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Where everyone is fighting for attention

Boyana Art: Artist at work

subjects: How should art stand out in a time when artistic work has come to resemble modern working life with its constant demands for communication, networking and visibility? Appearance and staging have become more important than content. Can we today actually rediscover our relationship with time, the experience of duration, practice doing less? Not being a means to an end?

The West's tragic way of thinking 

Erland Kiøsterud: The ecology of beauty

AESTHETICS: In Kiøsterud's eco-philosophical text, 'beauty' becomes a riddle as much as a solution, a question as much as an answer. Is it possible to find beauty on nature's own terms – a beauty you cannot own?

Camille, Hannah, Lisa, Pauline and Flora

Katy Hessel: The Story of Art (Without Men)

WOMEN: Art done by men is simply given more attention: in collections, in exhibition programs, in art literature, in the art market. But what about the large number of female artists over the past 500 years?

The Norwegian ideal state

FUTURE: From 2017 to 2019, we traveled around the country in the artist group Alt Går Bra to learn about the Norwegian population's visions for the society of the future. The second most popular theme was climate and sustainability (ten percent). Three percent answered freedom, according to technology optimism, education and the importance of roots. For the vast majority, a completely different factor was most important.

About despair and doom

INDIA: The Theater of Cruelty has just returned from India, where they participated in the 12th International Theater Festival in Kerala. We asked director Lars Øyno to reflect on their performance and experiences.

The road to true anarchism

George Agamben: Creation and Anarchy. The work of Art and the Religion of Capitalism

AGAMBE: The archeology of religion, art, politics, and capitalism is not a search for any kind of origin – but a search for a foundation that tears past notions to the root.

future manufacturing

Elizabeth Gross: Chaos, territory, art. Deleuze and the Earth Framing

ART & PHILOSOPHY: The earth as a whole has been transformed into human territory at the expense of all other life forms. MODERN TIMES prints here an excerpt from the book Chaos, territory, art.

Double moral interpretation of Knausgård

Poul Behrendt: From the shadows of what we know. Art as a reality production

LITERATURE: Behrendt's book accuses the undersigned of «monumental misunderstandings and psychoanalytic short circuits». But does he consistently break the laws he is trying to impose on others?

Currency of visibility

Photography 1997-2017: Hannah Starkey

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hannah Starkey's retrospective photo book shows a maturing journey in the eyes of women.

A wobbly kitten

Kjetil Røed: The art and life: a manual

ABOUT ART: A remarkable guide to the critical moments of art and life.

Mjøsa: Place sense and carrier bag

ESSAY: The constant focus on work, busyness and productivity removes us from a neighborhood between things – every day there are people who can feel that something is also breaking in them.

Venice Biennial: What happens when man is no longer the center?

: PHOTO ART: This year's art biennial in Venice shows us a different world, more tangled, disturbing, strange and fragile at the same time. From each room, vibrating lines are drawn between disaster and collapse, colonialism and belonging, man and machine.

Joyful journey in the world of art

Chris Kraus: Social Practices

: ARTIST LIFE: In Social Practices, Chris Kraus depicts the lives of various artists in a subtle collage of autobiographical texts. The book is as much about herself as it is about the artists portrayed.

A different religious history lesson

Nina Paley: Seder-Masochism

ANIMATED MUSICAL: The filmmaker behind Sita Sings the Blues has once again made an animated musical full of catchy music and feminist critique – which, like its predecessor, is available online for free.

To fill the void

Jeannette Fischer: Psychoanalyst meets Marina Abramović

: PERFORMANCE: Is it possible to get to know the art of Marina Abramović on a psychoanalytic level, where childhood and parents have played a crucial role?

Camera women in the firing line

PHOTOGRAPHY: A varied selection of talented war photographers is highlighted from oblivion in two new exhibitions at the Preus Museum: Wartime (1935–1950) and Lee Miller.