‘Husrom’ is a series of lectures in a living room in Bergen, Norway. The name refers to the Norwegian expression ‘Der det er hjerterom, er det husrom’ which literally translates to ‘If there is room in the heart, there is room in the house’. However, the more correct translation is ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’. The speaking guests will typically be artists, curators and writers that define the contemporary art field. Despite the private character of the room, the lectures are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

«Husrom» er en serie forelesninger i en stue i en leilighet i et borettslag på Wergeland i Bergen. Gjestene som presenterer sine tanker er kunstnere, kuratorer og skribenter som driver samtidskunstfeltet fremover. Til tross for rommets private karakter er forelesningene åpne for alle som ønsker å komme.

HUSROM 3 19 March 2015, 8 PM - Nicolaysens vei 5a, Wergeland, Bergen

Central Parallels – Remco de Blaaij

Studying the political practices of women activists in the countries of Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Suriname, Remco de Blaaij will consider the wealth of artistic practices in this region and the social context in which art is produced, as well as how activist practices can turn into cultural practices.

This talk reveals some of the mechanics at play in such a transformation. Rather than producing a list or map of artists’ names and works, geography is approached with imaginative and theoretical texts. One part of the talk considers the nature of the pirate, whereas another considers the possibility of a curatorial practice that takes place ‘in parallel’ rather than as an alternative.

This research begun in 2012 after receiving the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean and the talk gives insight into different ideas, which is still being developed.

Remco de Blaaij is curator at Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow since October 2012. He previously worked at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he co-curated Picasso in Palestine. He also worked on the team of Be(com)ing Dutch, an elaborate two-year project at the Van Abbemuseum that dealt with residues of globalisation, national identity and immigration. In 2011, he concluded his research at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University with the publication ‘too little, too late’ on border practices of visual culture against the background of Suriname, South America. In 2013, he was recipient of the CPPC/ICI Travel Grant for Central America and the Caribbean.