Jørn Mortensen

School of Arts, Design and Media
Høyskolen Kristiania 

Jørn Mortensen has recently joined Høyskolen Kristiania, after serving as rector at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts since 2015. Responsibilities include the overall leadership of all programs including research fellow programs, as well as research and public outreach.

Since December 2017, Mortensen has gained extensive experience with how to institutionally deal with notifications on sexual harassment. Oslo National Academy of the Arts has until recently received massive attention from media and the public after notifications on sexual harassment were directed to the Ministry of Education in Norway. Mortensen is also a member of a task group established by the Universities Norway (UHR) to prevent bullying and harassment in the university sector in Norway.

Before becoming the rector, Mortensen served as the dean at the Art and Craft department at the same institution. Responsibilities included: artistic and academic leadership and delivery of the Academy’s program, including financial and administrative leadership of the faculty; responsible for developing and updating curriculum for BFA and MFA programs; implementing the qualification framework (Bologna); developing and establishing a new MFA-program in art and public space (2014); develop new models for critical debate such as AGENDA, an ongoing international research symposium; contribute to the research environment and doctoral supervision; originate and develop new strategic alliances between
international and regional cultural and academic partners.

Mortensen edited “Visual Art in the Oslo Opera House” in 2011 (Press Publishing 2011) with essays from amongst others Marta Kuzma, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Jürg Heisser.

Mortensen has chaired the art selection committee responsible for establishing two memorial sites after the July 22 attacks in Oslo. The committee was responsible for choosing the much debated and celebrated design “Memory Wound” by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg.


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