Momentum and collaborators
The list of collaborators in this project are is long and extensive. The students at the School of Landscape Architecture at NMBU has been invited, along with Norwegian Theatre Academy at HiØ and KORO Public Art Norway by Punkt Ø. Collaborators in the project are Moss municipality - Bylab and Studio Olafur Eliasson. Momentum has been an ongoing biennale for 20 years. According to Ellen Husaas, this is a unique opportunity for the students to work and learn from some of the most skilled professionals in the field of arts and urban installations, and how to work across many interest groups and entities.
The original installation in 1998
The original installation consisted of 6 locations; The Northern Fjallabak Route in Iceland, Tokyo in Japan, Stockholm in Sweden, Los Angeles in the U.S., Bremen in Germany, and Moss in Norway 1998-. Rivers were dyed green to create a greater awareness to their everyday surroundings. Each of them was said to evoked public involvement in its own unique way as they unfolded in their specific geographic context.
Learning outcome across landscape architecture and the field of arts
Ellen, what are the lessons to be made here, for the students?
“The students will be involved in the heavier aspects in the field of arts, not only in relation to the fields of landscape, but in general. The added value of this, is how contemporary arts can play a crucial part in urban development. The lessons to be learned here, is an increased understanding of conceptual art, in which the students can utilise as practicing landscape architects.”
She firmly believes by involving the landscape architect students – 20 years later - will highlight through different installations- what young people of today is concerned of, connected to environment and people. As the supervising teacher, she plans for 2-3 physical installations by the river + 1 photo installation – the projects will also be exhibited at Bylab - Moss. The students will be preparing most of the crucial conceptual work at NMBU, from prototyping at REALTEK, mockups at Landskapslaboratoriet, to discussing the installations with knowledge within architecture, landscape, artists, urban developers etc.
Schedule and SITRAP's involvement
The timetable for this project is to start out with lectures, symposiums, conferences and site visits, and an initiation workshop in April. Two consecutive workshops will follow in May and June until the opening in the 8th of June 2019. This project yields 6 study points and is categorised as special curriculum, or student-initiated course. It goes under SITRAP’s strategical area 1: student involvement, and will be followed closely, as to what extent the learning outcome for the student, and what impact it can have for future practice-oriented workshops.