Seminar in Rom8: '...when people get to the end there's always the brick...'
Installation, sculpture, performance, image & documentation - presentation of works made, or related to those made, during a artistic research residency in the 'Brick-Coast' factories outside Graasten, southern Denmark in September 2013. The exhibition is open 7-14 February. The seminar is open to everyone and takes place on Wednesday 12 February at 13-15 in Rom 8.
This artistic research based learning project addresses the phenomenon Brickas, the universal architectural artifact with 10 000 years of existence, as raw or conceptual material/process for sculpture/installation/performative/contextual or site-specific work. All that the brick factory represents (raw material, process, work skills, social setting, economic, products) is seen as context as well as material with which to intervene, interact.
The project is based on an on-site artistic research residency which has the powerful impact of the total context: its realities - histories, geologies, process, materials produced, social, cultural and economic complexities: context. The opportunity for artistic research embedded teaching, involving field-work is of high value (this factory immersion is in diametric contrast to the studio experience normally available to students) and as such offers a different insight/experience into the many dimensions of site-specificity, site-sensitivity & other inter-related contemporary art practices & theoretical positions such as participatory/ relational, place/space, location etc.Petersen Brickworks, was the home-base, but 5 other partner brickworks also formed the contextual or material/process base from which each participants worked. Much rainy-cycling was involved to link these sites.
KHiB was invited by the organising Muthesius Academy of Fine Art & Design, Kiel (GER), to participate in this research residency, together with partner institutions Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen (DK) & Aalto University, Helsinki (FI). The project will stretch over the next few years, with yearly artistic research residencies, together with an autonomous follow-up/continuation program at the 'home' academies.
The project is funded by the Erasmus University Charter & KHiB.
KHiB partcipants in the project
Lasse Arikstad (MA), Maria Jonsson (BA), Henrik Koppen (BA) & Maria Magdi Gabraiel (BA), together with Associate Professor Richard Launder and Professor Anne Helen Mydland, all from the Department of Fine Art, KHiB.
The title '...when people get to the end there's always the brick...' is a quote from the article 'There are now two America's. My country is a horror show. Capitalism is not a blueprint for building a society'. Written by the Creator of The Wire, David Simon, published in The Observer 8.12.13. (about tolerance concerning the financial inequality of western societies).
Seminar Wednesday 12 February at 13-15 in
13.00-13.10: Intro by Richard Launder, Q&A after each presentation
13.10 - 13.25: Lasse Arikstad, MA, Department of Fine Art, KHiB
13.30 - 13.45: Maria Jonsson, BA, Department of Fine Art, KHiB
13.50 - 14.05: Anne Helen Mydland, Professor Department of Fine Art, KHiB
14.10 - 14.25: Henrik Koppen, BA, Department of Fine Art, KHiB
14.30 - 14.45: Richard Launder, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Art, KHiB
14.50 - 15: Summing up
The exhibition is open 7-14 February. The exhibition opening was on 6 February 17.
Rom8 opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 14-18, Saturday-Sunday 12-16, Mondays closed.
Rom8 is a conduit for development, discussion and presentation of artistic research at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Rom8 is a 100 m2 space located at street level in the city centre. The space is used to develop and communicate processes and experiments with a particular focus on dialogue and critical reflection. The intention of Rom8 is to actively lift out processes of artistic research and allow sharing of knowledge both internally and externally. It's located in Vaskerelven 8, in the hearth of Bergen.