Archive for March, 2007


Friday, March 30th, 2007

“Has Art advanced to the point where the only meaningful questions left are the ridiculous ones?”

Post # 200

Thursday, March 29th, 2007


Hooray! Post number 200 in this blog has just been posted since the start. Browse through the archives to experience what’s going on, in, at and around the Ministry of Art & Jump on a daily basis.

It all started out as a “News Blog” but since the start that notion got corrupted pretty quick and the blog is more or less also an insight in the life of the Artist Fredrik Axwik and the Minister a.k.a Fredrik Larsson. It’s not always the same or two different things…

Today this blog deals with anything that revolves around the Ministry of Art & Jump and that includes thoughts, idéas, art projects, philosophy, psychology, culture and much more. There is an seemingly endless supply (or at least a whole bunch) of topics and subjects that has been considered and dealt with by this Trinity (the Artist, the Minister and the Ministry). There is always something going on at the Ministry!


Keep yourself enlightened, don’t forget to check out the latest Ministry news! Make this your startpage (press: Ctrl + d).

Not part of the exhibition

Monday, March 26th, 2007


På skärtorsdagen blir det Ladonskt Releaseparty i Helsingborg och en ny konsertfilm kommer att premiärvisas (LIVE in Ladonia).

Tilldragelsen sker på Dunkers i Dunkers Matsalar. En happening, som om det vore en del av konstrundan, på Dunkers Kuturhus. Men så är inte fallet. Dock är alla välkomna att tjuvstarta konstrundan i Dunkers Bar & Matsalar på skärtorsdagen.

Representanter för Ladonien kommer att vara på plats med en Turistbyrå. Turistbyrån innehåller också en ambassad, vilket innebär att det bland annat går att skaffa sig ett Ladonskt Pass. Statssekreterare Lars Vilks är förstås på plats vid denna nationella begivenhet. Lars kommer bland annat att presentera bandets olika framträdanden.

Konsertfilmen är producerad i samarbete med NeuroArt och spelades in utomhus inför publik i Ladonien förra sommaren under en hektisk festdag då landet firade sitt 10 års jubileum som fri stat.

Mer info kommer inom kort.


Art and Boxing

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

A few days ago the Minister made the connection between boxing and art. Not that it is a new grip, the connection has been made several times in different circumstances in the Artworld. One artist that made the same connection is Jonathan Meese in one absurd performance in a boxing ring as an exorcist in the shape of Noel Coward…


Meese in the ring, as the boxing Noel Coward


Meese as Meese (or at least close)

Two things (to ting)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

“To ting er vigtigt i Kunst og sport: at sigte rigtigt og ramme hÃ¥rdt.”

“Two things that are important in Art and sport: aim right and hit hard.”

Tequila and salt

Monday, March 19th, 2007

“If life brings you lemon, ask for Tequila and salt.”

Det regnar hos Ving också

Monday, March 19th, 2007

En sann historia ur verkliga livet. Tro det eller ej…

En mycket irriterad gäst kommer in på Fritidsresors service kontor på Gran Canaria.
– Förra Ã¥ret när jag reste med Ving, dÃ¥ regnade det minsann inte. Det är bara för att jag reser med er som det är sÃ¥ dÃ¥ligt väder!
Guiden lyfter telefonen och ringer upp Vings service kontor.
– Hej Ving det är Fritidsresor här. Vad har ni för väder? Det regnar hos er ocksÃ¥.
Guiden vänder sig mot gästen.
РDet regnar hos Ving ocks̴.


Bit ihop

Spoiled Art – Nytt projekt

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

The Ministry is working on a new visual artproject. It’s no news that the Minister likes short names on his projects, this one is no different, it’s simply called “Spoiled”. The Minister has used mainly images found on the internet and it’s a comment on the filthy rich and Jet setters visavi the gossip press. Especially rich young women are today stalked by friends, paparazzis and even surveillance cameras. The serie is inspired by one of these (the?) richest girl in the world that seem to use her own persona as a brand for just about anything.

The photos has been collected from around the Internet, it’s paparazzi-pictures or official images and have then been edited and altered in a computer graphic program.


No titel (color neg 500 dpi)

Lá Fhéile Pádraig a.k.a. S:t Pattys Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Today the Ministry celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá ‘le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig). And wears a green t-shirt, and green striped slipover. Regretfully theres no Guiness at home…

Saint Patrick

S:t Patricks Day is the feast day which annually celebrates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, the day on which Saint Patrick died.

It is the Irish national holiday and one of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland (a bank holiday in Northern Ireland); the overseas territory of Montserrat; and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and rest of Canada it is widely celebrated, although not an official holiday.


Chicago River dyed green on S:t Pattys Day

It became a feast day in the universal church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding, as a member of the commission for the reform of the Breviary in the early part of the 17th century.

Saint Patrick (Irish: Naomh Pádraig) was a Christian missionary and is the patron saint of Ireland (along with Brigid of Kildare and Columba). Uncritical acceptance of the Annals of Ulster (see below) would imply that he lived from 373 to 493, and ministered in northern Ireland from 433 onwards.

Patrick was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. He entered the church, as his father and grandfather had before him, becoming a deacon and a bishop. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary, working in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he actually worked and no link can be made with Patrick and any church. By the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland, mostly owing to clever propaganda by the monastery of Armagh which claimed to hold his relics. The Irish monastery system evolved after the time of Patrick and the Irish church did not develop the diocesan model that Patrick and the other early missionaries had tried to establish.


The Shamrock

The available evidence does not allow the dates of Patrick’s life to be fixed with certainty, but it appears that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. Two letters from him has survived the tooth of time. Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes; one suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place. Legend also credits Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a 3-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of ‘three divine persons in the one God’ (as opposed to the Arian belief that was popular in Patrick’s time).

The S:t Pattys day is usually connected to party and drinking. In Denmark (not far from the Ministry) they are arranging the S:t Patricks Day 3-legged race.


The Copenhagen 3-legged Race

Arty II – del 3 av 9

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Wow. Konstministern gillar!


“Art is business – business is Art” (Andy Warhol)

Först är allt som vanligt, Arty hakar t.o.m. pÃ¥ den tröttsamma poker-trenden. Varför har poker plötsligt blivit trendigt?? Som om det skulle vara nÃ¥t nytt. Alla som sett en västern sen 50-talet vet ju att det är inget nytt med poker. (Eller en gangsterfilm, eller en krigsfilm, eller vilken film som helst.) Till och med gladporren hakade pÃ¥ med stripp-poker under 70-talet. Poker är och förblir och har alltid varit nÃ¥t sunkigt… NÃ¥väl. Kanske menar Arty att konsten är som poker? Arty del 3 handlar om “marknaden” – alltsÃ¥ den ekonomiska sidan av konstvärlden. Konst visavi Pengar. För konstvärlden har ju onekligen en ful ekonomisk sida, oavsett vad alla renhets-idealister vill tro, hoppas eller pÃ¥stÃ¥.

Detta är ju ett intressant program, för plötsligt hettar det till. Carl Johan De Geer som är pÃ¥ plats igen i tredje delen verkar bli förbannad pÃ¥ riktigt och sitter och fnyser och frustar Ã¥t Emmas olika synpunkter när dom diskuterar Svetlana Hegers konstprojekt med bl.a. BMW och Hugo Boss. Svetlana hävdar att “alla kända namn i Konstvärlden är varumärken” och att “dagens konstnärer är egentligen Konst- och Kulturproducenter”. Carl Johan sitter där pompös som en gammal greve och nästan svär dÃ¥ han snäser att “det är inte konst!” – trots att han förra gÃ¥ngen han var med höll med om att allt en konstnär kallar konst är konst. Det blir lite kul när hans personliga Ã¥sikter tydligen gÃ¥r stick i stäv med vad han tidigare sagt.

PÃ¥ tal om varumärken sÃ¥ tar programmet upp Terence Koh som är en raket i konstvärlden. Han är känd för att ha guldpläterat sitt eget bajs och för att han mÃ¥lar allting vitt. Visserligen är han asiat och i Asien är vitt “dödens färg” pÃ¥ samma sätt som svart är det i västvärlden. Epitetet “hype” föresvävar nog tittaren för ett ögonblick, men Mary Boone (“legendarisk New York gallerist) säger “Nej. Terence är inte Hype”, som om hon kunde läsa mina tankar…

Avsnittets favorit-citat: “…dreaming Boone-dreams…” “what was I thinking? I don’t know, I was just shitting”. (BÃ¥da av Terence Koh).


Terence (Koh) t.h. och Mary (Boone) – t.v. [Foto: Arty]