Boar Exposure Program

The dream is an involuntary act of poetry” (J. P. Richter)
As dogs, cats, horses and probably all the higher animals, even birds, have vivid dreams (…) we must admit, that they possess some power of imagination.


Charles Darwin
THE DESCENT OF MAN and selection in relation to sex

Boar Exposure Program
In collaboration with Nana Francisca Shottländer

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The boar station near Ringsted has room for 308 boars. Here they produce semen primarily for Danish pig farmers. The company has 10 branches in Denmark and sells 5.4 million semen doses per year.

Boar Exposure Program is a quadruple exposure involving humans and boars; a setting in motion of cross-species relational art production and ritualistic exchange.

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Materials:
2 sets of work clothes (overalls and t-shirts)
1 Reconstructed water pipe sculpture
3 glass carafes for water revitalization
1 Vet’s Wagon
1 Loop station
1 Delay machine
1 Sound Mixer
∞ Water

 

Slow Schism Slow Mating Fast Fading

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This morning I’ve been reading an article about Edward Hirsch, a poet and literary critic, who has a very ecstatic conception of art. That is quite rare these days. There is a danger, when talking about ecstasy, of sounding like some gushing New Age hippy. On the other hand, if you don’t talk about the ecstatic at all, there’s a danger of sounding like a stubborn materialist.  Duende, as far as I understand it, means those moments in artistic activity when something else takes over, when something speaks through you. It’s similar to a muse or an angel, but these things come from some lofty height, while duende rises up from the chthonic depths, from the body and the groin, from the darkness, from death itself. The word comes from duen de casa, ‘lord of the house’, meaning a sort of daemon or local spirit.

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Skærmbillede 2016-01-05 kl. 14.25.18Slow Mating – Video Still – The Secret of a Love song

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Played simultaneously from separate speakers

Open one of the players in a new window to have a listen

Seances With Materials

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A landscape of performative sculptures with and by Karen Lynne Bjerknesli, Malin Bülow, Solveig Styve Holte, Mold, Anne Oortwijn, Andreas Hald Oxenvad, Plants, Plastics, Sara Rönnbäck, Daniel Slåttnes, Stone, Glass Carafes and Water.

In the project we are playing with the thought that materials have an active impact on our art-production. We choose to view our surroundings so to allow the materials to have a will of their own, by that we give the materials the possibility to express themselves together with us.

During the process we have collaborated with a shaman and scientists, each with different approaches to the idea of materials as something with a will of its own. We are used to see verbal language as the highest form of communication. If we slow down and listen, communication exist in many forms; a play with the whole sensory apparatus where smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight interfere with each other.

In our research we have been intrigued by François Laplantine’s Choreographic model, a way to understand the materials as agents that transform us as much as we transform them.

“Kairos is the instant in which I am no longer with others in a relationship of mere coexistence but where I begin to be disrupted and transformed by them. Whereas in a topographical approach we take, we seize, we appropriate an object, in a choreographic approach, and more precisely in the time of kairos, there is no longer an object that can be regarded as a radical outside” François Laplantine in ”The life of the Senses” (2015)

In our process we have worked within the repetitive form of cycles, the practice of coming back to the materials and doing an action over and over again. Through this our perception of the materials dissolves, rhythms appears and new relationships are created.

The project is supported by Atelier Hotel Pro Forma and Arts Council Norway. Special thanks to Secret Hotel and Labitat, Copenhagen.

8 – 13 December 2015

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Preparation for a Requiem / When the priest was offered klang massage

20 min loop. Played loud(80-90 db). Speakers placed 5 meters up, facing the roof.

Site-specific sound installation.

Recorded klangmassage sessions and radionoise soundscapes. 

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Self-development and self-realization in a psychology-based world has in many ways taken the place of religion. The answer must be found “in yourself” a good life “is lived from within.”
The idea that people have a conscious and an unconscious part of the mind, is in my belief widely accepted. Being able to “work” with the unconscious part of the mind is part of our time psychological understanding of reality. One can say that the “unconscious mind” where to “look inward” for understanding and explanation, has taken over the transcendental place of God where you looked out / up for understanding and explanation.
Many of the infinite ways and forms found in the self-development (in the expanded field) I find exciting, interesting, absurd, poetic, beautiful, ugly, etc.

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I was attending a music festival at Vesterbro, Copenhagen in late April, at one piont I enjoyed a sandwich and a pint along with a few friends and a few concerts. One of the venues was Kristikirken.
Out in front of the church, and at festival in general, there was a good atmosphere.
I was smoking a cigarette outside, and a Polderabend bride used my lighter for her cigarette.

The lady in the big crazy white dress was pastor Liane – not a Bride,,, We started talking, and she told me that they had culture in the Night Church every Thursday.

KLANG MASSAGE
I invited the priest of the Night Church Liane and a few other artists to try sound massage in the church. The sound of these sessions were recorded. And we talked about the experience afterwards.
The sound massage consist of sounds but also of a concrete physical element. One can both hear the vibrations and feel them through the vibrations from the singing bowls. The bowl / bowls are placed on the body and are tapped out, and the vibrations propagate, both as audible vibrations / tones in the room and vibrations in the body.
It is a different listening experience, and the body’s connection to the room comes into play, and is experienced in a new way.
To both hear and feel the vibration is something that is usually reserved for bass frequencies, and to hear and feel the vibration at the same time puts perceptual mechanisms in a new situation.

The largest religious experiences I have had, has been with radios.
Years ago, I spent a lot of time experimenting with old radios, mostly as a kind of musical instrument, but also with a sense of being a kind of Robert Walton (Frankenstein’s father). When radios were linked together, more of the time, they lived their own lives, rhythms occurred, they changed and interfered with each other without my influence.
What’s actually happening with the electromagnetic quirks I have not quite figured out, but sometimes it’s as the radios come alive, or something alive is created between them.

A dialogue with bricks’n’sticks

Does buildings have the ability to save vibrations in their structure?

This is a transformation ritual, set to strengthen and amplify a few qualities I consider important in art education such as; personal crisis, personal conflicts, madness, love, antisocial behavior, diagnoses, perversity, spirituality, bodies of water, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversation, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, light and shadows, destruction, pressure, pleasure, boundaries lost, jail time. speechless, bench. Stretch. Nutrition. Healthy Dinner. Inner dialog. Outer dialog. Over dialog. Behind and upfront. Porn time. Diarrhea. Diary. Bridge. Fear. Fat. Consuming. Running. Getting real. Fake it. Flop it. Fuck it. Totally alone. Forever. One. Matter. Mad. Figure. Brave coward, so sad, such laugh. Jizz and chips. Light soda. Dark soda. Freeway, superstition, meat, numbers, facts, fuckers. Power. Scream and dream supression. Avoiding. Void. Emptiness. Fool. Summery. Reference, contrast, concentration, contradiction, contraction, explosion. Skin. Vein. Shot. Value. Closed. Eyes. Still. Gone. None. Some. Shit. What?

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Your Eyes (hold head still)

“Think of a distressful experience, and follow the dot with your eyes (hold head still) for 30 seconds or more.

In 1987, Francine Shapiro was walking in the park when she realized that eye movements appeared to decrease the negative emotion associated with her own distressing memories. She assumed that eye movements had a desensitizing effect, and when she experimented with this, she found that others also had the same response to eye movements.

Your Eyes (Hold Still) by Andreas Oxenvad

Livefeat from webcam filming the wiever
Flash animation projected on canvas

The absence of images (Aniconism)

 

The fundamental cause of aniconism is embedded in the problematic nature of representation. There is an unavoidable need to represent the world in images since this is how our cognition works, but what is the validity of a representation witch is not perceptible to our biological senses, but are something outside of their reach?