Knut Åsdam (1968) is a Norwegian filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer, exhibited internationally since 1998. Åsdam will be a guest at Arctic Moving Image & FIlm Festival 27 - 30 October 2016, and a retrospective programme of his films will be shown. The programme is a part of a curatorial project at the festival, led by curator Hanne Hammer Stien, focusing on urban life in the Arctic, and asking questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
About Knut Åsdam
Åsdam studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (NYC 94-95), Jan van Eyck Akademie (Maastricht, 92-94), Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, 89-92), Wimbledon School of Art (London, 88-89), the University of Oslo and Maui Community College, Maui, Hawaii.
Expressed in diverse forms, the main interest of Åsdam’s work remains a concern for contemporary society and its psychological and material effects, and the toll of every day life; e.g. how individuals constructs and negotiates his or her identity in reaction to the rules and organizations of contemporary society.
Åsdam investigates the usage and perception of public urban spaces, including their structures of political power and authority. The themes in Åsdam’s work can be thought of relating to four essential categories; ‘Speech’, ‘Living’, ‘Sexualities’ and ‘Struggle’. These concerns often relate to themes of dissidence and to analysis of space in terms of desire, usage and history. The idiosyncrasy of Åsdam’s approach to the cinematic field is created by transposing the resources of spatial and place-oriented discourses from the Fine Arts context into film. Furthermore, he uses a plotless narrative and an oscillation between documentary and fictional narrative elements in the films.
Åsdam´s work has been shown widely at i.e. Tate Modern; Bergen Kunsthall; Tate Britain; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Venice Biennial; Kunsthalle Bern; Istanbul Biennial; FRAC Bourgogne; MACRO, Rome; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Manifesta7; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; P.S.1 MOMA, NYC: and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others. Feature articles on Åsdam's work have been published in Artforum, Grey Room, Le Monde Diplomatique, Untitled Magazine and many more.