This is a commission work proposed by Ryan Gander for the new university college in Bergen, HiB. There is written an article about the project here.
I found this work interesting way of thinking commission work and quite a contemporary way of thinking. It would be a temporal, relational art work in the university college where a Norwegian forest cat will have it’s own built room and be part of the school environment. Students can apply to get a grant to afford and help them in the studies in exchange to take care of the cat and write a journal about the cat and their reflection relating to the cat. Every year there will be a common event and celebration of the cat. For different reasons the project could not be relalized, but Gander turned it in to another project called “The Investment – A student scholarship based on the care of a Norwegian Forest Cat for Koro.
The work is challenging to which extent the public commission are allowed and how far they can go, and commenting on the prosess (the last work). In the process of applying for public commissions, the artist invest a lot of time to make proposals. When they are turned downed in the process, they are left with a deadened work. In Gadners work he’s been using this to change it into another format and including the name of KORO making it also a space for reading it as a comment or critic on the process.