The fourth issue of the editorial discursive space for the Bergen Assembly triennial, conceived by Saâdane Afif, is dedicated to the figure of the Fortune Teller.
This issue of Side Magazine
gives shape to the to the figure of the Fortune Teller, who is the fourth of seven characters being staged at Bergen Assembly 2022, a Norwegian contemporary art triennial convened by artist Saâdane Afif and curated by Yasmine d'O.
Seven contributors reflect on the practice of foreseeing: Alain Schnapp
's knowledge of ruins is called upon to offer an unmissable forecast; the oracle Franco "Bifo" Berardi
's "Ode to Capitalism" is transcribed in full, first delivered in Delphi to the Dirty Art Department's students in 2018; Aage Borchgrevink recounts how the engineer Farouk al-Kasim helped to establish the Norwegian oil industry; pages from Verena Dengler's diaries speak to her voices of many ages, which cast spells to shape her future as an artist; Sébastien Wit reveals the nuances that inhabit chance by recalling two famous artistic disputes; Siddhartha Lokanandi and Theresa Clasen discuss the question of whether the bookseller can be a fortune teller; and the issue concludes with the sounds of the Saami drums, as Fredrik Prost tells us stories about this divinatory instrument.
is released in the run up to the opening of Bergen Assembly 2022, each dedicated to one of seven enigmatic characters. These characters will lend their names to seven exhibitions from September 8th to November 6th, 2022. A special eighth issue also will be published.
Saâdane Afif was born 1970 in Vendôme, France. Exhibitions include The Fountain Archives and Beyond…, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (2021); This is Ornamental, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Austria (2018); Paroles, Wiels Brussels, Belgium (2018); The Fountain Archives, Foundation Jumex, Mexico, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017 and 2019), and Anthologie de l'Humour Noir, Museum für Moderne Kunst – MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt, and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010 and 2013).
His work was included in documenta 12 (2007), 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014), Marrakech Biennale 2014 (2014), 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2015), 1st and 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005, 2015) and Taipei Biennial (2016).
Saâdane Afif received the Prix International d'Art Contemporain de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco (2006), Prix Marcel Duchamp (2009), Preis der Günther-Peill-Stiftung (2012) and the Prix Meurice pour l'art contemporain (2015).
He is the Convener des Bergen Assembly 2022: Yasmine and the Seven Faces of the Heptahedron.