Pernille og Bjørn

"It is an important way for us to see how our ideas work out in practice and to experience how other people interact with our art."


Pernille og Bjørn
mixed media art duo
City of residence,  OSLO, NORWAY





COL: How old are you and where are you from? 

B: Bjørn: I’m 32, originally from Kristiansund.

P: I’m 24, originally from Copenhagen.

We both currently live in Oslo.

COL: What do you do?

P&B: Pernille is a photographer and Bjørn is a multidisciplinary designer and programmer. Together we experiment with combining approaches from our respective fields to see how new and interesting ideas, artifacts and techniques emerge.

COL: How long have you been doing it?

P&B: We have been working together for two years now

COL: What inspired you to pursue a career in art?

P&B: At the time when we met, we were both fascinated by each other and decided to do a joint project as a way for each of us to impress the other. Since then, our work together has inspired us to keep investigating new directions, in life as in our art.

COL: Do you remember your first work of art?

P&B: Our first project was a series of photographs shot by Pernille using a special software based on generative techniques developed by Bjørn. We wanted to interpret the traditional conception of a beautiful portrait in new ways. The series was exhibited in Tokyo in 2016.

COL: If you could have any piece of art in history, what would you choose?

P&B: It did not take us long before we decided on Anish Kapoor's endless black whirlpool "Descension" for reasons that are obvious, at least to us.

COL: What is your relationship with fashion?

P&B: It is a love/hate relationship, for the both of us.

COL: What does the word “collective” mean to you as an artist?

P&B: It means being part of a culture that is bigger than ourselves and realizing that art does not operate in a vacuum. It is constantly in dialogue with its immediate surroundings, the societal context in which it is created and the people that will interact with it.

COL: What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?

P&B: The best thing is: There are no rules in art. The worst thing is: There are no rules in art.

COL: Who do you admire?

P&B: Each other ❤.

COL: What can we expect to see at this year’s festival?

P&B: We are creating a collaborative installation piece based on photographs from our history together. A kind of physical, ephemeral cloud of memories, thoughts and reflections on our time together.

 COL: Who are you excited to see?

P&B: We're especially excited to see what Lyssky is gonna bring to Collective. 

COL: How important is the ability to expose your art to you and your creative field?

P&B: It is an important way for us to see how our ideas work out in practice and to experience how other people interact with our art. It's also a great way to put pressure on our self to finish projects instead of constantly starting new ones that are never realized.