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Atopia is an artist initiative dedicated to the development of experimental film and video art in Norway.






To Artists working with Film and Video


Atopia wishes to invite you to a new edition of VideoForum.


Monday, 8.12.2014 (19:00 - 22:00)


Atopia’s VideoForum is an open screening program. All artists working with Film and Video are invited to bring their works personally to Atopia for screening and presentation. There are no submission procedures, no application forms, and no rejections.


Please bring your video work personally to Atopia on the above date. Your video will be screened and you will have the chance to discuss it with a group of other interested artists and curators.


- We welcome works in progress as well as completed works.

- Maximum projection time for each video: 10 min.

- Works will be presented in the order received.

- Format: DVD and other Digital files

- You can make reservations by sending an email to info(at)


Among the topics that are often discussed in VideoForum are issues of artistic intentions and intensities, form and technology, the relationship of sound and image, artistic integrity and ethics as well as the political versus the personal. But above all we hope to foreground and contemplate intuition.

VideoForum is set in Atopia’s non-competitive and intimate environment with the aim of developing a community of film and video artists. It is a gathering of artists who present and discuss their own works and offer each other the gift of a critical eye.

VideoForum was initiated 10 years ago as a monthly open screening program of Atopia. During its initial 38 editions it witnessed the participation of more than 140 artists. In 2010 we decided to put the project on hold for a while. Today due to a large number of inquiries about VideoForum we have realized that it is an important contribution of Atopia and we hope to organize it as a regular monthly program.


We look forward to seeing you and your work in this edition of VideoForum.










(14 Nov - 5 Dec 2014)

Opening: Friday, 14 Nov. at 19:00


Atopia is pleased to invite you to an exhibition of a new work by Linn Lervik.

Linn Lervik (Tønsberg, 1976) studied fine art at Central Saint Martins College in London and later at Chelsea College of Art and Design, graduating with a degree in Sculpture (BFA, 2001).

Lervik’s works are the meeting place of various media. She works with the combination of drawing, animation, sculpture, space, light and sound. Her works embody symphonic coexistences of media that are mixed and yet singular. 

Using the building blocks of drawing, sculpture and video her media merge, attack, reflect upon, criticize and expand each other.

Working on this exhibition Lervik had occupied Atopia Gallery as her own studio for more than a month. The resulting work is an installation that started with transforming the normal gallery pedestal into the artwork itself. 

We had agreed that there should be no deadline for the completion of the work. When the work decides it is ready the studio becomes the gallery.

Linn Lervik lives and works in Oslo. She has been one of the main forces behind the artist initiative Atopia since 2006, working both as an artist and a curator.








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Retrospective Exhibition, Part 1

Retrospektiv: Film- og videokunst i Norge, 1960-90

30 Years of Motion


Utstillingen Retrospektiv: Film- og videokunst i Norge er et resultat av et forskningsprosjekt i regi av Atopia som tar for seg kunstneriske film- og videoarbeider fra 1960-tallet. Formålet er å utforske og utvikle den historiske konteksten for eksperimentell film og videokunst i Norge. Dette er første del av en utstillingstrilogi og retter oppmerksomheten mot arbeider produsert mellom 1960 og 1990.

Mange av kunstnerne i denne utstillingen er velkjente videokunstnere. Andre hører mer hjemme på kino enn i gallerier eller museer. Noen av filmarbeidene har aldri før vært plassert i en museumskontekst. De er likevel bemerkelsesverdige verker som hovedsakelig ble laget for kino på 1960- og 1970-tallet. Kjent som “frie kunstneriske kortfilmer” er de nært knyttet til samtidskunstneres filmatiske verker. Som dokumentararbeider er de kompromissløse i sine synspunkter, filmatiske stil og tilnærming, og som kortfilmer faller de utenfor den narrative produksjonsstandarden.  

Utstillingen består av 64 filmer og videoarbeider av 36 enkeltstående norske kunstnere foruten ti videoportretter fra 2010 og 2011.




                                                                          still from Running, Inghild Karlsen, 1988








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