Some Objects Are More Equal Than Others (2013)

From Plato’s world of ideas, the proclaimed renunciation of all earthly matters in Medieval Christianity, and all the way to the modern formation of the human and natural sciences reality has been divided into fundamental opposites: Spirit/body, culture/nature, male/female, West/East etc.

 

Ever since the 1960s – for instance conceptual art’s exploration of aesthetic rationality, the preoccupation with gender in body art and performance, and more recently the direct involvement of the public by so-called relational aesthetics – art has been engaged in a critique of the supremacy assigned to white, heterosexual, middle-aged, male practitioners by binary thinking.

 

Nowadays, due to the increased access to information and by means of an entire red-hot production and distribution apparatus “the others” are beginning to make their voice heard. However, this emerging global structure is not only part of the solution, it also adds to the problem. Opposition may be the basis of our language – if you can’t say no, it doesn’t really make sense to say yes – and thus the basis of Western thinking, but a similar binary logic – the 0s and 1s of computer programming – is also what controls the digital revolution.

 

Therefore, on the one hand globalization means further differentiation, but on the other it entails also a whole new level of homogenisation. When finally “the others” are invited to join us, it is because we recognize them as part of ourselves. This paradox is the focal point of two exhibitions that artist and curator Mikkel Carl in collaboration with Woodpecker Projects has organized this year. The first – titled Distinguished from the melee of user comments and Structurally misogynist chat rooms harboring rapid-fire trolls – exclusively showed works by female artists. And now it is time for Some Objects Are More Equal Than Others featuring five artists who are all strangers, not just to the art scene in Malmö, but in fact also to themselves.

 

The Third World has long since been discovered and launched as the latest fashion at Biennials and art fairs around the world targeted especially the new Third World collectors. The mirage of the Orient is still very much out there, and artists from China, India, the Middle East and Africa are cast to play their part on an art scene primarily directed by the West.

 

Two years ago, coming out of the blue Leslie Chau (HK), Barry Kanouchek (CA) Huzuni Bahati Kuki (KE), Wolf Insel (DE) and Christian Thoudal (DK) made the exhibition Pidgin, only to vanish into thin air as soon as the show was over.

 

* On Gallerinatten in Malmö September 28 a video publication will be launched. Stella and Florence’s Syndrome is created by the artists behind the alternative exhibition space YEARS and it’s been shot on site during the exhibition.

 

Participants

Leslie Chau (HK)

Barry Kanouchek (CA)

Huzuni Bahati Kuki (KE)

Wolf Insel (DE)

Christian Thoudal (DK)

YEARS (DK)

 

 

Info

Location: IAC, Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Se

 

The exhibition is curated by Mikkel Carl (DK), initiated and produced by Woodpecker Projects.

 

With support from

The Danish Arts Council (DK)

The Swedish Arts Council (SE)

Region Skåne (SE)

Malmö Stad (SE)

Inter Art Center (SE)

 

Accompanying the exhibition Woodpecker Projects published Stella and Florence’s Syndrome, 2013; a video-publication by YEARS (DK) in shape of an intimate, guided tour. While at the same time being a romantic movie the video also challenge the format of the exhibition catalogue and of the publication all together.

 

 

Installation view

IAC (Inter Arts Center), Malmö, SE

Wolf Insel (DE)

Aggressive scenario in which Bunny-Die-Bunny encountersPraxis and Fasces for the first time and appalled by the sight she starts turning away from them, only to see With the Best Will in the World I Can't See a Swastika and For the Life of Me I Can't See the Swastika in This menacing behind her, 2013

Coat hanger, wood stain, homemade shuriken, sais

180 cm x Dimensions variable

Wooden pole, wood stain, rail holders, bicycle grip tape

180 cm x Dimensions variable

 

Glass, mirror holders, toothpaste
50 x 50 cm

Wooden pole, wood stain, rail holders, bicycle grip tape

180 cm x Dimensions variable

Barry Kanouchek (CA)

Untitled (texture Parc), 2013

Metal nets, hangers, copper nets, colorprint on agfa 80g newsproof, sunglasses

Dimensions variable

Barry Kanouchek (CA)

Untitled (texture Parc), 2013

Metal nets, hangers, copper nets, colorprint on agfa 80g newsproof, sunglasses

Dimensions variable

 

Barry Kanouchek (CA)

Untitled (texture Parc), 2013

Metal nets, hangers, copper nets, colorprint on agfa 80g newsproof, sunglasses

Dimensions variable

 

Barry Kanouchek (CA)
Untitled (texture Parc), 2013
Metal nets, hangers, copper nets, colorprint on agfa 80g newsproof, sunglasses
Dimensions variable

Barry Kanouchek (CA)

Untitled (texture Parc), 2013

Metal nets, hangers, copper nets, colorprint on agfa 80g newsproof, sunglasses

Dimensions variable

Christian Thoudal (DK)
Installation view

IAC (Inter Arts Center), Malmö, SE

 

Christian Thoudal (DK)

Adapted object without function, 2011/2013

Used plywood, borrowed tatami mat

45 x 91 x 200 cm

Installation view

IAC (Inter Arts Center), Malmö, SE

Huzuni Bahati Kuki (KE)

Horoscope for pack of glasses, 2013

Pack of drinking glasses, pc horoscope printed on A4, staples

Dimensions variable

Huzuni Bahati Kuki (KE)

Bread as Moon Chart, 2013

Printed banner, string

230 x 380 cm

Huzuni Bahati Kuki (KE)

Horoscope for pack of glasses, 2013

Pc horoscope printed on A4, staples

Dimensions variable

Leslie Chau (HK)

Untitled, 2013

Acrylic paint on PVC.

140 x 120cm

Leslie Chau (HK)

of grey, 2013

Acrylic paint on PVC.

130 x 110cm

Leslie Chau (HK)

green flag, 2013

Acrylic paint on PVC.

140 x 120cm

Untitled (table), 2013

Roofing material stretchability, table stand

Dimensions variable

Leslie Chau (HK)

Painters painting, 2013

Acrylic paint on PVC.

140 x 120cm

Leslie Chau (HK)

Untitled, 2013

Acrylic paint on PVC.

140 x 120cm

Untitled (table), 2013

Roofing material stretchability, table stand

Dimensions variable

Leslie Chau (HK)

Untitled, 2013

Installation view