Event The Drawing Triennial 2023

Deichman Bjørvika: Panel discussion about The Book of Whispers

November 14, 2023


November 14, 2023

Welcome to a panel discussion about The Book of Whispers, artist book and exhibition, which will be shown at Deichman Bjørvika on the occasion of Tegnetriennalen 2023.

Location: Deichman Bjørvika (Deichman Hall, lower floor)
Date : November 14
Time: 19.00-20.00

The event is free and open to all. Limited number of seats. To secure your place, please register for free: Free tickets.


About the panel debate:

What happens in the brain when we see a drawing or read a text? Do you remember the game where a message is passed from ear to ear, and the excitement of what the last person in line finally says out loud? The game is called the whisper game, and with this as a starting point, the Tegnertriennalen has invited 19 illustrators and writers to explore the relationship between text and drawing. How does an author respond to a drawn image with a literary image, and how does a cartoonist respond to a literary image? Can research help us to see this from the point of view of the artist, the author and the audience? The conversation is based on the idea behind the Kviskreboka project and how it has been developed to create a dialog between the authors and artists involved.

Author Janne Stigen Drangsholt and artist Kim Hiorthøy are two of the contributors to the artist book and artwork The Book of Whispers. The two meet neuroscientist Per Brodal for a conversation.

Introduction by Roddy Bell, co-curator of the Drawing Triennial 2023. Bell talks about the origins and development of The Book of Whispers. The conversation is led by Gerd Elise Mørland, program manager at Deichman Bjørvika.

About the panelists:

Roddy Bell (b. 1951) is a visual artist and co-curator of the Drawing Triennial. He works with several media and has had an extensive exhibition activity in Norway and Europe. He is a former professor of drawing and form at NMBU Ås.

Per Brodal (b. 1944) is professor emeritus of neurobiology at the University of Oslo, and has extensive research experience in experimental neuroanatomy. Brodal has conducted experimental brain research for many years and is the author of several textbooks, including "The Central Nervous System, Structure and Function". On several occasions he has been a co-host on NRK's Abel's Tower.

Janne Stigen Drangsholt (b. 1974) is a Norwegian author and professor of literature. She made her debut as an author with the novel "Humlefanger" in 2011, but is best known for her Ingrid Winter trilogy. Drangsholt is a literary researcher and professor at Stavanger University. She has made several broadcasts for Norwegian radio (NRK) focusing on literature, culture and the history of ideas.

Kim Hiorthøy (b. 1973) is a Norwegian multi-artist who works with drawing, painting, writing, electronic music, graphic design, illustration and film. To date, he has continued to work with cover art for record labels, released several collections of photography, drawing, design, book illustration and installation and has exhibited widely internationally. In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced the music for the critically acclaimed film "The Rules for Everything".


Photo (from left to right): Kim Hiorthøy (photo: Jussi Nels), Per Brodal (photo: private), Janne Stigen Drangsholt, Roddy Bell.

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