If there’s one thing Norway can do better than most countries it’s a biennial. Screen City, is the latest Norwegian art biennial, this time dedicated entirely to the moving image in public spaces. First set up as a festival in 2013, the new format has a seriously global perspective, and this year’s edition takes the question of migration as its thematic centre. Under the title “Migrating Stories”, Screen City seeks to explore and problematise the ever-pertinent topic of migration in our current climate and consider how art might respond to an idea which is entrapped simultaneously between an idea of global co-existence and xenophobia.
The Screen City Biennial will take place at Stavanger, a harbour setting necessarily implicit in migrant history. With an intent focus on the capabilities of interaction between moving image and three-dimensional space, the biennial invites artists from Israel, Greece, India, Chile, Tunisia, Scandinavia and further afield, including Berlin-based Lotic to work with the architectures of this unique spot. Expect to see live abstract visuals from German, Transforma, the pioneering cybernetic work of Yucef Merhi and complex visual explorations of Caribbean diaspora in the work of Olivia McGilchrist, and Shezad Dawood’s gripping Venice work. Seeking to extend the parameters of cinematic experience, the expansive programme encompasses video, audio-visual art, light art and augmented reality, as well as the concept of live cinema, projects in which audio and visual components are created in real time.
Curated by the Chilean-Norwegian, Daniela Arriado and Danish Tanya Toft, the Screen City Biennial runs from 5 – 31 October 2017.