Archive for June, 2010

Give me…

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

“Give me a man with big hands, big feet and a small brain – and I’ll make a golfer out of him.”

Var inte så…

Monday, June 28th, 2010

“Var inte så jävla positiv, kom ihåg att du är svensk.”

Press Release: Artnews Outdoor

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

ARTNEWS OUTDOOR

The festival of contemporary art displayed on bus stops

June 2010 – June 2011

First stop: Samara, Russia

Participating Artists:

Fredrik Axwik (The Minister of Art)

Conny Blom

Kalle Brolin

Oscar Guermouche

Karin Hasselberg

Gustav Hellberg

Johanna Karlin

Elin Magnusson

Jesper Nordahl

Ton & Gainer (Klas Eriksson & John Hellberg)

Elin Wikström

Curator (the Swedish contribution): Martin Schibli, Kalmar Konstmuseum

Organizing Institution in Sweden (the Swedish contribution) : Kalmar Konstmuseum

For more information, and documentation, please visit us at Facebook, you will reach it from our webpage: www.kalmarkonstmuseum.se

The contribution from Sweden, organized by Kalmar Konstmuseum, is part of the overall project ARTNEWS OUTDOOR The festival of contemporary art displayed on bus stops.

Organizing Institutions in Russia: The Middle Volga Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Samara Region Public Welfare Fund “Centre for Contemporary Art”.

Project’s partners: News Outdoor Russia Company

Dates of festival conduct: June 2010 – June 2011

Project’s curator: Roman Korzhov

Project’s coordinator News Outdoor: Julia Mironova

Festival’s dislocation: Samara, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza and another cities of Russia

Project’s review

“ARTNEWS OUTDOOR” festival is a contemporary art exhibition specializes on the location of its masterpieces on the bus stops, namely, of posters (size 120×180 cm). The places on the bus stops are provided by the partnership company New Outdoor Russia. The display undergoes changes every month by moving the artists’ works of art to other bus stops and even to other cities. Thus, the exposition travels around Russia and is opened for the period of 9 to 12 months. The only usage of special advertising poster size (120x180cm) is to be defined as the project’s peculiarity, in which a person waiting for a bus or a tramway acts as a potential audience, who is not always ready to face a piece of art.  Such a viewer, having found himself in a usual situation when he is imposed to consume the information that tells him about all the essential things he needs in his life, notices some extraordinary feature that has nothing in common with the fixed routine, a kind of strange message addressed to the other experience and memory as something unremembered and dim, and, moreover, experiences the feeling of contemplation and a meeting with something “new”.

“ARTNEWS OUTDOOR” project is created on the basis of Samara Region Welfare Fund that is named as “Centre for Contemporary Art” – “Ecology of Perception” with the assistance of News Outdoor Samara. This unprecedented experience of global contemporary art communication in the urban areas was firstly earned in Russia in the time period from 1998 till 1999. The project “Ecology of Perception” was also supported by Samara Region Art Museum, by Samara Region Ecology Committee, by such international partners as Open Society Institute (branches in Poland and Kazakhstan), Stuttgart Kunstverein. Nearly 29 artists and art-groups from Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, France, and the USA participated in the project (for more detailed information see section “Preceding Experience and Project’s Steps”). The posters’ exhibition was presented in 2002 within the scope of Middle Volga Federal District’s program under the name of “Cultural Capital” in Nizhnekamsk and Kirov.

Project in 2010 – 2011

Intellectual and art context is depicted in the name of “ARTNEWS OUTDOOR” – “festival of art news” and aimed at the creation of artistic dialogue between the European Art institutions and the Russian audience. In terms of location the festival aspires to keep the distance from the dominating art creation centres such as Moscow and St.Petersburg, and, therefore, the art province cities will become its exposition places.  The indispensable part of the project consists in its nomadic character that is determined by the desire to investigate the mental territories of Russia and to define a new art topography on the border cross between universal and local, between expression and perception, between art and culture. The contemporary European art exhibition on the territories of Russian cities and towns will become a tool of such an investigation that will enable to introduce international art community on the local level remarkable for its original aspects and forms of its artistic self-expression.

Activities

Motivated European organizations and their representatives such as curators are supposed to be invited in order to take part in the event that forms their own projects in the festival’s network.

Within the scope of the event they define a topic, choose artists, cities and dates; the exact time and place are coordinated with the project partner by News Outdoor Russia.

The main exhibition period in urban areas consists of 9- to 12 months. In this period of time video and photo documentation is prepared, the material of which is used for placing on the project’s site – www.artnews-outdoor.ru (Note: still under construction). A mobile final exposition is planned to be formed at the end of the principal exhibition festival period and is intended to be displayed on showrooms of National Centre for Contemporary Arts  and other organizations’ areas participating in the project. By this time the catalogue will be published including all the participants’ works, and also the previous experience and the stages of the project as “Ecology of Perception” 1998-1999 and “Ecology of Perception” 2008-2009.

From Russia with Art

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Today on the longest day of the year, we have report from Samara, Russia where the art project “Artnews Outdoor” is running. The Ministry is part of this project and the Minister can now be seen all over Samara and surrounding areas on different billboards. Regretfully there was no chance going there to perform a HopArt in Volga…

Samara is one of the largest cities in Russia. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia, the Volga Federal District, at the confluence  of the Volga and Samara Rivers. Samara is also the administrative center of Samara Oblast. The embankments of the town has been compared with Lake Geneva.


Minister of Art & Jump in the Russian art project “Artnews Outdoor” in Samara. Image credit: Artnews Outdoor.

I rojalistiska giftermåls svallvågor

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Ja, ja, ja… det är ack så politiskt korrekt i dessa dagar att vädra sitt republikanska tyckande i den offentliga debatten. Visst, ok, alla ska få säga vad dom vill i en demokrati… Som Voltaire lär ha sagt: Jag delar inte dina åsikter men jag är beredd att dö för din rätt att uttrycka dem.Man ska trots allt ha klart för sig att det är Sveriges Statsskick man talar om när man vädrar republikanska åsikter, men ändå ger man sig på personerna (eller “ämbetet” när man ska vara lite fin i kanten). Trots allt har vi kanske det bästa av två världar här… En ceremoniell och pampig statschef och ändå en demokrati med folkvalda (nåväl…). Det är dessutom frivilligt att vara Kung – kungen kan när han vill abdikera. Så vad gnälls det om, egentligen??

Republikaner nöjer sig inte med demokrati utan ger sig inte förrän de får den amerikanska modellen med President-cirkus vart 4:e år – och påstår på allvar att detta vore mer demokratiskt. Det beror ju på vad man menar med demokrati. Är det någon som vid sina sinnes fulla bruk tror att demokrati ens har/hade något med George Bush att göra? Demokratin skulle kunna hoppa upp och bita Bush i hans tex-ass, han skulle ändå inte känna igen den. Dessutom är republikanerna oroade för att “såna som Prins Daniel” kan få “för stort inflytande” och ta in kompisar i olika sammanhang… Hrm-hrm. Vart i glödheta var sådana farhågor när statsminister Göran Perssons kvinna blev chef för det statliga spritmonopolet!? Eller när det avslöjades att hela verket var så till den milda grad genomruttet av korruption att en blind och enbent borde märkt det med händerna bakbundna. Nå, blev chiefen anklagad? Nä, nä – lilla Anitra säger bara “det var det jävligaste, det hade jag ingen aaaaaaning om” – och alla trodde på/svalde det! Patetiskt – vilken fin svensk demokratisk modell vi har där va?

Och dessutom skulle det bli bättre med ett presidentskap inflikar träskallar som Jan Gulliou, för “då skulle det inte bli så mycket mutor och inkompetenta politiker i statliga verk” (oh, nejdå). Ett presidentval skulle vinnas av den med mest stålar. Om vi för ett ögonblick kastar ett getöga på “föregångslandet”, världens största/bästa demokrati (USA) kallas det absolut inte mutor att bidra med pengar till presidentvalskampanjen… Och ingen blir förvånad när sedan presidenten har en massa att “betala tillbaka”. Vadå chef för statliga verk? Och vadå företagschefer som säljer en fruktansvärd massa krigsmaterial till en president som plötsligt ger sig ut på krigsstigen. Det är ju för hundan så man kunde bli vänstervriden. (Ajdå, nu svor jag i kyrkan också). Men, säger den svenske republikanen, nåt sånt skulle ju aldrig hända i Sverige – Världens bästa demokrati.  Vad gör isåfall våra soldater långt borta i Afganistan kan man ju undra.

Och jo, man kan höra republikaner pipa om “ärftliga ämbeten”. Visst, visst. Det finns väl en poäng i det. Men varför är det då ingen som gnäller om det när folk heter t.ex. Wallenberg i efternamn eller om det handlar om jordbrukare? Alla vi som bor utanför stadsmurarna vet ju att varenda bonne har ärvt sin titel och sina ägor. Men då har ju gudskelov stadskassan fått sitt genom arvsskatten – och gud nåde den som stöter sig med Wallenbergarna. Nä, nu pratar vi om nåt annat…

HopArt in Uppsala

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The HopArt jump in connection with the Friction International Performance Festival is now history. For the first time in Uppsala, never before further north and the first time with a fracture and forgetting the glasses. All and all a memorable event in a fantastic context. This fantastic in-midair image a la Yves Klein was taken by Boris Nieslony, I couldn’t have made it better myself!


Image credit: Boris Nieslony, E.P.I Zentrum.

Uppsala Jump

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Uppsala Jump (II)

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Ours is the only…

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

“Ours is the only reality of consequence.”

Ännu en protest

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Inför hoppet i Uppsala:

  • Hollywoodifieringen (i synnerhet av boken Rambo)
  • Skolbetyg som inte kan läsas upp i efterhand