MEMORYWORK is a platform for sharing interdisciplinary artistic research on performative memory work. The project is developed by artists with backgrounds in Choreography, Theatre, Performance Art and Art in Public Spaces.  

We ask questions about whose memories and which memories count, and how do we remember? Whose lives are afforded space?

PILOT:PREPARING_Performative Time 2020. Photo: Merete Røstad



Project Lab #1 Mapping the field
26.1.2022 Research week, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Streaming on Zoom and on-site

27.1.2022 Research week, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Streaming on Zoom and on-site

Project Lab #2 Who tells y(our) story/curating memory
16–18.9.2022 Berlin
Streaming on Zoom and on-site.


“Apologoscapes” of Objects, Bodies, and Memories: Materiality and Institutionality of Apology
18.01.2022 19:00, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. Streaming on Zoom and on-site.

Age of Apology: A dialogue in memory work.

Suzana MILEVSKA (Fellow) in conversation with Merete RØSTAD (artist and researcher)

What does it mean to engage in ‘memory work’ in the present? In this talk, Røstad will present some aspects of her artistic practice and research that serve as a mode of engagement to highlight blind spots of our shared histories by asking if we live in what could be defined as the ‘Age of Apology’. Røstad uses participatory processes, installation and sculpture as a means of working with the public, a way of activating collective memory and alternative modes of memorialization in public spaces. She engages and challenges events as societal trauma by confronting the legacies of past and present atrocities that have become recognized elements of democratic and post-conflict transitions in the public realm. 


14–16.3.2022 Artistic Research Spring Forum. Streaming on Zoom.

MEMORYWORK comes out of a research collaboration at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) between the departments of Dance and Art & Craft. Merete Røstad and Per Roar initiated MEMORYWORK in collaboration with Sasa Asentic (Serbia/Germany), Manuel Pelmus (Romania), Eliot Moleba (South Africa), Solveig Styve Holte (Norway), Nayria Castillo (Venezuela/Austria), Ingri Fiksdal (Norway), Xavier Le Roy (France/Germany) and Myna Trustram (United Kingdom). 

The project is supported by a group of experts who will thematically contribute to the critical discourse and the quality of dissemination. They include Suzana Milevska, Lars Ebert (H401), Boris Boden (Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Bauhaus University, Weimar), Nitin Sawhney (Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Helsinki).

The artists contribute to the project with their artistic practices and network, based respectively in Austria, France, Germany, Makedonia, Netherland, Norway, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.


Postal address:
Oslo National Academy of The Arts
Postboks 6853, St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo