The LOW BUDGET / Discursive Furniture

The LOW BUDGET / Discursive Furniture is a furniture designed for the Office for Contemporary Art Norway OCA ISP project room. It is made by students at the joiner and design line at a high school outside Oslo. It also included a lecture in modern furniture design.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) initially initiated the initiative as a competition in connection with the establishment of OCAs project space and OCA ISP.

Production was completed: Autumn 2003 – Winter 2004
It is an OCA initiative initiated in collaboration with the independent curator Christiane Erharter. The production is an appropriation of a free design concept from a do-it-yourself early 1970’s aesthetics and with it also a popular culture design, culture, aesthetics and style that were popular then.
Materials: Plywood, canvas, brass screws, lacquer and paint.

Some parts of the furniture are still in use by OCA who own it.

The framework is also a social product. The production of the furniture carried by students by the line for furniture and design, at a high school. It can therefore be compared to a relative aesthetic, and with social art.

The source used in the design has an ideological and political dimension, which is reconseptualized.

The measure also included a lecture in the main lines of modern furniture design that was organized in relation to the realization of the production. The lecture that was adapted to the students is a presentation of design and design ideas that reflect the effects of industrialization on furniture production and interior design, the emergence of green design and creative economy in general. The subject’s cultural framework and re-contextualization provided a social norm for the contextualization of its social aspects, which can be described as typical of a social turn in contemporary art at the beginning of the turn of the century.

This lecture is posted on this website:
The LOW BUDGET / Discursive Furniture lecture

Social art was, and still, an important art form which, despite its orientation towards information, ideas and processes, is recognized as an important contribution to the independent art scene.