at Bergen Assembly 2016

The Infrastructure Summit

3 and 4 September 2016

USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway


A two-day discursive and performative event curated by freethought for Bergen Assembly 2016 with internationally renowned writers, curators and artists investigating the nature of infrastructure in times of economic disparity, ecological catastrophe, expulsion and forced migration.

freethought is a collective working in public research and in curating concepts of political urgency, formed in 2011 by Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno and Nora Sternfeld. At Bergen Assembly 2016, freethought focuses on its current collective interest 'Infrastructure' and in September presents a programme of installations, discursive platforms, artistic commissions, and the performative project the Partisan café.

freethought's programme opens with The Infrastructure Summit  on 3 & 4 September in which talks and intensive discussion are interspersed with food, live performance and music.

freethought (Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno, and Nora Sternfeld), Denise Ferreira da Silva, Hallucinator (Edward George and Anna Piva), Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Public in Private / Clément Layes, Tom McCarthy, Andy Merrifield, Fred Moten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Arjuna Neuman, Elizabeth Povinelli, Paul Purgas, Hannah Sawtell, Tiziana Terranova, TASC Ablett & Brafield, Wu Tsang, Hypatia Vourloumis, and The Partisan Café (Jenny Moore, Freja Bäckman, Kabir Carter, Tora Endestad Bjørkheim, Johnny Herbert, and Arne Skaug-Olsen).

Alongside each day’s programme of presentations and discussions, The Infrastructure Summit hosts several performative, reflective and communal moments over the weekend:

The Norwegian premiere of Things that surround us, a performance by Clément Layes with Public in Private, co-presented with BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen).

Infrasonic, a night of electronic music inspired by and exploring the sonic dimensions of the infrastructural condition with Hallucinator, artists Hannah Sawtell, Paul Purgas, and Louis Moreno (freethought).

Lunch provided on both days by Bergen artists TASC Ablett & Brafield.

Tickets are 350NOK / 200NOK for both days, including entry to one night of Things that surround us and Infrasonic


With thanks to BIT Teatergarasjen for co-presenting Things that surround us.

Originating from the Bergen Biennial Conference in 2009, Bergen Assembly seeks to take a critical approach to the biennial format, devising alternative timeframes and a flexible model that is reinvented for each edition. The 2016 edition of Bergen Assembly offers three distinct propositions by Artistic Directors Tarek Atoui, freethought, and PRAXES. Following a year of exhibitions, live events and publications, these three strands of activity will converge for the first time between September 1 and October 1, 2016.



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