Senior Artist in Residence
M.A. Art, New York University
M.A. Art History, University of Toronto
Phone: (425) 352-3357
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
As an educator, I teach both theory and practice. I temper practical studio and craft techniques with theoretical, philosophical knowledge and conduct intensive student mentoring in the form of studio visits and group critiques. I believe in the didactic strength of dialogue, and I keep Paolo Freire always in mind. I am dedicated to social justice and gender equality in my teaching and art praxis.
My teaching method is to build a holistic, inspired curriculum as a base structure that encourages each student to take responsibility for their own artistic direction. A solid but continuously updated matrix combined with activated, self-driven research propels students to become independent, head-strong people and artists. I find teaching as fulfilling as being a practicing artist. Both activities are challenging, rewarding and highly complementary of one another.
I have extensive teaching experience: I was a professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts for six years and I have taught at art schools including Umeå Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Art, Trondheim Art Academy, Skive Art College in Denmark and the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah.
Recent Courses Taught
BIS 490 Senior Seminar
BISCLA 380 Arts in Context: Contemporary Art Theory
BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: WORD-Art Writing
BISIA 483 Advanced Arts Workshop: Print to Pixel
As an artist I work in print, performance, internet, sound, sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. I work and exhibit extensively, as an artist duo, with my partner Alejandra Salinas. My work has been shown in institutions such as the Athens Biennial, the Bergen Triennial, Turku Biennial, Eastside Projects in Birmingham, IMO in Copenhagen, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, CCA Glasgow, Serralves Museum Porto, ICC Tokyo, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, among many others. My work has been screened at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, e-Flux Berlin, the Berlin Film Festival, Dundee Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina Novi Sad and many others. In experimental sound I won an award of distinction in digital music at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. I have been commissioned to produce sound works by institutions such as WDR West German radio and Swedish National Radio. In 2011 I co-founded INCA Detroit, an artist run space and artist in residency in Detroit, USA. INCA Detroit have hosted 7 residents from Norway and Sweden, and have produced 13 exhibitions and events in the space. Recently Alejandra Salinas and I opened INCA Seattle, an exhibition and lecture space in Seattle, USA where we curate exhibitions and host resident artists. I have also been awarded the Norwegian Artist Association fellowship for four consecutive years, in addition to numerous project grants from different funding bodies such as Office for Contemporary Art, Norway and the Scottish Art Council.