Text-Workshop with Ina Hagen | For Plot/Oslo

Workshop for a Collective Text, Based on Cauleen Smith’s Exhibition.

The workshop takes place over two evenings, Tuesday 3. September and Wednesday 4. September from 16:00-18:00, is completely free and open to everyone between the ages of 18 and 25.

A link to registration will be available in August. The workshop will be held in Norwegian.

Together with artist Ina Hagen, we will write a collective, networked text that will end up as a riso-printed fanzine – available at the museum. The starting point for the collective text is Cauleen Smith’s publication Volcano Manifesto, her current exhibition The Deep West Assembly at Astrup Fearnley Museet, as well as a small reading booklet compiled by Hagen.

The first part of the workshop will focus on collecting words, sentences, quotes, or expressions from the exhibition and the texts we read together. We will read, talk, and wander through the exhibition, both during and after opening hours, to learn how Smith includes text and literature in her artistry. The second part of the workshop will focus on the writing process, where we weave the borrowed text fragments together into one independent text. This text will consist of two parts, where the ‘new’ text is followed by a list of short paragraphs from the original texts from which the text fragments were borrowed. Together, they form a networked text that both combines borrowed words and sentences in new ways and provides insight into the contexts for which they were written.

Ina Hagen lives and works in Oslo. In her artistic practice, spanning text and publications, digital media and video, collective work, community-based creation processes, and pedagogical forms, Hagen constructs platforms and performative situations for collective, critical reflection. In her recent projects, she has focused on the normalization of Norwegian energy colonialism through the industry’s self-presentation. In the spring of 2024, through OCA, she participated in the residency program at WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels.

Hagen has several years of experience as a writer for Kunstkritikk and has held numerous workshops in creative writing, text comprehension, and artist texts, including for Praksis Teen Advisory Board, Index Teen Advisory Board, and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She is currently responsible for Theory for Practice at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, with a focus on research essays.