the process is the artwork

Art in Public Space

My exhibition mon-uh-lawg opened on friday. It’s a performative installation in a small space with huge windows facing one of the main pedestrian streets is Bergen. The space lies outside the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, right next to the train station, and gets a fair amount of attention from passers-by. The installation is meant to be seen only from the outside, but it is lit day and night, thus being «open» and «public».

The nice thing about art in public spaces is that whomever wishes can experience it. There are no gallery guards telling you you’re too close, no one to guide you towards the correct interpretation. Once it’s out there, it’s out, for a broader audience to own.

I wish I could be a fly, listening in on all the reactions (or lack thereof). It pleased me, for example, to find a charcoal-graffiti in front of it saying «cool art!» or that the animal-rights activist group NOAH started their demonstration on precisely this spot yesterday, thereby interpreting and recontextualizing my work. Here are some images:

3 responses

  1. Thomas

    Wow, it looks fun, intriguing, entangling, maybe corrupt and impenetrable, like it includes everything that ties your heart into knots when you observe the corrupt spheres of influence. You know it’s too twisted to solve, even for all the great revolutionaries in all history. I’m glad you are on the street with some of the people you respect.
    I think your stuff deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
    Reminds me of an interview with Bob Dylan from the 60’s.

    “Great paintings shouldn’t be in museums. Have you ever been in a museum? Museums are cemeteries. Paintings should be on the walls of restaurants, in dime stores, in gas stations, in men’s rooms. Great paintings should be where people hang out. The only thing where it’s happening is on radio and records, that’s where people hang out. You can’t see great paintings. You pay half a million and hang one in your house and one guest sees it. That’s not art. That’s a shame, a crime. Music is the only thing that’s in tune with what’s happening. It’s not in book form, it’s not on the stage. All this art they’ve been talking about is non-existent. It remains on the shelf. It doesn’t make anyone happier. Just think how many people would really feel great if they could see a Picasso in their daily diner. It’s not the bomb that has to go, man, it’s the museums.”

    November 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  2. Thank you Thomas, your feedback is always giving, touching and poetically enigmatic!❤ E.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  3. Ellens kunst møter dyrevelferd – blir det bedre, vennen?

    November 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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