Super Local

Welcome to the exhibition and presentation of an international workshop at Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo.

By witnessing geographically and culturally rooted behaviours of the everyday, we become aware of our differences and learn to appreciate the diversity. In the era of global transit, where more and more things and situations become the same, this course investigates the differences and foreignness. The workshop itself becomes a laboratory for exploring the practices of otherness through cultural encountering.

Eight teams of students from Japan and Norway tell their stories about Tokyo.

This is a joint workshop between KHiO and Tama Art University. The project involves a total of 30 students and 4 professors from the respective schools.

Friday 15.4. at 5 PM, Norwegian Embassy, 5-12-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

Nigel Coates Lecture

Nigel Coates is a celebrated British architect and designer. He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture. His work plays on psycho-geographic association between the built environment and the people who live in it.​

Nigel Coates has designed buildings and interiors both in the UK and Japan. In recent years, Nigel has accumulated a broad-ranging catalogue of furniture and lighting designs. His products have been realized by many Italian companies. From 1995 to 2011 Nigel was head of the Department of Architecture at the RCA (Royal College of Art). Beyond issues of function or style, narrative, he asserts, is a language of design that builds on people’s everyday experience. He believes that the city can best be understood when explored as a living entity.

Thursday 10.3. at 11:30, Auditorium.


The MA students from Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts exhibit at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. The built installation investigates the contemporary challenges of Norwegian society and the role design might play in that.

Norway’s national image and its main industries are closely related. The stereotype of Norway is of course our beautiful nature and its oil industry that has propelled our quality of life rapidly. This is often referred to as “Olje Eventyret”, or the “Oil Adventure”. Norway is very fortunate to have stumbled upon this opportunity, yet we feel that it has become a crutch. All of our eggs have been put into one basket. Now that this particular industry seems to be in decline, what does the future look like? What will the next adventure be about?

The naive pool of oil based foam, relates to a children’s plastic ballpool. A vertical wall opposite of the pool invites the engagement of people to remove a piece of it. By doing so one is a part of revealing another picture to the story. The serious and critical tone of the pavilion is set within a very social and playful setting.

We believe that our country is more than it’s fjords and its oil. A diverse range of industries and innovation must not only become internationally visible, but become a larger part of the country’s development. We hope this change will happen through more than objects and spaces, but a shift in our thinking that allows us to tackle both social and material challenges of the future. As students we would like to see the field of design play a role in strengthening Norway’s international exports and national progress.

The stand is located in the Greenhouse area at VH04:27. The fair opens on Tuesday 9.2. and continues until 13.2..

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Welcome to experience the live-installations by MA students from Interior Architecture & Furniture Design and Choreography.

Interstice in architecture may refer to the small-undefined gaps between the structures that are nor inside or outside. Or as in medicine, interstice may be the space between individual cells. Interstitial arts suggest works that fall in between existing categories of disciplines or genres. We have used the theme of interstice as the entry point to investigate the particularities of spaces between bodies, people and things, things and things and between two professions.

The presented works are studio-based investigations springing out of a 3-week joint workshop with the two respective disciplines. The course has been led by professors Anne Grete Eriksen and Toni Kauppila.

Thursday 21.1. at 12, meeting in KHiO reception.

Kjøkkenhåndkle med hæl

Velkommen til åpning i Rådhusgalleriet 18. januar. Utstillingen åpnes av Inga Marte Thorkildsen, byråd for eldre, helse og sosiale tjenester i Oslo kl 14.00 etterfulgt av et kaffeslabberas.

En dag strikket hun et hvitt bomullshåndkle i rutemønster og midt i håndkledet felte hun inn en sokkehæl. Minnene om helfellingen satt i hendene hennes selv etter hukommelsen hadde forsvunnet...

“Kjøkkenhåndkle med hæl” presenterer hvordan studentene i samarbeid med Sykehjemsetaten har arbeidet med utfordringer rundt bosituasjonen for demente. Med mennesket som utgangspunkt har de tatt frem konsepter som med enkle grep kan gjøre store endringer. Kan vi utforme rom som øker livskvalitet?

Åpningstider: 09:00 - 18:00 · Rådhusplassen 1, 0037 OSLO · Inngang fra sjøsiden

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Mikkel B. Tin lecture

Professor Mikkel B. Tin from the University College of Southeast Norway will give a double lecture. The first one will focus on the Body, Space and Movement, and the second one on Social Choreography and the City. The lectures are in connection to the ongoing joint MA workshop between the choreography and design students.

Monday 11.1. at 11 AM, Stage 5