Krista Burane / 08 May 2013 / 10:38

something about groupshow

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When the audience becomes a participant

SCENE. “The open and experimental form means that an arrangement such as this is what the participants themselves make of it” writes Clemens Altgård on the show “Group Show” at Inkonst in Malmö.

When I on Saturday evening went to the Inkonst, in Malmö, to see the show Group Show I did not know at all what to expect. So when I stepped into Inkonst’s blackbox stage, the space was transformed into a “gallery”. I realized that this was a dramatization of what the art world is calling – an opening. A law peculiar situation because we who were there as audience now became part of the piece. During the past week Inkonst hosted the Nordic-Baltic Band:expanded workshop led by performance theorist and maker Bojana Cvejic and dramaturge and choreographer Mårten Spångberg. Among other things, the work focused on examining the relationship between curator and artist. Bojana Cvejic during the ongoing workshop held a public lecture on social choreography in the theater foyer and Marten Spångberg presented the performance “Slow Fall” in the theater. Now we were given the opportunity within the frame of the evening to get a deeper dialogue with them and the other participants.
What is at stake is to examine how the roles and structures of the art world are wired. The exhibition was, if anything, a kind of set that participants created collectively, and the works that were shown were of a temporary nature. The artists-performers also made sure to engage in conversation with all who came into the room. I ended up in a long and intense conversation with, among others, Marten Spångberg and Iggy Malmborg (a member of the duo “White on White”, which I wrote about earlier). A couple of hours went on the whole.
The open and experimental form means that an arrangement such as this is what the participants themselves make of it. Consequently, it is difficult in the conventional sense review a work like this. In this way both expectations and accepted notions of art and the performing arts are baffled. On one level, it was an effortless affair in which it also served freshly baked pizzas to all who were there. But since there were spontaneous dialogues which constituted the show’s core that was thus a necessary consideration.
The role of consumer culture is transformed in that moment to another type of the Participant. It can be both a daunting challenge and an exciting opportunity, depending on the individual’s attitude to what the art is or should be. I found it rewarding, but how visitors perceived the whole event, of course, I do not know.

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