Papp 2.0 is opening at the National centre for Design and Architecture, DogA in Oslo on this thursday 17.00. The show will feature ten brilliant artists who have contributed to our project this time:
Olaf Breuning, Switzerland/USA
Ryan Quincy, USA
Lars Erik Svensson, Sweden/Norway
Roman Klonek, Poland/Germany
Rilla Alexander, Australia/Germany
Nathan Jurevicius, Australia/Canada
Fiona Smyth, Canada
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The last work is being done on our public commission «Pica Pica» there days. In a week or two we’ll see the project finished and post more pictures!
A snapshot of the review from Harstad Tidende where Papp got lots of attention, main image shows Bo William playing with Papp on the quays...
Papp went monumental when asked to participate in the groupshow «Be my guest» curated by the lovely Janne Juvi Rasmussen, for the cubic dogma exhibition in the Arts festival of North Norway 2012. Photo by Elisabeth Lian.
UKRUTT is an open air exhibition/public art project and also a part of a larger development project called Toke Brygge. It aims to better the conditions and attract visitors to Drangedal. We have been a part of the central group to give ideas and to make sure Drangedal got national attention, funding and local enthusiasm and involvement all through the four years of the projects period. Toke Brygge facebookpage here and website here. National press for UKRUTT here. Toke brygge has now got 2 mill. norwegian kroners in funding from KRD and things are looking bright for the project lead by Gunn Marit Christenson at Springer Utvikling and Tone Telnes at Feste Landskapsarkitekter. UKRUTT will continue with us as curators next year and it also seems likely that we will do another show in 2014. Read More...
1-3. June Drangedal will pay host to five artists/-groups in our exhibition UKRUTT as a part of the project Toke Brygge. We are curators and coordinators for the temporary outdoor exhibition showing works from Carol Hummel, (USA), Luke Ramsey, (Canada), Sisyfos Minigolfclub (NO), Bjørn Kowalski Hansen, (NO) and Ånond Versto, (NO). This is part one and the next will be summer 2013. Carol have just held a workshop for us in Drangedal via Skype from Ohio, and there was much enthusiasm from the participants so we are hopeful to be able to crochet a big tree and 22 light poles in the centre. This is the article about the workshop in the local paper Drangedalsposten and we are so much looking forward to seeing the art piece slowly come together. Vernissage at Drangedalsdagene!
«I love nature and nature loves me» is the title of curator Hans E. Thorsens group exhibition, opening this friday at Gallery tipi. Bard will stay home tree-hugging, while Hilde will attend the tipi-hugging party. You are most welcome at the opening and party starting at 19.00 this friday! Read More...
Video made by Kidspatch from the three workshops they gave at their venue in october. Papp, les club et chats/Atelier Rock et Animaux and Luno contributed with workshop for kids age 6-12, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Camera and editing: Eine kollegen. Music used: Secret Mommy (Orthlong Musork)
Article in in our local paper Drangedalsposten today about our exhibition at RAM Gallery. Click here to view PDF version (norwegian text).
Currently under way is our exhibition at RAM Gallery in Oslo. Opening on October 8th this exhibition will be a mix of old and new work and can be seen as an introduction to our art. More news and pictures after the 8th!
We had a brief talk with Nana from Kidspatch this spring when we were in Berlin and we are now looking forward to participate with a PAPP workshop in Beograd this october.
”Presented since 2008, KidsPatch was started in Belgrade, Serbia and has so far already reached large numbers of young participants, not only in Belgrade but also promptly spreading around Europe and the U.S. through guest appearances at festivals and special commissioned program co-productions.
It is conceived as an innovative laboratory, a mini-festival on the move which consists of series of activities for kids, prevailently in the fields of contemporary music, graphic art, performance and new media. It is a 100% participatory program which utilizes an intuitive and forward-thinking approach to children’s creative education within the context of arts and culture.”
Our proposal ”Pica Pica” to Menstadhallen, a sportsarena on Menstad between Skien and Porsgrunn city in Telemark, was accepted by the jury. The next step will be the production of the abstract aluminium tree, the trophy and the wooden nest of a magpie. We were inspired by Rossinis opera and the common tale of the thieving magpie and liked the idea of the gold being a sports-trophy. To be finished at the end of the year.
TA, or Telemark Arbeiderblad, came and interviewed us at the Berlin Weekly during the Character Walk and Pictoplasma. They stayed for a long time and they really showed interest for our little robot. A little girl were also interviewed about our exhibition and she got some cardboard Papp-skins to decorate at home. We were also pleased that they mentioned our financial contributors Norsk Kulturråd, Vekst i Grenland and Drangedal Kommune, which are of great importance in these kind of projects.
A small clip from our talk at the Pictoplasma Conference at Kino Babylon, Bard explaining the robot and its movements and usually not so silent Hilde interacting with Papp.
Bard explaining Papp at Berlin Weekly Gallery in Mitte, during the Character Walk. We loved beeing there and talk to all the lovely people visiting. Even though it was supposed to be a window-gallery, we could´nt keep away and kept it open for as much as we could. We only closed when we wanted to see a talk or go see all the other shows. It was simply wonderful and we enjoyed every minute of it!
Click here to look at Pictoplasmas images from the Papp exhibition and the workshop we held the first day.
Hilde got interviewed during the unpacking and execution of our exhibition at the Pictoplasma Character Walk 2011. Akinori Oishi and Ian Stevenson was two of the eight artists to customize Papp, which we proudly presented on this bad hair-day...
We are thrilled to announce that we will participate in the fantastic Pictoplasma festival this year! The Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin stages the world’s leading and largest celebration of contemporary character culture, with a dense, one-week program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation festival, workshops, installations, character walk exhibitions, performances, VJ battles and all-night parties!
We will keep an artists talk and will make an exhibition at the Berlin-Weekly gallery! Click through to Pictoplasma to secure this years festival pass!
A new painting from Hilde! In this painting with a postapocalyptic feel, She-Hulk meets a metallic-bronze-coloured Hulk with a small girl clinging to his shoulder. Bright neoncoloured plumes of smoke cascades downwards in the background.
The title ”Biographische Belustigungen unter der Gehirnschale einer Riesin” ("Biographical Recreations under the Brainpan of a Giantess" is from the book with the same name written by Jean Paul and released in 1796.
After messing about with computers for the last two years it was a relief to get to work with clay, silicone catsing and concrete. This small heavy sculpture plays on the german proverb ”Aller Anfang ist schwer” which means ”every beginning is difficult” - but the german word for difficult is the same as for heavy. This sculpture is 12x12x18 centimeters solic concrete with a stainless steel ring. We modeled the sculpture after the classic ring-weights used by old-school strong-men...
Our dogma forour Artists of the Month show at TKS was to ditch the computers for a while and focus on the classic techniques such as sculpture, painting and drawing. This is Hildes small pencil drawing, made for this show, of our daughter Ingrid hugging her best friend Sigrid...
Our proposal for the two Thor Heyerdahl monuments in Larvik was weighed and found to light (or maybe to heavy in the case of paperboat intended for the pier).
Three 6-8 metre high Moai statues made of gold metallic Alucobond facets on an aluminium skeleton were to be placed at the new higway off-ramp at Bommestad, and a huge paper boat of silvermetallic Alucobond was proposed for the pier.
The three Moai were intended to give instant recognition to the drivers passing at 100km/hr (+) on the E18 highway - and point directly to Thor Heyerdahl and his voyage to Rapa Nui. The paper boat represented his childhood in Larvik and the dramatic voyage with Tigris, a boat made of the same reed used to make papyrus. Read More...
Tomorrow 10th of march at 18:00 we will hold our artist talk at Telemark Art Center. We have dusted off and scanned the old slides (and even some paper copies) and will show work from the mid 90’s and up to the present. Welcome!
Our artpiece/stunt/urinal ”Ceci n’est pas un pissoir” is featured next weekend at Oslo by:Larm music festival and their art segment Nisjelandet. We’ll fill this funky retro-redneck-pissoir with a permanent party: monster woofers, lasers and shit will make this loo the place to be. A weird portaparty annoying the pee-needy, and a mix of Magrittes “La Trahison des Images” + Duchamp’s “Fontaine”.
Probably the best planned country-living-loo in existence; this pissoir was drawn in Rhino and detailed down to the last millimeter. Download the PDF and build your own; or the 3D-package (3dm and IGES)if you need a loo for your 3D-poo.
Link to by:Larm review here!
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Almost 18 months after we made the first sketch to Storøya Grendesenter, after 4Gb of generated data and some 270 pages of correspondance, the Habitat-project comes to an end. It should have been a fantastic laboratory for visiting schoolchildren and scientist, but sadly our customer could not allocate enough funds to complete the project.
We still believe the idea was sound but we are relieved to finally close the project down and put all our energy into Papp!
Our neverending project Habitat is going through some decisive days at the moment. The future of the project is uncertain as we enter the next week, and these renderings of Habitat for our final presentation may be the last work to be done on the project... Read More...
The Habitat project will soon be under construction! Our architect and structural engineer are detailing the blueprints. Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders and other contractors are receiving requests for quotes on the different jobs, and we are working around the clock with double and tripple-checking the figures in the budget.
More news soon...
Habitat - our second-place art proposal for Storøya Grendesenter has found a new home! Our new client wants to more than double its size and use Habitat as a miniature biolab. We have just finished a preliminary design study and it looks as if we might start building this summer!
It was a close call; we finished as number two with our art proposal for Storoya Grendesenter, but sadly the jury did not choose Habitat.
Our proposal was to build a cross between a sculpture and a science center for the kids at the community center. Two 20’ containers created the space and a nest of sibirian Larch beams with lasercut acrylic glass branches surrounded it. This nest was to be filled with a plethora of science equipment for the kids. Digital motion detection cameras from National Geographic which the kids would set up in the forest one day and bring in the next too see which animals they ”caught” during the night. Field microscopes, beautiful Somso models of bees, snakes and other fauna in the area, water and soil-analysis equipment (too mention a few). On the roof of Habitat a weather station would collect data and make statistics which the kids could study and compare with bird migration, the power output from the sun and water power station of the school etc.
View the PDF of the 2nd revision of Habitat (Norwegian text, 35mb)
Here we took into consideration the request from the jury for a more ”sculptural” piece. (Norwegian text, 35mb)
View the first PDF-presenation of the project here (Norwegian text 2,2mb)
Budgets and timelines are omitted in both of these public versions.
We have been working the last month with the proposal for an art piece for Storoya Grendesenter. The result of the competition will be published before the end of the month which leaves us plenty of time to jump whenever the phone rings and tentatively open our email. Read More...
This little robot was made in 2001for an exhibition at Trans Art, a small gallery in Trondheim. Most of the time it hides underneath its cardboardbox. At intervals it lifts the box and starts running in search for a new place to hide.
We are now working on a smaller 10x10x10cm model which will be our first super-limited-edition designertoy! The robot will be made in lasercut acrylics, cardboard and electronics, we have set a deadline for the prototype in october!
Ghost is designed to sabotage telesales. When the unwanted call comes, place the handset into the arms of Ghost and let Ghost talk with the telesales-operator. Ghost listens to the telephone line, when the operator is quiet for more than a couple of seconds it plays an audio file from its library. The audio-library is designed never to give an answer which could end the call, never "no" or "yes" but vague answers and questions. Read More...
This is the main ON/OFF-switch for Beco. Disguised as a miniature rotating warningbeacon. The rotating light is simulated by four small lightbulbs being turned on and off in sequence.
The switch has six positions with which the user can decide which program Beco shall run. The different programs so far are: Display-mode, Roam, Hide in a dark place, Seek light and Hunt.
Oh, and if you haven't guessed it allready; this rotating Beacon is the inspiration for Beco's name...
Becos eyes are made of three LEDs. The 10mm and 3mm LEDs are animated to fit the individual programs Beco will run. The 5mm LED is an IR emitter which Beco use to avoid bumping into obstacles. The black lower half of the eye contains the IR receiver which detects the bounced infrared light. This part of the eye will later be covered with a semitransparent fabric.
A PDF of Beco. The schetch shows the materials and internal mechanics of Beco. A few details, for instance the arm-servo connection, are still to be added to the drawing. The position of the drivetrain, the Sumobot, is not correct. It probably need to be moved a few millimeters forward. Sumobot is a small robot with a 10X10 cm footprint from Parallax Inc.
Download the PDF here! Read More...
Four pictures of a 1:2 scale modell of Beco. The arms are not attached to Becos shoulders yet, and the eyes are just two pieces of paper stuck to the clay.... Read More...
We are well into our second week with the design of two small Designer Toys. They will be handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. Only one of the creatures has been given a name. The sketch above shows "Beco". A sad little guy with a rotating warning beacon on his head.
Each creature is an autonomous robot and comes with a preprogrammed set of behaviours. It will be possible to choose from two modes of operation. In the running-mode the creature crawls along, blinks its eyes, moves its arms and talks to itself in a very R2D2ish way. In the display-mode the creature will do all of the above minus the running. Running-mode is for playing with the creatures and display-mode is for when you want the creatures to sit still on your favourite shelf, officetable or mantlepiece.
Download and look through all of the 155 frames of our movie "Hopin for it"! Download the zipped packages and please do not use them without our permission!
”Hopin' for it” is made by Hilde & Bard. Hilde had the initial idea of a girl kicking a chair and shot the footage with Cecilie Nissen (playing the angry girl). Hilde did the linework and Bard inked the black sweater and sneakers.
We found the soundtrack the night before deadline while searching the internet for a soundeffect to suit the exploding chair. A a free soundeffect library with space effects was downloaded - but it proved to be a small promotional porn movie in disguise and the sleazy voiceover was an perfect match for the movie
Poeh is Hildes first animation. She did all work from idea to pencil art and Bard did the Photoshop and computer stuff. We assembled the movie in Final Cut (which nearly killed us in the process).
The movie was part of the exhibition Electric Visions which toured The Baltic and Nordic Countries in 2004/2005.
Bredtvet Resource Centre is a Norwegian national resource centre for special education, representing interdisiplinary expertise within the field of speech, language and communication disorders.
Bredtvet Resource Centre gives service to children, adolescents and adults with serious, specific and complex speech- and language disorders. The centre is responsible for 75% of the Norwegian population.
This five-panel painting by Hilde, was commisioned for the stairwell leading up to the library. Acrylic paint on canvas.