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World Telekinesis Competition

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

As stated before, the Ministry has entered a Team (TEAM EMOAJ) in the WTC 2008 in Canada. Perhaps someone is asking themselves:

WHAT is The World Telekinesis Competition!?

For your information:

May 16 to June 14, 2008

Opening Friday, May 16, 7 to 10pm

Deluge Contemporary Art

636 Yates Street

Victoria, BC, Canada

The 2008 World Telekinesis Competition is a first if its kind event, in which teams from around the world compete to psychically influence the behavior of a candle. Players are not expected to be physically present during during competition, but rather will compete remotely from their home locations around the world. The World Telekinesis Competition is an open event, and all teams who satisfy the submission requirements have been included in the competition.

Project StatementThe 2008 World Telekinesis Competition brings together teams from disparate geographic locations to enact their own visions of telekinetic potential in competition with one another, with the ultimate aim of crowning a singular winning team. The winning team will receive a trophy as well as bragging rights, both of which will — eventually — be returned for next year’s competition. The first of a yearly series of competitions, the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition is open to artists, psychics and otherwise interested parties who are willing to engage with the competitive framework according to which this tournament will proceed.

Telekinesis — the remote psychic influence of object behaviour — has a history of controversy and provocation. Neither proven or dis-proven, the possibility of remote psycho-kinetic influence remains active as a potentially relevant force within our current modalities of understanding. We invite explorations into possible strategies for telekinetic influence — not stated, but enacted through competitive interaction with other like-minded teams. Stated otherwise, our mission is not to explore rhetorical strategies for telekinetic participation but rather to assess the relative merit of any given method of psychic influence by its equally relative efficacy in a competitive structure.

Competition StructureThe 2008 World Telekinesis Competition follows basic competitive rules for multi-team events. Based on an assessment of the number of participating teams, a preliminary competition structure was randomly determined, in which two teams will compete remotely to psychically influence the behaviour of a game candle. The winning team will advance to the subsequent round while the losing team will be eliminated. This competition structure will continue until only one team is remaining. This team will be crowned the winner of the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition.

Selection of TeamsNoxious Sector Artist Collective — in collaboration with Deluge Contemporary Art — composed and disseminated an international call for submissions for the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition. Teams responded to the call for participation on an international level, resulting in the 28 teams comprising the tournament.

About Noxious SectorNoxious Sector is a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse.

http://www.noxioussector.net

http://www.deluge.ws

Contact: Deborah de Boer, Director/Curator

Read more at this blog about TEAM EMOAJ at WTC

First round, WTC 2008

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

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Today news reached the Ministry that the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition schedule for the first round of the tournament has now been determined and is available at the WTC homepage, click to see schedule round 1.

Based on a randomly determined selection, Eternal Ministry of Art & Jump will be facing the Plastic Shamen in the first round of competition. The match is scheduled for Saturday May 17th at 11:00am PST (6pm GMT) and will follow competition rules as indicated on the WTC website.

On the WTC Official Website you can also read about all the participating teams.

WTC 2008, Victoria Canada (BC)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Top story today, is of course the Ministrys announcement today of the officially participation of the EMOAJ Team in the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition.

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The WTC is being held in Victoria (BC) in Canada May 16 – June 14, 2008. It was in February that the Ministry got the invitation from Canada to enter the WTC, and now we can confirm the participation. The Minister was invited to Canada last year (June-July 2007) to perform his HopArt. The trip to three cities in the province of British Columbia was a highly successful tour and led to several new cooperations. The host of the WTC, Deluge Contemporary Art and the Noxious Sector was however not among the organizations that stood behind the HopArt Tour of North America. Parts of the Noxious Sector was although very helpful to the Minister while performing and working in Victoria. Mr Jarvis deserves a special credit for his toil.

Read more about the unique competition at the official WTC website.

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The official banner of the EMOAJ Team (courtesy of Noxious Sector).

The World Telekinesis Competition is an open event, and all teams who have satisfied the submission requirements have been included in the competition. If you like you can check out the teams in the competition and check out the detailed information about the different participating teams here. Read all about the EMOAJ Team.

Note: The name of the EMOAJ Team is of course an acronym of the Eternal Ministry of Art & Jump. You can read an interview with the organizers of the WTC here.

The year in review – 2007

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

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The year that passed… Seen like this, in the rear-view mirror, there is a lot of things one already has forgotten about what happened during 2007. Surely it’s not like that for all the blog-readers with good memory, but for the Minister himself there was several feelings of déjà vu when the review was contrived. Here follows a brief and superficial overview of different projects that was carried out during the year of 2007.

February
The Salad Serenades (NeuroArt), Gothenburg. A stroke for freedom of choice and common sense. The hotel- and restaurant union in Gothenburg had put a one-man business in blockade for several months. The little Salad bar was national news since a whole block of union-connected firms and businesses and a city-office was affected. But the union didn’t listen to argument. Instead they muscled on with arrogant mafia-style arrogance and power struggle. The Minister of Art & Jump and the contributing musicians got a lot of verbal abuse from the ones that was annoyed by a support-concert for a Salad bar.  The concert had to be carried out with police-escort. In may there was a second performance of the “Salad-music” at a local party, and the audience was flabbergasted from the kind of music that could be done by sampling vegetables.

April

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A temporary Ladonian Tourist bureau was set up – and at the same time a release party for a Ladonian Soundtrack, a CD/DVD with specially composed music inspired by  real events from the Ladonian history. The release party was held at Kulturhuset (Culture house) Dunkers Bar & Matsalar in Helsingborg with the restaurateur Björn as a host and adherent of mad art projects. The event enticed a lot of people and the premises was filled to the last stool when the National band of Ladonien had a premier presentation for their new album.

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LIVE-set at the release party which also showed videos from the new album “Ladonian Incidents”.

June – July

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A somewhat blurred action-snap with the jumper in mid-air. Image credit: Alternator Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kelowna.

HopArt in Canada: North American HopArt Tour – The planning had been going on for over a year in advance. In the last minute it looked as if the whole tour should have to be cancelled – but in the end it was still carried out without support from the Swedish Art Grants Committee. Instead it was made possible with support from several local and national Canadian culture institutions, as for example Open Space in Victoria, Alternator Gallery in Kelowna, 536 in Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts (Conceil des Arts du Canada) and British Columbia Arts Council. The tour went to three cities in Canada’s western province (British Columbia). The tour consisted of performance (HopArt) and lecturing about the Ministers art and different art projects (for example there was a preview of a pre-production copy of the DVD “Eslöv By The Sea – Part 3”, which is a DVD with specially composed music for the project. The premier HopArt-jump on the North-American continent was conducted in Vancouver. After that jump was carried out in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. And the final performance three weeks after the first was performed in Victoria’s famous “Inner Harbour”.

September, no – October, no November.
The Esl̦v Biennale 2007 РPlanning and preparations started early on in the fall of 2006. That the fundamental aspiration to surpass the former (Esl̦v Biennale 2005) in quality and dissemination would have unexpected help was something we were happily unaware of during the basic work of preparation. A unique homepage for the Biennale was constructed, and will be online as a documentation of the event. The opening night was rescheduled several times and the starting date was moved ahead but finally, severely delayed, in November the inauguration took place. A big praise for all the participants for their understanding and flexibility!

A couple of weeks before the opening night, a bomb suddenly struck the hectic preparation work. The City of Eslöv, which happened to be one of the head sponsors, banned one of the invited artists (Lars Vilks) – who wasn’t allowed to participate. All of a sudden it looked as if the sluggish-to-start Biennale was going to be called off entirely, when several artists suddenly considered to bail out from the project. After a great deal of diplomatic work the Biennale was carried out with only one deserter (Ralph Lundsten). Nevertheless the Biennale got a completely different side-context and subheading than the carefully prepared theme: “Eslöv, Gothic and Space”. The turbulence around the Biennale was spreading fast in the press, as an example of the breakdown of democracy and a crime against freedom of speech, after local politicians made statements in the papers.

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Virtual LIVE concert in Eslöv via Internet.

Even if some of the participating artists changed their contributions and instead commented on the City’s overstep and their interference in the Curators work, the Biennale was still carried out much in the fashion as it was conceived. Several exceptional example of contemporary art was represented. Amongst others a virtual concert via Second Life on the Internet, which probably was the first time ever in Sweden. All the fracas lead of course to that the Biennale got a whole lot more PR than expected. Several papers wrote about the Biennale, more than once, and even the heavier art critics reviewed the obscure Biennale in positive progressions.

Esl̦v By The Sea РPart IV
The sixth part of so far four. A hexology in hitherto eight [planned] parts, as it looks right now. The officially forth part in the art project of virtual history had it’s premiere at The Eslöv Biennale, and took up yet another unknown aspect of the Eslöv history. Built up by collected and given objects a vast treasure of memento from domestic and foreign travels through the years by Eslöv residents. The souvenirs in the exhibitions was from both short and long trips. The Eslöv people was Globetrotters even before the phrase was coined.

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Some of the collected artefacts of Esl̦v By The Sea РPart 4.

NeuroArt – An unofficial international network consisting of different artists and musicians that was officially founded the year before but has expanded a good  deal during 2007 . It has also gotten shape and structure  with the increasing numbers of exciting members. Several thrilling NeuroArt-projects has been implemented during the passing year and there are several new projects in pipe-line.

Ladonia – Since several years [10 to be exact] the Minister is involved in the Micro nation Ladonia. During the first year of citizenship he felt that he wanted to participate in a more direct way to the country’s evolvement and applied for and was granted his Ministry (Ministry of Art) that later was expanded to Ministry of Art & Jump. At the end of the year (December 2007) the political situation in the Nation had reached such a state that the Minister of Art & Jump felt compelled to overthrow the sitting President and carried out a Coup d’état and appointed himself temporary President [until such a time when new elections can be carried out]. Several Ministers in the Cabinet supported the new President, a few raised issues against the unconstitutional acting (of course they are right, but it is in the nature of things). Thereby the Minister of Art & Jump is also the President of Ladonia – with the kind support of the Cabinet. As Vice President of Ladonia Kicki Hankell [former President] was appointed.
During the summer tour of western Canada (British Columbia) the Minister was also acting envoy and founded the new colonies (in Vancouver, in Kelowna and in Victoria) and also appointed Governors in the  three new colonies.

HopArt as inspiration

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

After the North-American HopArt tour, when the Minister was jumping in the water as a protest, and at the same time performing the Ladonia National Anthem – this video came afloat.

Was it inspired by the HopArt-jumps? Probably so.

How would they otherwise come up with such an idea…?

A very interesting, and rather new, way of communicating in the early internet-era… What it is about? I’m sure you’ll figure it out. This is certainly the best video the Ministry have seen in a very long time (excluding of course material from the Ministry Network).

Canadian issues added to the protestlist

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

While carrying out the HopArt Tour in Canada, during June and July this year, lots of new items were added to the protest-list (the HopArt Performance is a protest-jump against the order of things. There is a long list of things being protested against and the audience can add to the list).

The Canadian audience had a few things to say about protesting, and added a few things to the already long list. Which all was protested against in three jumps (in Kelowna, in vancouver and in Victoria). Since a few items couldn’t be deciphered I can add “bad handwriting” myself.

  • Melted ice-cream
  • Sour milk
  • Closing down mental institution
  • Terra-ism
  • Bad Science-Fiction
  • Olympics (except ski-jumps)
  • Rotten Bananas
  • The rule of capital
  • Ugly monsters
  • Poetry
  • Bad Memory
  • Bad drivers
  • Chewing-gum under the shoes
  • Queues at drive-thrus
  • Gas prices
  • Everything
  • Bad grades
  • Mean people
  • Traffic Lights
  • Hitting my thumb with my hammer
  • Negative attitudes
  • New cars
  • Grammar
  • American lumber
  • American apples
  • American cheries
  • Bad spelling
  • Mosquito bites
  • Hair on carpet
  • My complacency
  • Real estates
  • Pro-Life
  • Dirty water
  • Harbour planes
  • Authoritarianism
  • Incessant chatting
  • Extreme mints lack of extreme
  • Pens
  • Mediocrity
  • Bad philosophy
  • Cold pacific water
  • Nuclear subs in the strait
  • Rejections
  • Dysfunction
  • Cruelty in general
  • Editioned artwork
  • WWF to WWE (World Wrestling Federation >> World Wrestling Entertainment)
  • America
  • No hockey in summer
  • Staph infection
  • Ferry line ups
  • Medium-hot
  • Clumsy
  • People that won’t dance
  • Lack of jumping towers
  • Jaywalking red lights
  • Kisses
  • Unsafe driving (in particular when bus-driver reads novels while driving)
  • My sore throat
  • That I can think
  • Comprehendible conceptual art
  • Reluctance to read Thomas Hardy
  • Brooks bike saddles falling and getting gonged
  • Sore bum
  • Uncomfortable asses
  • Food not being unending
  • Money being an object
  • Pesticides

Eslöv By The Sea in Canada

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

During this summers Tour of HopArt in North-America (Canada) during June and July, the different locations that was visited experienced a unique performance by the Minister of Art & Jump – it was the first time ever that HopArt was performed live in North-America! The tour made three stops in the province of British Columbia. The three places that was visited by the artist/Minister was Vancouver, Kelowna and the provincial capital Victoria.

Apart from the performances, the tour also consisted of a videoscreening and presentation of the artist and a lecture about his artistry and recent works. The release of the DVD “Eslöv By The Sea – part III” was presented and very well received. The screening was done with the first pre-production release of the english DVD-version of the project, that was completed only 24 hours before the Ministers plane took off for Canada. The talented Daniel Brandt of Aeongate Creative Studio slaved for days at Smartfilm to finish the pre-production ntsc-version of the EBS3-DVD for the Canada screenings.

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The audience in Kelowna just before the presentation and screening of “Eslöv By The Sea” starts at the Alternator Gallery of Contemporary Art. Image credit: Ministry of Art & Jump.

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A nice outdoor garden presentation and lecture in the evening of June 21 at the 536 arts collective in Vancouver. The screening took place later indoors in the premises of the well-known “536”. Also Mr Patrick Chan was invited to talk about the relationship between art and architecture (referring in particular to the earlier HopArt-performance at the Granville Loop Park that same afternoon). Image credit: Ministry of Art & Jump/ Jeremy Turner.

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The audience at the presentation of Eslöv By The Sea. The presentation and the screening was carried out outdoors in a lovely evening in Victoria, at the Gallery “Ministry of Casual Living” and was arranged in cooperation with the famous Open Space Arts Society (also in Victoria). Image credit: Ministry of Art & Jump.

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The interest for the work “Eslöv By The Sea” was profound and the audience was also very involved with questions and comments during the presentation. The whole screening and presentation went over very well and stirred a curious fascination in the town of Eslöv as well as for the historical art-research project about it (and the Minister, who de facto was born in the town). Image credit: Ministry of Art & Jump.

Victoria Jump-video

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

The successful Canadian HopArt-Jump in Victoria, from the America HopArt-tour is here to be watched. Courtesy of Mr. Douglas Jarvis, Open Space. The Jump has been shown here before in a few pictures but now you can see the full video! The jump was performed July 9 in the famous Inner Harbor of Victoria.

Jump-suites Canada trip

Friday, July 27th, 2007

The Ministers special business-suite, or jump-suite, made it’s own little trip. Hanging out on different places in Canada. Making his own exploration. Going places. Seeing people. And sometimes just hanging around.

Location: North-America 2007

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After the Jump in Granville Loop Park in Vancouver. Resting and drying in the sun on the stairs to the fountain.

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At the stair-case of the slanting house of the famous 536 Arts Collective in Vancouver.

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On a little red wagon in Alternator Gallery of Contemporary Art, in Kelowna.

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Hanging on the doors of Alternator, wondering about the the Elvis Poster behind him…

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Ahhh, the open space on the roof to Open Space gallery and Arts Collective in Beautiful Victoria.

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Hanging out at the Ministry of Casual Living in Victoria. Waiting for the screening to start. What’s that man doing with that table anyway!?

The Minister has left the american continent

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The Minister is back at the Ministry and this summers North America Tour with HopArt has reached it’s end. Still there’s a lot of contacts left to be taken care of, and now all the after-work starts. This has nothing to do with beer (well a little perhaps) but mostly it means a lot of loose ends that has to be tied up. The Minister is hardly hanging around the bars! Oh, no. he’s ever vigilant and busy at the Ministry! In fact renovations, attachements and extensions is under hand.

Looking back at the HopArt Tour it was a busy few weeks… Apart from HopArt, screenings and presentations there was of course a vast networking going on. And also some official assignments! The Statesecretary of Ladonia had given the Minister full freedom to proclaim new territories for Ladonia. Colonies in Canada was the commision and the Minister went to business. Three new Colonies were proclaimed during a few hectic weeks! First in Vancouver, then in Kelowna and later on also in Victoria, the Capital of British Columbia. Here’s a few pictures from the official events.

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“Ladonia 536″ in Vancouver. The colony consists of the house and the surrounding area.

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Official handshakes in Vancouver: Governor Donato Mancini, Minister of Art & Jump – Ladonian Envoy, Minister and Vice Governor Jeremy Turner.

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Agreement on the second new Ladonia colony: “Ladonia Alternator and Waterfront Park” in Kelowna. Governor Jennifer Pickering confirms the documents by a handshake with the Ladonian Culture Attaché; Minister of Art & Jump.

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The Victoria Ladonia Colony “Ladonia Open Space”. The colony consists of the whole building, on Fort Street 510, including the Japanese Restaurant – which by the way is reported excellent.

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The Ladonian Governor, Douglas “Doug” Jarvis, in an official handshake with the Minister of Art & Jump, confirming the third Ladonian Colony in Canada.