Kjetil Detroit Kristensen;


I create installations, film and performance that deal with the position of the artist and art production, in an attempt at exploring and erasing the transition between art and life. I use auto-fictional approaches that provide for immediacy and realism. I'm interested in the tension between activism and the art institution, and how to create spaces which facilitate self- and social-critique. My practice embraces the temporary, the performative, the interdisciplinary collaboration, and the energy that arises, just as much as the object itself.


My artistic practice is about the role of the artist, its vulnerability and paradoxes. The inherent fragility in such a position, as well as the systems and the outside world the artist relies on. My work departs from auto-fictive stories about art-making and the contemporary life of the artist. My practice unfolds through various media and focuses on questions and problems rather than technique and craft. It uses me, my weaknesses and my own fears, as form, format, source and material. Fear of society's collapse, polarisation and injustice. Outside the cube I work with different forms of resistance and democracy based on a thought that art in the public space and democracy is somewhat the same, I believe the one cannot exist without the other. This is expressed through the ongoing project 'Detroit Kunsthalle’, a project that spans out from a inherited plot by the urban coastline of the Norwegian westcoast and questions — amongst several topics — the concepts of private property law and free movement by the shoreline.


I point out the potential of less attractive places and facilitate the viewer to discover new opportunities in the existing. I create experiences for the public, in places and through situations where unconventional presentation of contemporary art can occur, such as inside a sports arena, construction site or in an empty apartment. I create works that with simple means, are direct encounters with and illuminate the complexity of the surroundings. I use activist aesthetics, bring in colleagues in my own productions, shift concepts and formats, and I try to obscure transitions between performance and actions.


selected solo, collaborative and curatorial projects 

2019    Art School Dropouts, Prosjektskolen, Oslo – NO

2019    Moinument, Dalane Festival of Culture, Moi – NO

2018    Detroit Kunsthalle Under New Management, Studio17, Stavanger – NO

2018    A Retrospective Refuge of the Practice-Based Research Process,                        Lokomotivverkstedet - Middelalderparken, Oslo – NO

2016    Stealing Munch (Pirate-workshop), Can Serrat, El Bruc – ES

2015    Figure for Sublime Oblivion, Occupy Landscape, Stavanger – NO

2015    SO BASIC, SØ, Copenhagen – DK

2014    Edible Ephemera (Year of the Horse Snack), NYABF, New York – US

2014    Post Office - It began as a mistake, Nebbelux, Fredrikstad – NO

2013    Business Class, Trinosophes, Detroit – US

2012    Mirando la Finca Madre, Vallvidrera, Barcelona – ES

2011    SPLIT, space 4235, Genova – IT

2011    Geopolitical Whiteout, Kirkenes Harbour, Kirkenes – NO

2010    Take A Chance On Me, Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad – NO

2010    |wēk|, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø – NO

2008    Perhaps the children can tell us so much about the world that it can                      become a model for us, Stortorget, Tromsø  – NO

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If you have an enquiry, please get in touch at post[at]kjetilkristensen[dot]com. More info and vitae HERE.

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

Emergency Aesthetics (presentation)

PDF (PRAKSIS Development Forum) 

PRAKSIS HQ, Oslo, 2019


'Moinumental Street Party' (2019)

created together with residents from the local asylum reception centre for

'Moinument' (2019), Dalane Festival of Culture, Moi

photography: Anette Larsen

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'detroit kunsthalle ist eine konvention' (2018)

AiR Sandnes, Sandnes

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Espen Birkedal

Lunkenkaffi s12e06

2018, Podcast by Espen Birkedal

Art-podcast on "AiR West Coast 2018", the residency within a residency, at Frida Hanses Hus, Stavanger

 

 

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen

The Beginning of Forms 

Design by Scott Joseph, published by Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2018

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Ariane Spanier

Traust

Design by Ariane Spanier, published by Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2018

Bo Krister Wallström, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

Wallström in conversation with Kristensen

Conversation with Bo Krister Wallström in Lokomotivverkstedet at Middelalderparken, Oslo, 2018

TrAP -10 Investigations, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen

10 Investigations: Plural Freedom

Design João Doria, published by TrAP, 2017

 

 

Colony Gardens, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Marthe Ramm Fortun

Colony Gardens

Published by Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2017


Stealing Munch (Encounter in Space), Kjetil Detroit Kristensen and Erling Knudsen, samtidskunst, kunst, contemporary art

'Stealing Munch (Encounter in Space) - CCC Pirate Workshop'

Strykejernet kunstskole - Can Serrat, Spain, 2016

CCC Kunsthalle, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen , contemporary art

'CCC Kunsthalle' (2015)

Contemporary Cruise Crew Curatorial at the Norwegian Championship in Skateboarding

Kitty Kristensen, Lars Kjemphol,  Woodland Woodshop, samtidskunst, kunst

'Woodland 10 år'  (2019)

exhibition initiated by Lars Kjemphol for 'Statens 132. kunstutstilling' at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Aksel-Dev Dhunsi,  samtidskunst, kunst

'Art School Dropouts'  (2019)

action & exhibition created with 38 emerging artists from Prosjektskolen, Oslo


Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'Kunstner for en dag: Neste generasjon i norsk samtidskunst' (2019)

curatorial created with kids from Lund municipality's elementary schools for 'Moinument' (2019) at Dalane Festival of Culture, Moi

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'Detroit Kunsthalle Under New Management' (2018)

Studio17, Stavanger

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, PRAKSIS, Gereon Krebber, Fellesverkstedet, samtidskunst, kunst

'Monumental — Temporal' (2018)

Hosted by Gereon Krebber and PRAKSIS, at Fellesverkstedet, Oslo

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'A Retrospective Refuge of the

Practice-Based Research Process' (2018)

Lokomotivverkstedet - Middelalderparken, Oslo

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'Sensing Time: On Temporalities, Rhythms and Memories' (2018)

Akademirommet - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Contemporary Composers Vol. 2, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, samtidskunst, kunst

'Contemporary Composers Vol. 2' (2017)

AntiPlay Boy the Label at Akademirommet - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Alessandro Marchi, samtidskunst, kunst

Re-Creating (For Ketolas Quilt) (2017)

Jæren, performance for the Independent Study Program, photography by Alessandro Marchi

HELP, IT'S A LAIV

'HELP, IT'S A LAIV' (2016)

Susie Wang at Nationaltheatret, Oslo

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Kristensen Contemporary (AiR Plastique, US), samtidskunst, kunst

'Kristensen Contemporary' (Est. 2011)

world wide web

Image from the Kristensen Contemporary AiR Plastique togehther with September Split & Contemporary Cruise Crew in Long Branch, New Jersey, US

 

 

Figure for Sublime Oblivion, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

'Figure for Sublime Oblivion' (2015)

Occupy Landscape, Stavanger

Artists:

Helga Bu, Marc McKee, Araiz Mesanza, Sigrid Bendz, Gustav Samrelius, Geir Backe Altern, Kaja CXZY Andersen, Woodland Woodshop, Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Mølleberg, Marie Askeland Gundersen, Snakepunch and Irene P. Tello

 

Interview by Marte Danielsen Jølbo

for Contemporary Art Stavanger, 2015

LINK

Edible Ephemera (Year of the Horse Snack), September Split, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Edible Ephemera (Year of the Horse Snack) (2014)

September Split Edition for Kuk & Parfyme, NY Art Book Fair 2014, New York, US

Number 1 (Pollocking My Pants), Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

'Number 1 (Pollocking My Pants)' (2015)

Presented at 'So Basic' (2015) - three exhibition spaces simultaneously: 1280x650 & Texted , Copenhagen, Denmark

'Post Office - It began as a mistake' (2014)

Nebbelux, Fredrikstad


NEBBELUX

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, September Split, contemporary art

'Curatorial ONE - Inspired By:' (2013)

September Split Curatorial, Oslo

 

Artists:

Ebba Moi, Geir Tore Holm, Helga Marie Nordby

Kate Pendry, Lise Autogena, Monica Winther

Nicolas Siepen, Nicolas Woche, Per Platou

RRR, Sverre Strandberg, Thomas Bo

Østergård, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Trine Falch

Vilde Von Krogh & Åsa Sonjasdotter

 

LINK

 Rhapsody in Black, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Rhapsody in Black (2011)

Installation at  'No Problem' (2011), Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø

 

 

Business Class, September Split, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art, Trinosophes

'Business Class' (2013)

September Split at Trinosophes, Detroit, US


Mirando la Finca Madre, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

'Mirando la Finca Madre' (2012)

September Split at Vallvidrera, Barcelona, Spain

Depart

excerpt from bachelor catalouge No Problem, design by NODE, published by Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, 2011 

 

'Iceploitation' (2011)

Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, Festspillene i Nord-Norge

'Take A Chance On Me' (2010)

Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad

Nutritious/Delicious, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Nutritious/Delicious (2008)

Installation View, Tromsø



Geopoltical Whiteout. Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Geopolitical Whiteout BИMA (2010)

Action, Kirkenes

Perhaps the children can tell us so much about the world that it can become a model for us, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Perhaps the children can tell us so much about the world that it can become a model for us (2008)

Action, Tromsø

Translucent Insomnia, Kjetil Detroit Kristensen, contemporary art

Untitled (Translucent Insomnia) (2008)

From 'OFKS Student Exhibiton' (2008) at MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Haikou, Haikou, China


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