work work work
Opening Friday Aug 24 2018
From 5 – 8 pm
The 24th of August we present a group of artists that are trying out other ways of organising, working and creating art by taking their point of departure in collective work methods. This is a step away from the idea of the individual and unique artist. They also manage to escape the form of a traditional art group. In this group of artists working together as individuals is a conscious part of the creation proces – an added material, that becomes an invisible though explicit part of the finished artwork.
The artists are:
Mia Isabel Edelgart, Deirdre Johanna Humphrys, Thea von der Maase, Ninna M. Poulsen, Joen Vedel, Thomas Bo Østergaard, Tine Tvergaard & Rasmus Brink Pedersen.
Find a comfortable position for your tongue.
Celery could be a fracture, cellophane fire.
Accentuate your role. Ask: who or what surrounds it?
Listen for the sounds that are not expressed.Noise in the membrane. Mirror. Disrupt. Repeat.
We are a group of visual artists exploring precarity, collectivity and estrangement together. We use improvisation as a method to examine the nuances of our everyday lives, and are interested in the “now” that improvisation inevitably takes place in. Here habits, roles and narratives may be confronted. We have been working together for the last ten years and, among other things, created the exhibitions Venskaber at Kunsthal Aarhus and På Baggrund af de Umulige Forhold in Møstingshus, focusing on friendship as a space for collective exploration. For the exhibition work work work,we have recorded an audio theatre on site at meter without subsequent editing.
Exhibition period: Aug 25 – Dec 8 2018
This being the last exhibition in a two year program it seems appropriate to finish off by taking a look at the realities of the life of a cultural producer. The art industry is known to be an industry infested with expectations of free labor and a general lack of money. It is also an industry in which working rights, salary levels, pension, sick leave and maternity leave have not been ensured.
As cultural producers we are more often than not a part of the new and fast growing social class called the precariat. A class defined by short term employment without protection and with fewer rights both economically, socially and politically. It is a social class that gathers people from across the traditional class system such as immigrants, unskilled workers and highly educated people, freelancers and project employed workers.
work work work is not a static exhibition but will develop throughout the exhibition period like an organism growing and transforming with time.
During the next four months we will present reflections on the value of work and the precariat through artworks, performances, talks, a podcast, a reading group, a seminar & various publications by / in collaboration with:
Suada Demirovic, Lise Skou, Miriam Wistreich, Ulla Hvejsel, Mia Isabel Edelgart, Deirdre Johanna Humphrys, Thea von der Maase, Ninna M. Poulsen, Joen Vedel, Thomas Bo Østergaard, Tine Tvergaard, Rasmus Brink Pedersen and more.
The exhibition is supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation