Narcotecture describes an ostentatious style of architecture built by large scale distributors of illegal narcotics. Bjarne Melgaard, Kjetil T. Thorsen, Creative Director of internationally renowned architecture firm Snøhetta, and Ina Blom, University of Oslo discuss these new architectural influences on Bjarne Melgaard’s on-going collaboration with the firm. The talk is accompanied by the launch of the exhibition catalogue A House to Die In.
Bjarne Melgaard (b. 1967, Sydney, Australia) has had more than forty-five solo exhibitions in leading galleries around the world, and his work is held in several international collections. In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at the 54th Venice Biennale with Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS.
He is a frequent curator and collaborator, has written more than a dozen novels, and produced seven films. Bjarne Melgaard lives and works in New York.
Ina Blom is an art critic, curator and art historian. Since 2001 she has been an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway, specialising in modernism and avant-garde studies, and contemporary art and aesthetics, with a particular focus on media art practices and media aesthetics.
A former music critic, she has also worked extensively as an art critic and curator, contributing to Frieze, Parkett, Afterall, and Artforumand Texte zur Kunst.
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is an architect. He was born in the Norwegian city of Haugesund and spent most of his childhood on the neighbouring coastal island of Karmøy. In 1985 he co-founded the first Norwegian Gallery for architecture, Gallery ROM. In 1987 he co-founded the multidisciplinary architectural practice Snøhetta Arkitektur- Landskap in Oslo, Norway and in 1989 he became founding partner and director in the international company Snøhetta.
He is a frequent lecturer internationally and from 2004 to 2008 he was professor of architecture at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.