Camp Munch 2018

Camp Munch was arranged for the second time in Løten 1 – 7 July 2018. Camp Munch is an summer art camp for youth 13 – 20 years. Camp Munch, which also includes an open festival, is inspired by Edvard Munch’s summer stay in the municipality of Løten, 11 and 18 years old.

This year’s participants have lived at Ungdommens hus in Løten town centre. The academic program started 1. July, with a professional introduction to the stay and the week’s assignment.

During the week, participants have been able to immerse themselves in the graphical techniques of collography and photopolymer with digital image processing. The task of the week was self-portrait and self-presentation. Participants were challenged by what this implies and on how style, streak, color and meaningful elements can provide increased understanding and insight. Collography and photopolymer are techniques that demonstrate in a great way different printing methods, the craft and the use of technical aids. The teaching is based on active participation in an environment of like-minded and under professional guidance. Process has been an important keyword, and to make use of, and combine, the different characteristics and expressions of the techniques.

On July 4th, Camp Munch went on a study trip to Oslo. Here there was a tour and sketch workshop in the Munchmuseum exhibition “Between the clock and the bed”, which was based on Munch’s self-portrait with the same name. We also visited Edvard Munch’s atelier at Ekely, and met with visual artist Kirsti Grotmol who lives and works on Ekely today. Professionals this week have been the graphics Ellen Edminson and Marianne Karlsen.

The evenings have been used for shorter workshops and social activities. Photographer Morten M. Løberg has given a two-day introduction to the pinhole photograph, where the participants have made their own camera, photographed and developed pictures in the darkroom. They have been to Rokosjøen and a curated their own exhibition at Klevfos Industrial Museum.

Munch Minifestival was held July 7th. One of the highlights of this day was the opening of the participants’ graphic exhibition. The festival program consisted of several open workshops, as well as activities and experiences linked to Munch’s time in Løten: Painting, sculpture, animation, book binding, woodcut, pinhole photo, sun print, lego, zipline, film, guided tours and singing theater.

The aim of Camp Munch is to create a national meeting place and learning area for artistic youth in the summertime. The 20 available spots were filled with participants from 9 counties: Hedmark, Oppland, Akershus, Buskerud, Østfold, Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Rogaland and Hordaland.

The organizers Løten municipality, Klevfos Industrial Museum and Fargefabrikken v / Nina Molven wish to thank all who have participated and contributed to Camp Munch 2018! A special thanks to our supporters Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark and Hedmark Fylkeskommune, which have enabled us to arrange a national art camp for youth at Edvard Munch’s birthplace.

Here are some pictures from Camp Munch 2018: