It gives us great pleasure to introduce this years invited artists. Nuart 2013 is without a doubt our most global yet, sixteen artists from eleven countries and four continents are set to descend on Stavanger to produce some of the worlds most interesting, relevant and groundbreaking public art the world has ever known. In addition to the artists line up we'll be presenting Nuart Plus, a dynamic series of films, panel debates and artist presentations.
MARTHA COOPER (US), DAL EAST (CN), ROA (BE), M-CITY (PL), FAITH47 (ZA), HUSH (UK), VHILS (PT), ERNEST ZACHAREVIC (LT), C215 (FR), DOT DOT DOT (NO), DOTMASTER (UK), STRØK (NO), MARTIN WHATSON (NO), DAVID CHOE (US) AIKO (JP)
“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
This years working title has been inspired by the novel "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino. We say "working title" so as to avoid producing any uneccesary text relating to the nature of the artists work and the audiences interpretation of works they see on the street. The book documents a series of imaginary conversations between explorer Marco Polo and his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, on Marco Polo's expeditions.
"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his."
So begins Italo Calvino's compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which "has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be," the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take. Which is where Nuart and this years artists come in.
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