Venue Guide: Momentum kunsthall

Momentum10 at Momentum Kunsthall offers a series of connections between works and ways to understand the artistic practice. Just outside of Momentum Kunsthall the terrifying tree by Anne de Vries gives us a spooky image of something that maybe is not real. Horror stories have been following us from childhood and fear has been a tool for educational purposes linked with morals and philosophy.

Inside Momentum Kunsthall, we find many works using the moving image with several artists offering content for our retinas. Film is a tool used with emotional desire: the construction of the filmic language is based on how we feel and on how we accept to feel while watching a movie. Several ideas of what a film is or how we watch a film can be observed at Momentum Kunsthall. As an example, at the ground floor, there are three artists working with film material: Johanna Billing, Salla Tykkä and Eija-Liisa Ahtila. We have a white room, a black room and an installation showing three different narratives where the emotional is extremely important and complex. Also on the same floor, we are invited to travel back in time with Ragnar Kjartansson, read a poetic approach to literature with André Alves and observe a subtle connection to fragility and information with the work by Julieta Aranda.

On the way up to the top floor, more feelings and emotions are revealed: the scent by Sissel Tolaas returns and the song by Pauline Fondevila are directed to senses that create memory through sound and smell. In the first room visitors enter, the grammatical construction gets a variety of tones and we can experience this multiplicity in the two large installations by Pepo Salazar and Åsa Cederqvist.

Hall 4, which is the last space at Momentum Kunsthall, is devoted to triggering different moods through a variety of unique settings that relate to film experiences. On one side, the large cinema construction by Knut Åsdam offers corridors and secret rooms to feel how the intensity of a space has an effect on film. In the open area of Hall 4, a series of film productions by Annika Larsson, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Regina de Miguel and Saskia Holmkvist offer to us special narratives, power relations between characters, spaces to discover, times to reformulate as well as emotions in broken structures. In the same area, visitors can enter a surreal realm created by Fanny Ollas where cinematic feelings are created through the intensity of colors, atmosphere and sound.

The ever-changing landscape of Moss, Norway has had a significant impact on the development and life of the Momentum biennial. In 2004, during the third edition of the biennial, an unused brewery became a kunsthall dedicated to future Momentums. Now in 2019, the future of this kunsthall will soon be changing course and Momentum10 signifies the last biennial taking place in the spaces of this unique building.

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