Erlend Hammer

Erlend Hammer (1978) er eks-kunstkritiker og kommer fra Moss. MA i Skapende kuratorpraksis fra Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen og hovedfag i kunsthistorie fra Universitetet i Bergen. Fra 2007 til 2010 Ph.D-stipendiat ved UiB. For tiden kunstkommentator i Dagbladet og vikariarende redaktør for Kunstkritikk.


Erlend Hammer

Curator, Editor, Writer.
Born 1978 in Oslo.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Våler, Norway.

Curated projects
2013 7th Momentum Biennial, Moss. (June 2013. Co-curated with Power Ekroth.)
2012 Baby Snakes Hatching. Ruins. Ruins. Mai Hofstad Gunnes solo exhibition curated by Erlend Hammer.
UKS, Oslo (Forthcoming, spring 2012.)
2011 Oh how time flies, (group exhibition: Matthew Antezzo, Paolo Chiasera, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Ane
Mette Hol, Eve K. Tremblay), No.5, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (October 2010. Publication
2009 Curated by Erlend Hammer, Hordaland Kunstnersenter, Bergen
Bunnies, it must be bunnies, Lautom Contemporary, Oslo
2008 Holiday in Arcadia, Group show at Lydgalleriet, Bergen
Writing, editing etc.
2012 Acting editor of Kunstkritikk (until June 30th.)
2011 Assistant editor of Kunstkritikk
2011 Co-editor of Norwegian Arts Yearbook 2011
2010- Regular art writer for Dagbladet
2008-2009 Music critic Natt & Dag
2005-2008 Art Criticism for Kunstkritikk and Billedkunst (published as Samlede kunstkritikker
2005- 2008, Ctrl+Z, 2008)

2007 – 2010 Ph.D grant (Art History) Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies,
University of Bergen.
Project: Communion, Community and Conformity: art and selfhood in the aesthetic experience of late
postmodernity. (Supervisor: Gunnar Danbolt)

2006 – 2008 MA in Creative Curating, Art Academy of Bergen (Supervisors: Jorunn Veiteberg/ Jan

2003 – 2005 Cand Philol (MA), Art History, University of Bergen. Project: Hosted/ Visited: Two
Perspectives on La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House (Supervisor: Gunnar Danbolt)

1997 – 2003 Cand Mag (BA), University of Bergen (Art History, Theatre studies, Philosophy,

Selected Publications
2012 “All This Useless Beauty” Never Mind the Benefits (forthcoming.)
Catalogue essay for Joachim Cossais (forthcoming.)
Catalogue essay for Ane Mette Hol (forthcoming.)
Catalogue essay for Øystein Aasan (forthcoming.)
2011 “Beyond Iconic”, contribution to book on Norwegian Opera House in
Oslo, edited by Jørn Mortensen to be published by KORO- Public Art Norway in June.
“Norwegian Art Yearbook 2011” – co-editor with Ketil Nergaard and Marie Nerland
2010 “Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010” – editorial board with Ketil Nergaard and Marie Nerland.
“Connecting Different Dots”, Doppelpunkt by Matthew Antezzo (argobooks)
“Marked fremad! Betraktninger fra kaviarvenstre, Markedets fremtid (ed. Madsen/ Øyen)
(Cappelen Akademiske)
2009 “Venstresidens misforståtte kulturkamp”, BT
“Welcome to the experience economy”, Personae
2008 “Collected Art Criticism 2005-2008”, Ctrl-Z Publishing (Norwegian)
2007 “Imagining Tingvoll” arr/dep catalogue, (curated by Paolo Manfredi) Tingvoll Kunsthall

Memberships, grants and residencies
Member of Norwegian Critics’ Association and International Association of Art Critics
Member of NFF – The Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Society
Member of UKS – Unge Kunstneres Samfunn

2012 ISCP, New York. Office for Contemporary Art. (September-October-November, 2012).
2008 Travel grant, Norwegian Critics Association, Oslo
2007 Project support, Ny Musikk, Oslo
Travel grant, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Seoul
Yeeonheedong 195 Recidency Project, The Art Council of Korea, Seoul
Yeeonheedong 195 Recidency Project, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul
Project support, Norwegian Arts Council
2006 Travel grant, The Norwegian Institute, Rome
Travel grant, Norwegian Critics Association, Oslo

Organisation work
2010 Election committee UKS- Unge kunstneres samfunn
On editorial board of Norsk kunstårbok/ Norwegian Art Yearbook 2010
2007-2009 Member of editorial board
2007-2009 Chairman of the board, Lydgalleriet, Bergen
2005-2008 Board member Ny Musikk Bergen
2007 Co-founder Lydgalleriet, Bergen

Lectures, panel discussions, presentations and workshops
2010 “Moving In And Out of Spiral Jetty and The Lightning Field”, The Bodily Turn In Aesthetics
Conference, Copenhagen (September).
“Chopped and Screwed” lecture performance with Robin Fox and Lasse Marhaug, Black Box
Theater, Oslo
2009 “Vevring as phenomenon and communication of art”, Panel discussion with Jorunn Veiteberg and
Gunnar Danbolt, Vevring Exhibition, Vevring
2008 Panel discussion: The Artist as Producer, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, November
Presentation of research assignment, Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo, November
Presentation “Death and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “The Body””,
The Bodily Turn in Aesthetics conference, Jyväskäla, September
Talk/ self-presentation, University of Leipzig/ d21, Leipzig, June 2008.
Panel discussion: Art outside the white cube – on the role of the alternative artist space, Astrup
Fearnley Museum Of Modern Art, Oslo, February
2007 Panel discussion, B-post seminar, Bergen, November 2007.
Talk with Power Ekroth, B-post seminar, Bergen, November 2007.
Lecture, Sound and Silence, Kunsthøyskolen i Bergen, Art Academy, Bergen, September
Roundtable discussion (with Jooyoung Lee, Jinjoo, Eunji Cho, So-yeon Park, Benjamin Kaplan,
Caspar Stracke) Seoul City Museum of Art, Seoul, August
Presentation Ph.D-project, The Bodily Turn in Aesthetics conference, Lysebu, Oslo August
Roundtable discussion (with Power Ekroth, Jan Christensen and Soo-jung Choi), Insa Art Space,
Seoul, June
Lecture, Art Academy of Bergen, Bergen, June
Lecture, SKINN year conference, Bodø, March
2006 Lecture, Open forum, Kunstakademiet i Oslo, Art Academy, Oslo, November
2005 Lecture, Wednesday lectures, Kunsthøyskolen i Bergen, Bergen

Selected Bibliography
2009 “Tilståelsen” interview by Ellen Constanze Kollmar, Platinum
“Is there anybody out there?”, Tommy Olsson,
“Det tomme rom tenker”, Håvard Nyhus, Natt & Dag
“Av intet kommer intet”, Øystein Hauge BT
“Ikke for folk flest”, Kari Fauskanger, BT
“Dust bunnies and the real meaning of Easter” Andre Galì,
2008 “All the lonely”, Synnøve Vik, Billedkunst No 7, 2008


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