Door number 13

Door number 13 is a massive white double door at the top of the stairs to Ladegården in Gamlebyen. The baroque building from 1725 was built on top of the basement of the Middle Age-era Bispeborg, and was intended to help secure supplies to Akershus Castle and Fortress when the city was moved and called Christiania.

Door 13 opens up to a mix of mystery, history, critical thinking, utopia and science fiction. The number itself is full of mystery. Superstition says that 13 brings misfortune, while in pre-Christian times, it was a lucky number and a sign of fertility. Thirteen represented femininity because it corresponded with the number of lunar cycles in a year. When the solar calendar triumphed over the moon, the number thirteen became an anathema.

The door conceals one of the present-day’s greatest female playwrights and contemporary writers, known for her strong autobiographical works. Ladegården is “loaded” when the artist uses the location as a stage for themes about childhood, language, power, identity and social norms. The spotlight is set upon stories that are never told – stories that will grab hold of you and leave a deep mark.

The visual artist who has created the mythical number on the door is no less dramatic. A burning commitment to cultic superstition about the end of the world combined with a lust modern astrophysics results in an immersive artistic universe where light’s hope is threatened by dark matter.

AD_VENT – The art of waiting – is an untraditional advent calendar that offers unique artistic experiences in public spaces. The door's number is both the address and the date. Behind the doors are surprises in the form of visual art, music, literature, theatre, performance or dance.

We would like to thank Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten, KORO and Kulturrådet for their positive engagement and financial support that has made it possible for AD_VENT to give the people of Oslo unique art experiences during the “waiting time” – free of charge.