Bjørn Venø believes art that explores and challenges is good for us, because it can help humanity evolve in a positive direction. Venø works with photography, video, performance art, writing and drawing to create such art. Ideas of failure, identity, gender and metaphysics are explored by using free association, intuition and attributes of the fool.
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2003-2006 BA in Photography, University College for the Creative Arts
2001-2002 University of Oslo, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, Examen Facultatum and Ecamen Philosphicum.
1998-1999 Danvik Folke høgskole, Film and media
2012- Present, Licensed Fool Consultant
2005- Present, Artist
2013-2015 Present, Visiting Lecturer at Royal College of Art, London
2006-2014, Technical Tutor at University College for the Creative Arts, Rochester
1999-2001, Private in Norwegian Compulsory Military service, worked for the Navel academy's Internal Television
2013 National Open Exhibition, UK, November
2012 SHOW RCA. London, UK. June-July. Documentation
2012 Craig Turner Gallery. March. Documentation
2010 The Nottingham Workshop "The Public are Not Invited" November- December.
2009 Farmani Gallery Xto Image Awards. New York, USA. July
2009 Joiners Shop. May-June
2007 Photomeat presents ''Meat'. Gallery Laviande. London. November-December. Documentation
2007 YEAR 07 Art Fair at County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road. London. Represented by Nettie Horn, October
2006 Documentary: My Back Yard exhibition at Calumet Photographic London Photographic Awards, London. October-November.
2006 AOPOPEN London. June
2006 "2005 Pilsner Urquell IPA Best of Show" Curated by Debra Weiss. Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Canada, Rome, Italy Perpignan, France, Lodz, Poland and Prague,
2005 London Photographic Awards Ad agency exhibition at Saatchi & Saatchi
2005 "Paper cut cult presents Subverting Genesis at the Ship In" Documentation
2017 27 March 12:00 conversation with Shannon Turner and Kirstin Mitchell on the Radio show The North Avenue Lounge at WREK 91.1 FM
2017 17 March 7:30-10:30pm talking / performing at Critical Juncture. Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta, USA.
2017 Organizing the Internationa Performance Art Festival www.venogardkunst.com, with Julia Kröner, Anita Eide and Jessica Venø, Selje, Norway, September 02-03
Organizer / Curator
2016 Created the online collaboration art project www.kunstspace.com
2015 Organized 4 workshops in how to be a licenced fool at 368 PONCE, Atlanta, USA
2015 Organized the Internationa Performance Art Festival www.venogardkunst.com, with Julia Kröner, Anita Eide and Jessica Venø, Selje, Norway, July
2014-15 Organized monthly workshops in how to be a licenced fool at Standart Thinking, London
2016 Performed Standing Together at 368 PONCE, Atlanta, GA, USA, July
2016 Screned Video Performance 'Moving Water' with Live music by The Errorists at The Art Lab, Sun Pier, Chatham, ENGLAND, July
2014 Performed 'Outside In' at Untouchable Curated by Franko B, London, England, June
2014 Performed 'Bread and Circus' and 'Tomato Head' at Live Action 9 curated by Jonas and Joakim Stampe, Gothenburg Sweden, June
2013 Performed 'We Are All Monkeys' at Macau International Performance Art Festival, MIPAF, Oxwarehouse, China, November
2012 Performed the 'Holy Artist' at AND festival, event Machines By Other Means curated by Christina Millare, Manchester, July
2012 Performed 'A workshop in how to be a fool' at Tropical Heat curated by Mette kjaergaard Praest and Egle Kulbokaite at RCA. London. May
2012 Performed 'The Father and his three sons' at OPEN BOOK: RCA Performance and Live Art work at Testbed 1, curated by Jack Tan and Nigel Rolfe. London. May
2012 Performed 'Tusse Kallet' at The Association of the London Colleges of the Arts at the Old Vic Tunnels. London. May
2012 Performed 'The Holy Artist' at Craig Turner Gallery. Maidstone. April
2011 Performed 'Audie Murphy, Texas' at RCA Battersea. December
2016 Hear Me, self published
2015 Inside 48A, self published
2012 Featured in the art News Paper 'Kom til Deg i Tidennde' by Lars sture, Anne/Marie Creamer and Kjetil Berge. Editions 'What is The News?' and 'Why am I here?'
2012 Featured in Seeing For Others
2012 Fool and the Hero, self published
2012 Holy Artist, self published
2012 FAR, self published
2012 MANN, self published
2011: Featured in High Altitude: Photography in the Mountains by Nathalie Herschdorfer
2010: Featured in the TV programe NASJONALGALLERIET on NRK2.
2010: Featured as one of the best new artists in Britain by The Observer: The New Review (page 16). Read the online article here
2010 Beautiful Decay Book 3: The Underdogs, a book featuring up and coming artists.
2009 Exposure in The British Journal of Photography (Issue04/02/09)
2008 Interviewed by beautifuldecay.com
2007 Made in Medway, a book featuring artists from Medway,UK.
2006 Featured in Hasselblad News (Issue No. 48, Sep 2006)
2006 Featured in The British Journal of Photography (Issue08/11/06)
2006 Featured in 2005 Annual IPA book
2016 Bursary from Diversestipend Kulturrådet, Norway
2012 Bursary from the ‘Leverhulme Trust’, England
2010 Bursary from ‘Eckbos Legater’, Norway
2010 Bursary from ‘Lise og Arnfinn Hejes fond’, Norway
2010 Bursary from ‘Ingrid Lindbäck Langaards stiftelse’, Norway
2009 Xto Nude Image Awards. Awarded 2nd Category Winner in 'Body in Nature' for 3 pictures from "Sirkel"
2006 London Photographic Awards. Awarded Gold for my body of work 'Sirkel' in the category: Documentary: My Back Yard.
2006 International Photography Awards, Awarded 1st place for the photo series "Sirkel" in the category: People in non-professional, sub category: Self Portraits
2005 International Photography Awards, Awarded 2nd place for the photo series "Where are we?" in the category: People in non-professional, sub category: Other
2005 London Photographic Awards. Awarded 2nd place for the picture "Sparkle" in the category: Landscape - Landscape with Figures.
'Fool and the Hero'
'Seeing for Others'
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