Northern Lights


MOSS (POPULATION 25,000) does not earn pride of place in Baedeker's Norway. Visitors know the industrial city, a forty-five-minute drive from Oslo, mainly as a hub for ferry-boat traffic; locally, the noxious odors that waft from a nearby paper factory may be the town's biggest claim to fame.

Now Moss hopes to redefine itself—as Kassel, Germany, another northern-European backwater, did long ago—by launching Momentum, a biennial of contemporary art that will focus on the transformations technology has brought to the visual arts and the work of young artists in the realm of popular culture. The inaugural installation, “Pakkhus,”opens May 23 and will remain on view until June 21. The title comes from the main exhibition space, a three-story warehouse (pakhus, in modern spelling) in downtown Moss. Works by forty-one artists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland culled by a trio of

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