02. - 08. september 2024

Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September

various times

AER is a new, extensive commission for Bodø Biennale by textile artist Malin Bülow. The artist works choreographically with bodies and cast figures encapsulated in massive, elastic textiles. These are fastened to existing structures and machines in Bodø city. The work is installed and strung up in various horizontal and vertical stretches, in different outdoor sites in the city.

"Aer" is Greek for wind. The work responds to Bodø's natural location by the sea, with the Bodø wind, the wide horizon and the surrounding mountain peaks. The location has made the city a logistics hub in constant motion. New buildings are rising and flows of people, materials and machines are continuously arriving and departing.

The elasticity of the textile forms the basis for constant movements and shapeshifting due to various forces - of contemporary dancers, machines and natural phenomena. Power, tension and resistance are present, both in a metaphorical and physical sense. Body parts and muscle mass of the contemporary dancers and cast figures become visible in the textile membranes - giving association to skin and abstract, genderless formations. They may resemble a cocoon under the thin, transparent textile membrane. The continuous changes of form within the textile suggest a resistance from inner forces, an initiative for liberation. It is like a transitional state, in the same way that the cocoon is a stage of rest before complete transformation.

MALIN BÜLOW (b. 1979, Sweden) lives and works in Oslo. Bülow has a master's degree from the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (2016) and a bachelor's degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2012). Furthermore, she has a master's degree in neuroscience from VU University in Amsterdam (2008) and a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Lund University (2006).

Bülow works site-specifically, and in collaboration with contemporary dancers she creates elastic, often monumental sculptures that are in constant motion. Her latest works have been shown at the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, Vigelandsparken, Lustwarande, Oslo Opera House and Malmö Art Museum. She is represented in the collections of the Musée d'art contemporain in Lyon (FR) and the Malmö Art Museum in Sweden. For more info see: https://www.malinbulow.com/

- Friday 2 September, 13:00 - 14:00, Beddingen kulturhus (outdoor)
- Friday 2 September, 15:15 - 16:15, molo
- Saturday 3 September, 15:30 - 16:30, Beddingen kulturhus (outdoor)
- Saturday 3 September, 20:30 - 21:30, molo
- Sunday 4 September, 09:00 - 10:00, molo

Additionally, unannounced performances will take place in Bodø centre between Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 September.

An artist talk with Malin Bülow will take place Saturday 3 September at 16:45, in Beddingen kulturhus.


Curatorial team: 
Hilde Methi (freelans kurator) and Elise Cosme Hoedemakers (curator/producer SE KUNST)

Karianne Andreassen
Marie Rechsteiner
Oliver Paulsson

Bodø Biennale

Supported by:
Bodø 2024, Arts Council Norway, Kunstsentrene i Norge, Norske tekstilkunstnere (SOFT moments), Nordland municipality

Nordlandskrana, Bodø Havn

Firkanta Elastisitet (2017), Sted Søker Kunst, Ski. Foto: Adrian Bugge

Photo (programme overview): 
Fluid Tensions (2020), Opera roof, Oslo. Foto: Adrian Bugge