Curated by Tenthaus, MOMENTUM 12: Together as to gather takes place from 10 June to 8 October 2023 at Galleri F 15 on the island of Jeløya in Moss, Norway. The 12th edition of the biennale is the first to be curated by an art collective.
The collective has collaborated together in various constellations since 2009. Characterised by an open, process-oriented form of participation and collaboration, its focus is on local contexts, exploring collectivity and inclusion through different forms of engagement. Tenthaus continuously reimagines itself, investigating what it means to be artists working with the public and what makes a relevant, socially engaged practice.
“Tenthaus as an art collective is moving toward a model of polyphonic co-authorship. Polyphonic suggests the harmonic possibility of producing more than one independent melody at a time in a single composition. To a great extent, this is how Tenthaus functions; each individual practice both resonates and amplifies itself through collective work. We produce and involve many themes and curatorial ideas at the same time. In this way, we are able to explore a myriad of concurrences; subjects and artistic forms each carrying resonance and meaning,” explains the collective.
For the biennale, Tenthaus practises a gathering methodology. The intention is to begin from the practices of the artists they invite and to work from there, then coming together to find the common threads of connection. This practice expands throughout the collective’s ecosystem, both locally and internationally, to include artists, designers, editors, newspapers, artist-run galleries, international biennales, and local schools to share a variety of art projects over the course of the biennale. Through this process, MOMENTUM 12: Together as to gather explores what intuitively comes out of gathering people, places and times.
The list is long and growing, and participants include:
YTB, WET, Well-Being Residency Network, Wei-Ting Zeng/Tseng, Victoria Idland Erichsen, Valentina Martínez Mariscal, Tokyo Biennale, Thomas Iversen, The 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Tenthaus Radio / Radio InterFM, Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Studio150, Stephanie Lüning, Stefan Schröder, Stan D’Haene, Stacy Brafield, So Yo Hen, Shahrzad Malekian, Sara Enger Larsen, Salangen Biennale 23 / If Paradise Is Half As Nice, ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur, Post.Design, Podium / Struktura, Paulina Stroynowska, Pablo Helguera, Nikhil Vettukattil, Morag Keil, Mechu Rapela, Matilde Balatti, Matias Laurent Garcia Fossnæs, Marte Huke, Marte Helene Fosse, Marie Cole, Margrethe Pettersen, Lise B Linnert + 4.kl Møllergata Skole since 2018, Linnea Herlofsen Tostrup, Line Solberg Dolmen, Leila Marina Centioni, Lea Kreul Bærug, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art / Survival Kit, Laura Perrot, Larnaca Biennale, La Hervidera, MFA in Art and Public Space at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Kirkeparken vgs, Kate Rich, Kabila Stepháne, Julia Høye Pacheco, Joanna Chia-yu Lin, Jessica Williams, Jeff Watt, Jasper Siverts, Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo, Jaanus Samma, Ida Uvaas, Hulias, House of Foundation / Lyse Netter, Hermetiske Skygger, Helsinki Biennial, Helen Eriksen, Gudskul, Germain Ngoma, Galleri F 15, Gabo Camnitzer, Fredrikstad Kommune / Tall Ships Races, Fotogalleriet, Fotobook DUMMIES Day 傻瓜書日, Freja Burgess & Felix Dahlström Persson, Ewa Hubar, Escuela de Garaje, Enrique Guadarrama Solis, Elina Suoyrjö, Ebba Moi, Den Nasjonale Jury / The 136th Autumn Exhibition, Diane Severin Nguyen, Deise Faria Nunes, Daniela Ramos Arias, Dáiddadállu, Daddy’s Dinners, Bukola Oyebode, Billie McTernan, Bienal SACO, Bienal del Sur, Bienal de Cuenca, Belén Santillán, Anna Olsen, Ann Cathrin Hertling, Andrea Parkins, Anawana Haloba, Ana Marques Engh, Alex Eek, Alessandro Marchi, Aisel Wicab, Adriana Calderon
Among the commissioned projects are:
Enrique Guadarrama Solis (Mexico), The P.R.I.N.T. Chronicles (2023); Gudskul (Indonesia), Stitching Ecosystems: Gudkitchen-Tentskul (2023); Anawana Haloba (Zambia), When we continue living in stars, a conversation with Hannah Ryggen; So Yo Hen (Taiwan), Hua-shan-qiang (2013/2023); Ann Cathrin Hertling and Marte Huke (Norway), Can I breathe in it? (working title) (2023); Thomas Iversen (Norway), Byens flass [City-dandruff] (2023); Morag Keil (Scotland), Untitled (2023); Stephanie Lüning (Germany), Island of Foam – Version # XXV / Coloured Barn (2023) and Collectivity Painting # I & II – MOMENTUM Biennale (2023); Alessandro Marchi (Italy), Ingenmannsretten (2023); Germain Ngoma (Zambia), Forest (2023); Andrea Parkins (USA), The Stray II (2021–2023); Margrethe Pettersen (Sápmi) and Line Solberg Dolmen (Norway), Conversations with what runs deep (2023); Fotobook DUMMIES Day (Taiwan), Bread and Butter Bookshop (2023); Kate Rich (UK), Feral Business Training Camp (2023); Jaanus Samma (Estonia), National Utopia (2023); WET (Czech Republic), Wetcation (2023); Nayara Leite (Brazil), In Search of Rainbows (2022); Marek Sobocinski (Poland), SLAVA (2023); Gabo Camnitzer (Sweden / USA), 50 Million Windows (2023); Blikkåpnerne (Norway), Rage room (2023); Luiz Roque (Brazil), S (2017); Dáiddadállu Artist Collective and Máret Ánne Sara (Sápmi), Untitled (2023); Salangen Biennale/IPIHAN (Norway), Info / Merch (2023); P1 resident artists Jasper Siverts, Ana Marques Engh and Bendik-Bendik Syversætre Johannessen (Norway), Things Don’t Run We (2023); Lise Linnert (Norway), Colours for hope and equality – picnic blankets (2018–2023); and many more.
The MOMENTUM biennale was established in 1998 and is organised and produced by Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. For over two decades, MOMENTUM has consistently supported compelling curatorial vision and operated as a platform for exploring the exhibition format, both in the Nordic context and with an international perspective.
About the curators
Tenthaus has been working together in various constellations since 2009. The collective is characterised by an open, process-oriented form of participation and collaboration. They focus on local contexts exploring collectivity and inclusion through different forms of engagement. Tenthaus began as an artists-in-schools project and over a decade later, they continue to maintain strong relations to the community and work to cultivate and nurture its environments. Today Tenthaus encompasses both a project room and an exhibition space, a mobile studio, and a wide range of curatorial projects. As a collective, Tenthaus reimagines itself, what it means to be artists working with the public, and what makes a relevant socially engaged practice today. The collective works with discursive events, radio, research, exchanges, workshops and exhibitions with an international orientation. Each of its members brings a distinct set of skills, practices and cultural knowledge, and the distinctive result of their collaborations and collective discussion is visible through their work.