Friday 5th August, 8.30pm
Performance: Fay Nicolson – OVER AND OVER PURE FORM

I have no knowledge I can sell                   
                    They will get a strong return
I will not serve your clients well                   
                    On what they have to pay to learn
I will not value what you do                   
                      Its not too late to evaluate
The state of education’s through                   
                    Do not leave your grade to fate

 

On Friday 5th August Kunstraum presents the first in a new series of performance commissions, with a live enactment of Fay Nicolson’s text OVER AND OVER PURE FORM.

Accompanied by a chorus of four performers and live percussion, Nicolson’s OVER AND OVER PURE FORM meditates on the reality of art education today and how bodies, behaviours and attitudes are moulded through formal terminologies or ideologies. Structured around a typical first semester at art school, the performance draws on module components including studio exercises, a critical studies lecture and the all-important evaluation.

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM reflects on the changing nature of art education, drawing on Nicolson’s own experience alongside texts by Friedrich Schiller, Thierry de Duve, Charles Madge and Barbara Weinberger. Between 1967–73, ‘Mass-Observation’ pioneers Madge and Weinberger conducted a sociological study of an art school, observing the emotional affects on students when subjected to a specific artistic value system. Thiery de Duve’s 1994 text ‘When Form Has Become Attitude – And Beyond’ charts a historic shift in the fundamental attitudes in art education, from ‘genius’ to ‘creativity’ to ‘criticality’.

Nicolson borrows from various teaching models, including the visual exercises of Josef Albers and Oscar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus, and the formal methods developed by Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore at the University of Newcastle. The title of Nicolson’s text is taken from the diary of Oscar Schlemmer, who’s practice and teaching revolved around the body.

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM’s concluding section, the evaluation, constructs a critique of the neoliberal condition of art education – cold and rational assessment criteria divorced from emotional and social experience. Borrowing from Schiller’s idea of ‘Play Sense’, Nicolson presents a manifesto – calling for an art education which revalues physical experience.

Fay Nicolson – OVER AND OVER PURE FORM
Running time: 30 minutes
Chorus: Jasmin Aldridge, Helen Davison, Lillian Wilkie and Madalina Zaharia
Percussion: Cédric Fauq
Assistant: Tilly Sleven

 

Free event – no booking necessary | Attend on Facebook

 

 


Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud’s project takes its title from a 1920′s study by the pioneering ethnographer Dr. Tawfiq Canaan, documenting sites that were thought to be haunted by spirits, good and bad. In Palestinian traditions these ‘haunted’ or ‘blessed’ sites are activated through storytelling, folktales, and an expansive fairy-tale practice.

Abboud’s project is an attempt to locate 125 sites identified by Canaan’s study. With the remapping of the landscape – new towns, infrastructure, settlements, etc. – many of the sites have been buried, dried out, or obliterated. In the villages only the older generation recall such and such a haunted site, their knowledge often accompanied by fables once rumoured upon the village. Through the journey to locate the long-lost sites and the stories which belong to them, Abboud has produced a new body of works in film (made in collaboration with cinematographer Isa Freij), drawing and painting. Weaving folk stories with the present political reality, the project moves between fact and fiction, past and present.

Jumana Emil Abboud:
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine is produced in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and is supported by A.M. Qattan Foundation; British Council, Palestine; Rana Sadik and Samer Younis. Special thanks to Delfina Foundation and Raven Row.

Abboud’s exhibition at BALTIC runs from 6 May to 2 October 2016. Earlier drawings in the exhibition were commissioned by the Southbank Centre / Hayward Project space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumana Emil Abboud, From cub to boy: the power of water, 2015
gouache and pastel on paper, 21 x 28cm

 

 

Jumana Emil Abboud, Bride I & Bride II, 2016
acrylic, gouache and pastel on paper, 28 x 39cm

 

 

 

 

Jumana Emil Abboud, Cocoon, 2015 (detail)
pastel, pencil, spray-paint and acrylic on paper, 73 x 110cm

 

 

Jumana Emil Abboud, Rocks II, 2016
acrylic, gouache and pastel on paper, 120 x 80cm

 

 

Photographer: Tim Bowditch



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Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

Sunday 29 November, 5pm
An evening of performative readings by Maria Gorodeckaya, Dorine van Meel, Megan Nolan,
Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners), Naomi Pearce and Nina Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Music and sounds produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg. Voice-over by Dorine van Meel.

Disobedient Children is kindly supported by the Elephant Trust and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

Photographer: Tim Bowditch

 


New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
curated by Justė Kostikovaitė
6 September - 10 October 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photographer: Oskar Proctor

 


Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Cecchetti, Copy of Marie-Madeleine otherwise said Marie l’Egyptienne, 1311-2015, silicone and plaster

 

 

Alex Cecchetti, Chapel of Female Masturbation, or teaching to a young boy, 2015, blackberries on wall

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Cecchetti, Dancing with a teapot, 2015, oil on paper

 

Alex Cecchetti, Arabesque, 2015
, walnut wood

 

 

Alex Cecchetti, Song of Solitude, 2012
, china ink on paper and birdcallers

 

 

 

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Photographer: Tim Bowditch

 


Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Events programme:

Saturday 28 March, 5-7pm

Marie Kølbæk Iversen will present a selection of her work, be in conversation with
Mette Kjærgaard Præst, and screen a prepremiere of a her work Io/I (working title).

Wednesday 1 April

‘S’ a Screening
Film screening organised by artist Jacopo Miliani

Thursday 9 April
Liquid Swords – An annotation of Hip Hop and Contemporary Art

An evening with: Live streaming from New York, thoughts on Whitney Houston
and modernistic architecture, Deleuzian rap jamming session and much more.

Participating and presenting: Ingen Frygt | Hannah Heilmann | Agatha Valkyrie Ice
with Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite | Mathias Kryger | Renyi Ng | Mette Woller

Liquid Swords is conceptualised and organised by Mette Woller

Audio on Soundcloud

Video on this is tomorrow

 

 
 

Joachim Koester, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points
(after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux)
, 2007
16 mm black and white film loop
 

Tyler Coburn, NaturallySpeaking, 2013/14
text, screensaver, monitors, furniture
 

Jacopo Miliani, Alphabet, 2013
25 photographs
 

Luca Frei, Soldering without fire / Bleeding to death, 2015 (details)
acrylic
 

Luca Frei, Corrections, 2015
Giclée print on paper
 

 
 

Unlearning to speak – exhibition text

 

Photographer: Tim Bowditch

 
 
 
 


Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014














Photographer: Tim Bowditch
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Morphologies live programme
13 September, 20 September, 27 September, 4 October 2014
Alex Cecchetti, Lucy Clout, Fiona James, Sabel Gavaldon, Gudrun Hasle,
Frances Loeffler, Henning Lundkvist, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler,
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, Gro Sarauw, Vladimir Tomić, Werker Magazine
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst

Language is made to be obeyed not believed

Saturday 13 September, 5-7pm


Vladimir Tomić, Unfinished Journeys
Alex Cecchetti, Theory of Rising
Frances Loeffler in conversation with Alex Cecchetti
 

No poem is intended for its reader

Saturday 20 September, 5-7pm


Gudrun Hasle, Transledag deslaxea
Gro Sarauw, Taxi Dancer
Lucy Clout, The Extra’s Ever-Moving Lips
In-conversation with Gudrun Hasle and Gro Sarauw

New grammars of the body in protest

Saturday 27 September, 7-9pm


Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Hold Your Ground
Sabel Gavaldon in conversation with Karen Mirza
Werker Magazine

The thing made real

Saturday 4 October, 5-7pm


Fiona James, Leaky Lecture Series
Henning Lundkvist, Orgelshtick
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso in conversation with Henning Lundkvist

Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst


Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014


 


Zin Taylor, The hiss of a snake, the sound of a form, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, snake skin, 70 x 50 cm

 


 


Zin Taylor, ZigZag / Solid Foam – Thoughts throwing shapes, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, 70 x 50 cm

 


 


 


Zin Taylor, Snake Lamp with ZigZag base, 2014

 


Zin Taylor, Snake Lamp with ZigZag base, 2014

 

 


Zin Taylor, The Brain, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, 70 x 50 cm

 

 

Courtesy Zin Taylor; Supportico Lopez, Berlin; and Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto. Photography by Sam Drake.

 

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Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon
Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Mette Kjærgaard Præst
26 April – 31 May 2014


Eva Fàbregas, Settlement, 2014

 


Eva Fàbregas, Untitled, 2014

 



Eva Fàbregas, Settlement, 2014

 


Andrew Lacon, Reproduction of Sculpture, 2014

 




Andrew Lacon, 3 coloured lights, 2014

 


Andrew Lacon, 3 coloured lights, 2014

 

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Flirting, playing, eating, drinking, talking, laughing
Søren Aagaard, Magnus Clausen, Robert Kjær Clausen, Simon Foxall, Steffen Jørgensen,
Peter Larsen, Jørgen Michaelsen, Allan Nicolaisen, Carl Palm, Fredrik Paulsen,
Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Ditte Boen Soria
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and Mette Woller
22 February – 5 April 2014

YEARS, Stella and Florence’s Syndrome, 15:20 mins, 2013
 


ALLAN.STEFFEN.ROBERT, SNIPER ON THE SUN, 23:23 mins, 2014
 


Søren Aagaard, Magnus Frederik Clausen, Peter Larsen and Jørgen Michaelsen, Shall We Dance, 20:00 min, 2009
 


Fredrik Paulsen and Carl Palm, Bench, MDF and steel cylinder, 2014

 

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Thanks to Calvert 22 Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Pump House Gallery, Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc, Guillaume Breton, Patrizio Di Massimo and Zabludowicz Collection

 

 


An Opal World
Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, Alberto De Michele
25 October — 30 November 2013

Alberto De Michele
Adriano (Portrait), 2006-2007
video loop

 

Jan Peter Hammer
The Fable of The Bees, 2012
HD video
8 mins
courtesy Supportico Lopez, Berlin

 



Priscila Fernandes
In Search of the Self
, 2009-2010
HD video
16 mins 17 seconds

 

Alberto De Michele
Adriano (Subtitles), 2006-2007
video
16 mins 30 seconds

 

Rossella Biscotti
Yellow Movie
, 2010
16mm film with optical sound, subtitles in English
22 mins

 

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Late Nights & Early Mornings
Willem Besselink, Jacob Dahlgren, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Relief Journal
21 June — 29 September 2013

Late Nights & Early Mornings
with Florian & Michael Quistrebert and Relief Journal Launch

 

launch event 27 September 2013, 6 till 8.30pm

Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Edward Clydesdale Thomson and Florian & Michael Quistrebert

opens 23 August 2013, 6 till 8.30pm


Edward Clydesdale Thomson, The Distracted Gardener, 2013
painted steel, printed textiles, steel eyelet

 


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 2, 2013
aluminum pigment, various paints on canvas, LEDs, batteries

 


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 3, 2013
modeling paste, acrylic paint and iridescent coating on canvas

 


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 1, 2013
modeling paste and acrylic on panel, LED, batteries

 

 

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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Jacob Dahlgren and Edward Clydesdale Thomson

1 — 22 August 2013

 

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, The Distracted Gardener, 2013, painted steel, printed textiles, steel eyelet

 

Jacob Dahlgren, Unit of Measurements, 2011, Tape Measures

 

Jacob Dahlgren, Neoconcrete Space, 2012, Video

 

 

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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Willem Besselink and Jacob Dahlgren

12 — 27 July 2013

 

Willem Besselink, slapen / waken (asleep / awake), 2013, series of light boxes

 

Willem Besselink, iCal, 2012, high gloss house hold paint on panel

 

Jacob Dahlgren, Unit of Measurements, 2011, Tape Measures

 

Jacob Dahlgren, Neoconcrete Space, 2012, Video

 

 

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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Willem Besselink

21 June — 11 July 2013

 

 

Willem Besselink, slapen / waken (asleep / awake), 2013, series of light boxes

 

Willem Besselink, iCal, 2012, high gloss house hold paint on panel

 

 

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Miles Thurlow
Variable Foot
20 April — 1 June 2013

 

Miles Thurlow, Small Abyss, 2011, epoxy resin, flexi-tub

 

Miles Thurlow, All The Gods, 2013, polyurethane and epoxy resin

 

Miles Thurlow, hrh, 2010, resin

 

 

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Peter Wächtler
Celtic Dawn
22 February — 6 April 2013

Definitional Disruptions
with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben
1 December 2012 — 2 February 2013

Filip Gilissen, The Only Way Is Up, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, 2010

 

Hedwig Houben, Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact, 2011

 

Hedwig Houben, Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact, 2011

 

 

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Jason Coburn
x ways to improve your y
28 September — 17 November 2012