06/11/2014: Karl Holmqvist and Ei Arakawa

«pOETtry pArk», documentation of performance with Karl Holmqvist and Ei Arakawa. Frieze projects, London, 2010. Photo: Polly Braden.

pOEtry pArk ExpAndEd

As a part of Sofie Berntsen and Karl Holmqvist’s exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition series «Rameau’s Nephews», this Academy Lecture dissolves into a performance, including the students Emma Brack, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Kachun Lay, Ina Hagen, Daisuke Kosugi and professor Susanne M. Winterling from the Academy of Fine Art.

Based on Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist’s collaborative work «pOEtry pArk» (2010), this workshop plans and realizes the construction of an “active park” inside the Museum of Contemporary Art during the opening hour of Karl Holmqvist’s exhibition. The performance addresses how what we do is meant to expand on genres such as movement and the spoken word. What is a gesture? How can words shape the architectual space and our body movement? To what extent is the outdoor setting of a public park more free and open than that of a museum interior? Indoor and outdoor? Audience participation? What is part of a work and what is not?

Karl Holmqvist includes a broad spectrum of mediums in his artistic practice, including performance, text, posters, installation and sculpture. He has participated in numerous important international exhibitions, including Manifesta 8 (2010), Murcia; PERFORMA05 and PERFORMA07, New York; as well as the ILLUMInations section of the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

By almost always working collaboratively, Ei Arakawa’s work “not only destabilizes the line between one artist and another, or between one’s own name and those of others; on a more fundamental level, it disturbs the separation between director and actor, between initiator and fellow traveler”. (Simon Baier, «THAT’S THE WAY WE DO IT») Selected performances and exhibitions: Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2014); Whitney Biennial, New York (2014); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013) and the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).

NB! Thursday 6 November 2014
6pm, The Museum of Contemporary Art

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October 30, 2014
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