Jesper Alvær (born 1973) received his artistic training mainly in Prague, New York, and Kitakyushu. During 2013–17 he is a Research Fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the project Work, work: Staging dislocation in artistic and non artistic labour (/ In addition to showing his art at a number of international exhibitions, Alvær has also participated in numerous study, residence, and research programmes both in Norway and abroad. His most recent exhibitions include Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2016), Mother, Dear Mother (Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, 2014), Arbeidstid/WorkTime (Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, 2013) as well as several exhibitions held in collaboration with Isabela Grosseová: Competence (Fotograf Gallery, Prague 2014), Activum (Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 2013), Eventos Paralelos (Manifesta 8, Murcia, 2010/11), and the exhibition Figure and Ground at Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow, 2007.

The project Work, work: Staging dislocation in artistic and non artistic labour explores shifts in the conventions regulating artistic labour in the expanded field of art, responding to the radical shifts in artistic practice, related to its deskilling, distributed agency and blurred authorship. Over the course of his fellowship Alvær engaged the research topic in different ways - through exhibitions, covert performances, relational pieces, workshops - to test the contemporary limits of artistic labour, enhancing his study by applying methodologies of social sciences. Through employment, delegation and other forms of collaboration, Work, work... scrutinizes relation linking artists and other participants of artistic process, asking how much can one subtract from professional role of an artist and still be able to share artistic faculties with others? In other words, what is artistic competence after deskilling and how can it be mutualised?

Jesper Alvær defended his artistic research work on October 26 2017 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Documentation and critical reflections on the project was published on the web site in October 2017.

Recent Submissions

  • Staging dislocation: Notes on finished and unfinished work 

    Alvær, Jesper (Journal article, 2014)
    Artikkel publisert i tidsskriftet "Vector - Critical Research in Context". Tidsskriftet utkommer årlig. Tittel på 2014-utgivelsen: "Critical Theories and Creative Practices of Research." Redaktør: Catalin Gheorge. Utgitt ...