Open Forum

23.11.2021 18:00 – 19:30, Black Box på KHiO

An evening in the dark with :
Diego Marcon (in conversation with Mike Sperlinger)

Black Box på Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo, KHiO ---> Ask at Reception if you get lost :)

(Fossveien 24, 0551 Oslo)

Tuesday 23 November 2021


FREE & OPEN TO ALL (Snacks & refreshments provided)

An evening in the dark with Diego Marcon (in conversation with Mike Sperlinger) will be held at Black Box at the Art Academy in Oslo, KHiO - (ask at reception if you get lost).

Open Forum invites Italian artist Diego Marcon for an informal conversation with Mike Sperlinger, which will include an opportunity to see a few of Diego’s short films. Working mainly across film & video, Diego explores the relationship between reality & its representation, in relationship to various film genres, such as slapstick comedy, horror, the musical, & the cartoon. His interest in the more sombre realms of the human psyche is represented by the recurrent motif of childhood to evoke a primary, vulnerable human condition.

Warning: Films contain flashing images that may cause discomfort or trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Films unsuitable for children.

Diego Marcon (b. 1985, IT) is a visual artist working mostly with film & video.

His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in spaces such as Museo MADRE, Naples; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore/LASALLE, Singapore; La Triennale di Milano, Milan; MAXXI & MACRO, Rome; Museion, Bozen; Centre international d’art et du paysage, Vassivière; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris.

His films have been screened in film festivals worldwide, including the International Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam; Viennale, Vienna; Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal; Cinéma du Réel, Paris; Courtisane, Ghent; BFI, London; FID Marseille, Marseille & doclisboa, Lisbon.

In 2021, his last film "The Parents' Room" premiered at 74th Cannes Film Festival, as part of the official selection of the Directors' Fortnight.

Mike Sperlinger is Professor of writing & theory at Oslo Academy of Fine Art.

Open Forum is a student-run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo that facilitates lectures, talks & other live events within fluid settings.

Image: Diego Marcon, Ludwig (video still), 2018, CGI animation, colour, sound, loop. Produced with the support of Fondazione MAXXI—Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Roma, & Bvlgari. © Courtesy the artist & Ermes-Ermes, Vienna