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Out of the hole - into the whole
16 Jun, 2003 -
02 jul, 2003
Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson (Iceland)
A talk and a workshop

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Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) - Out of the hole -Into the whole. Extract of the press release:
Thorvald Thorsteinsson will give a talk followed by a workshop, where he will introduce a new understanding of creativity in ordinary life. In the workshop the participators might become aware of something that they already posses, but of which they are yet not conscious or have yet not attained. The participators will be encouraged to create a number of posters with the artist, which will be placed in the urban spaces in Århus.


Gæstebud – Feast/Hospitality
Description of the project

The art project, Gæstebud/Hospitality will be shown in the center of the city of Århus and is based in the urban, social and political space. Feast/hospitality is the overlaying metaphor for the structure of the exhibition project, which will be divided into the three phases of the Feast: The invitation, the meal and the digestion/the thank you card. Our goal is to create a debate and focus on hospitality through artistic happenings, works and reflections. The project started in December 2002 and will continue until november 2003.

In different ways we have experienced a polarized debate on the theme "us and the strangers" in the public media as well as in the private forum. Rum46 will try with the projekt Gæstebud/Hospitality to create a comprehensive and varied dialogue in an area and with issues that concern us all.. We wish to focus on the significance of the feast and on hospitality through dialogues and specific actions. This project is about how we welcome people, not only the stranger, the one in a unfortunate social position, but also the 'neighbour'. With the title, Gæstebud/Hospitality we ask the artists and writers we have invited to take an anthropological, sociological, psychological,
political and aesthetic approach to the theme. The title is seen as an overlaying structure and narrative for the content in the project, whose intention is to open the receivers eyes and intellect for ethical and aesthetic reflection and action.

We have invited a number of Danish and foreign artists/groups of artists and writers who we find show a special interest in their practice and commitment concerning social and politcal problems. All are working with actual practices and are creating alternative spaces in life which show new ways to mix with and to take positions on the surrounding society. It is the human relations thatare in focus.

We hope to show statements covering philosophical reflection, the poetical and lyrical, the humoristic setting and the politically engaged with this varied group and with the different approaches to artistic intervention in the social field .

The project is divided into three modules:

MODULE I: THE INVITATION – POSTERS, BILLBOARDS, FLYERS
April 2003
The city space can appear inviting and hospitable or rejecting and unapproachable to the visitor depending on its signs and urban structures. We will be using this space and the expressions and channels of the mass-communication with posters, billboards, and flyers to catch the attention of the passers-by through manifestations and statements which will set the theme in debate. Our purpose is to create reflection and wonder in displacing the content of well known commercial messages with surprising and critical expressions.

MODULE II: THE MEAL – SOCIAL HAPPENINGS/PERFORMANCES ETC.
May/June 2003
Module II is about creating meetings by means of actions, which will involve the spectator and make him a participant. As opposed to module I which was concerned with the theme hospitality, communicated through words/pictures and where the spectator experiences the work of art at a distance, in module II there will be created an inter-human social gathering, as comparable with the meal. The theme is propagated through concrete bodily acts and the openness and eagerness of the spectator to participate.

MODULE III: THE DIGESTION/THE THANK YOU-CARD - NEWSPAPER
September/October 2003
Module III will consist of a newspaper, and be seen as a "digestion" partly of the overlying problems on the theme hospitality and as a reflection over the executed works/happenings. We look at the paper as the philosophical and theoretical meeting point of the project and have invitede a number of Danish and foreign artists and writers to reflect critically on the different experiences of the feast/hospitality in our society. The newspaper will be printed in Danish and English, it will be available to the public and will also be shown on the internet.

We began Gæstebud/Hospitality in December 2002 with some lectures and public meetings based on a dialogue in our exhibition space, Studsgade 46 in Århus which in the coming year will hve the function as a public info-room, meeting room, and be the base for the invited artists, lecturers, and writers.

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