80 505 OCCAS studio: The Printed and the Built



Recommended prerequisite knowledge


Course content

In the fall 2015, OCCAS offers a master studio as part of the international research project The Printed and the Built: Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe, in collaboration with the Museum of Cultural History.

The studio takes as its point of departure the two most important public institutions debating and presenting architecture to wide audiences in the 19th century: the illustrated press and the museum. On the backdrop of the collections of the former Department of Antiquities in Grosch’s University buildings and their transference to Henrik Bull’s Historical Museum at Tullinløkka around 1900, we will look into the public debates on acquisitions, cultures of collecting, practices of exhibition, installation design and archeological excavations, in short: the public debates surrounding artifacts of the past in changing, contemporary architectural frames. The illustrated press will provide new insights into one of the most important mass media of the 19century. We will study this publication culture in-depth, from typography and images to the international contexts of the debates.

In parallel with studying the historical debates surrounding this collection and acquisition history, we will work with contemporary exhibition design and curatorial deliberations. The Museum of Cultural History is in the process of re-mounting their permanent displays, with an exception for Sverre Fehn’s permanent galleries for the medieval collection. In collaboration with museum staff, we will develop new design schemes for several of the galleries, to be presented at the museum through the semester. An important reference for the new designs will be Fehn’s museum architecture and exhibitions of historical artifacts such as the show “Medieval Art in Norway” at Henie-Onstad Art Center in 1972 and Domkirkeodden at Hamar).

This research based studio will admit maximum 10 dedicated students, interested in visual culture, exhibition curating, as well as singular, fragile antiquities and their mass medial representations.

Learning outcomes

After the semester the students are expected to have a good overview of museum, collection, and exhibition history. They will be familiar with historical and contemporary debates on curating and presenting historical artifacts, based on Norwegian and international examples. Further, they should be able to do independent archival studies, and to process and present historical material, including texts, images, and objects. The students will be trained in curatorial practice, in command of different display traditions and strategies, as well as familiar with academic writing and basic research problems.

Working and learning activities

Seminars, lectures, individual studies, archival research, writing and the development of display concepts

Professor in charge

Mari Lending

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Oral examination


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosessvurdering underveis

Regular assesment of archival findings and exhibition design


Regular assesment of the exhibition design and curatorial concept


Assesment of the final catalogue essay