Erkka Nissinen




Hordaland Kunstsenter is happy to present "Vantaa" by the artist Erkka Nissinen (1975, Finland). Nissinen's work has been shown widely internationally, but this exhibition in Archipelago is his first in Norway.

The videos by Nissinen are characterized by absurdity, humor and deliberate clumsiness. In Vantaa, a bearded dwarf named after the Hungarian composer Arnold Schönberg (played by Nissinen) who roams through a not so nicely rendered digital village of brightly coloured houses where penises can be confused with xylophones and flowers can talk, all in search for his stolen yoghurt. The thief, a foulmouthed Karlheinz Stockhausen, has an apoplectic fit and collapses while guzzling a bowl of viscous yoghurt. The singing of animated flowers and neat rows of Crayola-coloured houses recalls the set of an educational program for children, although instants of obscenity bring it closer to Paul McCarthy meets the Teletubbies. Nissinen cleverly implicates composers Schönberg and Stockhausen in Vantaa, creating a cultural context while drawing inspiration from the radical originality of both figures.


This exhibition is made possible by Ellen de Bruijne Projects Amsterdam.



Archipelago is a small, flexible platform for showing individual works and installations in a focused but open environment. Located on the ground floor of Hordaland kunstsenter, adjacent to a larger, more formal exhibition space, archipelago works with the constraint of limited physical space in order to explore the changing modalities of artworks in the age of virtual space. Archipelago is programmed with short lead times for each new project, with the intention of reinserting curatorial agility and real-time engagement into the institution. This initiative follows a different schedule to Hordaland kunstsenter’s main exhibition programme, and is conceived as a group of ‘thought islands’ appearing in time. These manifestations will be mapped in Hordaland kunstsenter’s website, and will also be periodically surveyed through public conversations and other events.


Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.