I won't do what you tell me
11-28 August 2016
Ram Galleri, KONGENSGATE 3, OSLO
Ksenia Aksenova, Simona Barbera, Tim Etchells, Jade Haj & Kate Pendry, Marianne Heier, Phillip Henderson, Frans Jacobi, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, PETER, RAM Galleri, Ina Wudtke, Vandaler Forening
I won’t do what you tell me was an exhibition and series of performances at RAM Galleri curated by Kunst Vardo that respond to the physical repositioning of the gallery in the city of Oslo. The program acted as a commentary on the closing of the space due to invested capital interests. The title of the program is taken from a line of the classic Rage Against the Machine track Killing in the Name. The lyrics are said to be a response to police brutality and the legitimisation of actions taken by people with the authority to wear a badge, nothing more. The program questioned the powers of the 1%, ownership and the legitimisation of authority whilst exploring relations between different types of politics and the effects of these politics on individuals. The re-location of the gallery from one part of the city to another is part of an increasing movement of capital development in the city, driven by the Capitalist dream.
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Frans Jacobi, Phillip Henderson, Kate Pendry, PETER
The live program bought together artists to respond to the thematic through performance, using the live situation as an opportunity to explore duality and repetition. The time based response allowed for an echoing of change as the gallery closes, re-opens, breaks, pauses and re-invents.
Frans Jacobi; Occupy! (a structural meditation)
A performative meditation on space, art and politics; Frans will occupied RAM Galleri to create a temporary space of resistance and solidarity. Based on an analysis of the spatial structures of art, society and resistant political space the performance liberated the architecture from its institutional frame to establish a different order. If only for a limited time, a different law was constituted.
Phillip Henderson; Time Machine Lecture #13
Phillip Henderson was invited to visit RAM Galleri on 13 August to deliver Time Machine Lecture #13. Multiple versions of him and his work delivered the lecture in a number of realities. On this occasion he introduced and demonstrate the machine.
Kate Pendry; New Guidelines for Human Interaction from the European Department of Social Archeology or: (HOW NOT TO BE) ASSHOLES IN OSLO
This was a standing performance with the weight on words: driving rhythms digging into the layered history of the site of Galleri RAM: Kongens Gate 3, Oslo - coordinates 59°54'34.1"N 10°44'27.1"E: Fast but not out of breath, rich but not impenetrable, an oral/aural kaleidoscope and a wicked-whimsical critique of a society that documents everything and remembers nothing.
PETER; PETER (fuck you)
Within our new community PETER continued an interest in the mirco-politics of the self, through a series of interventions, actions, and repetitions. Interventions, breaks, and repetitions; a politics of interruption to advocate for care, calmness, security, freedom, and fun. In this capitalist era, when best intentions are undermined by ones own self preservation, one must criticise the very foundations of the self. Reducing and destroying PETER, PETER invited an infinitely demanding ethics, where nothing can be done in the same way as it was done before.
Ksenia Aksenova recently received a Master’s degree from Kunstakademiet (Academy of Fine Art in Oslo). Born in St. Petersburg (Russia), she also studied linguistics and art history in Moscow. www.aksenovaksenia.com
Simona Barbera has a background in sonic studies with a strong tie to music subcultures. Simona has explored over several years, sound as an artistic expanded medium, giving shape to installations in which the sonic materiality enters in relation to site-specific interventions. Interested in the physical and psycho-acoustic experience of our urban surroundings, most of her audio works stem from the acoustic environment and develops into abstract sonic textures. www.simonabarbera.com
Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University. www.timetchells.com
Marianne Heier lives and works in Oslo. In her projects she often explores specific institutions 'from the inside', resenting the results as performance, text, installation or spacial interventions. Her recent solo exhibitions and projects in public space include ”Mirage”, National Tourist Routes, Gaular, Norway (2016), ”This Is What Creates The Seasons And The Passing Of The Year…”, Sandefjord Kunstforening (2015), ”Orfeus”, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2013), ”Surplus”, Bergen kunsthall (2012) www.marianneheier.no
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Pil and Galia Kollectiv are artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work addresses the legacy of modernism and explores avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century and the relationship between art and politics. They have had solo shows at Pump House Gallery, London, Te Tuhi Center for the Arts, New Zealand, S1 Artspace, Sheffield and The Showroom Gallery, London. They have also presented live work at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the 5th Berlin Biennial and the 5th Montreal Biennial, as well as at Kunsthall Oslo. www.kollectiv.co.uk
RAM gallery is an exhibition space for visual art, crafts and textile art. The gallery was founded in 1989 by the Society of Fine Art Photographers, KORO, Norwegian Textile Artists, and Norwegian Arts and Crafts Workers. www.ramgalleri.no
Ina Wudtke studied visual arts with Bernhard Johannes Blume at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. She obtained her master’s degree in 1995. From 1992 until 2004 she edited the feminist artists magazine NEID. In her work, Ina Wudtke questions hegemonic political and societal discourses and tries to bolster counter-discourse on subjects such as identity, work and living.
Vandaler Forening organises, conducts and facilitates art events with a special focus on experimental, time-based, collaborative and collective practices in relation to LANDSCAPE and PUBLIC SPACE. www.vandalerforening.org
Frans Jacobi is an artist based between Copenhagen and Bergen. Forthcoming works include; Another Error is NOT Possible, Synsmaskinen (Grupo Etcetera, Frans Jacobi) at Villa Flores/Galeria Peninsula/public space, Porto Alegre; 3rd Bergen international Performance Festival. Bergen Kunsthall. Jacobi recently co-produced Troubled Water, performance by Amr Abou Chakra, Isan Maher, Al Harris Al Shoufi, Frans Jacobi and Gitte Sætre, Stiftelsen.
Phillip is a performance artist and musician. He creates Maximal and Primitive solo works and is a director of Reactor. From 2007 - 2013 he was a doctoral researcher in musical temporality at The University for the Creative Arts.
www.reactor.org.uk / ucreative2.ucreative.ac.uk/article/36556/Phillip-Henderson /
Some audio works are available at philliphenderson.bandcamp.com
Kate Pendry was born in London, and has been living in Oslo since 1995. She has a formal acting training from Mountview Theatre School in London. Since arriving in Norway she’s used her classical theatre background in a wide range of artistic expression, including VR installations, performance art, curating art, live sound manipulations, radio, and of course pure theatre. She has performed one-person shows throughout Norway and Europe. The content of her work is considered to be political and personal and on occasion controversial. Pendry has twice been nominated for the Ibsen Prize for playwriting, winning the award in 2010 for her play about a (fictional) Norwegian school massacre «Erasmus Tyrannus Rex». Currently she is a member of Winter Guests theatre ensemble is an associate playwright at the Norwegian Centre For New Playwriting .
Peter has a MFA from DOCH, where he worked on choreography through documentation as an ethical practice, towards anti-authoritarian ideals. Now Peter focuses on research and experimental choreography. PETER Peters ongoing work shown at Body Double(TU), Display:festival Kungliga Operan, MARC and MDT(SE) is an exploration of alternative knowledges, politics and ideology within community and micro politics of the self, by a radical unproductizing of expanded choreographic forms through and as, reformulation, caring, listening, inclusivity, interruption, mediation, emotional sharing and PETER the durational performative ethically demanding choreography of the self.