CoSA - Concerning The Spiritual in Art


I. Fossum, Oslo (NO). 

IV. Hill of the Muses, Athens (GR). 

II. Monte Verità, (CH).

V. Áhkánjárstábba, Kvalsund (NO). 

III. The Norwegian Institute at Athens (GR). 

VI. To the root - As if we were... (RU).  

VII. Áhkánjárstábba, Kvalsund/Hammerfest (NO). 

CoSA is a collaboration between the artists Inger-Reidun Olsen and Marianne Skjeldal (LATERNA) and Thale Fastvold and Tanja Thorjussen (LOCUS). Through our various artistic practices in performance art, dance, photography and drawing, LATERNA and LOCUS are collaborating in exploring the spiritual in contemporary art as well as researching the spiritual in art that unfolded 100 years ago in Europe. Through our collaboration we merge performative- and visual arts traditions and share knowledge and experience from each practice.

In the early 1900s Wassily Kandinskys’ publication “Concerning the spiritual in art” (1911) was published and many other artists such as Hilma af Klint and Emma Kunz, was influenced by spiritism, séances and alternative lifestyles, among others vegetarianism. In the last years we have seen a return of the spiritual expressed in contemporary art, especially in connection to ecological and environmental thinking, renewed focus on indigenous knowledge and our relationship to nature.


CoSA aims to channel and interpret the spirit of places (Genius Loci) into our artworks. By travelling to and exploring sites with spiritual reference or history, we re-create lost rituals and create new artworks. In dialogue with the place, we include material, objects, sound, movement and actions in relation to each chosen site. ​​

Our first journey together took us on a research trip to Monte Veritá in Switzerland, followed by our project initiation in Athens during Documenta 14 opening week (April 2017) in collaboration with The Norwegian Institute at Athens, with performance and book launch. Our next event took place at summer solstice at Áhkánjárstábba / Stalloen, in Kvalsund, Hammerfest, in Norway, followed by performance and exhibition during Dansefestival Barents in Hammerfest in November 2017.


In 2019 we will create an extensive research publication with texts by theorists, art scholars and artists.


To see all events in 2017 scroll further down!

(And stay tuned for coming programme for CoSA 2018/2019.)


The project is supported by Arts Council Norway, Fond for lyd og bilde and The Norwegian Institute at Athens.