Margrethe Kolstad Brekke



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Hordaland kunstsenter is excited to present a solo exhibition by Bergen-based artist Margrethe Kolstad Brekke. "Potential Exceeds the Demand" opens Friday 10 May at 7 pm, followed by a speech half an hour later by Kristin Gulbrandsen Frøysa, Energy Director at UiB. Welcome!

Myth: The world cannot do without fossil energy in the next 30 years.
Myth: The world`s demand of energy will increase significantly over the next 20 years.
Myth: The capacity for action is limited.
Challenge: The lack of perspective and understanding of the magnitude, and which measures provide results.
Challenge: Focus must be directed towards structural solutions, not individual.

Over recent years, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke has developed ambitious projects contextualising the paradigm shift currently taking place within the energy sector. In close collaboration with Kristin Gulbrandsen Frøysa and Finn Gunnar Nielsen from the University in Bergen, Kolstad Brekke formulated five key questions and myths to be the focus of the exhibition. "Potential Exceeds the Demand" presents a series of new works based on these key questions that are currently defining the complex and messy process of transitioning into a renewable energy system, and how the discourse is being communicated in public.

The discussion of global warming and climate change is present all around us these days. A young Swedish woman initiated and fronted a worldwide movement of school strikes for the climate. Renewable energy headlines the statements of political parties. In the news and through social media there are reports and debates that ask us to heed the warning signs; take immediate action to reduce CO2 emissions and engage in alternative energy sources.

The potential and research into new forms of energy has never been more substantial, and many small-scale operations are rapidly emerging all over the world. We are facing new and radical changes to the way we produce energy, yet the question seems to be: What are we waiting for?

Related events:

14 May at 6 pm
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke in conversation with Benjamin Sovacool at Hordaland kunstsenter.

15-16 May
Accountability and legitimacy in energy transitions governance
Workshop at Bergen Public Library. 

Margrethe Kolstad Brekke (f. 1979) is an artist living and working in Bergen. She holds a Master's degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2014). Kolstad Brekke´s exhibition activity in the recent years includes Elementene, Oppland Kunstsenter (2019);Cold Current, Adiacenze in Bologna (2018); UTOPIA500, Barents Bird Festival in Arkhangelsk (2015). Kolstad Brekke has also been working with art in public space with projects such as Hangglider for Heimdal Gymnas, Heimdal VGS, KORO/Trondheim (2018); The Living Seedbank, Vadmyra/Storetveit Barnehage KORO/Bergen (2018) and Radio Luftballett, KORO Vågestykke (2017-2018).

The exhibition is produced with generous support from KiN, The Norwegian Culture Counsil, NBK Vederlagsfondet.


Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.