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"Concepts of O"

​Mixed media installations

10.01. - 23.02.2020

From ancient times into the present, different acts of mediation have changed the bodies and cognition of humans and non-humans. Transformations are made, from body language to oral speech and writing into the digital media age. These transitions have their own distinct materiality, radically altering our perception.

Concepts of O invites us to re-engage in some of the forgotten concepts and research of the past. Kjersti Sundland brings attention to some of the inconvenient ties to mystical and occult traditions that have been removed to establish psychology as a scientific field. The exhibition explores whether former systems of healing and trance states can refresh our insight in a growing global economy capitalizing on our zealous attention.


Through the artist´s use of video, sculpture, print and hypnotic trance sessions, Concepts of O playfully connects the impact of terrestrial and human electromagnetic radiation with telepathic sensing and psychoanalysis. Sculptures made of copper take centre stage in the exhibition. This highly conductive mineral comments on the ongoing transition from analogue communication to the Internet connecting all things. Copper is the most extensively used component in communication technologies, but is currently being replaced with fibre optic cables in Norway.


What kind of relationships between humans and other living beings arise if we understand sense perception as distributed among human, animal, technical, inorganic and organic entities?


Therapeutic trance methods have been practiced all over the world throughout history. In the 18th century, German Anton Mesmer labelled therapeutic trance states in a system of interdependencies. He believed trance was induced by “animal magnetism”, a force moving through and affecting living organisms and inanimate objects. Concepts of O explores how these former occult systems of healing are hiding as ghosts, not only in modern science and technology, but in relational and sensory perceptions of our surroundings. The exhibition also draws inspiration from psychosociologist Jacob L Moreno’s concept of tele-encounters, defined as moments of true connection between people.


This project explores communication through tele, not only as acts of mediation through technology, but as transmissions and energy flows between humans and non-humans. Scheduled hypnotic trance sessions conducted by hypnotherapist Martin Mikkelsen will be announced prior the exhibition opening. The evening sessions, titled Magnetic sleep is the result of a two year long collaboration between Martin Mikkelsen and Kjersti Sundland. (please see below for dates)


«Concepts of O» is the exhibition of the artistic results from Kjersti Sundland’s PhD artistic research project (2016-2020) «In The Presence of Phantoms». The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Opening speech by opened by Frans Jacobi, Head of The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art.

Kjersti Sundland, currently employed as PhD fellow in artistic research  the Art Academy, KMD, UIB. Kjersti Sundland holds a BA in Fine Art from Coventry University, and an MA in Fine Art from Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, TICA Centre for Contemporary Art, Tiran, Punkt Ø, UKS,Oslo, Trøndelag senter for Samtidskunst, Galleri Brandstrup, Artopia Gallery, Milano. Her videos and live video performances have been presented at PureScreen including Castlefield, Cork Film centre, B4 Play Video, Berlin, Netmage, Bologna, AudioVisiva, Milan, VideoLisboa.

Special thanks to M12 and BEK


- Newgrange prehistoric monument. County Meath. Ireland. Wikimedia commons

- The body electric. The Body Electric-electromagnetism and the foundation of Life.

Robert O. Becker and Gary Selden

Sunday 12th of January, 14:00
at Kunsthall 3,14

Kjersti Sundland in conversation with Lisa Blackman, Professor in Media and Communications at Goldsmith University London, and social anthropologist Rita Agdal (Phd).

Lisa Blackman works at the intersection of body studies and media and cultural theory and is particularly interested in subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment. Her most recent book is Haunted Data: Affect, Transmedia and Weird Science. research.gold.ac.uk/21971

Rita Agdal has researched experiences of "energy" as cultural practice, and how perceptions influence sensual experiences and constitute different realities. She has also conducted research on the use of animals in therapy.

"Magnetic Sleep"
Hypnotic Trance Sessions
at Kunsthall 3,14

Throughout the exhibition period, after closing time, you can attend a hypnotic trance session. The session will be conducted in groups of five by hypnotherapist Martin Mikkelsen. Duration approximately one hour.
‘Magnetic Sleep’ is a result of a two year long collaboration between Martin Mikkelsen and Kjersti Sundland.


The topic of the hypnotic trance session centers around human and animal perception, exploring human and non-human forms of learning.
Book and register for a session by calling
55 36 26 30 or send an e-mail to:
NB: Please note booking is required

Tuesday 14.01 at 18:00 and at 20:00
Tuesday 21.01 at 18:00 and at 20:00
Tuesday 28.01 at 18:00 and at 20:00
Tuesday 04.02 at 18:00 and at 20:00
Wednesday 12.02 at 20:00
Tuesday 18.02 at 18:00 and at 20:00

For any questions regarding the evening sessions please contact Kjersti Sundland Kjersti.Sundland@uib.




"Between Man and Man"

Screen print and acrylic on canvas

10.01. - 23.02.2020

Curated By Malin Barth

Interaction and action are essential parts of the life of any human being, and we have the urge to interact and act. That is a part of our human condition.

Rocky Horton´s recent project is a response to the work Flowers in a Wooden Vessel by Jan Brueghel the Elder created in 1606-07. The signs of human existence are “man with man”.

In this sense life is an existence-communication. 


Horton´s work explores the liminal. The work creates an opportunity for a very intricate conversation about the pervasive influence of spiritualism, occultism and psychologically loaded images. The painting dwells upon hope and failure in order to invite us into transcendence. Perhaps as a result of the de-mystification of the post-enlightenment world or the unwillingness to understand the miraculous, to reclaim the images as transcendent and magical. Not just as aestheticized objects. Horton´s own frame of reference might be as Heidegger puts it--oneself in a kind of spiritual mirror from which the image of other men is fleetingly reflected.


No one needs to tell the flowers how to obtain the water it needs, nor how to orient itself towards the sun and the light; it does so solely on its own. The same innate tendency exists within humans. Our way of being and doing relates to our surroundings, people and objects partake in this interrelational ‘dance’. Horton´s perception captures what is within the language and what is left for us to discover. At the beginning is relationship; to be sense and encountered. Horton´s originality in this series comes from what inspired him, Flowers in a Wooden Vessel by Jan Brueghel the Elder. He uses variations of this composition over and over again, limiting his color palette until the work presents itself as an altogether new perception. An illuminated light is brought forth in the work and might allude to the invisible forces of the world.


“Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others.” by philosopher Alan Watts

Rocky Horton is a conceptually based multi-disciplinary artist whose spans painting, sculpture, video, and performance. He is an active founding member of COOP, a curatorial collective in Nashville, established in 2010. Since 2003 he has served as a Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Horton received his undergraduate degree from Harding University in Searcy Arkansas and he received an M.F.A. in studio art from West Virginia University.

Courtesy of Chauvet Arts, Nashville, USA.

Vaagsallmennigen 12, 5014 Bergen, Norway