Founded by artists for artists in 1921, UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / The Young Artists’ Society) is an institution for international contemporary art and a Norwegian, political membership organization situated in Oslo’s city center.

St. Olavs gate 3, 0165 Oslo

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Thora Dolven Balke:
All that Respires, Conspires

Collaborators: Erik Balke, Dominic Barter, Sandra Benites, Camilla Rocha Campos, Henning Christiansen's archive, Ian Erickson-Kery, Trine Falch, Dr. Karl-Heinz Frommolt, Milford Graves, Gaby Hartel, Klein, Marssares, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Amilcar Packer, NaEE RoBErts (Sandra Mujinga), and Humberto Velez.


Thursday 7 September, 5pm


8 September — 8 October 2017

UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo


Friday 8 September, 10.30pm
Performance by NaEE RoBErts + Concert by Klein
Kunstneres Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo
Free admission

Sunday 10 September 2pm
Artist talk by Thora Dolven Balke
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Free admission

Tuesday 12 September, 7pm
Listening session
Sentralen/Hvelvet, Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo
Free admission

Opening on Thursday 7 September at 5pm and running through Sunday 8 October at UKS’ newly renovated and extended premises in St. Olavs gate 3, All that respires, conspires is a large, collaborative sound-led project, co-produced by UKS and Ultima. Organized by artist and curator Thora Dolven Balke (b.1982, NO) it is created in conversation with a long list of contributors, each asked to reflect on the act of conspiring from the perspective of varying disciplines including natural science, social activism, justice, performance, medical research, and music.

As part of the programed events, on Friday 8 September at 10.30pm audience members are invited to Kunstnernes Hus for a live performance by NaEE RoBErts — one of artist and musician Sandra Mujinga’s (NO) many aliases — and a concert at 11.30pm by Klein (UK), one of Britain's most intriguing and indefinable young producers and performers. Further an artist talk takes place on Sunday 10 September at 2pm at UKS by Thora Dolven Balke and a listening session premiers the first episode of the radio series at Sentralen on Tuesday 12 September at 7pm.

Etymologically to “conspire” comes from Latin “con” + “spirare”: to breathe together. All that respires, conspires takes this idea of a “shared breath” or “communal utterance” as a starting point for questioning both potentially positive prospects and problems inherent to conspiring, traditionally pointing to dark shadowy alliances. Commenced during her year-long artistic residency in Brazil, Balke traces other meanings of the act of conspiring through a wide range of phenomena spanning the impromptu influence of social groups through synchronized acts, the latent subversive power of informal gossip, and the strong effects of collectively resonating body rhythms or breath.

While the larger project encompasses events, listening sessions, and an online platform with documentary material and a radio series, the exhibition at UKS forms the physical manifestation of Balke’s inquiry into what it means to “conspire.” Combining interviews, field recordings, archival footage, and commissioned compositions from Brazil, Norway, Germany, the UK, and the US, the exhibition functions as digressing annotations to the artist’s growing sound material compiled and edited over the last 18 months.

The project is produced in collaboration with UKS and Ultima, with generous support from URO / KORO Public Art Norway and the Arts Council Norway.



Monday 11 September, 7:30pm

UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo

Free admission

The UKS board invites you to join this election party! Come out and watch the results come in on election night.

8–9pm, prior to the first exit poles, current UKS Chair Ruben Steinum invites former Chairs of the UKS board Anders Eiebakke, Tone A. Hansen, Marianne Hurum, and Bo Krister Wallström to discuss the future prospects for young artists based in Norway, and in particular their legal, social and financial status.


Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 September 2017

Coast Contemporary at Hurtigruten (Lofoten – Bergen)

Asked to curate an afternoon in a cabin as part of the newly initiated art festival Coast Contemporary taking place on the Hurtigruten ferry in September, UKS has invited Nora Joung (b.1989) — Norwegian writer, critic, and artist of succinct word-based performances who is currently preparing an upcoming solo show at UKS — to mount a retrospective of her performative works to date.

Using the cabin as backdrop, the prospect of Joung’s chronological walk-through promises to be as plain and simple as a portfolio viewing and as intimate as a prolonged studio visit, inviting everyone onboard to “see it all”. Working through eight early pieces, Joung toys with general presumptions of fragile, performative transparency; meanwhile Hurtigruten in all earnest becomes the outset for the credo that “sometimes you got to go back, to move forward”. Joung’s retrospective is the first step towards the production process of her new project, opening at UKS’ premises and the neighboring venue, Kunstnernes Hus, in January 2018.

Coast Contemporary is a platform that aims to annually assemble local artists and international art professionals on a journey off the coast of Norway onboard Hurtigruten. The first edition takes place from 21 – 24 September 2017.



Friday 27 October, 7pm


28 October – 26 November 2017
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo


Friday 27 October, 9pm
Saturday 28 October, matinée 3pm, soirée 7.30pm
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

Commencing in late autumn, a series of solo exhibitions each employ both UKS and a part of the neighboring venue, Kunstnernes Hus. First up is the psychedelic, fin de siècle-inspired painter, sculptor, and occasional playwright Georgia Gardner Gray (1988, US, based in Berlin). Changing Kunstnernes Hus’ ground floor into a black box staging the iconic, sculptural bodywork of the Concorde, the artist portrays the perverted voice of the supersonic turbojet in a dark class satire. In parallel, UKS’ premises offer a contrasting, quiet context for Gray’s libertine and hysteric subjects, presenting a series of deep-hued figurative canvases mounted on austere industrial stands.



Friday 8 December, 7pm


9 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

Second in UKS’ series of two-fold solo shows is Constance Tenvik (b.1990, NO, based in Berlin and Oslo). Draughtsman, masquerader, and filmmaker, Tenvik’s project Soft Armor focuses on a disastrous attempt at restaging a medieval joust in a Scottish castle in 1839, exploring the idle potential of show(wo)manship and dumb folklore in a hilarious, timely pointer to conservative regress. Kunstnernes Hus hosts a Gesamtkunstwerk of sculpted school gym vaulting horses flanked by video performances, while at UKS the artist presents her abundant graphic novel annotations, mind maps, and ephemera.