Distinguished from the melee of user comments and structurally misogynist chat rooms harbouring rapid-fire trolls (2013)

The first exhibition initiated and produced by Woodpecker Projects. Curated by Mikkel Carl. Melee means close combat, misogyny is just a fancy word for hating on women and rapid-fire is more or less randomly fired shots from a machine gun. Spam, in other words. Trolls are people who, for instance on Facebook or Youtube, argue something they don’t necessarily mean just in order to provoke fierce debate; a highly developed sense of humour. Some take the bait and “feed the troll”, others don’t.

 

Since Plato, dividing reality into presumable opposites has been the dominant logic: Male vs. female, culture vs. nature, mind vs. body etc. Information technology – itself based on the difference between the zeros and ones of binary computer programming – are now seriously starting to deconstruct those dichotomies. But new (social) media are not only part of the solution; they also cause further dissemination of the problem.

 

In a review in Frieze magazine someone recently asked: ”In what forums can discontinuity and discord with the accepted stream of influence manifest, distinguished from the melee of user comments and structurally misogynist chat rooms harbouring rapid-fire trolls?”

 

In an attempt to answer this delicate question the exhibition presents a number of female (as opposed to feminine or feminist) positions. The works can be seen to structurally reflect upon the fact that they are made by women – that is without aesthetically, morally or politically emphasizing this point. Furthermore, they more or less directly express a sensibility towards the revised terms of production, distribution and reception, being the reality of the post-Internet era – something, which even the most profoundly analogue art objects can actually do. And last but not least the works in several cases directly challenge the rather intimate spatial conditions of Gallery S:t Gertrud.

 

When a male curator organizes such an exhibition, he deliberately makes himself the butt of the criticism concerning the continued masculine control of the art institutional apparatus; this also highlighting regional discrepancy regarding the issue of equality between the sexes. Danes do tend to taunt the Swedes for their political correctness, while Denmark seen from a Swedish perspective may seem a little “old Norse” when it comes to actively engage with gender politics.

 

Distinguished from the melee of user comments and structurally misogynist chat rooms harbouring rapid-fire trolls is the first of two exhibitions curated by Mikkel Carl. Together, they mark the transition of the Swedish magazine Papi – in recent years Papi has published a number of hybrids between literature and visual art – now turning into more of an actual exhibition platform under the name Woodpecker Projects.

Participants

Dora Budor (HR)
Sidse Carstens (DK)
Maja Cule (HR)
Ditte Gantris (DK)
Mia Goyette (US)
Ann Lislegaard (NO/DK)
Kristina Matousch (SE)
Bodil Nielsen (DK)
Saskia Te Nicklin (DK)
Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO)
Mamiko Otsubo (JP)
Gisa Pantel (DE)

Patchfinder (UK)
Anna Margrethe Pedersen (DK)
Lea Porsager (DK)
Rita Vitorelli (AT)

Info

Location: St. Gertrud in Malmö, Sweden.

 

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

 

With support from
The Danish Embassy in Stockholm (SE)
The Danish Arts Council (DK)
Konstfrämjandet Skåne (SE)
The Swedish Arts Council (SE)
Region Skåne (SE).

 

Accompanying the exhibition Woodpecker Projects published Untitled (hot pink), 2013; a work by Saskia Te Nicklin (DK) in which she has isolated and reprinted, using the exact same layout, all the words for colours in David Batchelor’s book Cromophobia.

Video flyer by Anna Margarethe Pedersen (DK)

Installation view

Installation view
Lea Porsager (DK)
Sidse Carstens (DK)

Lea Porsager (DK)

Rita Vitorelli (AT)
Feet 6, 2013
Trackpad drawing
Dimensions variable

Rita Vitorelli (AT)
Feet 6, 2013
Trackpad drawing
Dimensions variable

Mia Goyette (US)
Antifreeze (Fortified Flower Vases), 2013 (2012)
Glass bottles, plastic bottles, dye, water, cut flowers

Mia Goyette (US)
Antifreeze (Fortified Flower Vases), 2013 (2012)
Glass bottles, plastic bottles, dye, water, cut flowers

Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO)
Air Glider, 2013
4mm engraved glass, earplugs

Installation view
Bodil Nielsen (DK)
Lea Porsager (DK)

Bodil Nielsen (DK)
No title (Off-white), 2012
Acrylic paint on cutout carpet

Ann Lislegaard (NO/DK)
Liberty Bells, 1993-95
Situations drawn with black pen on paper under hypnosis

Ann Liselgaard (NO/DK)
Liberty Bells, 1993-95
Situations drawn with black pen on paper under hypnosis

Ditte Gantriis (DK)
Service, 2012
Two-colour silk screen print on aluminium, A-print on poly-banner, areca palm

DORA BUDOR (HR)

New Fragrance Options, 2013
Transfer print on robe, acrylic stands, c-print on paper

Ditte Gantriis (DK)
Service, 2012
Two-colour silk screen print on aluminium, A-print on poly-banner, areca palm

Ditte Gantriis (DK)
Service, 2012
Two-colour silk screen print on aluminium, A-print on poly-banner, areca palm

Dora Budor (HR)
New Fragrance Options, 2013
Transfer print on robe, acrylic stands, c-print on paper

ProEverything
Tags: efficiency, Poppers, Beauty, Rush, Sentai foot, Azis, headpiece, tanning, all white, technology, Beauty, Clarity, enhanced performance, activity, efficiency, 50 shades of gray, water, cooler, office, speed, Aderoll, perseverance

Courtesy: [Dora Budor]/[New Fragrance Options] /DISimages

Young-Girl
Tags: Tiqqun, french philosophy, forbidden euphoria, Calvin Klein, crying, bedroom, shades, shady, girl, young-girl, theory, despair, reading, preliminary materials, Brooke Shields impersonator, ruined make-up, 66% chocolate, Lindt, chains, hair bangs, band-aids, plastic bags, hand sanitizer, Ck Jeans, white sheets, commodity fetish, capitalism, empire, bed bath and beyond

Courtesy: [Dora Budor]/[New Fragrance Options] /DISimages

Dora Budor (HR)
New Fragrance Options, 2013
Transfer print on robe, acrylic stands, c-print on paper

Dora Budor (HR)
New Fragrance Options, 2013
Transfer print on robe, acrylic stands, c-print on paper

Gisa Pantel (DE)
Script for one (or two) feature films, 2012
Inkjet print on paper (10 pages)

Gisa Pantel (DE)
Script for one (or two) feature films, 2012
Inkjet print on paper (10 pages)

Maja Cule (HR)
40 Wall street, 2013
Video

Mamiko Otsubo (JP)
Untitled (2 burger bronze), 2013
Glazed ceramic

Untitled (1 burger), 2013
Glazed ceramic

Mamiko Otsubo (JP)
Untitled (Eyes on Panel Green), 2013
Glazed ceramic

Kristina Matousch (SE)
Dickpalette with flying egg, 2010
Plywood

Anna Margarethe Pedersen (DK)
Music by Patchfinder (UK)

d?jump ?vision, 2013
Video

(Watch the video at the bottom of the page)

Saskia Te Nicklin (DK)
Untitled (hot pink), 2013
Artist book
Published by Woodpecker Projects
(More about this book under "publications")

Saskia Te Nicklin (DK)
Untitled (hot pink), 2013
Artist book
Published by Woodpecker Projects

Saskia Te Nicklin (DK)
Untitled (hot pink), 2013
Artist book
Published by Woodpecker Projects

Anna Margarethe Pedersen (DK)
Music by Patchfinder (UK)

d?jump ?vision, 2013
Video