Image caption: Ursula Reuter Christiansen and Louise Hold Sidenius: Skarpretteren (2016), reworked screenprints and mixed media installation.

Louise Hold Sidenius: Artists’ Books, Growing Wildly

ATTENTION: CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. This Thursday morning, Danish graphic designer, artist, editor, and educator, Louise Hold Sidenius (Officin) will give an introduction to her practice between the related fields of graphic design and contemporary art thinking and making.

Time: Thursday February 14th, 10.00 – 11.30.
Place: The Publishing Workshop, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fossveien 24.

The session will take as its point of departure Sidenius’ extensive collaborative work with German artist Ursula Reuter Christiansen, whose film Skarpretteren (1972) and self-published artist book from 1986 served as the basis for the collaborative development of a new graphic framing of Reuter Christiansen’s artwork in the form of a re-conceptualised publication by the same name, and a series of silkscreened stills from the film consecutively reworked by Ursula Reuter Christiansen through collage and painting (2016). Thus using graphic design as an active platform for generating and facilitating the emergence of new thoughts, works, opportunities, and collaborations, Sidenius challenges traditional boundaries between art and design, contents and framing, and delivers their inherent field of tension up for creative dialogue—a dialogue, which may move both artist and designer, as well as their collective work, into unexpected new terrain.

From a starting point in Skarpretteren, Sidenius will move on to talk about other projects and exchanges facilitated through her print and book-making practice, including her recent collaboration with KHiO artistic research fellow Marie Kølbæk Iversen on the riso-publication Io/I, and her ongoing project with Swedish weaver and digital pioneer Charlotte Johannesson.

This morning sessions is followed by an afternoon seminar with French art writer, curator, and professor at HEAD—Genève, Yann Chateigné, who will discuss his recent research regarding what he terms “The Night of Time.”


Since graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem in 2006, Louise Hold Sidenius has established herself as a pioneer on the Danish art scene exploring the retroactive field of possibility between thought and print through projects as diverse as establishing the print and publishing house/venue Officin in Vesterbro (2015-2019); co-curating the exhibition Kunstnerbøger, vildt voksende at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning unfolding book-making practices within an artistic context (2016); co-editing the pioneering and award-winning publication Danish Artists’ Books, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (2014), and co-founding the cross-disciplinary art journal Internationalistisk Ideale (2008-2010).

Louise Hold Sidenius works across a diverse range of print and book-binding techniques—handicraft, which she applies conceptually in her projects (e.g. screen-printing, risographic printing, letterpress, die and foil stamping, as well as glue and section-sewn binding etc.).