LiVE ACTION NY 10 #1 (Wednesday) Erik Hokansson, Marilyn Arsem, Kjetil Skoeien., Magnus Logi Kristinsson., Peter Rosvik
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE ART established in 2006
Founder/Director Jill McDermid and Director Erik Hokanson
LiVE ACTION NY is curated by Jonas Stampe, curator and director of LiVE ACTION NY and Infr'action (Paris/Sete, France)
Erik HOKANSSON. My Life as a Tooth
Marilyn ARSEM. Untitled
Kjetil SKOEIEN. Still Life
Magnus Logi KRISTINSSON. Elvis is Here and Now
Peter ROSVIK. Crossing Boundaries - Layered Identities
Erik Hokanson [USA]
The most common, stable, and reliable states of the universe are the qualities of darkness and cold. We live in a very unusual condition of relative warmth and light. We are living here (earth) -humans, spiders, grass, fish, carrots, bacteria, mice, viruses. We are all related. We need to eat each other. It's the price of peace, beauty, security, humor, love, and hope. Our bodies, like those of all other organisms here, are communities of cells working together essentially for their own preservation. We will all become food for something someday. The sun will make our place food for itself someday. I don't know what will eat the sun. Then it will likely become cold and dark. I take comfort in this. I like natural states.
Marilyn Arsem [USA]
Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance. She has presented her work throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Arsem is the founder of Mobius, Inc., a Boston-based interdisciplinary collaborative of artists. She is a full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she teaches performance art, and is a graduate advisor.
In the last decade, Arsem has focused on creating works in response to specific sites, engaging with the immediate landscape and materiality of the location, its history, use or politics. Sites have included a former Cold War missile base in the United States, a 15th century Turkish bath in Macedonia, an aluminum factory in Argentina, and the site of the Spanish landing in the Philippines. In Sete, Marilyn will work in the open air markets, reflecting on the materials and activities at hand.
Kjetil Skoeien is a visual artist working with performance, video, photo, but he also has a back ground from independent theatre and dance, he is also writing books and scripts for film. His background as a dancer/actor and visual artist is shown in his strict control of the body in relation to the objects and images in the performance STILL LIFE.
Still Life Kjetil Skoeien enters the space with objects, he shows them, places them on his body, combines them in different ways, creates moving installations. At the same time a video is running, showing obects that move by themselves on the top of a table. The actions and images on stage relates to the video in a visual and rhythmical way. The body becomes an image and a part of ever changing images, still lives.
Magnus Logi Kristinsson:
The work of Magnus Logi Kristinsson evolves around the notion of 'presence'. The precence of the 'things in this world', and not in the least: the presence of Magnus Logi Kristinsson himself. The act of 'list-reading', that he has refined trough years of thorough study, is focussed at rearticulating the obvious, mentioning the unnoticed, and proclaiming the already known. The performance-readings are done in such a way, that the lists of facts, things and relations serve as a podium for the one thing you will remember weeks after one of his 'list-reading': How Magnus Logi Kristinsson stood there, how he is engulfed by the things he mentions, how his stream of words surges forward, over the heads of the audience, out of the window, into the city and beyond it. Magnus declares the world is there! And maybe therefore it is...
Peter Rosvik, Finland, is an emergent performance, video and sound artist dealing with issues as the signification of excluded people or material/phenomenons and its implications in political, cultural, media, symbolic or other normative systems in contemporary society. His work focus on the friction and tension that appears between normative and subversive aesthetics. An exploration which he doesn�t see as a violence on political, cultural or other kinds of predominant forces but a means of subverting ideas of the normative represented culture. Rosvik is also one of the founders of the Finnish organisation Platform, which promotes, produces and shows international contemporary art and running a residency program in Vasa, Finland.
He is also one of the co-founders of the artist collective CFL � Cheap Finnish Labour, which develops a kind of social sculpture exploring alternative strategies for producing and presenting contemporary art. He participated in and organised CFL goes Istanbul Biennale in 2009, as well as Cheap Finnish Labor in collaboration with Huysein Alptekin at the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice biennale in 2007.
� How do we position ourselves? How do we create ourselves? Do we create by nature? Do we create by culture, by social construction? White box? Black box? White surface? Black surface? �