Munchmuseet on the Move: Sara Eliassen, 'The Feedback Loop'

Film programme, screen interventions and exhibition.

Sara Eliassen’s project The Feedback Loop explores how screen culture and the moving images we surround ourselves with affect our thoughts, gazes and movements.

The artist has looked at tourist and propaganda films of the twenties and thirties, in which techniques, such as montage and morphing, were used to induce viewers to identify with nationalist ideology. She explores how such strategies have travelled through film history and continue to operate in contemporary screen culture.

The screening series forms the backdrop for Eliassen’s own public screen intervention at Oslo Central Station, where the artist feeds new video material into the flow of images and messages being exchanged between screens and humans. The Feedback Loop culminates in an exhibition at Munchmuseet on the Move – Kunsthall Oslo at Dronning Eufemias gate 34.

Period: 19 April–16 December 2018.

Location: The Munch Museum, Oslo Central Station and Munchmuseet on the Move – Kunsthall Oslo in Dronning Eufemias gate 34.

Programme (at The Munch Museum):

19 April: Sara Eliassen in conversation with curator Natalie Hope O’Donnell, 19:00 at Munchmuseet 

Sara Eliassen in conversation with curator Natalie Hope O’Donnell about her artistic practice and her new project for Munchmuseet on the Move: The Feedback Loop. The conversation will be held in Norwegian.

31 May: Researcher Irmgard Emmelhainz on Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema (1988–1998), 19:00 at Munchmuseet

Dr Irmgard Emmelhainz will discuss Godard’s practice and cinematic strategies primarily through looking at examples from ‘Histoire(s) du cinéma’ and ‘Ici et ailleur’. 

30 August: Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture, Enforced Disappearance in Iguala (2017), 19:00 at Munchmuseet

This event will look at the project ‘The Ayotzinapa Case – a cartography of violence’ as a starting point for a larger discussion on Forensic Architecture’s working methods and media technology as a tool to counter official versions of events. 

1. November: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Conceiving Ada (1997), 19:00 at Munchmuseet

The event will screen Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Conceiving Ada (1997) along with some of her video works. Lynn Hershman Leeson was Sara Eliassen’s professor during her MFA program at San Francisco Art Institute, and continues to be a great influence on her work. The screening will be followed by a Q&A as an exploration of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s ground-breaking work as an artist and thinker. Lynn Hershman Leeson has been making pioneering work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, female subjectivity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. 

29 November: Leslie Thornton, Peggy and Fred in Hell (1983–2016), 19:00 at Munchmuseet

Screening of Leslie Thornton's open-ended series ‘Peggy and Fred in Hell’ and a discussion around the post-apocalyptic as an image of the present and technology’s role in producing subjects with Sara Eliassen and Leslie Thornton.

Other events outside the Munch Museum: 

11 – 17 June: Screen intervention at Oslo Central Station

30 November: Exhibition opening at Munchmuseet on The Move - Kunsthall Oslo, Dronning Eufemias gate 34