8th Oslo Architecture Triennale (2022) - The Old Munch Museum

Skaus + Eladio Ramm + Yngvild Færøy

What do we expect of the places we share? How are we placed - as bodies and as communities - in our built environment? The work Trehus, initiated by art collective Skaus, experiments with the familiar hierarchies and forms of public space.

A temporary structure, Trehus (re)frames a linden tree by the entrance of the Old Munch Museum: taking a natural component of the urban landscape and elevating it to a place of sanctuary and stewardship. The spatial design and architectural concept, developed by architect studio Eladio Ramm, orchestrates an intimate and slightly uncanny experience. Sound artist Yngvild Færøy contributes with two soundworks that emphasize the vitality and vulnerability of the city's biotic dimension, highlighting human-plant relationships. Windchimes made by The Climate House youth program participants decorate the linden tree’s boughs and branches.

The collaboration demonstrates a shared interest in architectural and artistic interventions that explores the sensory and the conscious use of shared spaces, and the cultivation of community.

About the installation:
Trehus was made for the 8th Oslo Architecture Triennale by art collective Skaus in collaboration with architects Eladio Ramm, artist Yngvild Færøy, and the Natural History Museum’s Climate House youth program. Skaus is a collective founded by Norwegian artists Håvard Sagen, Mari Kolbeinson and Markus Bråten. Since their inception in 2019 Skaus have sought to explore the ways in which community understandings are acquired, challenged and changed.

Håvard Sagen (Artist/Skaus), Mari Kolbeinson (Artist/Skaus), Markus Bråten (Artist/Skaus), Nicolai Ramm Østgaard (Architect, Eladio Ramm), David Eladio Hugo Cabo (Architect, Eladio Ramm), Yngvild Færøy (Artist), Eirin Bruholt (Event manager, Climate host at The Climat House, Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum), Pippa Mott (Writer and Research Curator)

Trehus received support from ARENA - Arts Council Norway and the Oslo Architecture Triennale.

Photos: Are Carlsen, David Hugo Cabo and Håvard Sagen

Installation for Gunnar Torvund's Memorial Exhibition (1948–2019)

Bryne Kunstforening, Norway (2022)

- with Helene Kjær Bremseth and Matt Bryans

Curator: Ragnhild Aamås
Shared statement from Håvard Sagen, Helene Kjær Bremset and Matt Bryans about the project:

We have been given the opportunity to take a journey through Gunnar's works. Part of this journey was our visit to Kviteseid where Gunnar lived and worked. The experience of visiting Gunnar's studio made impressions, impressions that were unexpected and inspiring. The studio felt completely alive despite Gunnar's absence. This place, these rooms, were clearly his universe of thought as an artist; we got to walk in a labyrinth of traces and objects that opened up in a multitude of directions. We wanted to take part in and pass on his enormous energy, curiosity and logic, through experiences in landscapes we have in common with Gunnar.

On the 2nd floor we took in the forest from Telemark, which was a backdrop for Gunnar in his studio and home in Kviteseid. On the 3rd floor, we met Gunnar through the open Jær-landscape where he grew up, in the form of peatbogs, reeds and sand. The exhibition architecture is both inspired by and a tribute to Gunnar's boundless creativity; a tribute through three artists. The architecture is intended as a celebration of his life and work, and the artistic legacy that lives on through us who have experienced parts of his universe.
The project received support from Rogaland County Municipality, Time Municipality, Arts Council Norway and Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond.
Photos: Erik Sæter Jørgensen and Kåre Wiig

Håndavtrykk / Handprint

Public sculpture made by Håvard Sagen for the project Book of Sand / Singular Hands - Sokndal, Norway (2021)
The Artist worked in the sand deposits and made a permanent hand imprint from cement, mining sand and abandoned metal. The imprint can be seen from different vantage points in the landscape while hiking to the surrounding peaks.

Hiking guide:

About Book of Sand / Singular Hands
A collaborative project between the artists Matt Bryans, Håvard Sagen, Ananda Serné and social anthropologist/sociologist Merete Jonvik that took place from May to July 2021 at three artist-run spaces in Rogaland, Norway. Together we explored the dormant mythologies of three specific locations in Rogaland: a historic mining landscape, a marketplace, and agricultural surroundings. These locations host the artist-run spaces Velferden Sokndal Scene for Samtidskunst, Studio17 (Nytorget, Stavanger) and Studio K (Kvernaland, Time). The three spaces are situated in culturally significant places currently undergoing transformation. The intention of “Book of Sand / Singular Hands” was to let echoes from these silenced places return and to inhabit the sonic/ physical structures through an accumulating and multi-authored collaboration. It was our aim to introduce material from discontinued worlds, to absorb the local environment through the landscape, people and their stories and then continue these narratives through different mediums.
Book of Sand / Singular Hands received support from Arts Council Norway, Rogaland County Municipality, Stavanger Municipality and Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond.
Photos: Maiken Stene and Hans Edward Hammonds

Skaus Pilot:Stavanger
(13.02 - 06.09.2020)
Rogaland Art Center and Development lot, TOU - Stavanger, Norway

Skaus is a hosting and occupying platform. It is a support structure that instigates encounters between sites, artists, institutions, social infrastructures and the audience. Skaus is initiated and developed by Håvard Sagen, Mari Kolbeinson and Markus Bråten.

The pilot season of Skaus took place at Rogaland Art Center and a development lot in Stavanger, Norway. The maximum amount of space we could occupy within the gallery of Rogaland Art Center gave a physical parameter and set the shape for two identical wooden structures that were built by Skaus on site. The structures and their surroundings served as the physical framework for the pilot season of Skaus. From February to October, 2020,10 invited artists and artist collectives led the work on each designated site for a period of 3 weeks, producing 5 parallel art exhibitions. The material displayed during the opening was never removed, but became a part of Skaus, and a starting point for the next invited artist. The intention is to draw lines of flight, moulding and accumulating works, and open up narratives. The aim is to explore different forms of collaboration, working towards an informal and shared authorship. Continual change is an intrinsic part of the project, which takes form as an endless exhibition that will move to other sites and form new Configurations.
Pilot:Stavanger received support from KORO, Arts Council Norway, Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, Stavanger Municipality, IVAR Gjenvinningsstasjon, Optimera Stangeland, Absinthen and Bright Norway As dept. Stavanger.