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June 1st – August 31st 2019, Tønsberg, Norway


<GIPT>  The root of the word gift is the Old Norse ‘gipt’. A gift is an item that’s given without any expectation of payment.


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Welcome to <GIPT> and thanks for your interest. <GIPT> is a participatory art project led by artists Robbie Coleman & Jo Hodges (Scotland) and Linn Horntvedt (Norway). We are creating a series of public works that explore the transmission of information and ideas through place, time, trade and culture using the analogy of seeds. The project will also investigate methods of sharing such as gifting, generosity and Open Source. We are responding to the history of St Olav’s medieval church and monastery in Tønsberg (dating from 1180) by creating a temporary public garden at the church ruin where we will cultivate the culinary plants and herbs that were grown at medieval St Olav’s Monastery. The garden, which will be built using an open source design and will be for community use, aims to provide both a space for Contemporary Contemplation and open conversations about future uses of the site.

The project acts as a connector between past and future. In an age defined by issues of ownership of land, information, ideas, even seeds, <Gipt> investigates alternative models of distribution and provokes conversations about what social values may be needed to face our uncertain future. As our long held notions of society are challenged by climate change, consumerism and the onward rush of technology, will ‘sharing’ become one of the most politically charged words in our vocabulary?

DATES: Please come along and get involved

1 June – Seed Packet workshop in Tønsberg and Færder Library. 1-4pm
6 June – Artists talk. Vestfold Kunstsenter. 6-8pm
7 June – Seed Packet workshop in Tønsberg and Færder Library. 12-4pm
12 June – Potluck / Dugnad garden construction. Rundkirkeruinen. 4-7pm:

Dugnad info: Build – Share – Eat
Come along and help construct an open source Grow Pod. We are looking for donations of plants for the grow pod and will be having a seed and plant swap so please do bring something from your garden to swap or donate (herbs and edible plants preferred) Waffles from 5.30pm : Bring and share your favourite filling.

15 June – Garden Opening. Rundkirkeruinen. 3pm Location of Rundkirkeruinen

+ Welcome by Kristin Røed of Vestfold kunstsenter
+ The ‘Flowering’. Choral work from Scotland created using medieval herb illustrations
+ Garden opening by Petter Berg, Mayor of Tønsberg
+ Act of Gifting with Jérôme Richter
+ Exchange of plants and seeds & refreshments
+ Presentation by Eivind Luthen from Rundkirkens Venner

15th June – 31st August. Garden open to the public

<GIPT> is part of KA:5: KUNSTLED Vestfold 2019 http://www.vestfoldkunstsenter.no

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