Future DiverCities

“Centarium” by Aleksander Johan Andreassen

"Latent City" at Bergen Kjøtt 12.11.2020 29.11.2020


Centarium (2020)
Aleksander Johan Andreassen
4K Video, 21:58 min.

Centarium is staged and filmed in selected shopping centres around Mo i Rana in Norway. During mostly normal opening hours, a chain of events starts with a mannequin coming to life. A cleaner gets a glimpse of this, and the film follows these two characters’ meetings and movements in, at times, identical settings.

The video recontextualizes the semi public spaces of shopping centers as temporary art spaces with a disruptive criticality, and studies the performative strategies that can be employed in them. Furthermore, the work aims to question given movement patterns and social norms that these spaces facilitate, and examines the Norwegian shopping centre as a cultural, social and aesthetic phenomena.

Aleksander Johan Andreassen (b. 1982, Bodø) is a Norwegian visual artist and filmmaker living in Oslo, Norway. He mainly works with film and video installations that explore perspectives on normality and a sense of belonging. His work has been featured in exhibitions and film festivals on a national and international scale including the AC Institute in New York, USA; The 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Oberhausen, Germany; and the 55th Gijón International Film Festival in Gijón, Spain – among others. His film Strim won the Golden Chair for best Norwegian short film during The 40th Norwegian Short Film Festival in 2017. Aleksander holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Konstfack University College in Stockholm, Sweden.

Aleksander Johan Andreassen’s website.

Latent City

Latent City presents artistic productions dealing with the city’s hidden stories. Seen through the lens of artistic observation, hidden stories, latent infrastructures and questions of digital presence and of power and democracy in our cities, meet in an exhibition that takes place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city. 

Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video program will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances. Please read more about the project and the programme here.