• Futurefarmers in Oslo 2013

Slow Space is the public art programme for Bjørvika – the former container port area of the city of Oslo and home to the Opera House, which has been challenging conventional forms of public art.

In 2010, Situations were asked to devise a new curatorial vision for this major site of regeneration on Oslo’s waterfront. Claire Doherty, Situations Director recalls, “We were struck by how Snøhetta’s white marble roof at the Opera House had quickly become a new gathering place in the city – a space free from commercial activity in which to think, to slow down, to congregate, to self-organise. We gathered together artists, architects, planners and curators from all over the world in Oslo to help us think about alternative approaches to public time as well as public space.”

Slow Space was conceived as a programme that will unfold over time, through collective activity, annual events and interventions, often in close collaboration with existing organisations and artist-run and activist initiatives across the city.

The commissioned artists were Futurefarmers and Katie Paterson. Read about Futurefarmers’ project, Flatbread Society here and Katie Paterson’s ongoing project, Future Library, here.

Funders and Supporters

Slow Space is commissioned and funded by Bjørvika Utvikling AS.

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