I would prefer not to

Opening event: Aug 18 2017 at 5-8 pm
Aug 19 – Dec 9 2017

Artists: Anu RamdasEva Koch, Trine Mee Sook GleerupJan BäcklundKristoffer ØrumMarie Koch KjærgaardPeter BirkholmJohanne Skovbo LasgaardAndreas AlbrectsenMarie Thams, Hour ProjectsHerman Melville and KLD Repro

The time of production, commodity-time, is an infinite accumulation of equivalent intervals. (…) In this social domination by commodity-time, “time is everything, man is nothing; he is at most the carcass of time” (Poverty of Philosophy)

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle


Time has become a scarce commodity. There is never enough of it, it seems. This is why time is precious; why it is something we try to save

In todays Western societies our method for saving time is efficiency and the attempt of getting the most out of our day. If you have the means you can even buy yourself more time

The consequences of this understanding of time permeate through all aspects of human life. At the work place, economic discourses of growth and acceleration guides efforts to optimize our work efforts. Our free time is packed with experiences; offers of entertainment, information and activities at our fingertips. Even sleep is no longer just a state of rest but a means to secure continued and increased performance. When are we ever actually off and not controlled by time

I would prefer not to is an exhibition in which we try to take back time from an economic understanding of the phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition period we will ask what can emerge from preferring not to and doing nothing, from boredom and laziness, from the meaningless and non-functional. We promise to slow down, stretch and waste time. We will procrastinate, hesitate and dilly-dally

The exhibition not only borrows its title from Herman Melville’s short story Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street from 1853 but is also inspired by the passive resistance that is inherent in the statement. I would prefer not to is a sentence uttered by the story’s main character Bartleby in response to his boss’ repeated requests; a polite refusal to do his job that grows into a rejection of any form of production or even consumption. Bartleby has since become an example for exerting free will and protesting structural and societal demands of self-discipline disregarding ones own needs. By rejecting demands that are so reasonably expected of him to follow, his behaviour escapes the logic of modern society

We turn to art and artists as our companions in this conversation because art is both praised and criticized for being without use value. Marie. Gellert. Jensen. It seems to be a phenomenon that escapes logic and evades conventional measures of value. It is both essential to a society and unnecessary. It can be sold at astronomical prizes and escape economic circulation. Art is paradoxical – a cliché, no doubt – but still a valid observation. It has the potential of being a waste of time, of money or some other form of excess. For this exhibition we have invited a group of artists not because they necessarily escape economic circulation, but because there are elements within their practice, their work process or the art itself that escapes and challenges an economic sense of time

The exhibition I would prefer not to is not static but will develop throughout the exhibition period like an organism growing and transforming with time. This generates an exhibition in which there is space for extension and movement, for adding and subtracting works of art, for regretting or for changing the context in which the individual art works are placed and for approaching them from different perspectives

Eva Koch, video still from “Transit”, 1997


Upcoming event at millimeter

Liveartdk presents: The VR Archive for Performance Art

Thursday Aug 31 and Friday Sep 1 at 3-7 pm and Saturday Sep 2 at 1-5 pm

Virtual Reality offers several brand new dimensions for performance art documentation. VR can capture the room, the mood, the audience’s relationship with the work, and actions that take place in multiple locations in the room at once. When you (re)experience the works with VR glasses, you can look in all directions and focus on what you think is exciting. You can watch the recording again and focus on other details. Just like a live experience of performance art, the experience of the documentation can now be unique, too

With the VR Archive, Liveartdk is building a platform where researchers, artists, students and others can experience performance artworks as if they were present

Read more about the event here

Ida Bruns attituder, performance af Ellen Friis, Thorvaldens Museum, 2017



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Photo documentation

The Star Child Project – A performative experiment

by Yong Sun Gullach


On June 10 Yong Sun Gullach’s performance The Star Child Project – A performative experiment investigated the experiences of the colonialized body. The performance was arranged by Hvid[m?] Archive and marked the end of our 6 months long exhibition Unravelings

Photos taken during the performance and the Q & A afterwards was documented by photographer Mayra Navarette. See more photos and read about the performance here

Photo: Courtesy of Mayra Navarette