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Gallery døgnfluen, 2000 (Midlertidig leilighetsgalleri/Temporary artgallery)

Posted in Art, Artist, Conceptual, Curator, Exhibition, Happening, Installation, Interdisciplinary, Past, Projects by backdoorprod on March 21, 2007


Døgnfluen was situated in a narrow dead end street, Nygård, Bergen.
Each week new banners were made. The picture above shows the banner used for the opening of the gallery the 26th of April 2000. Photo: Arne Rygg. Bannerwork by Lotte Evensen and Jørgen Ørevik.

Døgnfluen (ephemeral) was a temporary gallery that lasted six Fridays in the spring of 2000.
The site for this gallery was my own home in Bergen, a council house I was forced to leave during the summer of 2000.
The curators from this project were Arne Rygg, Morten Kvamme and myself. New exhibitions were launched every Friday something that made this space very dynamic, vibrant and intense.

The social dimension

Without any money we arranged six big exhibitions, over 34 artists participated and an average of over 150 people visited the gallery each Friday. It became for a short period the place to watch new art and meet people in Bergen. Most Friday nights, the last visitors didn´t leave before two o´clock. The last exhibition on the 2nd of June, didn´t end before nine o´clock the next day.



During the six weeks Døgnfluen lasted, it became an extremely popular hunt, a place not only to look at art, but the social intermingling was to become an integral part of the very art experience as a whole. Each week, approximately 150 people visited Døgnfluen. In overall, that makes a stunning 900 people in six weeks and quite a few of them would stay until the late hours.

Apart from being a highly energetic and social place, another interesting aspect about døgnfluen was its anarchic nature where both accomplished and unaccomplished artists exhibited side by side. Alongside work from artists students, you could for instance watch a videoinstallation made by Dan Mihaltianiu who represented the Romanian pavillion at the Venice Bienniale in 1999.
As the house became emptied for other tenants, more rooms in the house would be used for exhibition purposes until it culminated the 2nd of June where Døgnfluen were taking up the entire house.

Døgnfluen and the notion of time

“Days Run away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills”

Title of a Charles Bukowski poetry collection.

Picture: Arne Rygg “Vi har et hav av tid”./”We have an ocean of time”. Photo: Arne Rygg

The programme

28th of April 19:00

Rita Marhaug 13+35, performance

Rita Marhaug 13+35, performance, approximately 20 minutes. Photo:Courtesy of døgnfluen.

Døgnfluen opened with a performance called 13 + 35 by the artist Rita Marhaug accompanied by her daughter. The performance 13+35 referred to notions about the family and the relationship between mother and daughter. The main intention behind 13+35 about the want of becoming an adult, the wish of wanting to take responsibility without being forced into fixed social patterns. During the performance, both were clad in light clothing, with arms in comradeship draped over each other’s shoulders. Within the space of the twenty-minute performance, menstrual blood began to appear on their fabrics.

In an article I wrote for Marhaug’s catalogue “The Geography of Intimacy”, I found it interesting to draw the parallell to the well-known video Knut Åsdam video “Untitled: Pissing” (1995). The video, which is quite simple in its expression, shows the lower torso of a boy/man who urinates on himself, or that is, you can see how the fabric of his trousers become stained from his urine just as you could see how Marhaug and daughters blood gradually stain the bright pastel fabric of their clothes. In the case of Åsdam’s video however, the whole situation is marked by an infantile helplessness and can as such be interpreted as an expression of male art at its most extreme as well as it can be said to function as a critique of the same thing.

Still from Knut Åsdam’s video “Untitled: Pissing”, 1995, 50 – 60 seconds without sound. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

There is something very cool about “Untitled: Pissing”, something about the slim boyish hips, the trendy light trousers and the carelessness of the act, that as a whole, works to give this impression. By contrast, it is not cool when menstrual blood starts to appear on the lightly coloured clothing of a mother and daughter. This is because cool depends upon not having any worries. Menstruation implies something that may bind one to responsibility and duty, provided one does not take the necessary precautions. Marhaug’s performance points as such not to infantilism, but rather to the process of maturation, which happens to young girls growing up to become women.

Stine Gonsholt, Marit Wulff Andreassen

There were also video-projects by Stine Gonsholt with the title Anna Butterfly and Marit Wulff Andreassen, who exhibited a video called “Hole in One” in a wardrobe in the hallway.

Videostill from Stine Gonsholt’s video “Anna Butterfly”. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Marit Wulff Andressaen’s video work “Hole In One”.

Kerstin Junge’s bathroom installation
The German artist Kerstin Junge had an installation in the bathroom that consisted of towels embroided with paper collages cut out from fashion magazines as well as everything one would need to take a shower or just brush your teeths. Or as the artist said it herself: “The bathroom is open for the visitors who wants to take a shower, brush the teeth, etc. Nobody has to bring implements like towels or cremes. The installation there is playing with the bathroom, but also with special locations.”

Picture show detail of Kerstin Junge’s installation in the bathroom consisting of embroidered collages on towels and plastered directly on the bathroom walls. Photo: Hanne Cathrine Olsen.

5th of May 2000

Martin Larsson “Klassisk Fysisk Underholdning”
Martin Larsson “Klassisk, fysisk underholdning.” Photo: Illona Huss Wallin.

Another performance opened the second døgnflue event, this time with something called Classial, physical, entertainment by the swedish artist Martin Larsson. Larsson was himself saying that he wanted the situation to touch the style from 17 to 18th Century. All the windows were covered in white chalk and two wrestlingmats where placed in the middle of the room. Two stereos were playing a piece from Mozart, but on unpleasantly loud volume while the artist and another man was wrestling.
Alongside this performance, Larsson was also showing a series of photographs.


People attending the Martin Larsson performance where one of his photographies in the background.

The Artificial Truth by Artificial Truth

“The Artificial Truth” by the Artificial Truth aka Aurora Sandlilje, videinstallation.

Soundwork by Heidi Rødstøl and “Norwegian Spirit” by Sanne Weckx.



12th of May
Anna Gudmundsdottir “One Way vision.”



For the 12th of Mai, Anna Marie Sigmond Gudmundsdottir tagged the two main rooms in the flat with something she chose to call ‘frihåndstagging´.

19th of May

Performance by Gillian Carson and Karen Kipphoff


Pictures above shows Gillian Carson and Karen Kipphoff’s untitled performance where Carson where washing the floors in the gallery flat and the stairs in wrestling costume and Kipphoff were fishing.

Leif Inge “Midas Touch – everything an artist touches becomes art”. Kitchen Art

Leif Inge, “”Midas Touch-everything an artist touches becomes art.”, kitchen art.

Hilde Hegerland, play sculpture

Hilde Hegerland disfunctional ‘play sculptures’ or spilleskulptur as the title of the work was called. They were exhibited the 19th of Mai, in one of the rooms in the loft.

Dan Mihaltianu, Caviar Link, video.

Almost all the rooms in the flat were being used for exhibition purposes like the bathroom and as the picture above shows, the kitchen. This shows the Romanian artist, Dan Mihaltianu’s video work “Caviar Link”.

26th of May

pre essens 19-21, performance.


Tor Arne Samuelsen. One hour stand still, video

Tor Arne Samuelsen “En times stillstand” One hour Video documentation depicting a performance of around 100 people standing still for one hour one day at Torgalmenning, Bergen, in May 2000. The video was shown as a projection in one of the main rooms in the Døgnfluen apartment the 12th of May.

RM productions, Five minutes, video




2nd of June

 Christian Bøen,  David Brown aka. Gisle Frøysland and dj. Anders G. , concert, video 


Ole Martin Lund Bøe and Else Leirvik, videoinstallation

The artist couple Ole Martin Lund Bøe and Else Leirvik watching own their own art work the 2nd of June.




Pictures above: People dancing during the concert with David Brown aka. Gisle Frøysland and Anders G.
Tag Heuer, concert, playing in a cupboard.

HOH, concert , electronica