Høring is open to the public, free of charge. The audience is presumed to consent to a recording as  part of Merete Røstads artistic research project.
Photographer: Severin Worm-Petersen. Riksarkivet.

Høring (hearing) is a one-day public hearing on participatory monuments September 7th 2018. The event will present insights into my temporary artworks Folkets Hus (Lillestrøm, 2015) and Kammer (Munchmuseet, 2017). Høring is enacted by the testimonies of witnesses that have had direct experience of these art projects, as participants of the works. Folkets Hus and Kammer, were temporary and have already taken place. The event is presented in Norwegian and simultaneously translated into English by Elisabeth Styren Undall.

About the artworks  

Folkets Hus (2015)
In 2015 Folkets hus at Lillestrøm was to be demolished, a few months before the celebration of the centenary of the building, in order to give space for new city development.Folkets Hus contained a series of actions, including a floodlighted façade, centennial dinner, and a seminar. This artproject was a commission curated by Rikke Kommisar and Monica Holmen at Akershus Kunstsenter in Lillestrøm.

Kammer (2017).
Kammer was a site-specific sound sculpture and a temporary monument to the hidden life stories of women who are never memorialised in public space. It consisted of four directional speakers, two looped soundtracks, and a listening platform. Curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell as part of a series of commissions called Munchmuseet on the move for the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, it was situated outside of the Munch Museum in Oslo East, open to the public day and night for three months from June 17 to September 17, 2017.  


Hege Stensrud Høsøien is director of research and collections at the National Library of Norway. She holds a masters degree in literature from the University of Oslo.

The Witnesses

Frank Meyer is historian and serves as the Executive Officer at the Norwegian Labour Movement Archives and Libraries, Oslo. Meyer holds a PhD from Greifswald University, Germany, as well as a PhD from Oslo University, and has published widely on issues such as cultural and political history.

Ola Jacob Flæten is the Mayor of Skedsmo representing the Norwegian Labour Party since 2011. He is the former parish priest in Lillestrøm. Flæten is particularly concerned with urban development, culture and the city as a framework and arena for diversity and a good life.

Hilde Ghosh Maisey is a photographer and founder of an institute for applied conceptual art. Maisey currently holds the position of General Manager of Transnational Arts Production (TrAP), an independent art production company with an aim to increase diversity in Norwegian arts and culture. Previously she has chaired FFF, the national organization for camera based artists and Fotogalleriet.

Ellen Ulvin is a member of Lillestrøm Damekor (Lillestrøm Ladies Choir)and has used the Peoples House in, Lillestrøm weekly for over 40 years. When Lillestrøm Damekor was founded in 1921, they bought a share in the house and became co-owners of the building.  The choir secured a place for their rehearsals and other activities. For many years, Ulvin had the tradition of eating lunch at Folkets Hus on May 1st (Labour Day).

Rikke Komissar his Director of Akershus Kunstsenter, where she also supervises the art department. Komissar holds a Cand.Mag from the University of Oslo, and is currently working on here Master in management (BI). Komissar has been working with Merete Røstad on two occasions: Vocabulary of Thought(2014) and Folkets Hus(2015).

Monika Holmen
is project coordinator and curator at Akershus Art Centre. Holmen is also co-editor in the Norwegian art magazine KUNSTforum, freelance writer and editor, and has contributed to art magazines, books and catalogues. Holmen has a MA in art history from the University of Oslo.

Natalie Hope O’Donnell is Senior Curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo, where she curates the off-site contemporary art programme Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019). She holds a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture entitled Space as Curatorial Practice: the exhibition as a spatial construct (2016).

Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum is Head of the Arts Department and Curator at Public Art Norway (KORO). She holds a Master of Arts in History of Art from the University of Oslo, and a Master of Visual Culture from the University of Westminster, London.

Ketil Røed is the art critic in the daily Vårt Land and th editor of Billedkunst. He has been writing for several years on bot film, theatre and literature for publications such as Aftenposten, Klassekampen, Morgenbladet, Frieze and artforum. This winter he
will publish "Kunsten og livet: en bruksanvisning" ("Art and life:users manual") on Flamme Publishing House.

Hild Borchgrevink is an artist, writer and music critic based in Oslo. She holds an MFA in Art and public spaces from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2017). In 2018 her work has been featured at a.o. Wergelandshaugen (Eidsvoll), NSU Artistic Research (Sweden) and Kristiansand Art Hall and Public Library.

Marius Grønning architect (ENSAPB Paris) and PhD in Urbanism (IUAV Venezia), is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the NMBU, Faculty of Landscape and Society. He has experience as a practicing architect and consultant in urbanism and planning, and focuses in his research on place-making, comprehensive land-use planning and spatial ideas. Grønning has led the Norwegian Housing and Planning Association (Norsk BOBY) and the Norwegian Association for Planning Education (FUS). He has contributed in several artistic collaboration projects, especially in the context of urban development and public spaces in plans, or in academic areas like the teaching programme in this field at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO).

If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact theparticipatorymonument@gmail.com.