IMAGINE BEING HERE NOW
The 6th Momentum Biennial
The 6th Momentum Biennial, held in Moss, Norway, is predicated upon a conviction that the complexities of orientating the world depend on factors of memory and imagination that inevitably transpire within time and space. Indeed, we tend to emphasize the latter when considering human experience, but for each individual time and space expands back and forth, up and down and even sideways (to whatever elements each person takes into consideration at any given moment). The inherent present of each individual not only extends to momentary impressions but to his or her past as well as their expectations of the future, owing to the fact that we have the ability to imagine being somewhere else entirely, in any other place at any other time.
In extension to the two venues that usually house the Biennial, Gallery F15 – a historic countryside villa, and Kunsthall – a former brewery in the city center, the exhibition engages The Solberg Tower – an empty high-rise near the city of Moss. Furthermore, projects intervene in the exhibition infrastructure at unexpected hours and sites throughout Momentum. One of those events will be an itinerant performance program presenting itself around the Nordic region in the fall. A prelude to what might occur in Moss, the release of an introductory reader published by Mousse Publishing will take place in Venice during the Biennale opening, in which writers, artists and thinkers introduce the exhibition. Indicatory of an exhibition venturing to pin down, stretch and animate the experience of time in standstill, motion and reverse the Reader parallels the multiple layers of presentation and expressions characterizing the exhibition. Additionally, a subsequent catalogue will be published near the end of the Biennial, exploring what, where and when was experienced.