OPEN CALL / Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine / EXPLORING PLUREALITIES / Mette Edvardsen

Open invitation for artists 

„Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” / EXPLORING PLUREALITIES 

Deadline: May 10, 2022


Open invitation to participate in Mette Edvardsen’s production „Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” within the „EXPLORING PLUREALITIES” project. A bilateral cooperation project between 4Culture Association (Romania), choreographer and artist Mette Edvardsen (Norway). 


We are looking for Romanian artists familiar in their own practice / interested to work with text (Romanian and English) and feel comfortable in performative contexts outside the blackbox space, to join the research and production of a new adapted series of public presentations of „Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine”, by Mette Edvardsen. 


The participation is paid and includes the research and production period (online and offline) from May – July 2022, with public presentation on 5, 6, 7July in Bucharest. Further presentations will be scheduled also in July and August 2022. 


Proposals will be written in Romanian and English and sent to: These will include:

       CV / biography

       portfolio (if applicable)

       short letter of intent (maximum 1 page)

More details on the project are available here:



For Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people / performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books are passing their time in a library, walking around, talking together, reading in paper-books from the shelves, ready to be consulted by a visitor. The visitors of the library choose a book they would like to read, and the book brings its reader to a place in the library or for a walk outside, while reciting its content (and possibly valid interpretations).

The idea for this library of living books comes from Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, a future vision of a society where books are forbidden because they are considered dangerous, and that happiness must be obtained through an absence of knowledge and individual thought. The number 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper starts to burn. As books are forbidden in this society, an underground community of people learn books by heart in order to preserve them for the future.

Books are read to remember and written to forget. To memorize a book, or more poetically ‘to learn a book by heart’, is in a way a rewriting of that book. In the process of memorizing, the reader for a moment steps into the place of the writer, or rather he / she is becoming the book. Maybe the ability to learn a whole book by heart is relative to what book you choose, the time you invest, and perhaps your skills. But, however much or well you learn something by heart you have to keep practicing it, otherwise you will forget it again. Perhaps by the time you reach the end you will have forgotten the beginning. Learning a book by heart is an ongoing activity and doing. There is nothing final or material to achieve, the practice of learning a book by heart is a continuous process of remembering and forgetting.


The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. She has worked since 1994 as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015, and the focus program Idiorritmias at MACBA in Barcelona in 2018. Her project ‘Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine’ is ongoing since 2010, presented twice at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in 2013 & 2017, Sydney Biennale in 2016, Index Foundation in Stockholm in 2019, Oslobiennalen First Edition in 2019-2020, Trust & Confusion at Tai Kwun Arts in Hong Kong in 2021, Sao Paulo Biennale 2021. She will bring several pieces to Amant in New York in 2022, and develop a project in residence at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris 2022/ 2023.

Mette Edvardsen is structurally supported by Norsk Kulturråd (2021 – 2025), BUDA Arts Centre Kortrijk (2017 – 2021) and she is associated artist at Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (France) for the period 2019 – 2021. She is currently finalizing her research as a Phd candidate at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.






By implementing transdisciplinary activities in the field of contemporary performing and visual arts, the EXPLORING PLUREALITIES project aims at audience development and supports contemporary Romanian art creators, in partnership with Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen and in cooperation with Romanian and international artists and professionals. Creating a favorable framework for the development of art, through opportunities for professional evolution – job shadowing and mentoring, the project implemented by the 4Culture Association proposes a progressive approach, based on analysis and prospecting of innovative directions, by identifying and assuming hybrid artistic formats. 


Grant value (85% EEA Grants and 15% national budget): 963,612 Lei (195,288.49 Eur)

Duration: 24 months


Media Partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Revista Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă



This project is financed with the support of EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTUREProgramme.


The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. More info on: www.eeagrants.organd

RO-CULTURE is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The total budget amounts to 34 million EUR. More details are available on