Eight international candidates have been selected for the second phase of the international competition to design two national public art memorial sites to commemorate the 2011 terror attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya.
Artists and architects worldwide were invited to respond to an international open call for pre-qualification by September 3, 2013. The Art Selection Committee received 300 submissions from artists, architects, landscape architects, poets, musicians, urbanists and academics from 46 different countries.
This second phase of the competition ends on February 15, 2014, with the announcement of the winning candidate. The memorial in Hole and the temporary memorial in Oslo should be completed by July 22, 2015. The date of completion for the permanent memorial in Oslo will be determined by the redevelopment of the Government Quarter.
The selected short listed candidates to enter the closed competition for the memorial sites are:
Jonas Dahlberg is a Swedish artist, who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. His practice includes photography, film, installations and public commissions. A recurring feature of his work is the notion of time and the study of the psychological aspects of architectural space.
Jeremy Deller is a British artist, who works conceptually across a range of different mediums, often beyond the traditional confines of the gallery. His work transcends the distinction between work of art and audience, and viewers are invited to immerse themselves in his work and consider it from the inside.
Estudio SIC is an architectural office based in Madrid, Spain. Estudio SIC is an architectural practice that develops its designs while paying particular attention to the creation of public space. This approach enters many spheres: the domestic, urban, landscape and territorial.
Goksøyr & Martens/Snøhetta
Goksøyr & Martens is an Oslo-based performance project, established in 1997 by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens. Together they have produced participatory art projects and performances for galleries, museums and theatre stages within and outside Norway.
Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter (HZA)
Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter (HZA) is an Oslo-based practice, established in 2006 by architect and artist Marit Justine Haugen and architect Dan Zohar. The office operates in a field between art and architecture, and emphasizes sustainability through its use of materials, areas of applicability and recycling practices.
Olav Christopher Jenssen/LPO
Olav Christopher Jenssen is a Norwegian artist known internationally for his abstract paintings and sculptures. Since 2007, Jenssen has held a professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany. His work features in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Olav Christopher Jenssen works in team with LPO, a Norwegian architectural firm based in Oslo.
Paul Murdoch Architects
Paul Murdoch Architects is a professional corporation based in Beverly Hills, California, specializing in architecture, urban design and interiors for higher education, governmental and cultural institutions. The firm focuses primarily on large and mid-sized projects in public spaces.
NLÉ & Kunlé Adeyemi
NLÉ is an acclaimed international and multidisciplinary practice with a portfolio of work that includes architecture, design, urban planning and public arts projects, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. NLÉ was founded by Nigerian architect, urbanist and researcher Kunlé Adeyemi.