Guttorm Guttormsgaard

Crawling through the Archives of Guttormsgaard

A workshop for bookworms and other vermin. With Guttorm Guttormsgaard and The Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism (SICV)​

The Norwegian artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard has collected some 25,000 items throughout his life, ranging from kitchen utensils, books, and furniture to handwritten Qurans and modernist paintings. This still-growing “archive” is housed in a former dairy in Blaker near Oslo and moves emphatically across most established social and cultural divisions. Here, individuals, outsiders, and collective life-forms – “art of known and unknown origins” – are documented.


Workshop, October 8th, 3-6 pm

In this workshop, Guttormsgaard and SICV will experiment with different ways of interfacing and crawling through the archive. Can the archive fit into a bag (of words)? Or be bound in a (e)book? Sifted through by means of computer vision algorithms? How can we digest and rewrite its histories?

From 3-4:30pm, enjoy an introduction by Guttorm followed by presentations of the book Arkiv and an in-depth look at how The Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism (SICV)'s interface works. 

From 4:30-6pm, participants will be able to scan and project images and archival material through the analog and digital matrix of SICV.


Artist talk, October 8th, 6-30-7.30 pm

Guttorm Guttormsgaard in conversation with SICV 


Guttorm Guttormsgaard

Guttorm Guttormsgaard (1938, Norway) is an artist living and working in Blaker and Oslo. A prolific artist since the 1960s and a former professor at the Art Academy of Oslo, his practice spans the fields of graphic art, major decoration assignments, teaching, book making and the curation of a growing "archive" ( Recent exhbitions include the Busan Biennale 2012 as well as a major retrospective at the Stenersen Museum in 2015.


Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism

Nicolas Malevé, Michael Murtaugh & Ellef Prestsæter are founding members of the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism. See and for an overview of the activities of the art and research group. Their most recent publication is a conversation with Matthew Fuller published in the Spanish magazine Concreta, available in English at  

Michael Murtaugh (1972, USA) designs and researches community databases, interactive documentary, and tools for new forms of reading and writing online. He teaches on the Masters Degree programme in Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and is an active member of Constant in Brussels.

Nicolas Malevé (1969, Belgium) is an artist, software programmer and data activist developing multimedia projects and web applications for and with cultural organizations. His current research work is focused on cartography, information structures, metadata, archives and algorithms. He lives and works in Barcelona and Brussels. Since 1998 Nicolas collaborates with Constant, a non-profit association, based and active in Brussels since 1997 in the fields of feminism, copyright alternatives and working through networks:  

Ellef Prestsæter (1982, Norway) is a writer, researcher and curator. He works at the University of Oslo and writes regularly on art and literature for Klassekampen, Vinduet and Kunstkritikk. He is the editor of the publication project Rett Kopi. Most recent publication: The Invention of the Bright Day by José de Almada Negreiros, translated from the Portuguese into Norwegian. Prestsæter is the director and curator of the exhibition project The Gutenberg Galaxy at Blaker (