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KJERRINGEN OG RÚSÍ SÆNG

Vernissage: 31st of August 2012, Tidens Krav (Oslo)

The opening of Kjerringen og Rúsí will open — just about now …

In the fall of 2011, Tidens Krav announced an open call for calls. Artists and curators were invited to submit a project proposal orally, through calling Tidens Krav’s automated tele-application service. The rules were simple: the caller could only use the spoken word to convey their project proposal. Any reference to visual material or documentation of their work or practice, was disregarded. This left Tidens Krav fumbling in the dark, with a sometimes clear, other times muffled, singing, drunken or stuttering voice as its only guidance. Proposals by the following artists and curators were accepted:

Birta Gudjonsdottir (IS)
Chris Succo (UK)
Jasper Griepink (NL)
James Hoff & Børre Sæthre (US/NO)
Mom & Jerry (DK/DK)
Rachid Laachir (BE)
Vemund Thoe (NO)

The following Icelandic artists will display their work tonight.

Helgi Thorsson & Steingrimur Eyfjörd 

Photo by Birta Gudjonsdottir

About the artists:

Helgi Thorsson

Helgi Thorsson exhibits new works made in his studio in Reykjavik and at Tidens Krav, specifically for this exhibition. His installations are composed of oil paintings on wood and found material and sculptures made from paper-maché, plaster, and found material from flee-markets. His color palette relates to the 1970s and many of his motives as well, with references to music and TV culture of the time. Many of his works relate to an excessive drinking- and party culture often related to the image of Iceland.

Steingrimur Eyfjörd

Steingrimur Eyfjörd exhibits new works made in his studio in Dale in Sunnfjord, Norway, where he has resided with his family the past two years. As an Icelandic resident in Norway, his identity as such has become a red thread through his most recent works, an ensemble of various works titled „Kellingin”(kjerringa/the old hag). Along with drawings, sculptures and instructional works, revealing his processing and somewhat criticism of Icelandic and Norwegian society and culture, he presents a 2.000 pages bookwork-diary spanning the time from when he moved to Norway until now, a part of his vast, ongoing collection of browse-through texts & images, based on his dreams and recollections, and interviews with elderly Icelanders.

 

Date: 31st of August – 16th of September 2012

Artists: Steingrimur Eyfjörd and Helgi Thorsson

Curator: Birta Gudjonsdottir

Place: Tidens Krav, Skippergata 18, Oslo

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THIS IS THE NIGHT

Culture night: 18th of August 2012 (Reykjavik)

Reykjavik Culture Night have been an annual event in the city since 1996.  The Culture Night offers a great chance for experiencing arts, culture and other activities in a uniquely way. A number of cultural institutes such as galleries, ateliers, shops, cafes, churches, restaurants and bars in downtown of Reykjavik stay open until late.

The Culture Night is concluded by an epic firework show 

Photo taken from Grapewine

If you find yourself in Reykjavík today — this is the schedule to our alternative art stroll.

12.00 — Hjartagarðurinn, Laugavegur 21

14.00 — Myndhöggvarafélagið, Nýlendugata 15

16.00 — Gallerí Ágúst, Baldursgata 12

17.00 — Opening of contemporary.is, SÍM, Hafnarstræti 16

19.00 — Þoka, Laugarvegur 25

20.00 — Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17. Destroyed Word: Performance by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra.

Good night, and good luck!

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AUTUMN ASSEMBLY IN AUGUST

Flavor of the month: Watershed

After a long and “oh-so-wanted” summer break — witch passed by “oh-so-amazingly-fast” — I can finally welcome my favorite season. The fall.

Although it´s sunny and over 20 °C outside my window (it doesn´t get any warmer here in Iceland) — all I can think about is misty days, multicolored leaves and my new umbrella.

Photos taken from google and pinterest

Watershed, a turning point or — a milestone are typical for this time of the year. Exciting assignments are coming up. Accordingly — the editors of Konsthopp are back to school, trying new exciting education. And I will finally move to my own “oh-so-wanted” apartment, with my “oh-so-fat” newborn.

Despite days loading work and other ethical obligations (e.g; changing diapers and doing boring housework!) — Konsthopp will try to keep on track, reporting live from the Nordic alternative art scene!

Happy fall everyone!

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UNNESKO

Performance: 29th of June 2012 at 20.30, Gallerí Dvergur (Reykjavik)

In a live performance on the opening day at Dwarf Gallery / Gallerí Dvergur, Thomas Hörl will introduce himself as an Unnesko, a personalized world heritage.

The title of the show; „Unnesko“ is a word creation, refering to a world heritage organisation Unesco. More and more Austrian folkore groups such as the „Perchten“ of Gastein (Salzburg County) in the year 2011 or the Imst Carnival „Schemenlaufen“ (Tyrol) in 2010 were recorded to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria by the UNESCO.

Since customs always changed over the years, there are tendencies to keep them „original and traditional“, mostly refering to late 19th and early 20th century records from folklorists. In the oral history and strongly belief only males are allowed to participate in the performances. There are only few groups which are mixed genders or women only. None of that is mentioned in the official presentation of UNESCO, except for the Glöcklerlauf in Ebensee (Upper Austria). In the exhibition Thomas will show collages and two video works, as well.

You can join the event on Facebook here!

Pictures from “Medicine Mountain – Learn to Love in Seven Days I” by Thomas in Salzburg County (2010)

Photographs belong to Thomas Hörl


About the artist:

Thomas Hörl was born 1975 in Salzburg. He has long dealt with various aspects of “folklore” — autobiographically-regionally as well as within an international context. In terms of content, his focus is on ritualized forms of activity and threatening gestures such as the slitting open of bellies by the Perchten and the stories associated with them from the Alps. He deals with fearful elements within the tradition, but also with gender questions (hermaphroditic creatures, duality, heteronormativity, exclusion of women as performers, men in women’s dress — so-called Gesellinnen). His works start from research in libraries, museums, exhibitions, at folkloric events, and through select interviews with members of the population as a kind of seismographic field research.

— Cornelia Reinisch

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THE DAYS OF THE CHILD PRODIGY ARE OVER

Performance: 25th and 27th of June 2012 at 20.00, Nýló (Reykjavik)

“He suffered from pre-natal depression, has found an outlet in poetry and visual art”

Betus is a child prodigy with outstanding artistic talents. He has been brought to Iceland by the Association of Former Child Prodigies to appear at a special event this June. The Association is honored to welcome Betus to the country. On the occasion of his arrival he will participate in an event in The Living Art Museum where guests are given the unique opportunity to get to know Betus and his work. Betus will not be on his own, joining him will be people of great importance and influence in his life, including his mother as well as his manager, a Native-American from the Southern States, known as the Indian. The mother of Betus and the Indian crossed paths in the early eighties and the three of them have been inseparable since Betus was conceived. Betus’ closest friend and soul mate; Beethoven, a former child prodigy in music, is also coming to Iceland for this occasion. He will be performing piano sonatas both nights.

The curator of the event is the world renowned art therapist, author and academic Dr. Sharon McStone, primarily known for her best sellers “DON’T LET YOUR CHILDS TALENT GO TO WASTE”, “TALENT IS MONEY & MONEY IS TIME” and “THE G-WORD – GENIUSES ARE PEOPLE TOO”. She has specialized in alternative treatment for child prodigies and hyper intelligent individuals to channel their unique gifts into creative paths.

Drawings by Rakel McMahon

The performance at the Living Art Museum will present the piece in its current state of being; it is a part of an extensive process where the dialogue between drawing and text gives birth to a performance and eventually a book published by ÚTÚR publishing.

You can join the event on Facebook here!

Date 25th and 27th of June 2012 at 20.00.

Artists: Anat Eisenberg, Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir, Rakel McMahon, Saga Sigurðardóttir and Yair Vardi. Music and sound is by Eberg. Set and costume assistant is by Eva Signý Berger.

Place: Nýló (The Living Art Museum), Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #6

Graphic designer: Regína María Rourke (Iceland)

Over a cup of coffee in Reykjavik last winter — my friend told me about her artist friend in New York. My friend´s friend — Regína María Rourke — is in fact an amazingly talented graphic designer. She re-appropriates both original and found images, re-balances and restructures it into a totally new artwork.

Photograohs belong to Regína María Rourke

Actually, I don´t know anything about the artist but her stunning artwork where catchy enough to caught my attention and make me more curious about her.

Happy Monday everyone!

Artist: Regína María Rourke 

Place: New York

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JOYFUL JUNE

Flavor of the month: Performance art

Over the past weeks I have been asking outsiders what they think about the visual art scene in Iceland. Is it different from the rest of Scandinavian scene? What stands out in the Icelandic art scene today?

The answer was clear.

Most people I spoke to, mentioned the active and very visible performance art scene. It did not surprise me. Our biggest stars in the visual art sectors today are performance artists — with Ragnar Kjartansson and Rúrí in the forefront.

Lord of the castle itch yes” by Leif Holmstrand (2009), CHRYSTAL

 “Back and Forth” by Gatëan Rusquet (2011), ANTI Festival

Mont Blanc” by Mimosa Pale (2011) Berlin. Image/Niina Braun

Peta loves Pollock” by Rakel McMahon (2009)

Dance Drawings” by Meghann Snow (2011), Young Art

Photographs by Konsthopp

Then again, some people might ask — what is performance art?
It is not easy to answer; but I hope the guidelines below might give you a tiny glimpse of what we are talking about when it comes to this specific art form.

THE SYMPTOMS OF PERFORMANCE ART

»Performance Art is live.

»Performance Art has no rules or guidelines. It is art because the artist says it is art. It is experimental.

»Performance Art is not for sale. It may, however, sell admission tickets and film rights.

»Performance Art may be comprise of painting or sculpture (or both), dialogue, poetry, music, dance, opera, film footage, turned on television sets, laser lights, live animals and fire. Or all of the above. There are as many variables as there are artists.

»Performance Art is a legitimate artistic movement. It has longevity (some performance artists, in fact, have rather large bodies of work) and is a degreed course of study in many post-secondary institutions.

»Dada, Futurism, the Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College all inspired and helped pave the way for Performance Art.

»Performance Art is closely related to Conceptual Art. Both Fluxus and Body Art are types of Performance Art.

»Performance Art may be entertaining, amusing, shocking or horrifying. No matter which adjective applies, it is meant to be memorable.

— By Shelley Eesak,  ArtHistoryAbout.com

This month we are going to dig deeper into the field of this ancient art form!

Related entries includes; “The weird girls project” and “I would like to set a trend.”

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