Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CENTERPOINT NOW - Are We There Yet?

CENTERPOINT NOW - Are We There Yet?

A new issue of Centerpoint, marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, now available in hard copy, limited edition, and online. 

(Click here to flip through the book digitally)

CENTERPOINT NOW is a World Council for Peoples of the UN publication (WCPUN) that highlights issues on the agenda of the international community, with a view to showcasing the extraordinary diversity of ways in which the UN’s values and objectives can be promoted and implemented.

Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of WCPUN: Shamina de Gonzaga. Senior Editor: Nina Colosi.

To order the book: Centerpointnow@wcpun.org


Senstad's short film UTOPIE/UTOPIA with acclaimed actor Bill Sage and audio management by JG Thirlwell, is presented in the groundbreaking WCPUN book Centerpoint Now - Are We There Yet? published on the occasion of the UN's 75th anniversary and seeks to raise awareness to critical issues of sustainability, gender equality, global warming and human rights in context of politics, ethics, science and technology through the language of educational, creative and cultural productions.


"Art is the universal communicator of complex ideas" 

Astronaut Nicole Scott. 

 

























Music for Plutocracy - S12 Gallery

 

MUSIC FOR PLUTOCRACY 
S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway

With a sound environment by JG Thirlwell

January 16 - March 28, 2021

Music for Plutocracy presents Senstad's 5th spatial neon sculpture, color and sound environment with sound composed by JG Thirlwell. This time in the city of Bergen, Norway contextualizing contemporary critical issues during our historic times; social and civil rights, capitalism and inequality, ethics and value systems in the contemporary political, technological and spiritual realms. Music for Plutocracy is part of Senstad's long term research project entitled Capitalism in the Public Realm, that started with Gold Guides Me, a monumental text work commissioned by the Bruges Art and Architecture Triennale in Belgium, 2015, How We Live Together, Yi Gallery, NY, 2020 and 4 short films created during the pandemic in 2020-21 collaboration with acclaimed actor Bill Sage and audio management by JG Thirlwell screened in context with Senstad's solo exhibition How We Live Together and as part of the exhibition Arts New Natures on Streamingmuseum.org. A presentation of Senstad's short film UTOPIE/UTOPIA is also included in the book CENTERPOINT NOW - Are We There Yet? published by WCPUN (World Council for Peoples of the United Nations) on the occasion of the UN's 75th Anniversary.




Now you can see, my son, how ludicrous and brief are all the goods in Fortune’s ken,

which humankind contend for: you see from this how all the gold there is beneath the moon, or that there ever was, could not relieve one of these weary souls.

 

Inferno, Canto VII, 4th Circle: Plutus

Dante  Alighieri, (1263 – 1321)

 

 

 

Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy. 

 

Aristophanes, Plutus (388 B.C.)



With generous support from Fond for Lys og Bilde/Norsk Kulturråd , BKV/NBK and Foundation Center for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant















































Music for Plutocracy

 

Soundscape by JG Thirlwell

 

S12 Gallery and Workshop – 16th of January to 28th of March 2021

 

Essay by Erik Meling

 

The art gallery for which I work is located in a section of the harbor in Bergen, Norway called Bontelabo. Up until 2011, this used to be the fish-packing area. We can only assume that the massive and imposing concrete block of a building was purposely built for the fishing industry. The architecture aspires to be betón brut, but without the hype. The latest additions were built, or rather assembled, in the late 1980s. The current proprietors have ambitious plans for further development for transforming the conglomerate into a refurbished recreational and commercial center. Illustrations and to-scale models show roof gardens, walkways and groups of relaxed, casually chic visitors recreating. Nevertheless, these plans are on hold. As of today, some men with fishing rods on the pier speak among themselves in their mother tongue, foreign to me. 

 

Some boats and ships have docked, are waiting to lift anchor, and be away… I find myself in a void, between a fish-packing activity long since gone and yet another urban development project on the horizon. I truly enjoy coming to work here. As a contemporary art gallery employee, I have, however, no capacity nor particular interest in the return of fish-packing labor to the neighborhood. Still, I do wish that the art I support through my work will give our audience and guests a greater awareness of the environments upon which this development takes place.

 

A captivating light reaches me from the winter darkness of Bontelano, the harbor and S12. Attractive neon. Powerful and challenging. Partly sparkling, partly glowing. Being however of an inquisitive disposition, and hopefully not an easy victim to such cotton candy seduction, I choose initially to damper my curiosity. As if the art was an opponent. In such a rationalistic tradition, and inspired by Immanuel Kant, I decidedly establish a disinterest towards the work. I can enjoy and behold its beauty, without the experience of craving, nor a common need for it.

 

Anne Katrine Senstad’s art invites me, nonetheless, to physically enter.

 

The body of work that I will literally pass through is the fifth edition in a series that has till now been shown in such places as Shenzhen in China, Jeddah in Saudia Arabia, Tallinn in Estonia and in New York. The art with which I will engage consists of a selection of distinct elements forming a whole. Architecture, electricity, acrylics, neon lights, colors and a soundscape by the composer JG Thirlwell.

 

Columns

 

Ten slim, transparent columns constitute the installation that occupy the greater part of the gallery space. Thin neon tubes are attached to all columns, further connected through a network of electrical wires and transformers. Horizontally along the walls of the room, two parallel lines of light run past me and delimit me. 

 

The very idea of ten such columns in a room represents an obstacle to me. They are literally in my way. All their fragility and electronic components could potentially electrocute me. I fear knocking them over. The transparency of the columns invite me furthermore to ignore them. They should accordingly and in themselves not attract my interest, but be precisely as elusive as they pretend to be. Like air. I understand that my experience will not be connected to, or otherwise integrated in, but derive from the object. These pillars are thus conveyers. Although their translucent character suggests an absence, their optical rendering of the room defines their protagonism. They harbor as such an experienced presence. I see them, yet am eluded by the luminosity they generate with their ambiance and fields of color. 

I am, confronted with this work, challenged as to where I am — what I choose and think — and how I feel.

The gallery walls contribute furthermore to dissolving the contours of the room, just as the use of black would have established the same conventional effect of the void, or nothingness in the theatre. Professor Alexander R. Galloway of New Your University defines the concept of a black box as:

 " […] a black box performs a definite function; yet it is not known how the function is performed; one only knows that it is performed, via access to the inputs and outputs of the box."[1]


The architecture that is about to immerse me consists in other words of a variety of directions, based on choice, supported by transparent pillars. This is art, yet very real, and I am familiar with this sensation of such dynamic floorplans from under other colonnades. Before I proceed, I find it therefore relevant to compare Senstad’s architecture to other similarly engaging spaces — with their distinguished features and columns.

Cordoba

In the 9th-10th Century mosque of the Spanish town of Cordoba, later converted into a cathedral, a forest of 865 columns, both of Roman and Moorish origin, form a massive, harmonious, rhythmic grid. Within this structure, seemingly endless corridors, or routes, offers us choice and reflection. Shadows and light guide the way through our contemplative crossroads. 

 

Although individually crafted, and all different, the columns establish an undisputed unity, and operate as invisible tools to implement angles, directions, and the perceived space between them. 

 

This is also how Senstad's tailor-made and manually cast pillars opens up paths for me to choose from, between ample options, and charge these in the transmission of light and color with content that I myself have to interpret.

Wisconsin

The famous headquarters of SC Johnson's Wax in Wisconsin, USA was designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1936-1939. Most praise for this project was given to the building's architectural atrium. Lloyd Wright's many columns are slender, very elegant and supposedly shaped like a water lily. A lily pad has therefore in retrospect also become an architectural concept. The flower and its abstracted, disk-shaped petals point to the ceiling, while the stems point to the floor. From their design and by their distribution, we get an intense feeling of being deep beneath the surface and the light above. The elongated, thin, delicate and clean columns also occupy the entire field of vision. We see nothing else. According to the architect and faculty member of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Sidney Robinson, "Each column is an island, not a cipher in a cage-like array."[2] We understand this by observing how each base of the pillars defines, and almost points towards their own ground-based geography, as if it was a particularly relevant spot.

 

Thus, the lily pods in Wisconsin seek to draw attention, whilst the columns in Cordoba generate a spatial surrounding focus.

 

The architecture of Senstad's construction bear a resemblance to Lloyd Wright's vision in its attention towards the pillar. I am made aware of its significance as a supporting part of a totality. In Senstad's composition, this is not about its diameter or sustainability, but its content. The message the pillar articulates through colored light, establishes a transmittance beyond the stationary. 

 

Bergen

 

Norwegian artist Bård Breivik's sculpture project along the central avenue Torgallmenningen in Bergen, Norway is also notable in this context. This commercial, promenade street is considered one of Norway's most important neoclassical projects. The overall design is attributed to the architect Finn Berner's draft and plan from 1923.[3] The façades are clean and smooth. Decorative and classic Greco-Roman-inspired half-columns in granite give the illusion of carrying the upper floors of all the buildings surrounding the rectangular square. This also establishes harmonious, rhythmic sections between the shop window displays and the discreet, but elegant entrances. Parallel to these integrated architectural elements, and separated from the building mass itself by a few meters, we find Breivik's 24 handmade columns in polished stainless steel. Robust as they are, these only carry a few basic and lightweight, industrial-looking beams that under a flat glass ceiling suggest a barely visible arcade. Seen like this, Breivik's project appears more like an artistic display of 24 individually designed sculptures in an established urban environment, rather than architectural components in themselves. In its review of the project as late as the 16th October 2020, the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet notes that the aesthetics are "soft" and "humane", in an otherwise sympathetic project for the commoners.[4] (As opposed to an elite -  the name, Torgallmenningen, literally means a marketplace for the commoners/at the commons.) 

 

Nevertheless, Breivik's parallel rows of artistically shaped, cast steel columns, as opposed to a stringent uniformity in the Greco- Roman tradition, stand out as a challenging argument where the artist by his contemporary materiality and abstract monumentality questions the square's architectural affiliation in a bourgeois, neoclassical tradition. His obvious post-modern interpretation of the subject matter establishes at the same time a renewed bond with the purely commercial aspect of the public square by a distinct resemblance to applied architecture in many contemporary shopping malls or arenas.

 

Anne Katrine Senstad's neon pillars do not stand in such rhetorical opposition to their surroundings. Nor are they islands towards which all attention seeks. And her physical construction is not secondary to the space it creates. 

 

Still her installation, in all its electronic complexity, constitutes by its own criteria pure classical architecture that in many ways draws inspiration from my chosen examples, or from many other and similar projects. Through her art the passageways, the commons, the crossroads, and the physicality of the column come together as a unified whole.

 

Her structural and architectural light art reminds me maybe most of all of Mies van der Roe's use of his slim and Greek cross-shaped and chrome-plated steel column in his famous pavilion in Barcelona. To quote The Guardian: 

 

""It contains only space", dismissed one critic. But that was the point."[5]

 

In Senstad's installation, an awareness of this dynamic space is established in, and by the tangible quality of color and the neon light.

 

Moving through the corridors that open up to me in this expanded architecture, from the outer entrances towards the inner core, the light changes character from warm to cold. I find myself surrounded by sensory stimuli in a constantly evolving experience of space. The saturation of color is felt as a neurological impulse, and like a tangible presence in and around.

 

JG Thirlwell's accompanying music and similarly poignant soundscape offers a spherical dimension, in a composition of underlying white noise sequences, clicks, snaps, rumbles, barely audible harmonics and a bass line. 

 

The title, Music for Plutocracy, paraphrases Brian Eno's 1978 album Music for Airports. Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusikmight have been preferable, or any muzak really, because Thrilwell’s soundscape reveals and articulates the conditioning of our experience, or in other words what one in the world of theatre and film would call the subtext. It represents a critical reflection in all the seductive aesthetics, which Emma Thompson would only have chosen to suggest behind discreet facial expressions and in well-chosen subtleties. But even though Senstad creates the most poetic ambience in seductive neon suggestions, she does not conceal the structural elements in her art. Thirlwell's music in her installation therefore also works as a Brechtian Verfremdungs-, or distancing effect. We are made to think as we feel and sense.

 

I register from all of this that by way of my fascination I have at this point in this process shifted from observing the art with polite disinterest towards engaged participation.

 

Neon

 

We do have a few neon signs in Norway, such as the local newspaper Bergens Tidende's clock on Torgallmenningen and the iconic Freia chocolate factory advertisement on Egertorget in Oslo. Both of these are considered architectural monuments and contemporary historical references. But we do not have neon environments, as we know them from adventurous and exotic places comparable to the legendary Times Square in New York, or The Strip in Las Vegas. 

 

Within the gallery, noble gas transmits luminous electricity through glass tubes. These containers were invented by the German Heinrich Geissler (1814 - 1879) in the 1850s, precisely in order to investigate how different gases emit light by ionization. Neon, on the other hand, wasn't discovered until the end of the century by the English scientists Morris William Travers and Willam Ramsay. A few years later, the Frenchman George Claude made the gas flow luminously through Kessler's glass tubes. The color was red. Claude patented his invention and founded Claude Neon Lights in 1911. He soon also managed to produce blue light. The first commercial sign was installed outside the Palace-Coiffeur barbershop in Paris in 1912. 

 

A year later, an even more spectacular spectacle was ignited in the French capital, with letters over a meter high, spelling CINZANO, tempting us to choose this product over others. The Grand Palais was adorned with neon lights. Imagine that! That was modern! How chic! The neon revolution, however, did not manifest itself in full until the legendary car dealer Earl C Anthony at Packard Motorcars in Los Angeles, USA ordered two signs from Claude's company and managed, as the legend will have it, with these to literally stop the traffic. The year was 1923. Yes, people stopped their cars along the road and went out to take a look at the signs, gaping. Not only was it chic. It was cool. It was so cool and chic that a completely new and unique culture of billboards emerged. As an enlightened autocracy in baroque splendour. For this brave new world of brave new light soon came to assume authoritarian traits, governed by sophisticated and glamorous, yet sorely simple, pulsating and dazzling incentives: Buy bling!

 

The contemporary art scene, nevertheless, quickly appropriated this new phenomenon to its own agenda and for its own research. It is perhaps not so strange that it should be an Italian who caught on to the impulses first. The fascination with the illuminating and seductive qualities of neon gas can easily be read as an extension of a futuristic course, and with the coming Arte Povera movement as a legacy. Lucio Fontana was born in Argentina to Italian parents in 1899 and devoted his entire artistic work to the concepts of space, void, light and cosmos until his death in 1968. He is perhaps best known for slashing canvases and paintings, although through five manifestos he also formulated his theories of Spazialismo, or 'spatialism' in English. In a series of groundbreaking installations, he used fluorescent elements to create the ephemeral experiential spaces, or so called ambiente spaziale, and where neon was used precisely for its capacity to articulate the physical dimension of light. All of these artistic events, or works of art, were dismantled, or even destroyed after the exhibitions were over. In a way we can say that they were disconnected, or unplugged after use, because it is difficult to describe them as anything other than sensory, perceptual or even performative. They only existed in their capacity as experienced art, and not for their material perseverance. They established completely new rooms in empty spaces. In photos from a series of reconstructions in connection with a retrospective exhibition in Milan in 2017-2018, we see how the curators have remounted Fontana's evocative environments using fluorescent tubes in the form of loose bands that twist in curves, vortices and semicircles in a ceiling plate, or which hang loosely along walls and in corridors. This contributes to the light also coiling out and spreading like a condensed spatial spectrum. Like cotton candy. Sugary air.

 

One of Fontana's central ideas for his rooms was to establish and visualize the neon light as a physical dimension and an actual material presence. His spatial ambience surrounds us in the perimeter of the neon radiance. The colors materialise the light and make it tangible or comprehensible. This is the very core of Fontana's message, and it is Senstad's underlying argument.

 

But whilst Fontana remains in a sensual and etheric realm, Senstad nonetheless directs me through a concrete geographical experience. She delimits the room and gives me a clear framework for my understanding. Her architecture is, as previously mentioned, classical, as in a Roman city where the streets are laid out in a grid, and where the vernacular is neon.

 

Facing her dynamic light and glowing colors, she challenges both my cognitive, optical, as well as social and anthropological patterns. I am not solely within an ambience, but also in a state of receptivity. I'm within an experience, experiencing. Whether I stop at red, or sense erotic excitement thereof, is conditioned by codes and messages I have been taught to obey from a world that always have had the supreme command in the land of neon. I can, amongst other things, be encouraged to buy chocolate from Freia, be tempted to read Bergens Tidende, or let myself be persuaded to drink Cinzano. These commercial motives in their environments and through their methods appeal to me, as Senstad does, not only through disinterested well-being which was the point of departure of my approach, but through physical contact. The message touches me.

 

This is therefore political and social art. Senstad builds a bridge in the room I visit, between the psychological, the sensual, the intellectual, the physical and the alleged. I'm being enlightened.

 

Light sources

Anne Katrine Senstad is of course, not the only one who has followed up on the inspiration from Fontana. Her work has been shown alongside key North American contemporary artists such as Robert Irwin, known for his very elegant and truly amazing fluorescent installations in large rooms and over massive wall surfaces. Senstad herself has expressed close artistic kinship with Irwin and what she describes as his site-specific phenomenology of perception.

Senstad's work is furthermore inspired by the artist Dan Flavin and his light sculptures. In all his colorful generosity and strength, Flavin's many works were formal and almost minimalist in their composition, a characteristic we can also apply to Senstad's works. Where Irwin's art primarily becomes sensory and perceptual, Flavin's light appears material and specific. It is therefore interesting to observe how Senstad, between these American authorities, seeks to combine both Irwin's sensuality and Flavin's rigour. Her own neon text work from 2008 called Forget Flavin, reflects this duality. In simple, free handwriting, she paraphrases the French sociologist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard's harsh critique from 1977 of his domineering, seductive and exalted philosophy colleague in the essay Oublier Foucault. Forget Foucault. 

 

Other names and contributors are also relevant to mention. James Turrell is perhaps the artist who follows Fontana most closely in his atmospheric exploration of already established architectural projects. Turrell, together with Irwin and colleague Larry Bell, is also associated with the "Light and Space Movement" in California in the 1960s and 70s. The group's art was often perceived as minimalist and it aspired, as Senstad does, through the use of a geometric design language in combination with light to challenge the spectators' perception and understanding. Several of the group's members also worked with glass and other transparent materials such as resin and acrylic, not unlike Senstad's columns.

 

Many other and important contemporary artists from the post-world-war-2 generations similarly embraced the manipulative aesthetics of what was initially a purely commercial and promotional agenda. It suffices to mention Andy Warhol, or the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Both gave relevance to the allegedly banal. The now legendary video artist Nam June Paik, in the same way as Fontana and Senstad, embraced a new medium, and a new technology to explore relevant aesthetic, ethical and political aspects in their own time, and which could not be fully analyzed through other means or media.

 

The American architects and theorists Robert Venturi and Denis Scott Brown debate in their book Architecture, Signs and Systems (from 2004) how the neon lights and the billboards in iconic places like Times Square in New York, or along The Strip in Las Vegas actually form the essential architecture on the place. Not only physically around us, but also mentally and within us, through its intense, appealing neon colors, its pulsating rhythms and through a continuous repetition of simple promotional messages. This is how we literally take in, and direct ourselves in a world that only exists through colors, light, dually pulsating through glass tubes.

 

Senstad's art seems to draw out maps of color that guide us through our sensory stimuli, impulses and landscapes. This is art, yet very real. The true importance of Senstad’s geography is to give validity to experience and perception. By recognizing the materiality and tangible presence of such emotional and neurological phenomena as light and color, we acknowledge the construction and coexistence of dual and parallel landscapes in our personal history and social politics. Her art, established in an otherwise empty space between random walls, and through some transparent columns in a gallery in Bergen, enables us to recognize a cohabited reality embracing former fish packers and current art lovers alike. 

 

Erik Meling

S12

December 2020

 



Artist Talk - Music for Plutocracy at S12 Gallery

 












Music for Plutocracy Review - BT

 https://www.bt.no/kultur/i/dlL5Jq/straalande-lyskjelder?fbclid=IwAR3UbpYbcIm7pN-9Z8EjzU7EgMFAhh43RRtt_JQq8lN7DCFmgeBQTmemNTs



















«Music for Plutocracy»

• Kunstutstilling

• Kunstnar: Anne Katrine Senstad og med musikk/lydbilete av JG Thrilwell.

• Stad: S12 Galleri og Verksted, Bontelabo 2

• Utstillingsperiode: 16.01.2021-28.03.2021





















Strålande lyskjekler av Renate Rivedal


S12 Galleri gjer det igjen – inviterer inn ein spanande og klok kunstnar som leikar seg i utstillingsrommet, mitt einaste problemet er at eg vil ha meir! Det kjennest ut som eg har smugkikka inn, og no lengtar eg etter meir lys, meir farge, meir neon. For neonlysa til kunstnar Anne Katrin Senstad er langt ifrå bråkete reklameskilt, det kjennest meir ut som om ein går inn i eit helande rom.


Det er noko digg og urbant, leikent og fargerikt over neonlys. Bergens Tidenes reklameskilt vakande over Torgallmenningen, Else Kåss sin gedigne McDonalds «M» hoverande over senga, Kanye West sin «Flashing Lights», amerikanske diners, glowsticks, rave og Euphoria.


Det smakar av ny tid og framtidsutsikter, men òg nostalgi, masseproduksjon og overforbruk. Det er både tiltrekkande og fråstøytande. Som ein vel-manikyrert, neonrosa peikefinger som lokkar deg til seg, før du blir blenda av digre bokstavar som skrik: KJØP! KJØP!


Anne Katrine Senstad sin installasjon er derimot langt ifrå bråkete reklameskilt, det kjennest meir ut som ein går inn i ein stilrein arkitektonisk komposisjon. At ein kjenner noko godt strømme ut av verket og inn i sinnet.

Det er som å bevege seg inn i eit stringent tempel eller ein sakral katedral. Installasjonen hennar består av tynne neonlysrøyr i ulike skarpe fargar som er festa til 10 blanke akrylsøyler. Langs veggane heng det blå og rosaraude lysrøyr som dannar store innramma felt. Om ein kjem tett innpå akrylsøylene speglar den blanke overflata seg i nettet av lysrøyr i rommet, og gjenskinet av travle vegar av energi blir vist.


Installasjonen har òg ein musikalsk dimensjon, der komponist JG Thirlwells lydbilete omsluttar verket. «Soundscape» eller lydlandskapet som er komponert særskilt til verket bølgar opp og ned i intensitet.

Av og til høyrest det ut som buldrande is, andre gongar som godteri som sprakar i munnen. Kunstverket er femte utgåve i ein serie som har blitt vist verda rundt frå Shenzhen i Kina, Jeddah i Saudi-Arabia, Tallinn i Estland, New York i USA, og no i Bergen ved S12 Galleri.


Materiale og den tradisjonelle bruken av neonlys vert ofte sett i samband med masseproduksjon, sal og reklame. Og i starten var det nettopp det som var formålet, lysande reklameskilt i Los Angeles som etter legenda faktisk skal ha stoppa trafikken i 1923.


Seinare trykte kunstnarar neongassen til sitt bryst, og i seinare tid er det gjerne «Light and Space Movement» som hadde sitt virke i California på 1960- og 70-talet som er mest kjende for sin leik med lys og eit minimalistisk geometrisk formspråk. Og det er i den meir moderne tradisjonen ein kan sjå Senstad sitt formspråk samstundes som ein kan trekke linjene langt tilbake i tid til meir klassiske byggverk.


Kunstnaren sjølv omtalar kunsten sin som både persepsjonskunst og kritisk samfunnskunst. Utstillinga kan altså sjåast på fleire plan. Ein kan oppleve den som ei reint estetisk oppleving, med sine reine fargerike flater og sin innbydande arkitektoniske form. Eller ein kan gå eit steg vidare og prøve å definere sanseinntrykka, tolke fargane og lyset sin påverknadskraft på mennesket. Korleis visuelle impulsar påverkar oss, og vårt daglege fysiske miljø. Kva fargar eigentleg gjer for oss, eller på den andre sida, kva fargar kan ta ifrå oss. Tittelen på verket «Music for Plutocracy» viser korleis kunstnaren leikar med ord. For «Musikk for plutokratiet» står i eit motsetningsforhold til det fysiske verket. Eit plutokrati er eit samfunn som er styrt av ein liten minoritet av dei mest velståande innbyggarane.


Men installasjonen som møter oss er det motsette, eit demokratisk verk, der vi som betraktar vert invitert inn i verket. Avstanden ein finn mellom eit klassisk oljemåleri på veggen og mennesket, er i Senstad sitt verk viska ut. Du vert ikkje lenger berre ein betraktar eller berre ein gjest på galleriet, men du går inn og blir ein del av verket. Og det er noko særskilt med kunst som ein kan tre inn i og verte ein del av. Opplevinga her vert forsterka av følelsen av å kjenne lyset som eit konkret objekt. Eg opplevde ei erkjenning av lys og farge som eg ofte ikkje er bevisst. Dei blanke søylene kunne for meg også reflektere menneskjeforma.


Som dei straumfarande partiklane som flyttar seg gjennom lysrøra, flyttar våre eigne celler seg rundt i kroppen vår, søylene vert som eit ekko av menneskje. Det einaste eg kunne ynskje å endre på ved utstillinga «Music for Plutocracy» er at eg ynskjer meg meir av den.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

MÔNOSIS/MONOSIS (How We Live Together)

 



MÔNOSIS/MONOSIS is the second short film in the cinematic monologue reading series How We Live Together with acclaimed film and TV actor Bill Sage based on French philosopher Roland Barthes lecture series How To Live Together on various formats of  ideorrythmic living-together   Created during the pandemic of 2020 as response to isolation and societal changes, Bill Sage adds a warmth of spirit through his  narrated interpretation of the academic and literary philosophical text.


MÔNOSIS/MONOSIS examines aspects of isolation and the separation between the compartments of our inner selves, leading to conflict and displacement from unity. Barthes presents philosophical investigations on the monastic living format as a participatory yet distanced form of living in order to maintain tolerance of the repressed and a sense of unity with the utopic. The short films are considered art works for exhibition but also for regular short film screenings and festivals, and are taking place as ongoing remote collaborations between artist Anne Katrine Senstad, actor Bill Sage and composer/sound producer JG Thirlwell as the world keeps changing. The texts for each short film in How We Live Together are chapters that derive from French philosopher Roland Barthes' 1977 lecture series on ideorrythmic living formats; How To Live Together: Novelistic simulations of some everyday spaces. The first film UTOPIA was created in context of Senstad's solo exhibition How We Live Together at Yi Gallery and screened on Streaming Museum fall of 2020 as part of Senstad's ongoing critical research project Capitalism in the Public Realm.