The Trondheim Seminar – Conclusions:

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The Trondheim Seminar – Video Documentation:

Plenary Session 1, 5 September 2015
Working group 1: Defining (artistic) work
Marina Vishmidt (presenter), Jesper Alvær, Noah Fischer, Marius Lervåg Aasprong, Danilo Prnjat, Rena Raedle, Gregory Sholette.
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Plenary Session 2, 5 September 2015
Working group 2: Situating precarity
Jelena Vesić (presenter), Jochen Becker, Vladan Jeremic, Marita Muukkonen, Jean-Baptiste Naudy, Kuba Szreder, Ivor Stodolsky
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Plenary Session 3 & discussion, 5 September 2015
Working group 3: Valuation of artistic work
Airi Triisberg (presenter), Corina L. Apostol, Sissel M Bergh, Mourad El Garouge, Minna L. Henriksson, Lise Skou, Lise Soskolne, Raluca Voinea
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Plenary Session 1, 6 September 2015
Working group 4: Possibilities and difficulties of coalition-building beyond local and international constraints
Ivor Stodolsky (presenter), Jochen Becker, Marita Muukkonen, Minna L. Henriksson, Sissel M Bergh, Vladan Jeremic
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Plenary Session 2, 6 September 2015
Working group 5: Transformative ways of art production
Raluca Voinea (presenter), Corina L. Apostol, Danilo Prnjat, Jean-Baptiste Naudy, Jelena Vesić, Jesper Alvær, Kuba Szreder, Lise Skou
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Plenary Session 3, 6 September 2015
Working group 6: Aligning with social movements
Gregory Sholette (presenter), Airi Triisberg, Lise Soskolne, Marina Vishmidt, Marius Lervåg Aasprong, Mourad El Garouge, Noah Fischer, Rena Raedle
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The Exhibition in the context of the Trondheim Seminar:

A Real Work of Art

2 Sep 2015 – 20 Sep 2015, RAM Galleri, Oslo

A Real Work of Art – art ,work, and solidarity structures.
The exhibition is initiated and organized by Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremic, with contribution from Corina L. Apostol ( ArtLeaks) Nikolay Oleynikov ( Chto Delat? ), Federico Geller, Iulia Toma, Fokus Grupa and others.

Although we live in a time of creative industries, which implies the emergence of a new proletariat of cultural workers, artistic work is not considered ‘real’ work. Artists and art critics alike nurture the utopian idea of artistic practice as a form of liberated, non-alienating work. Nevertheless, platforms like ArtLeaks and other initiatives publish ‘Stories from the Production Line’, to quote the famous title by the dramatist Heiner Müller. Working conditions in the global art system, the corporatisation of art financing and precarious livelihoods of artists, unpaid labour, problematic sponsors – all these problems now plague the artworld.

A REAL WORK OF ART is less about the presentation of artworks and more about the organisation of art workers. The exhibition’s ‘raw material’ consists of the experiences of artists who have tried to organise themselves into associations that promote improved working conditions for artists. Such initiatives are as old as the labour movement itself, and they can be said to form the backbone for today’s positions and initiatives. The participating artists share important ideas about art and work, organisational structures and solidarity.

The aim of the exhibition is to generate a temporary ‘hot spot’ for these issues – one that can be useful for Norwegian artists and artist organisations who are grappling with cuts in public funding and other factors affecting the conditions for artists today.


Exhibition views “A Real Work of Art – art, work, and solidarity structures.”
RAM Galleri, Oslo