Exhibition Practice

  • Studiepoeng5
  • UndervisingssemesterHaust
  • EmnekodePRO316
  • Talet på semester1
  • SpråkNorsk / English.
  • Ressursar


Studienivå (studiesyklus)



Full time.




Campus Møllendal at UiB.

Mål og innhald

This is a discursive module investigation various formats of exhibition; the framing and reading of objects and events.

In this workshop, this course aims to investigate both practically, historically and discursively exhibition practices. On one hand, participants will discuss and earn professional skills related to exhibition making (from model-making, sketching, the writing of statements or proposals, documentation, publications), on the other hand, this workshop aims to question those sets of codes anew.

We will be looking together at exhibitions and what is around those same exhibitions (press releases, catalogues, documentation, curator, technician, etc.), at the history of exhibitions and the apparatus of the display, the impossible narration of the installation shot, discuss the further potentialities of this format, and ¿ideally ¿we will playfully experiment with the notion of exhibiting ¿from the physical dispersion of things to the immaterial alignment of thoughts.

Historical and conceptual approaches to exhibition making by artists will be presented together with mechanisms of exhibition space(s) and its different frameworks (white cube, modernist exhibition space, site specificity, public space, exhibition as book, website, etc.).


Learning Outcome


  • An in-depth understanding of the history and format of exhibition making.
  • Advanced experience with practical issues around the production of exhibitions.


  • Experimental practical knowledge from the development of exhibition proposals and sketches.

General Competence:

  • To understand ones own artistic practice as in the context of exhibition(s).

Krav til forkunnskapar


Tilrådde forkunnskapar


Krav til studierett

This module requires admission to the Bachelor's Programme in Fine Art.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Projekt arbeide,


individuel research,






gruppe diskussioner,



Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

A: Introduksjon

B: Midtveis-gruppediskussion

C: Avsluttende muntlig presentasjon for gruppen


Individuell- eller gruppeinnlevering av kunstnerisk verk.


Passed / Not passed.

Bestått / ikkje bestått.




The module is evaluated every third year in accordance with UiB's Quality System.


Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet med emner.

Administrativt ansvarleg

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design holds the administrative responsibility for the module and studyprogram.

Annen informasjon

Utfyllande semesteromtale

Exhibition Practice is a discursive module investigating various formats of exhibition with

Arne Skaug Olsen, associate professor in the area of Reflection.

  • Exhibition Practice PRO216/316 Emne is an adaptive plattform for looking at, discussing and reflecting on exhibition practices today. Adaptive means that we aim at defining and re-defining what this plattform is, what it could and should be, what it contains, and where it is located - together.
  • Our goal is to collectively arrive at a tentative definition of what an exhibition is, can be, and should be. This means critically engaging with our preconceived notions of what an exhibition is, and why the format of "the exhibition" is the prevalent mode of showing, disseminating and mediating art. We will also engange with questions like: For whom is "the exhibition" working? Is it actually a productive mode of presenting art for artists, for institutions, curators, for the "audience" (professionals and non-professionals)?
  • Exhibition Practice, fall semester 2022, will take the title of the 2008 publication Localised(Lenker til en ekstern side.) as a point of departure - as we will use Bergen as our context for exploring and investigating exhibition practices.
  • The Emne has four educational pillars:
    1 - Getting our feet wet: All teaching and activities happen outside of KMD. This means we will actively engage with exhibitions as well as with institutions, galleries, curators, directors, artists, critics and other professionals - where they practice.
    2 - Seeing exhibitions: The goal is that we see all (relevant) exhibitions in Bergen institutions, galleries, artist run spaces, student exhibitions etc. this semester.
    3 - Reflection: Our aim is to develop a terminology and a language that allow us to critically reflect upon exhibitions as a form of artistic practice. We do this throug discussions, readings and throug writing.
    4 - Curriculum: The curriculum is a all the exhibitions we see and their written material, selected texts, books, articles, videos, films, lectures, performances, artist talks etc. that we will accumulate during the semester.


Study Adviser can be contacted here: studierettleiar.kmd@uib.no or 55587300