Lars Bang Larsen
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Tobias Bernstrup, Sara Björnsdottir, AK Dolven, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Peter Geschwind, Grönlund/Nisunen, Jens Haaning, Lova Hamilton, Annika von Hausswolff, CM von Hausswolff, Olav Christopher, Jenssen Rasmus, Knud Peter Land, Ann Lislegaard, Aleksandra Mir, Tone Myskja N55, Fanni Niemi-Junkola, Lars Nilsson, Tommy Olsson, Sven Påhlsson, Tal R, Kristine Roepstorff, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, Stig Sjölund, Annika Ström, Vibeke Tandberg, The Icelandic Love Corporation, Palle Torsson, Sophie Tottie, Marianna Uutinen, Magnus Wallin, Knut Åsdam.
MOMENTUM – nordic festival of contemporary art
The concept Momentum was conceived by a handful of town patriots in the autumn of 1994. As a result of the many years of constant effort of the Danish families Brandstrup and the previous directors of Galleri F 15, the local inhabitants of the small community of Moss have acquired knowledge of the diversity and quality of work of artists from the Nordic countries. Their effort has influenced the whole region’s art-consciousness, and it is therefore no coincidence that Momentum has been driven into existence by local enthusiasm and community spirit.
– Egil Jegleim, Executive director
Nordic art is currently in international focus. Nordic art is integrated and circulated around the world, and some have even gone as far as to name this Nordic awakening “The Nordic Miracle”. Such exposure provides a good opportunity to increase the attention and discourse around art. Not by considering art as a regional phenomenon, but rather by discussing it by more fundamental evaluations. The time is right for creating a possibility for the next generation of artists to profit from the experiences that are being formed now; and for the art institutions to qualify as a result of the great activity among contemporary artists.
“The Nordic Miracle ” therefore implies more than the Nordic countries. The situation would hardly have been so miraculous, had it not been shaped by the artist themselves who have shown the capacity to work within a larger radius than their respective capital cities may indicate, while successfully nurturing visions of bringing their art into dialogue with, and to the level of, the international art circulation. In addition, it is of great importance that the art workers of the 90’s – institutions, artists, curators, critics and gallerists – have joined in a professional intimacy with one another.
– Lars Bang Larsen, Daniel Birnbaum Atle Gerhardsen, curators
“I just really remember that we wanted Pakkhus as the name and we must have known that it was going to continue”
– Atle Gerhardsen, in MOMENTUM10 – The Reader