997

SCREENS The exhibition ‘Screens’ in 1997 was based on the initiative of Prof. Jeremy Welsh at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and became the official one thousand years anniversary exhibition of the founding of the city of Trondheim. As the director of Trondheim Art Museum at the time, we collaborated on producing ‘screens’ for the museum and the Nidaros Cathedral with Welsh as the main curator. ‘screens’ were together with ‘Electra 96’, arranged the year before at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, an exhibition that pioneered investigating the fieldRead more