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:
3. Swimming-trunks contest.
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:
- Bad weather
- Interrupting TV-commercials
(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.