Bar Candela Immigrant Narratives in Transition: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of a Relational Art-Project

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In our presentation we will discuss an art-project: ”Bar Candela” by Kristin Bergaust and Alexis Parra as it appears in three video works documenting different aspects of this ongoing art-project, see www.productframes.org, click Bar Candela button.

Bar Candela has been arranged in various existing bars as a platform of artistic and cultural communication related to the Cuban immigrant situation in Europe and elsewhere. A Cuban bar is an important social venue, a meeting place that seems to escape the otherwise strict monitoring of daily life experienced by many Cubans. Both satellite television and Internet connections are illegal, the jokes and stories of the bar is part of the informal exchange of information and rumor.

In this spirit the Bar Candela project documents, recreates and investigates Cuban street music and popular culture through video, sound, internet conferencing and live performances in the context of a bar. Each event has a new theme and title.

The artists will present the project verbally and visually, followed by an epistemological and sociological analysis. We will focus upon how art from a relational and performative position can communicate identities and places in different national and urban contexts.


Keywords: Relational Art, Immigration, Communication, Cuba, Epistemology, Sociology
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Bar Candela


Kristin Bergaust

Professor, Art and Design, Oslo University College
Oslo, Norway

Kristin Bergaust graduated from the University of Oslo, Norway in 1983 and The National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo 1991. She was the director of Atelier Nord medialab for artists 1997-2001 and an active artist, curator and organizer in the field of new media, technology and art in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. From 2001 she was a Professor at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU Norwegian University of Technology and Science. In 2008 she became a professor at the Masterprogam, The Faculty of Art, Design and Drama of Oslo University College. Her artistic practice includes relational art in an intercultural context. Ongoing projects relate to Cuban immigrant culture in transition.

Venke Aure

Associate Professor, Faculty of Art
Design and Drama, Oslo University College

Oslo, Norway


Prof. Oddrun Sæter

Professor and Research Director, The Research Programme Communication, Education and Culture, Oslo University College
Oslo, Norway


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