Bjørn Erik Haugen


23.10.2018   - 03.11.2018

A participant in SomoS’ current group exhibition Un_Becoming, Bjørn Erik Haugen (Norway) works mainly with sculpture, sound- and video installation. He applies a conceptual way of working, where the idea to the work comes before the material, media or way of expression.

The artist received his Master of Fine Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2007; ans his Bachelor of Fine Art from Trondheim Academy of Art. Prior to that, he studied the History of Ideas at the University of Oslo, and Philosophy at the University of Tromsø.

Having exhibited widely since the early 2000s, Haugen’s recent exhibition participations include Land-Shape, Århus; Spring-exhibition, Fotogalleriet, Oslo; ISEA, Vancouver; the Transmediale Berlin; the Bucharest Biennial; ISCM; and the Bristol Biennial.

Since 2007, his video work has been presented at numerous film festivals in Vienna, Barcelona, Sweden, Germany, England and in USA, including Rencontres Internacionales at the Palais de Tokyo; the WRO International Media Art Biennale, and the 28th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille.

Haugen’s audio works have been performed regularly since 2004 in concerts in Norway, and also in Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Poland and the UK.

Haugen’s activities as a curator include the 2018 Videokunstarkivet, at Punkt Ø, Moss; The limits of my language means the limits of my world, at Plattform Stockholm 2013; and the 2009 project Nature is what surrounds us, at KunstVerket, Kabuso & Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter.

2013, Haugen received the “Special Art Award,” from the Baustelle/Schaustelle, Essen, Germany. At the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica Haugen received a “Honorary Mention” in the section “Digital Musics & Sound Art.”

His art is represented in the Vestfossen kunstlaboratorium collection.

In 2019, Haugen will have a solo-exhibition at Haugar Art Museum. In 2018, Haugen presents his series of source code-manipulated film stills Traces in SomoS’ group exhibition Un_Becoming.

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