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Stefan Panhans, Andrea Winkler: Freeroam À Rebours, Mod#I.1. Filmstill © Stefan Panhans


Kunstnernes Hus: Holding Pattern

Location: Oslo, Norway

Dates: 25 November 2022 – 15 January 2023

Curator: Tom McCarthy, Anne Hilde Neset

This winter, Kunstnernes Hus has the pleasure of presenting the international group show Holding Pattern. What are the choreographies in which our lives are held and what rhythms, or algorithms, drive these? How do these play out in historical, political and cultural terms? And can art, literature, filmmaking, or music draw them out, make them visible, legible, audible, or even contestable? These are some of the themes and questions that the exhibition will explore.

Holding Pattern is the English term for the tactic air traffic controllers use to keep several planes orbiting above a busy airport without crashing. What emerges from this symbolic scenario is the motif of remote control, of skill and mastery; a sense of human destinies being bound up in the circuits of technology; of anticipation and anxiety, danger and salvation (being ‘brought in safely’); and, most tellingly, of geometry, aesthetics and even beauty: from Plato to Dante and beyond, the universe has been understood in terms of circles, just as for Apelles, Giotto and others the holy grail of art has been to draw a perfect one.

This exhibition arises from an invitation issued by Kunstnernes Hus Director and former Wire editor Anne Hilde Neset to award-winning novelist Tom McCarthy: to unpack, via contemporary art, the themes dealt with in his books.

Holding Pattern will run from November 25th, 2022, to January 15th, 2023, after which it will travel to HMKV in Dortmund, Germany. A publication, with a new essay by Tom McCarthy and writings by Inke Arns, Magnus Haglund, Sina Najafi, Anne Hilde Neset, Susan Philipsz, David Toop and Judith Vrancken will be published by Lenz Publishing to mark the exhibition.


  • Stan Douglas
  • Harun Farocki
  • Ingri Fiksdal
  • Åke Hodell
  • Stefan Panhans & Andrea Winkler
  • Susan Philipsz
  • Elizabeth Price


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