Stavanger Harbour

For the 2017 Screen City Biennial we have chosen the harbour in Stavanger as the main site for production and presentation of the art. Water being an important symbol of movement, this environment connects the artworks to the city’s history of migration. The MS Sandnes boat, the Maritime Museum, placed containers and the path along the harbour is our frame, and the artworks the content.

Stavanger is located in a coastal landscape, bordering the sea to the west and Boknafjorden in the northeast. Its natural harbour made the city strategically important to the county of the east as well as to the shipping route along the western coast and the fertile Ryfylke Islands in the north. The regular delivery routes between Stavanger and foreign ports have formed a strong link between local and international ports.

The city harbour is called Vågen. Vågen was the starting point for The America Line’s legendary Stavangerfjord, which strengthened the contact between Rogaland and the “Norwegian America”.

Along the harbour you will find shipping containers and temporary platforms presenting video and interactive works by artists HC Gilje, Olivia McGilchrist and Yucef Merhi.

58°58’20.1″N 5°43’40.9″E

Stavanger Maritime Museum

Stavanger Maritime Museum has a central location along the harbour. The museum provides an insight into marine and general city history from the beginning of the 1800s and up to the present time. From the mid-1800s Stavanger was established as one of the biggest maritime towns in Norway. When the sailing era reached its peak in the 1870s, the town had more than 600 ships sailing all the oceans. Most of the ships sailed with raw materials from America and Asia to the industrialised Western Europe. Since then ships and seamen from Stavanger have always participated actively in international shipping.

This location, visualising how the ships and the sailing routes have changed through the years, has been an important starting point for the Biennial. It will host a new commissioned video work and sail installation by Enrique Ramirez, and its façade will show a multi-channel rear projection by Eric Corriel.

Strandkaien 22, 4005 Stavanger
58°58’14.0″N 5°43’43.6″E 

MS Sandnes

The MS Sandnes boat served as a night ferry along the historical Night Route between Sandnes/Stavanger and Bergen between 1950 and 1974 – a ship route established at a time when the only connection to and from the county went by sea. Now mostly located in Vågen, the Stavanger harbour, the pride of the ship still shows in the ship’s decorations with mirrors and panels, lighting fixtures, decor, paintings, art and general decorations including the 1st class ladies cabin and the gentlemen’s smoking lounge. The largest veteran ship in Norway, MS Sandnes has been declared worthy of preservation by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage.

The ship makes the Biennial’s anchor point, its main venue and starting point for exploring the art. Here you will meet the team, have a coffee and catch the screening of artworks by Dana Levy, Mirelle Borra and Matti Aikio, collect a map of all installations and start the sound walk by Duncan Speakman and the augmented reality walks by John Cleater and John Craig Freeman. This is where the Biennial’s Talks & Panels will hold place, children will enjoy the animation program Animate!, and where to find the Biennial’s opening party.

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The Concert Hall

The building rose on a site formerly used as an industrial and ferry terminal dock. The main façade of the Concert Hall is oriented toward the sea, just like the old warehouses in the area, allowing for magnificent views of the harbour, the islands and the mountain range in the east.

The silk-screened façade glass works as a projection screen for artworks by Enrique Ramirez, Margarida Paiva and Marcus Neustetter, and inside the building you will also find an Augmented Reality installation by John Cleater.

Sandvigå 1, 4007 Stavanger
58°58’30.8″N 5°43’22.0″E

SF KINO / Cinema

The local cinema facing the Arnagaren Square is part of the Culture House: the heart of the city-centre. The cinema presents over 300 films and cinematic experiences each year.

SF Kino will host the Biennial’s screening program on the topic of ‘alien realities’ with artists Yael Bartana, Shezad Dawood, Søren Thilo Funder, Maria von Hausswolff, Rona Yefman and Tanja Schlander, and Tobias Zieloni, as well as artist Q&As.

Sølvberggata 2, 4006 Stavanger
58°58’16.4″N 5°44’00.8″E

Rogaland Art Centre

Rogaland Art Centre, or Rogaland Kunstsenter, (RKS) is part of a network of artist owned publicly funded art centres in Norway. RKS in Stavanger presents contemporary art exhibitions and events, and develops art projects and public art commissions. It works for artistic freedom of expression and is a centre of excellence for the professional artists of the region. RKS was established in 1978 and is organised as an association with two members: Visual Artists Union (BKFR) and the Arts and Crafts Union (NKVN-R) of the county of Rogaland.

The art centre will present an audio-visual installation and book launch artist Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.

Nytorget 17, 4013 Stavanger
58°58’12.3″N 5°44’18.9″E

Studio17 – Bakspeilet

Studio17 – a non-commercial artist run space in the city centre of Stavanger – first opened its doors in late 2013. Since then Studio17 has hosted more than 70 exhibitions and other events. Programs consist of both open-call exhibitions, individual projects as well as a reading group. The board members of Studio17 are artists, curators and cultural workers: Anna Ihle, Hans Edward Hammonds, Espen Birkedal, Jessica Morris, and Mirja Majevski.

During the Biennial, the building housing both Studio 17 and Rogaland Art Centre will frame nomadic stories told by artists Matti Aikio at the studio and Bakspeilet, a rear-view projection space on the building’s facade, and by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay inside the building of Rogaland Art Centre.

Nytorget 17, 4013 Stavanger
58°58’12.3″N 5°44’18.9″E

Tou Scene

Tou Scene is an art factory under development in Stavanger East and housed in a unique building with more than a century-long history. The building once housed the Tou Brewery, a key company in Stavanger. Brewery Operations stopped around 1980. From 2001, the building was gradually taken into use again with the gradual development of Tou Scene AS. Since 2013, Tou has hosted multiple live performances and acts exploring the audio visual in collaboration with Screen City.

Tou Scene will present performances by Telcosystems, Lotic and Dj Dream Hard.

Kvitsøygaten 25, 4012 Stavanger
58°58’09.0″N 5°45’29.9″E

Stavanger Art Museum

The roots of Stavanger Art Museum, or Stavanger Kunstmuseum, extend back to the art society Stavanger Kunstforening housing the Stavanger Faste Gallery since 1865. Since the beginning the society’s main aim has been to: “…awaken a love of art and over time build an art collection which belongs to the society”. The museum’s collection contains over 2,600 works including Norway’s largest Lars Hertervig-collection and a steadily increasing number of paintings by Kitty Kielland – which was recently engaged in a three-part virtual reality project. It is located in the park Mosvannsparken.

In collaboration with the Screen City Biennial the Stavanger Art Museum will host an audio-visual performance by Transforma, and a Critics’ Conversation organised by VISP discussing selected works from the Biennial.

Henrik Ibsens gate 55, 4021 Stavanger
58°57’17.1″N 5°42’11.8″E

As a new initiative of Screen City, the 2017 Biennial will present a series of expanded moving image artworks online, selected by invited guest curators. Taking up digital public space we hope to reach more people in more places – and contribute to the exploration of new exhibition schemes for new forms of contemporary art online.

Enjoy works by Vasco Araújo, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo (United States), Lodovica Guarnieri and Lorenzo Gerbi, Marcel Odenbach, Utopian Union, Sam Wolson and Trevor Snapp.