An installation with Knut Asdam exploring architecture and cinema at the conjunction of the personal, the paranoiac, and the public


Installation or Film: What Is the Difference?

Knut Åsdam in conversation about "place," counter-cinema, and contemporary subjectivity

Fields of Knowledge
  • Curatorial practice
  • Philosophy / Theory

Organizing Institutions

Slought Foundation

Contributing Institutions

The Department of the History of Art, and UPenn Cinema Studies


Kaja Silverman


This program was made possible in part through the generous sponsorship of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.

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Åsdam is a Norwegian installation artist and filmmaker, whose work will be exhibited at Slought and I-House next fall, and who will be a Mellon Artist-in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania during the week of October 14th, 2013. This evening's conversation will touch on issues that we will be exploring in greater depth during the week of Asdam's residency, through several public events.

"Asdam is drawn to what Peter Wollen called 'counter-cinema' not because he believes it to be politically radical or aesthetically innovative, but rather because it is the expressive vehicle par excellence for our contemporary condition, which is one of placelessness. [...] Come to Your Own does not explain why, nor does it tell us where someone 'goes' when he or she is 'absent', but it does leave us with the disquieting sense the we, too, have gone missing, and are without a direction home." -- Kaja Silverman, No Direction Home

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Knut Åsdam has been an active presence on the international art-scene for more than 10 years. His work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the Venice Biennale, Künsthalle Bern, the Istanbul Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Manifesta7, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, P.S.1 MoMa, and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and a number of other venues. Feature articles on his work have been published in Artforum, Grey Room, Le Monde Diplomatique, Untitled Magazine and other journals. Åsdam utilizes sound, film, video, photography and architecture to investigate the politics of space and the boundaries of subjectivity. He is centrally concerned with "place," in all of its contemporary forms, and the struggles of contemporary subjectivity.

Kaja Silverman is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of eight books.