Aug 8–13th

The second edition of The Ventriloquist Summerschool will look into the role of illusion as a way of being, working and generating knowledge. How does illusion take part in the constructs we build for ourselves and for the other? What's involved in accepting, rejecting, validating and iterating such constructs and how do we use them to project and deal with what's in front and ahead of us?

This year the Ventriloquist Summerschool is taking place at the gallery 1857 in the Grønland area of Oslo. The whole gallery area, which is made up of a former lumberyard, will be at the disposal of the summerschool. In addition, of course, to the city itself.

The summer school is open for anyone of any age, studying or working within design, the arts and all other creative fields. Applications are welcomed from all over the world – both from students and professionals. We especially encourage those with an interest in exploring the illusions of constructs to apply. Luckily, we can invite people to attend, free of charge.

The date is 8–13th of August, full time. The Ventriloquist Summerschool Public Programme will include evening lectures open to the public.

During the week five workshops will run parallel:

Affirmative Poetics

We reserve the right to not be understood.
We reserve the right to establish non-centres.
We suggest new macrocosms and new origins.
We make affirmations in order to construct our cosmos, acknowledging that also parts can be a whole.

We ask: How do we create without linearity? What does the languages we establish say about us, and how does it say what it says?

It is for us possible to be the same and yet to be the different.

We leave room for exchange and for plurality of reading.

This is a continuous exchange.

Projection as Program+me

What do program, programme and programming have in common? Where do architecture, filmmaking, graphic design and performance meet? How can a loop take a life of its own, and what are the relevant feedback loops and structures to be constructed in order to make this living loop physical through living situations in real life? Am I being repetitive?

Look Who's Talking Now

As publishers of a magazine, we are interested in how information travels. Between countries, from designer to reader, around a city metro. We are also interested in the exchange of ideas that takes place when different types of writing, imagery, culture, identity get the chance to meet in one place and hang out bit, listen to each other talk. The Ventriloquist Summer School gives us the unique opportunity to bring a world ranging group of perspectives into Oslo, and to broadcast the experience of the city from within. Our workshop will focus on understanding the networks of the city of Oslo and different ways of amplifying those findings. Our method is to make use of the quick, dumb, casual, intuitive, persistent, iterative. To make a lot and to see what sticks. To talk as fast as we think.

A Probability of Being Seen

"The PLACE is neither a construction nor a destruction. It comes into being as a result of an indemnified decision. The PLACE has no sufficient reason in the world. It is in the artist that this reason subsists. It is he/she that calls for the PLACE. It is created by him/her who steps within it. It is only in the PLACE, and not outside of it, that "art is created by all". The PLACE cannot be mechanically fixed up but it must be incessantly perpetuated."

— From "An introduction to the general theory of PLACE" (1966) by Wiesław Borowski, Anka Ptaszkowska and Mariusz Tchorek, founders of Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, Poland.

Cover + Reveal

Language archiving. Folder boulders.
Snippets, crumbs and bits of words.
Manipulation of found vernacular.
The language is leaving me and going right to you. And back to me. Repeat.

The words and the form of the words. Using Oslo as our studio and place of inspiration — if we can name something, then it can exist. How can poetry be a tool of the designer? We will hunt and we will gather. How can we hammer out words just as we could flatten out a mangy piece of metal? What if you made your own dictionary? Your own language?

Each of the 5 parallel workshops will be lead by the following tutors:

Kristina Ketola Bore (1986) is a design critic and educator based in Oslo, Norway. She holds an MA in Design Writing Criticism from the London College of Communication. Since graduation she has contributed to magazines nationally and internationally on the subjects of art, architecture and design. Her work investigates the role of design as a cultural signifier, its various methods of narration, and how they can become policies in the personal, corporate and public realms.

Recently she co-curated Kunsthall Stavanger's 150th anniversary exhibition Facts, Stories and Anecdotes, and organized the international seminar series, The Forms of Politics. Through the publishing house, Particular Facts, she works as an editor and has curated exhibitions on both art history and typographic history in Norway.

She's a lecturer in graphic design history and theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and is also a guest lecturer and external examiner at the Estonian Academy of the Arts.

João Doria (BR, 1982) is a polymath wannabe. His work interviews editorial strategies in opposition to concision and simplicity, drawing knowledge from fields such as digital projection, filmmaking, architecture and installation art from a (graphic) designerly perspective. Doria received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2014 and is currently a researcher at the Van Eyck for the year 2015–16 as part of Fazed Grunion*.

Doria is a guest lecturer in Norway at Westerdals ACT Graphic Design BA, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo's MA Design and VCUArts' MFA Graphic Design Affiliate Graduate Faculty member. Previous and current clients include Automatica, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Contemporary Art Stavanger, Espen Dietrichson, RUA Arquitetos, Transnational Arts Production, The Oslo School of Architecture (Institute of Theory and Form), Southbank Centre/Hayward Publishing. Recent exhibitions include The Digital vs. the Archaic (Van Eyck/NL, 2015), 26th Concours International (Chaumont/FR, 2015) and It's a Book (Leipzig/DE, 2015).

Andrea Pinochet is an architect and engineer, principal of +groma. Through her office, Andrea has recently completed the renovation of two film studios and is part of the Young Architects Program organized by the National Tourist Routes Administration (NOR).

Andrea is also Assistant Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture, Research Associate at The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design in New York, and founder of formworkoslo, an experimental program for kids. Her work has been exhibited at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and she has organized several performances including Three Pathways To Go Anywhere in Oslo and What are we doing? And Where Are We Going? (J.Cage) for the Open City Symposium at the MoMA.

Talk Magazine (Eric Hu + Harry Gassel) is a style-driven design magazine focused on emerging culture. Founded by Harry Gassel and Eric Hu.

Harry Gassel a New York based art director, graphic designer and writer focused on editorial, branding and creative strategy. He has recently worked with DKNY, The Standard Hotel, Moran Bondoroff, Like Clothing, Virginia’s NYC, COS, Downtown Records and Eric Mack. Previously, Harry was the art director of The FADER magazine. He has contributed writing to Bad Day, The FADER, GRAPHIC (kr) and Supermodels. He has a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art.

Eric Hu is a designer based in New York City and a partner at Nothing in Common, a design and technology studio in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2011 and his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. Previously Eric was the design director at digital agency OKFocus, leading branding and user interface projects for clients such as Nike, the Wolfsonian Museum, Soylent, Phillips, Tumblr, and Atlantic Records. Eric was honored as an Art Director's Club Young Gun in 2010 and became the recipient of the Bradbury Thompson Memorial Prize in 2013. Recent clients have included Nike, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Columbia Records, Verso Books, De La Soul, West SF, The New York Times, Anki, Blinker, Evian Christ / Tri Angle Records, The Bug / Ninja Tune Records, The Knight Foundation, City Observatory, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Anu Vahtra (1982) is an artist who mainly works with photography and installation addressing site-specific space-related problematics, however she has also been involved in numerous collaborations across fields. She is one of the founders of Lugemik Publishing and Bookshop, has taught at several institutions and is the winner of Köler Prize 2015 grand prix. Currently lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.

Nicole Killian was born the year the first cd player was sold in Japan. Her work uses graphic design, publishing, video, objects and installation in various combinations to investigate how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer, feminist perspective. She is interested in the repetition, looping, and dissemination of content. Her writing was published in the third edition of Terry Barrett's Criticizing Art and she frequently contributes to online quarterly WOW HUH. Last spring her essay "The Aesthetics of Index" was included in Issue 2 of The Enemy. Her current essay, "The Emotional Potential of Girls Presented on the Internet as Object" will be published by Exempt Works in Modern Behaviours for Fall 2016. She is currently working on a new essay, "The Transgressive Girl" for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship to be published in 2017. Nicole is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and publishes ISSUES with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener. She is a current recipient of the Neo Future Residency at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Her work is featured in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Yale University's Art Library Special Collections and the Brooklyn Museum. Nicole holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Coming soon

Applications are open until Jul 1st and are free of charge. Please fill in the form by clicking on the link below and we will answer you by Week 28 (Jul 12th max).

Apply from May 1st!
Until then — get in touch if you have something to say:

We'd like to thank Arctic Paper, 1857 and Tim Wendelboe for partnering up with our efforts

The Ventriloquist Summerschool was conceived and is organized by João Doria and Kristina Ketola Bore

The Ventriloquist Summerschool 2016 is made possible through the Grafill Stortstipend 2016