Micael Norberg






Lektor, video

e-post: micael.norberg@umu.se
Tel: +46 90 786 80 55


There is magic at play when you realize that mixing the colors yellow and blue it becomes green or when standing in the darkroom watching an image appearing in the developer fluid. The same magic you find when drifting through a urban landscape or a deep forest, with your mind having a playful-constructive behavior and awareness and understanding of the "exact laws and specific effects" that the geographic environment has consciously organized or not. Or taking two words and placing them after each other and by that creating a new sentence, a new meaning that you hadn't seen or realized before. Experiments and artistic methods on different levels and from different perspectives. Artist question reality and emotions are at play in different forms. Satisfaction, pleasure, happiness when you get the right nuance of green or anger and irritation when you realized that you have overexposed your film or encountered an injustice. Emotions are a foundation of the artistic process. Emotions are a transformation of the world and they are deeply connected to our own intellectual capacities for making sense of the world.  But for me art is not illustrations of emotions. It is not either illustrations of theories or science, as art has the capacity to be knowledge by it self.  Art has a possibility to be a visual rhizomic thinking. Knowledge, both in process, methodology and result. There is magic at play and it is more then just an aesthetic experience.

"An emotion is a transformation of the world. When the paths before us become too difficult, or when we cannot see our way, we can no longer put up with such an exacting and difficult world. All ways are barred and nevertheless we must act. So then we try to change the world; that is, to live it as though the relation between things and their potentialities were not governed by deterministic processes but by magic". -  Jean-Paul Sartre, Esquisse d'une théorie des émotions

After all these years I've worked with art I have come to understand that what I'm doing is documentation. I depict, communicate situations, personal reactions, experiences and thoughts through these documentations. The "I" is a starting point when I'm trying to make sense of the world. It is tentative steps among all the mess I see and experience with a hope that others also can recognize themselves in this mess. It's bubbles of thoughts that meet and interact. Bubbles that open up to each other, open up to what the other bubbles can offer. One thought lead to another. It is bread crumbs to follow. A kind of visual rhizomic thinking and a form of autoethnography.

In the same way I understand that I document, I realise that words and languages are always present in my artistic work. Language, words, text and the hierarchies between the image and the word. To understand and not understand, function, meaning, insecurity and the questions of dependence and independence. It is all interconnected, conflict, relationship and trust. Knowledge, both in process, methodology and result. There is magic at play and it is more than just an aesthetic experience.

Micael Norberg is in his artistic work exploring his close surrounding and subjects close to his person. His work and methods could be seen as documentary and his artistic work is often limited within a specific time, space and place. His artistic work has its based in time-based media, text and photography. Educated at at the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim, Norway, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag, Holland and the Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå, Sweden in the early 90's and exhibiting his art through the years both on a national and international level. Micael Norberg has been teaching art at an academic level since 1996. He is an experienced teacher at both basic- and advanced level with a broad knowledge within the fields of contemporary art. Micael Norberg is based in Umeå in the North of Sweden.


Recent exhibition and screenings

2020  "I will not tell you it will be okay" -  Galleri Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden

2019  "And kept as a reminder" -  FILMFORM RE:VIEW , Stockholm, Sweden

2019 "Magritte, Foucault and I or the house of Magrittes", Micael Norberg and Katja Aglert, Flexhallen, Umeå University, Sweden

2017  "Comment penser librement à l'ombre d'une chapelle?" -  Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland

2017 "In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation." - PLAN Z , El Espacio, Palau Altea, Spain

2016 "Happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness" - Humlab-X, Umeå University, Sweden


Recent Publications

2020 "On New Proposals from Art in Teaching and Research, SIPADI Altea" (eds. Juan Fco. Martínez Gómez de Albacete, Universitas Miguel Hernández, Altea)

2018 "The Death Book" (eds. Micael Norberg and Carl-Erik Engqvist, Umeå University)

2017 "Plan Z" (eds. José Vicente Martin Martinez, Universitas Miguel Hernández, Altea)

2017 "Artists Teaching Art, Teaching Art in the north" (eds. Jaana Erkkilää-Hill, University of Lapland)


More at: www.micaelnorberg.com