Born in 1968 in Trondheim, Norway
Lives and works in Oslo


Knut Åsdam (1968) is a filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer.  Åsdam studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (NYC 94-95), Jan van Eyck Akademie (Maastricht, 92-94) Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, 89-92), Wimbledon School of Art (London, 88-89), and the University of Oslo and Maui Community College, Maui, Hawaii.


Expressed in diverse forms, the main interest of Åsdam’s work remains a concern for contemporary society and its psychological and material effects, and the toll of every day life; e.g. how individuals construct and negotiates his or her identity in reaction to the rules and organizations of contemporary society. 


Åsdam investigates the usage and perception of public urban spaces, including their structure of political power and authority.  The themes in Åsdam’s work can be thought of relating to four essential categories: Speech, Living, Sexualities, and Struggle.  These concerns often relate to the themes of dissidence and to the analysis of space in terms of desire, usage and history.  The idiosyncrasy of Åsdam’s approach to the cinematic field is created by transposing the resource of spatial and place-oriented discourses from the Fine Arts context into film.  Furthermore, he uses a plotless narrative and an oscillation between documentary and fictional narrative elements in the films. 


Åsdam’s work has been shown widely, in venues such as the Tate Modern; Bergen Kunsthall; Tate Britain; Boijmas van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Venice Biennial; Kunsthalle Bern; Istanbul Biennial; FRAC Bourgogne; MACRO, Rome; Museum of Contemporary Art, Olso; Manifesta7; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; P.S.1 MoMA, NYC; and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others.  Feature articles on Asdam’s work have been published in Artforum, Grey Room, Le Monde Diplomatique, United Magazine and many more.  




The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. New York City, U.S.A.



Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art.



Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, U.K.
B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art.



Wimbledon School of Art, London, U.K.
Foundation Course in Art.



Knut Åsdam - EDGELANDS, The Slought Foundation, and at Penn University Philadelphia.

Knut Åsdam EGRESS, Moving image retrospective, Centre for Contemporary Art Cinema, Vilnius



Knut Åsdam TRIPOLI, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania



Knut Åsdam The Long Gaze the Short Gaze. The Depo, Istanbul

Knut Åsdam Abyss, Knut Åsdam Tripoli. Tate Modern, London*



Knut Åsdam – Festspillutstillingen, Bergen Kunsthall*



the long gaze the short gaze Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona



The Care of the Self, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Artist in Focus. At Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NAI museum of architecture and in the festival cinemas.



Kabuso, Hardanger Museum, Norway

Objectif_Exhibitions, Antwerp

Galerie Cent 8, Serge Le Borgne, Paris

Galleri SE, Bergen, Norway

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern art, Oslo

FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon



Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, France

Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. New York City



Objectif_Exhibitions, Antwerpen



Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Mercer Union, Toronto



Academy of Architecture, Oslo (permanent work)



Tommy Lund, Copenhagen

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., NYC

Galeria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone, Italy

Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo



Knut Åsdam, Psychasthenia 10, ArtNow, Tate Britain

Transmission, Glasgow



Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen

Nordic Pavillion, Venice Biennial

Norwegian Pavillion, Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne



Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius



Galleri Riis, Oslo




LIAF, Lofoten International Art Biennial, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lorck Schives Legat exhibition, Trondheim KunstmuseumParadox: Positions in Norwegian Video Art 1980-2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Museum, Oslo



Yokohama Arts Centre, Yokohama, Japan

Unfinished Journeys, Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Museum, Oslo

Norsk, une scène artistique norvégienne contemporaine, Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris


2011 Incheon Womens Art Biennial, Incheon South Korea



Nordic Pavillion, City States, Liverpool Biennial

Cities Re-imagined, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia

Good night then...Surrealism in Norwegian Art 1930-2010, Stenersen Museum, Oslo

Denim, Washington Square East Galleries, NYU, New York*

Film & Video, Russian Club Gallery, London



Summertime; or, Close-ups on Places We’ve (Never) Been, San Francisco Art Institute, CA



Involved, ShanghART, Shanghai

Die Städte sind für Euch gebaut, Kunstlerhauser Worpswede

Time Code (2), Mambo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna*

Manifesta 7, Trento – Alto Adige, Italy*

TimeCode, Mambo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna*

Come au cinema, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway



National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland

Peer In/Peer Out, The Moore Space, Miami, Florida

Into me/out of me, MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea), Rome, Italy*

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona



Into me/out of me, Kunstwerke, Berlin

Kontracom, Mozart 2006, Salzburg

Into me/out of me, MOMA/P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center, NYC

DADA’S BOYS, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

warum etwas zeigen, was man sehen kann?, Galerie für Zeitgenössiche Kunst Leipzig

Capital (It fails us now), Kunstihoone, Estonia



Endelig Hjemme, Riksutstillinger

Capital (It fails us now), UKS, Oslo

Everybody is Talking About the Museum, The National Museum of Art, Oslo

Off Key, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

Idyll, Middelheim Open Air Museum, Antwerp

Godt for …oss, Momentum, Moss, Norway

COURTisane, festival for shortfilm, video and new media, Ghent, Belgium

Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, -touring exhibition- Malmö konsthall



The 2004 Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea

White Spirit, Frac Lorraine, Metz, France

The Story of the Eye, Mead Gallery, Warwick

In the Norwegian Forest, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, touring exhibition, Stadtgalerie Kiel



International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul

De bortbjudna, Rooseum, Malmö. Sweden

Radioartemobile, The Venice Biennial.

Sodium Dreams, The Museum at CCS, Bard, New York

Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, touring exhibition, Stadtgalerie Kiel

Mecklenburgisches Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Plueschow, Bergen Kunsthall mm..

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk.

Inside Outliners, a probable anthology, Kunsthalle Lophem BelgiumBewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Migros Museum, Zürich.

Altered Spaces, Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tenessee

Todos somos pecadores, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey

Filter City Cluster Praxis, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin



International Festival Of Short Film Of Bilbao, Spain

Malmø Konsthall, Sweden

Todos somos pecadores, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City

Pontevedra Biennial, Spain

Visible Invisible, AG Mettall Haus, Berlin

Catastrophe, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

Frequenzen [Hz]/Frequencies [Hz], Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

VideoROM 4.0, VideoROM 3.0, VideoROM 2.0, MACRO, Ex-Mattatoio, Rome Galleria

d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo & at Galleria Gian Carla Zanutti, Milano, Italy

Husesyn, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden

Maravee, la luce della notte, Udine, Italy

Rethinking: space, time & architecture, exhibition project, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin



Paesi Nordici/Nordic countries, interferenze, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy

Monitor, Gagosian Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Scenes, Henry Urbach Gallery, NYC

VideoROM 1.0, VideoROM, Centre Multidiciplinaire Pour la Culture Actuelle,

Swtizerland & Valencia Biennial, Spain

Sous-Titrée X, Galerie Art & Essai, l’Université de Rennes, France

Schpaa (2), Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

Treff, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway

For Eyes and Ears, 3rd International Performance Festival, Odense



Waterfront, Helsingør, Denmark

Schpaa, Den Frie Utstilling, Copenhagen

Norden, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Models of Resistance, Overgaden -the state center for contemporary art, Copenhagen

Organising Freedom, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm



Hundstage, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

Samfunnsengasjement, Politikk og Hverdag 1970/90, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

Ideal, Ms Waldstätter der Schiffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees, Luzerner

Austellungsraums, Switzerland

Nuit Blanche—Nordic Video Tour. Soros Center, Bratislava; Soros Center Zagreb;

Moderna Galeria (Soros) Ljubljana; Soros Center, Kiev, Ukraina; Museum Ludwig, Budapest; Motevideo, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Salong 3, London; Kunsthalle Basel



Nordic Nomads, White Columns, New York

Momentum, Pakkhus, Nordic Art Biennial, Moss, Norway

UKS Biennalen, The uks Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter/The Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo

Nuit Blanche, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris*

Elevator, Steffany Martz, New York.



DIY Mapping & Instruction, Bricks and Kicks, Wien.

DIY Webradio on

Rum för Aktuell Konst presenterar samtida konst fra OSLO, Göteborg Konstmuseum

Reality Check, Apex Art, New York City1996 27.680.000 (contemporary art in massmedia), Stockholm and nationally in Sweden on Swedish Radio

Compartments, Escape Attempts, GLOBE, Copenhagen.

Video Faz, Museo Regional, Guadalajara, Jalisco and at Art & Idea, Mexico City

Departure Lounge, The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Museum, Clocktower Gallery, NYC

UKS Biennalen 1996, 'The uks Biennal 1996', Stenersenmuseet, Bergen Kunstforening &

Trondheim Kunstforening, Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim



One Night Stand, Nordic Video and Performance Art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

DIXI, Oslo

Whitney Museum I.S.P. Exhibition, NYC



Prosjekt i Gamlebyen, Oslo



And Justice For All, Maastricht


1992 “The Self Affirmation of the British University” and “of Spirit”, Goldsmiths’ Fine Art, London