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Jump Pix Victoria

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

The pictures from the last Jump in Canada are now finally developed! The timetravel back home to the Ministry made the Minister lose a whole day, except for the odd hours of sleep and general feel for time. The HopArt jump was made right in the middle of Victorias famous Inner Harbour were swimming seals could be spotted amongst the sea-planes, clippers, boats, yatchs, kayaks, kelp and the Minister of Art & Jump.

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The Minister steel himself for the jump into the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean. Assistant courtesy of OPEN SPACE behind the Minister (ready to push if the Minister don’t dare to jump, no doubt).

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And finally he goes in, fearless – when the audience starts doubting that he actually dares to jump…

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It was a suitable BIG North-American splash, after more than three weeks of North-American Touring and sumo-training!

Last Jump made

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

The last jump on the North-American HopArt Tour in Victoria, Canada was a total success. With the aid and support of the host, the brilliant Open Space Gallery made the jump, presentations and video-screening a sher joy to carry out. Pictures will be posted shortly. The Minister resides right now in Seattle waiting to fly back to the Ministry of Art & Jump.

The outdoor screening at Ministry of Casual Living also featured Neurobash’s “LIVE in Ladonia” in their now famous outdoor Ladonian marathon concert from 2006 when Ladonia celebrated it’s 10 years anniversary.

Victoria Jump July 9

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

A jump in Victoria at the famous Open Space will be closing the 2007 North-American HopArt Tour. The Minister looks forward to visit the island on July 9:th. A special program for the evening has been put together by the host (Open Space). A jump and a special video-screening will take place at The Ministry of Casual Living in Victoria.

Open Space is a working laboratory for innovative art practices, opening new territories for contemporary art, artists and society in a global context.

Founded in September 1972, Open Space is non-profit artist-run centre located in Victoria, British Columbia. For over thirty years, Open Space has been an entity for professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to art-making, as well as a touchstone for young and emerging artists. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada and beyond.

The work presented at Open Space is a cross-fertilization of experiences, with artists from disparate geographical locations and cultural sensibilities brought together in a critical dialogue based around contemporary art issues.

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City Hall, Victoria.

Jumping in Okanagan

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Last night at approx 7.30 (local time) the Minister broke the surface of Okanagan Lake in yet another of his world famous HopArt-jumps. The North-American HopArt Tour of 2007 is ongoing and the latest jump was a success outside Rose’s Bar in Kelowna. The locals cheered on when the Minister made his jump into the Okanagan Lake of British Columbia. The protest jump was a success and the list of protests was extended by the Kelownians. Things like “Traffic on Bridge” (local phenomena), American Cheries, Bad Spelling, mosquito bites and gum under shoes was added.

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Minister going into Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. Photo credit: Bill Poulin.

Kelowna Jump Time Table

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Time Table for today’s jump in Kelowna:

7.00 pm Opening presentation, Alternator Gallery (Rotary Arts Center).

7.30 pm (approx) HopArt performance Waterfront Park, Kelowna (by the water outside Rose’s Bar).

8.00 pm (approx) Presentation and screening of video “ARCHIVE – Eslov By The Sea”. Documentary-style historic art research project about the unknown history of the little town of Eslov (south Sweden) that once was the cultural hub of the western hemisphere. Eslov is the town where the bikini, fashion, boardwalks, Champagne and much more originally was invented, and also the place the Eiffel-tower originally was intended for.

Kelowna Jump

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Tomorrow (June 28) a HopArt jump is being performed in Kelowna. Jump is planned for 7 p.m. (local time) and later on in the evening a presentation of and by the artist is planned at The Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art. Please contact the Gallery for further information.

Jump-Pictures from Vancouver

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

You can read a short article and see some pictures in the Ladonian Herald today.

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PRESS RELEASE – Minister in Canada

Monday, June 25th, 2007

PRESS RELEASE – Minister of Art & Jump in Canada

The Minister of Art & Jump also acting Cultural Attaché and Special Envoy of Ladonia, Fredrik Axwik, is visiting British Columbia – the Vancouver-area and the Okanagan Valley. Mr. Axwik is visiting Canada for the first time and he’s staying in Vancouver and Okanagan Valley due to a artistic HopArt-tour. The HopArt-tour is an artistic performance (The Minister is also a contemporary artist in Sweden, where he lives). HopArt is a performance that Mr. Axwik has been doing for several years, in Sweden and Scandinavia. This is the first time in North-America.

The Minister of Art & Jump has already performed in Vancouver, on June 20, hosted by the renowned 536Arts Collective (est. 2000) that exists at 536 E 20th Ave in Vancouver. The Minister will also perform his HopArt in Kelowna on June 28 at “The Alternator Gallery of Contemporary Art”. The HopArt-jump will take place by (into) the water in the middle of the town and there will also be a presentation of and by the artist and his project/s before and after the Jump.

The jump is performed as a protest against the order of things. The Minister has a very extensive list of protests and anyone that has anything they like to add to the list can do so before the jump. The Minister then takes their problems on his shoulders and jump into the water and thereby solving the problems. The world is different after the jump when the Minister emerges from the water and after the protest is completed.

“We hear impressive things in Sweden about Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley”, says the Minister. “We’ve heard in Ladonia and Sweden about the swedish hockey-players success in Canada but also that Arnold Schwarzenegger has a house in the Okanagan Valley. We wonder if this is true.”

The Minister of Art says that he likes to hear that other Europeans [Mr. Schwarzenegger is from Austria – editors note] lives in the area, and that he [the Minister] has a very good manuscript for a film that he would like to show to Arnold. “I bet he never heard that before” says a very smug Minister. “The film would of course be shot on location in British Columbia” says the Minister. “In fact I’m ready to challenge Mr. Schwarzenegger to see if he’s worthy of the script. It is an impressive Champion Canada has to compete for them” says a very impressed Minister.

The Minister likes to challenge Mr. Schwarzenegger in 5 real macho-sports:

1. Hand-wrestling.
2. Cigar-smoking.
3. Swimming-trunks contest.
4. Flirting.
5. Jumping with both feet’s together.

“I’m semi-confident that I stand a rather good chance” says a modest Minister, who still confesses: “Since Mr. Schwarzenegger is from Europe too, I’m actually a bit worried over the Swimming-trunks contest. If he was American I wouldn’t be worried at all, but coming from Europe makes him a tough contestant in this section.”

Mr. Axwik, hopes that the people in Canada is coming to see his Jump as he protests against things like:

– Bureaucracy
– Bad weather
– Interrupting TV-commercials
– Colds
– Rust
(For the complete protest-list click here)

“I’m really doing this for the people rather than for myself” says the Minister in a closing statement.

Media Release

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June. 21, 2007
ATTENTION ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS

Minister of Art & Jump visits Kelowna

Fredrik Axwik, the Minister of Art and Jump, and acting Cultural Attaché and Special Envoy of Ladonia will perform HopArt after a presentation at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Axwik, a contemporary of Sweden and Scandinavia, will speak about his performance work and involvement with the Internet-based virtual state of Ladonia, prior to jumping into the lake. This jump is a demonstration, which according to Axwik “is performed as a protest against the order of things. As Minister, I have a very extensive list of protests and anyone that would like to add to the list can do so before the jump. I will then take these problems on my shoulders and jump into the water, which is a direct way of solving problems.”

The event will take place at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, an artist-run centre located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 421 Cawston Ave. in Kelowna, BC. Admission is by donation.

Call (250) 868-2298, visit or e-mail info@alternatorgallery.com for information.

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HopArt in Vancouver – a small jump for the Minister a giant leap for the Art-world. Photo: Patrick Chan.

Vancouver Jump Done

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

The jump in Vancouver went nice and I came up from the water. We couldn’t make a jump into the waters of the Pacific though… still, there’s a jump planned for Victoria in a couple of weeks and we might be able to tick off the Pacific Ocean on the list over water jumped into. We also look forward to a jump in Kelowna in about a week (June 28).

The Ministry of Art & Jump are very thankful to the host 536 in Vancouver, Jeremy Turner and Donato Mancini. A Neruobash performance also took place at the 536! 🙂