Sunday 8pm: May 27, 2012
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


A Walk : a performative talk by Karen Røise Kielland

Dead ends, detours, and asphalt

Speed has conquered space;… it has made distance meaningless, for no significant part of a human life – year, months, or even weeks- is any longer necessary to reach any point on the earth.”              
— Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 1958

In the summer of 2011 Karen Røise Kielland walked from Norway to Venice, Italy. It took her four months. She followed in the footsteps of the Norwegian painter Cathrine Hermine Kølle who walked the same distance in 1841- alone, with a bag and a gun for protection against wild dogs. Røise Kielland had a tent, a voice recorder and notebooks. Kølle wrote a diary and painted watercolors. For some, Kølle was the first female Norwegian artist, for others, only a skilled dilettante.

Following Kølle closely - in form and intention - Røise Kielland creates a framework for reflecting on our time, our Europe. How has Europe progressed over the past 170 years? Why is progress associated with speed? How do we find time? What is a long journey, a great distance and high speed? Is it possible to stretch the time by moving slowly? On foot, following a restricted route, Røise Kielland expected a sense of continuity and freedom.



KAREN RØISE KIELLAN (b. 1975) has made performances as a member of the group Blood for Roses since 2003. A frustration with the relationship between nature and human is central to most of the works. Her performances are partly working within a documentary style, as well as partly hyper-theatrical where brutality and romance, speculation and science overlaps each other. Blood for Roses’ works has been shown among others at the gas station in Naustdal, De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam and Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo.

Research for the work A WALK is supported by the Arts Council Norway.