painting 090223; oil on wood panel, 16 x 17 cms
Experiencing light, and gravity.
the faculty of Philosophy is making knowledge by thinking
the faculty of Art is making knowledge by feeling
the faculty of Enterprise is making knowledge by undertaking
and the act of organizing knowledge is the University [the One/the Whole]
painting 090209; oil on wood panel, 16 x 17 cms
– 6° C outdoors, + 5 in the atelier. I light a fire, unpack my things from the Supermarket event, clean up.
While it’s getting warmer indoors, I go for a walk. It is part of the working, too; walking and thinking being one. Clear sky, occasional birdsong. Washing my eyes in light.
Then go back to painting.
Raine mounting photos; in the next booth is Anders from Hjärnstorm
Photos, maps and artworks from nomads, a few nomadic chairs and a table. These are the visual features of the NUrope mirage. People stop by to talk, to look at paintings or to have their shoes polished – thereby participating in a multi-layered performance by Belgian artist Lieven Paelinck. Other nomads represented were Reino Koivula, Raine Johnsson, Hanna Varis and Kim Ramstedt (Finland); Luise Kloos (Austria); Stella Fajerson (Sweden/Dubai); Maria Backman, Mikael Scherdin, Max Valentin and myself from Sweden – all in little more than four square metres. Even more nomads were involved in preparations – like curator Yulia Usova from Ukraine – or just joined in and took part. Invited by the Supermarket team, and inspired by Reino, five of us also staged an artist talk on contemporary art as viewed from a future perspective.
Lieven’s shoeshine performance; Reino, Kim and Maria listening to Kim’s “Supermercado” soundtrack from Maasto records; Maria purchasing the cd
During the three days, we have met and interacted with hundreds of people. The Nomadic University has manifested its faculties in making art, philosophy and business in the context of the Supermarket Art Fair; this is now another nomadic experience.
Time to sit down and talk over it, before parting again.
To be continued.
In the booths, at the entrance, by the toilets, among the people… everywhere at the Supermarket, I encounter art as a means of expression.
I feel oxygene is running out; trying to live by exhaling causes exhaustion.
Seeking spots to breathe. Looking for art as a mode of awareness, ‘gentle empiricism’ – once more quoting Goethe.
Jan Cardell: Pin-Pong; musical sculpture operated by the spectator. Electrically generated movements produce five different sounds forming complex and flexible rhythms.
Lieven Paelinck and Stella Fajerson; painting on the wall by Maria Backman, paintings on the floor by Stella Fajerson
How can the Nomadic University visualize itself at an art fair?
NUrope characteristics are the notebooks, the table, and the chairs; notebooks for reflection, a table for sharing, and chairs for resting in movement…
Now, the artworks are our (transformed) notebooks. Our 2 x 2 metres’ booth is the space shared at the Supermarket. The nomadic chairs we bring for you.
Opening tomorrow. Be welcome!
The Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise in Europe will stage a mirage at the Supermarket Art Fair – the artist-run international exposition of new art in Stockholm.
The event takes place at Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Feb. 13th – 15th, admission fee is 100 SEK. More than 50 exhibitors from Stockholm, Berlin, Umeå, Reykjavik, Warsaw, Helsinki, Bucharest, Eskilstuna, the Hague, Turku, Gothenburg, Moscow… art, encounters, seminars, actions, networking.
I’ll be there. You are welcome, too. http://www.supermarketartfair.com/