From 5. – 20. September 2023, the TiO2 Project organized the second exhibition in connection to the research project. As a part of the innovative exhibition format ROM Studio, the research team moved into ROM for kunst og arkitektur for two weeks. The result became the research-in-progress exhibitionTiO2 Prøvefelt [TiO2 Trial Fields].
In addition to an exhibition, the research team organized numerous public debates, artist talks, presentations, workshops, and collaboration meetings with our museum partners. The exhibition consisted of four parts in which we displayed material tests on TiO2 in ceramic glazes, archive material, fieldwork photography by Marte Johnslien, artworks from our MA students Silje Kjørholt and Linda Flø, a site-spesific work by affiliated artist Julia K. Persson, and a research installation by our guest researcher Kshitija Mruthyunjaya.
The 'ROM Studio' exhibition was curated by Tonje Haugland Sørensen, Ingrid Halland, and Marte Johnslien. Exhibition architecture by Johnslien and Enrique Eduardo Roura Perez.
The aim of TiO2 Prøvefelt was to test out ideas about public participation in arts-based and art historical research. We wanted to investigate how research can engage with public opinion in a way that nuances and complicates the research hypothesis. The public was introduced to the research project not a finished result, but rather part of an ongoing investigation that took shape in the exhibition space.