Slow Space was the public art programme for Bjørvika – the former container port area of the city of Oslo and home to the Opera House. In 2010, Situations were asked to devise a new curatorial vision for this major site of regeneration on Oslo’s waterfront.

“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.”  Claire Doherty

Slow Space was conceived as a programme that would unfold over time, through collective activity, annual events and interventions. The curatorial strategy was developed through a four-day creative workshop series called Slow Days. The commissioned artists were Futurefarmers and Katie Paterson.


Slow Space was commissioned and funded by Bjørvika Utvikling AS.