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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Premiere Of People Mover
By Marte Eknæs And Michael Amstad


Wednesday 18 October, doors open at 19:30, screening starts at 20:00 sharp.
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, 0165 Oslo

Please join us for an evening screening, talk, and drinks premiering People Mover, a new, collaborative video piece—and its accompanying pamphlet-poster including an interview with German philosopher Joseph Vogl—by Marte Eknæs (NO) and Michael Amstad (CH). The screening will be followed by the artists in conversation with Mike Sperlinger, Professor at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts and co-founder of LUX—an agency for artists working with the moving image.

Combining documentary material, found footage, and 2D/3D animation, People Mover shows the construction and daily life of an imaginary city founded on unstable ground. In a circle of service, maintenance, and destruction, the city caters to the consumption of its population of short-term visitors, weekenders, and start-uppers. A ‘people mover’ is a type of public transport system that serves airports, downtown districts, or theme parks. In People Mover such a system—in this case a train—drives the narrative through an urban landscape shaped by fast development, pop-up architecture, mega-events, food delivery services, surface maintenance, cruise tourism, and trade fairs. Mixing fiction and reality, Eknæs’ drawings and sculptures are brought to life in these surroundings, surrealistically woven together with existing street furniture and public surfaces.

MINIBAR is a returning feature in the UKS program, occasionally occupying a tiny nook in its storefront space. Inviting guests to a night hosted by rotating local and international artists, MINIBAR offers mini-prices in a city where bibulous sociability normally comes at a mega-cost.

This event is supported by Arts Council Norway.



Friday 27 October, 7pm


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


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.