Suðurlandsvegur (script & comments)
Publish and be Damned: Nordic Models is a two-day convention that brings together independent publishers and distributors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The project is conceived by Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in collaboration with London-based organisation Publish and be Damned.
May 19th, 2012. A petrol station with a diner along Suðurlandsvegur, Iceland. With Hilmar Gudjonsson.
In a corner of the room is a man drinking coffee. He is shabby, troubled, and he wears an elegant but dusty and somewhat ragged suit of strange cut. He used to be part of a group. After completing a report (the first and only one), the project was cancelled and the group disbanded. But he stayed in the office and found other, simpler, things to do. At first, a variety of minor tasks: letters were to be filed, sometimes answered, scanned, printed, copied or stamped; sometimes small editorial tasks as well as recurrent, eventually canceled, Monday meetings; but in the end his only business was to take care of the garbage.
Every night he enters the subterranean world of waste management, hauling the leftovers of life above through winding corridors, to the great garbage compactor. One night, as he is about to finish the work he discovers a passage leading even further down below the surface. Instead of going up with the elevator to the somewhat cleaner premises and a much needed nap, a journey in the underworlds of earth begins – and it doesn’t end until this day, when he shows up at a petrol station diner. He is a man whose history I do not dare imagine.
Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012 announces (I)ndependent People, a large-scale collaborative international visual arts project that will involve many of Reykjavík’s exhibition spaces, museums, galleries and public space during the festival season and throughout the summer. Focusing on contemporary visual art from the Nordic and Baltic countries, (I)ndependent People asks if and how collaboration can operate in continual negotiation between contesting ideas and desires, yet allowing unplanned and transformative action. All participating artists are engaged in established or temporary joint ventures. These artist-collectives, partnerships, collaborative workshops and exchanges serve as a dynamic investigation of artistic subjectivity and authorship.
Thank you very much, i don’t dance
On Wednesday the 28th of September at 7 p.m. Bonniers Konsthall transmits «Thank you very much, I don’t dance», a radio performance by Fredrik Ehlin, Andjeas Ejiksson and Oscar Mangione, performed by Thérèse Brunnander.
A link to the broadcast can be found
here. [No, it can’t.]
The performance is a part of Method Quarterly #2
Method Quarterly #2
On Wednesday the 28th of September 2011 Method Quarterly will implant itself into the exhibition The Spiral and the Square: Exercises in Translatability at Bonnier Konsthall, curated by Daniela Castro and Jochen Volz.
«Thank you very much, I don’t dance», a radio performance by Fredrik Ehlin, Andjeas Ejiksson and Oscar Mangione, performed by Thérèse Brunnander.
Method Quarterly #1
Printed in VOICE OVER – On Staging and Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art
New York/Berlin 2009, Sternberg Press. Cecilia Widenheim (Ed.)
GOU #1, Method
The first issue of GOU, «Method», inquires about the status of method within artistic practices and in artistic research. It proposes different ways of posing the question of method and investigates the possible forms of a methodological discussion within the art field.
A working group, composed of the editorial board of the art magazine Geist, wrote a letter of invitation to thirty selected persons active in the art context, who were asked to share their views on a few questions on the subject matter of knowledge production and the use and meaning of method within the art context. The collected material was then subjected to a thorough close-reading, and reworked and edited into a report that, together with the letter of invitation and all the answers, was published as an issue of Geist (no. 11, 12, 14. 2008).
Contributors: Saul Albert, Roy Ascott , Mike Bode & Staffan Schmidt, Magnus Bärtås, Kira Carpelan, Susanne Clausen, Hanna Dagerskog & Andreas Mangione, Fredrik Ehlin, Kim Einarsson representing G+S (Simon Goldin & Jakob Senneby), Andjeas Ejiksson, Katja Grillner, Jonas (J) Magnusson & Cecilia Grönberg, Maja Hammarén, Tone Hansen, Gavin Jantjes, Pekka Kantonen, Lea Kantonen, Emma Kihl, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Sarat Maharaj, Oscar Mangione, Boris Nieslony, Frans-Josef Petersson, Hinrich Sachs, Jan Kenneth Weckman.