Exhibition: Perspectives from Oslo

Perspectives from Oslo is Oslo Association of Architects' contribution to the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging. Perspectives from Oslo is a project divided into separate phases, all of which relates to the Triennial’s main title “After Belonging”. This year’s Triennial addresses topics such as place; habitation; identity and time based on today’s global situation where an increasing number of people are in transit, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Perspectives from Oslo is made up of two main parts. The first, a mapping period, will be completed and shown in an exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the entrance foyer of Arkitektenes hus, Josefines Gate 34, running from 17. October to 4. November, with an open debate 27. October. There will be a vernissage in the exhibition 17. October. OAF also provides an open lecture series during the period, sponsored by Fritt Ord.

The exhibition is free of charge and will be on display until November 4th, from 16:00 to 18:00 pm Mon-Fri, unless other events necessitate closing the foyer. It will be possible for groups to visit the exhibition outside of opening hours by contacting Trine-Lise Sonne or Gerrit Mosebach.

Six inhabitants of Oslo, none of them born, but all of them residing there, have been interviewed. They live in different parts of the city and have various backgrounds, both work wise and in terms of origin and life experience. The interviews will be recorded and presented in the exhibition, together with a personal map of Oslo, drawn by each interviewee. Additionally, teachers and students from AHO have developed a set of “objective” and “subjective" that will be displayed.

See the video interviews here:

We encourage all inhabitants of Oslo to post a photo of their own selection to the Instagram page Perspektiver fra Oslo with #perspectivesfromoslo or #perspektiverfraoslo.

Perspectives from Oslo

The contribution to the Trienniale focuses on Oslo. Ever since the city became the capital in 1814, Oslo has had an almost continuous population growth and strong immigration. Therefore, a large proportion of residents in Oslo are immigrants, both from the rest of the country and from other countries. This is partly the reason for the claim that many of the residents have stronger ties to the original home areas and to a lesser extent to Oslo. For decades it has been legitimate to say that Oslo is an ugly city without soul. We can see that this is starting to turn. This may be due to both the urban trend and that urban development in recent decades has changed the face of Oslo and its reputation. Now many are proud to live in Oslo. We do not know if this affects the place of belonging. We assume that the vast majority relates to the place, town or city where they live, but their loyalty is different for people in different life situations. We will examine whether it is possible to experience a sense of belonging when it is no longer clear where one belongs. Also, we will examine whether the feeling of belonging is tied to special places that have or have had special meaning for that individual.

On opposite sides of the spectrum we can witness on the one hand mass tourism and on the other an increasing number of people fleeing from conflicts, wars and natural disasters. In between these extremes we can observe various kinds of individual travelling; work migration and hybrid transit situations.

The contribution focuses on Oslo, exploring patterns of movement; borders and various concepts of habitation in the capital of Norway. There are major differences between the population of the districts and between different parts of the city with regard to issues such as finance, education length, upbringing and health. This is worrying.

To do this, various scales and methods are employed. We wish to investigate how one achieves the feeling of belonging when it is not obvious exactly where you do belong. We wish to debate what it means to feel at home, and the system and processes that govern which ones of us become citizens of Oslo.

Perspectives from Oslo is sponsored by: