An apartment building set to be torn down, and the state of uncertainty it has been in for the last sixty years, is the red thread running through the exhibition Constant. Decay.
RAKE visningsrom has a tall neighbor on its south side. The neighbor’s name is Elgsetergate 30B, and it is going to be torn down. The building was constructed back in 1911, but already in the fifties it was decided that it had to to be demolished to make room for the planned widening of Elgsetergate. Today the once so beautiful building is so worn down and broken that it has been deemed unfit as a place to live.
It`s the NPRA (Norwegian Public Roads Administration) that has bought the building, and they intend to tear it down as soon as possible to accommodate the new “Elgseter boulevard”. If everything goes according to the plans, this boulevard will start to take shape some time during 2015. In other words; sixty-five years might actually laps between the decision to tear down 30B, and the actual tearing down.
Constant. Decay. deals with the uncertainty the residents of 30B has had to live with, but for us it is also an opportunity to experiment with new and different ways of exhibiting the work we want to show our audience. A building with fourteen apartments and two spaces shaped to sell tobacco, fruit and everything between, seemed to us like a great opportunity to make something happen. Trough this exhibition we want to send our neighbor off in style, while at the same time bringing new life to Elgseter gate and the city of Trondheim.
The exhibition opens on the 5th of October, and stays open until the 2nd of November. During this period the building will be available to the public between the hours of 11.00 and 21.00. With a helping hand from a group of architecture students, Arkitekturfabrikken and Diana Espinosa Albornoz have reshaped the old kiosk on the ground level into a “social room”. This room is the entry-point to Constant. Decay. – a place where you can get information about the program, have a cup of coffee, read a book or just enjoy the heat from the fireplace.
Her kommer ingenting (Here comes nothing) is a series of exhibition that will be held in the second room on the ground level of the building. In this room there will be an exhibition opening every Friday during the course of Constant. Decay. All the artists exhibiting are students at KIT, and the openings will coincide with other happenings on the premise, such as performances and concerts, and, on certain occasions, with a dinner party. In one of the apartments the collaborators Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen are hosting a series of dinner parties, which you can make reservations for by way of e-mail. To carry out this project they have joined forces with Heim&Land Architects.
Grand vernissage: 5. October at 18.00!
18.00 Performance by Karen Margrethe Sørensen
18.00 Performance by Andrea Bakketun and Silje Linge Haaland
Hang-out in the old Frukt&Tobakk-kiosk.
19.00 Official opening
20.00 Endapartoo: "Toys in the attic"
Pernille Elida Fjoran
Per Kristian Nygård
Silje Linge Haaland og Andrea Bakketun
Jens Stegger Ledaal / 1.Rgt. / Kunstmilitsen
Made From Waste (Martinka Bobrikova og Oscar de Carmen)
TUF - Trondheim Utopi Forening
Karen Margrehte Sørensen
Anne Cecilie Lie
Philip Buer Elvegård
Diana Espinosa Albornoz