Future DiverCities

“It fits beautifully in the palm of your hand” by Maren Dagny Juell

"Latent City": Online project presentation 12.11.2020 29.11.2020
"Latent City - Invisible Fields #1" at Bergen Kjøtt 21.11.2020 14.0021.11.2020 20.00


It fits beautifully in the palm of your hand (2020)
Maren Dagny Juell
Video installation

See the digital presentation of the installation here.

The invention of multitouch
Ignores unintended touches…
Super intuitive…
I just take my finger and I scroll..
I just tap them

– Steve Jobs, iPhone Launch 2007

In Maren Dagny Juell´s video installation It fits beautifully in the palm of your hand, tactile properties of the iPhone like the hard and the glossy are mixed with the magical and incomprehensible of this small machine. A voiceover consisting of both inner and outer monologue brings us into the constant friction of tension and harmony in the balance of what is fact and what is subjective.

Maren Dagny Juell has been invited by BEK to develop a new work that takes as its departure the formidable development of technology in the last 20 years, that we address in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of BEK this year.

Maren Dagny Juell (b. 1976, Oslo) works with video, Virtual Reality and installation. She has an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2004) and has had solo exhibitions at, among others, Atelier Nord, Trafo Kunsthall, Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art, Podium Oslo and Akershus Kunstnersenter. She has participated in a large number of group exhibitions at home and abroad, including the Astrup Fearnley Museum (2008), Stavanger Art Museum (2015), The Australian Video Biennial (2017/2019) and the Riga Photography Biennial (2020). Maren is currently working on a KORO commission for Campus Ås and a solo exhibition at Tenthaus Oslo. She runs the artist-run exhibition space She Will Artspace together with Liv Tandrevold Eriksen.

Maren Dagny Juell’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.