How can speculative fiction help us imagine a future when living in a time filled with uncertainty, fear and injustice? What do we dream about? How does it sound and how does it smell? What can we touch?

Touching 2022 is a virtual group exhibition where nine artists create worlds and imagine alternative realities situated in the near future. Each artist has been invited to create an interactive three-dimensional space. The spaces are interconnected by portals, and the viewers can navigate through them from a first person perspective.

The past year we have been forced to reorient our relationship to intimacy, communication and globalization. The covid-19 pandemic has situated us in between life and death in a new way, which is affecting everybody differently. It has contributed to a societal shift where the notion of care and collective responsibility has become central; a seemingly conditional and temporary care that is balanced against continued dividends, market economy and individualism. The failures of established power structures are becoming tangible which opens up a space of critique towards the general longing of going “back to normal”. Instead of holding on to pieces of normality in a shattered world, we could try to imagine a world that reinvent itself unbound from current structures.

Things have changed so fast that picturing the future within a month, a week or even just a few hours seems to be an abstract concept. With this in mind, Touching 2022 uses the spirit of science fiction and worldmaking as a tool for approaching the coming times, but instead of imagining a distant future we look at the year 2022. A near future that has the potential to carry societal structures far away from today’s present.

The participating artists address the gradients and the tension of being in between togetherness and isolation, utopia and dystopia, private and public, analogue and digital. In Vessel of Flesh David Tobias Bonde Jensen explores the boundaries of life, “liveness” and the afterlife, capturing a transformation of existence. Lova Ranung considers different ways of portraying nature and explores the relation between power and cuteness in Natural+Cute+Vain. In Niels Munk Plum’s MEADOW the viewer embodies a horse that gallops endlessly, questioning the solidity of language, notions of work and paradise. Luca Sørheim is informed by images self-published by and of men on the internet and a childhood forest in Well, at least you died lifting!”3, proposing an eternal space with existential choices. In Lesia Vasylchenko & Yurii Tymoshenko’s In Search for a Star That Can Bring Them Home the viewer is taken to a vast landscape where a constellation of misleading stars project multiple night skies. Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson imagine a moment between a world falling apart and a world starting over while a setting sun recites a song in No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting. Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen touches on the power of togetherness situated in the middle of a massive sports arena surrounded by cheering hooligans in STADIUM.

The compilation of artists presents multiple realities, unbound by physical meeting restrictions and imminent uncertainty. The different voices create a collective touching point and facilitate a space where intimacy and future can be imagined and redefined.

- Karin Keisu, Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen and Josse Thuresson, curators of Touching 2022
November 2020

Touching 2022 is generously supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.
Enter exhibition
Please note: The exhibition is built for laptop/desktop computers only
Instructions
In-exhibition controls
Look around Mouse/Touchpad
Move WASD/Arrow keys
Jump Spacebar
Change speed Shift

Click to enter fullscreen
Optimized for desktop/laptop computers
Headphones reccomended
In-exhibition controls
Mouse/Touchpad Look around
WASD/Arrow keys Move
Spacebar Jump
Shift Change Speed

Click to enter fullscreen
Optimized for desktop/laptop computers
Headphones reccomended
Participating artists
Participating artists:

Lova Ranung
Lesia Vasylchenko & Yurii Tymoshenko
David Tobias Bonde Jensen
Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen
Luca Sørheim
Niels Munk Plum
Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson




How can speculative fiction help us imagine a future when living in a time filled with uncertainty, fear and injustice? What do we dream about? How does it sound and how does it smell? What can we touch?

Touching 2022 is a virtual group exhibition where nine artists create worlds and imagine alternative realities situated in the near future. Each artist has been invited to create an interactive three-dimensional space. The spaces are interconnected by portals, and the viewers can navigate through them from a first person perspective.

The past year we have been forced to reorient our relationship to intimacy, communication and globalization. The covid-19 pandemic has situated us in between life and death in a new way, which is affecting everybody differently. It has contributed to a societal shift where the notion of care and collective responsibility has become central; a seemingly conditional and temporary care that is balanced against continued dividends, market economy and individualism. The failures of established power structures are becoming tangible which opens up a space of critique towards the general longing of going “back to normal”. Instead of holding on to pieces of normality in a shattered world, we could try to imagine a world that reinvent itself unbound from current structures.

Things have changed so fast that picturing the future within a month, a week or even just a few hours seems to be an abstract concept. With this in mind, Touching 2022 uses the spirit of science fiction and worldmaking as a tool for approaching the coming times, but instead of imagining a distant future we look at the year 2022. A near future that has the potential to carry societal structures far away from today’s present.

The participating artists address the gradients and the tension of being in between togetherness and isolation, utopia and dystopia, private and public, analogue and digital. In Vessel of Flesh David Tobias Bonde Jensen explores the boundaries of life, “liveness” and the afterlife, capturing a transformation of existence. Lova Ranung considers different ways of portraying nature and explores the relation between power and cuteness in Natural+Cute+Vain. In Niels Munk Plum’s MEADOW the viewer embodies a horse that gallops endlessly, questioning the solidity of language, notions of work and paradise. Luca Sørheim is informed by images self-published by and of men on the internet and a childhood forest in Well, at least you died lifting!”3, proposing an eternal space with existential choices. In Lesia Vasylchenko & Yurii Tymoshenko’s In Search for a Star That Can Bring Them Home the viewer is taken to a vast landscape where a constellation of misleading stars project multiple night skies. Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson imagine a moment between a world falling apart and a world starting over while a setting sun recites a song in No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting. Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen touches on the power of togetherness situated in the middle of a massive sports arena surrounded by cheering hooligans in STADIUM.

The compilation of artists presents multiple realities, unbound by physical meeting restrictions and imminent uncertainty. The different voices create a collective touching point and facilitate a space where intimacy and future can be imagined and redefined.

- Karin Keisu, Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen and Josse Thuresson, curators of Touching 2022
November 2020

Touching 2022 is generously supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.
Full work descriptions: reader.pdf
Lova Ranung Close



Natural+Cute+Vain

Lova Ranung is a Swedish artist born in 1994 based in London. She received her degree in fine art at Goldsmith University and works foremostly with computer animation around topics of the digital natural.


Lesia Vasylchenko & Yurii Tymoshenko Close



In Search for a Star That Can Bring Them Home

Lesia Vasylchenko is a Kyiv-born artist based in Oslo. Her practice spans between installation, moving image and photography, and explores possible encounters between the fields of visual culture and time politics. Vasylchenko is a founder of STRUKTURA. Time, a cross-disciplinary initiative for research and practice within the framework of visual arts, media archaeology, literature, and philosophy. She holds a degree in Journalism from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her works have been shown among others at Haugar Art Museum, Norway; Transnational Queer Underground, Germany; Korea Queer Film Festival, Seoul; The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, Brazil.

Yurii Tymoshenko is a sound artist and composer based in Kyiv. His practice is centered around electronic processing methods, algorithmic composing and techno. He studied Philosophy at the National University Of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Tymoshenko is a member of the creative community Peauty Fute, he also runs an electronic music project "Mokri Dereva" (Wet Trees). His works have been presented among others at Art-A-Hack, New-York; American Arts Incubator, Kyiv; Strichka Festival, Kyiv.


David Tobias Bonde Jensen Close



Vessel of Flesh

David Tobias Bonde Jensen (DK) graduated from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2020. His practice examines speculative discourses and science-fiction motifs through video, animation, sound, music and text.


Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen Close



STADIUM

Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen (b. 1993, Bodø) is an Oslo based artist, curator, developer and DJ whose interdisciplinary practise spans across digital and analog platforms in various individual projects and group constellations. Through time-based works, digital art and other new media formats, the artist explore various sociopolitical structures and identity politics in light of a digitalised contemporary world where information and truth is readily available and accessible, but questioned by multiplicity and polarising canons and wireframes.


Luca Sørheim Close



Well, at least you died lifting!”3

Luca Sørheim (b. Karmøy 1992.) meditates on how narratives arise, are shaped and formed by resistance that replaces and establishes new understandings. by adding resistance and breaking down existing identity structures, he explores development of representation through dissolution. looking at how new realities arise in the relationship between foreground and background, and how polarizing states and resistance are formed and inflicted on others and oneself in an attempt to experience a sense of control.


Niels Munk Plum Close



MEADOW

Niels Munk Plum (1992, Sønderborg DK) lives and works between Copenhagen, Oslo and Malmö. He works with staging narratives through performance, sound, photography, installation and text.


Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson Close



No Promise of Happiness but the Sun is Setting

Karin Keisu (b. 1995, Tornedalen) and Josse Thuresson (b. 1992, Stockholm) are a collaborative duo with a practice that favours instances of learning, temporal dissolution and poetic interruptions through text, performativity and film. They work artistically and curatorially addressing politics of language, queer temporalities and the strength of being on the margins. Currently studying their masters in Fine Arts at Konstfack University in Stockholm.