"Monday Begins on Saturday", Bergen Assembly 2013

A new international triennale in Bergen, Norway

Monday Begins on Saturday is the title of the first edition of Bergen Assembly, and takes the form of an international exhibition, publication, and symposium. It presents the positions of more than 50 international artists working in a variety of media. Projects are distributed over eleven different locations in the city of Bergen, among them several buildings of the Bergen Art Museum and Bergen Kunsthall. Many projects are specially commissioned for Bergen Assembly. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, a print version of the curatorial montage with newly commissioned and anthologized theoretical, literary, and artistic texts and contributions. In keeping with the concept of the overall project, the boundary between the exhibition and book is similarly fluid; curatorial annotations, quotes from novels, and documentation seep into the exhibition, while on the printed page a practice of writing-with-images, in passages reminiscent of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing or W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, can be found. An international symposium featuring artist’s talks and panel discussions with the project’s contributors also took place during the opening days of Bergen Assembly.

Irwin was invited to participate with an installation of works NSK Passport Holders and Words from Africa.