Previous Events
June - July, 2015, Untitled: Pissing (1995) showed at ASHES/ASHES gallery in LA and was featured on Artforum's instagram post.

Untitled: Pissing was part of ASHES/ASHES´s summer exhibition titled BODY PARTS I- V. It consisted of a weekly showcasing of early 90´s video works from Knut Åsdam, Nayland Blake, Patty Chang, Cheryl Donegan and Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose and Mike Kelley. The works ranged from 60 seconds to one hour long, each focusing on parts of the body: Mouth, buttocks, penis and vagina.

Åsdam's video shows a crotch-shot of a man pissing his pants. The main theme is in relation to masculinity, and in a simple way the video mentions masculinity and sexuality without being phallocentric. The video intends to raise questions in relation to the viewer of what is erotic or simply perverse.


May 28th - 31st, 2015 - Egress installed at Black Box Festival in Seattle.

Egress was housed within the Raisbeck Performance Hall in Seattle - the Raisbeck building is a sort of neo-gothic wooden building originally built for the Sons of Norway and which is famous for being a location in the Twin Peaks pilot.

The narrative of the 41 min. film is set in a gas station in the edgelands of Oslo which stayed open throughout shoot. The main characters work at the bottom of the oil company hierarchy and are engulfed in the everyday and the dark economic and psychological shadows of their society. The film is an experimental fiction built up from documentary material which mixes the environment- and character-based to talk about contemporary society.

May 29 - June 27, 2014, UHF42, apexart Ramallah, Wattan TV, Ramallah, Palestine. Showed the film Tripoli, (2010).

Tripoli is a part architectural documentary and part theatrical drama emphasizing in the relationship between urban identities, political history and architectural traces through the preserved relics of our recent past. The site of the film develops in the remains of one of the world’s most distinctive and ambitious construction projects in Tripoli, North Lebanon. The architectural project was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1966. The construction was halted as the civil war erupted in 1975. The site is an unfinished monument from an optimistic time in the Middle East, and a historic fantasy, in contrast to the ‘real’ everyday modernism of Tripoli, which rises like a wall of apartment blocks behind.Tripoli attempts to leave space for a story of violence and the uncanny.

UHF42 was a month-long screening series broadcast through the live frequency of Wattan, an independent television station based in Ramallah, Palestine. Palestine’s first independent television frequency turned into a an exhibition platform, presenting a collection of 20 moving-image works by local and international artists, that resonated through their use of televisual modes of production that ranged from documentation of political events, interviews, and geographic settings, to fictional depictions of historical figures and athletic exercises, drawing upon the vitality of the television medium under precarious circumstances. The works were showcased with a single screening each weekday on the local tv and was streamed online after the station’s regularly scheduled news program.


May 23. - June 14. 2014 - Whitney ISP Common Spaces, at The Kitchen, NYC. Showed a version of the Archive (migration) series, (2010 -) and the film Tripoli (2010)

Withney ISP Common Spaces exhibition at The Kitchen dealt with the status of public space today. The exhibition surveyed diverse artistic practices that question and challenge the unequal distribution of space in the present, while also invoking instances in which it is effectively shared. It featured among Åsdam´s works by Bani Abidi, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Amy Balkin, Bianco-Valente, Natalie Bookchin, Cybermohalla Ensemble, Klara Lidèn, Mary Mattingly, Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Yorgos Sapountzis, and Allan Sekula.


January 28th, 31st and February 1st, 2014 - Egress in the official programme at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.


November 22nd - December 15th, 2013 - Knut Åsdam moving image retrospective at the Centre for Contemporary Art Cinema Vilnius (CAC), Lithuania

CAC cinema hall hosted the opening of and a retrospective review of Knut Åsdam‘s works, embracing a program of his movies and video performances. Åsdam met the audience and open his retrospective review by presenting his movie Egress (2013)

October 18th - November 27th, 2013 - Knut Åsdam solo show with installation and film at The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia

Åsdam's work was exhibited at Slought and I-House for his Mellon Artist-in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania. It featured recent works,the film Egress (2013) and two new site-specific installations, and a public seminar.

October 18th - November 30th, 2013 - Knut Åsdam Public sculpture and installation at Penn University, Philadelphia

The public art work titled DS was installed at McHarg Plaza on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The project complements the other components of Åsdam's multi-part project, EDGELANDS. The work makes reference to the economic and structural uncertainties, prevalent in the architectural cityscape of Philadelphia. The structures refer to both construction and collapse, and they invite the viewer in close to relate to the intersecting, opening and closing forms.

DS, McHarg Plaza on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania

October 13th - October 19th, 2013 - Knut Åsdam "Edgeland", Mellon Residency at Penn University invited by Kaja Silverman Conversation and seminar at Sloght with George Baker and Kaja Silverman


For these events, the artist discussed his latest work with art historians George Baker and Kaja Silverman. Åsdam's work has been shaped by engagements with what he calls "edgelands" -- those areas at the edge of developed urban and suburban space where the social and built world show its seams.

Kaja Silverman is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of eight books; The Miracle of Analogy, or The History of Photography, Part 1 (2015); Flesh of My Flesh (2009); James Coleman (2002); World Spectators (2000); Speaking About Godard (1998); The Threshold of the Visible World (1996); Male Subjectivity at the Margins (1992); The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1988); and The Subject of Semiotics (1983).


George Baker is Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA, where he has taught modern and contemporary art and theory since 2003. A New York and Paris-based critic for Artforum magazine throughout the 1990s, he also works as an editor of the journal October and its publishing imprint October Books.

October 5th 2013 - January 5th 2014 - Lorck Schives Award Exhibition at Trondheim Kunstmuseum (NO). New architectural installation and film, Egress.

Trondheim, Åsdam's birthplace screened Egress within an installation that shares the film's architectonic language at the Trondheim kunstmuesum. The film is screened in surroundings reminiscent of the city’s many anonymous non-places, where the non-architecture – the generic functional architecture that we pay no notice – exists.

Knut Åsdam, “Egress” (2013) video installation,Trondheim kunstmuseum

September 6th - 29th, 2013 - Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Lofoten Islands (NO). New major public sculpture.
Review in Frieze

On the occasion of the Lofoten International Art Festival, Åsdam installed DS (2013). Located in the empty crater of a burnt-down building at the heart of Svolvær, the work faced the port – the city’s imperiled lifeline. Åsdam's intervention evoked a micro-macro sense of today’s global impasse, caught between a traumatic past and an unresolved future.

Knut loftoen
DS, Lofoten International Art Festival