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“A New We” opening at Kunsthall Trondheim (Norway), featuring R.A.W. and Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology present “Welcome to the Secretome (Trondheim)”

Rachel Mayeri: Video still from Primate Cinema: Apes as Family (2012), 22 minutes. Actor: Denise Pearlman. Two channel installation. Courtesy of the artist.

A New We
14.09 – 21.12 2017
Amanda Ackerman & Dan Richert, Honey Biba Beckerlee, Ursula Biemann, Karin Bolender, Francisco Gallardo & Audrey Samson, Kathy High, Oskar Jakobsen, Arendse Krabbe, Rosemary Lee, Rachel Mayeri, angela rawlings, Asbjørn Skou

Special presentations: Krista Caballero & Frank Ekeberg, Johannes Heldén

Exhibition opening: Thursday, September 14, 6.30pm

Chapter 1: September 14 – October 29. Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg

Chapter 2: November 02 – December 2. Johannes Heldén

Kunsthall Trondheim is happy to present A New We, a group exhibition focusing on multispecies storytelling and empathy. The exhibition is co-curated with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology (Dea Antonsen and Ida Bencke, Denmark).

What sort of collectives are at stake in this so-called Anthropocene epoch – in a time when the human is identified as a crucial, and excessively destructive geological force? How do mutating ecologies change and redefine more-than-human communities; what worlds are disappearing, and what worlds are emerging when species meet at the threshold of planetary mass-extinctions? How do we inhabit these wretched landscapes, a blasted earth? Who is implied in this ‘we’; which specific histories and living materialities are encircling it? What sort of voices arise when ‘we’ make ourselves known? How do we, as humans, commit ourselves to ongoing writings of more-than-human histories without claiming ownership of the stories?

A New We does not attempt to (re)present things from the perspective of a detached ‘neutrality’. ‘We’ do not stand apart, there is no ‘outside’ to withdraw to. The exhibition relays stories upon stories, voices upon voices, worlds upon worlds in which life makes itself known while writing and rewriting (hi)stories. A New We insist on speculation, on staying with the trouble of particular, specific communities of unalike partners, together building worlds – however temporary, fragile and problematic these worlds turn out to be. A New We insist on contemplation, on the time it takes to get to know each other, to experience radical otherness and to slowly start to spawn the kind of sensitivities and empathies needed in order to create healing communities on a wounded earth.

Read more about the exhibition

The exhibition is supported by Danish Arts Council, Nordic Culture Point, Arts Council Norway and Canon.

Participate in some of the artworks:
angela rawlings, performance 10.09
Karin Bolender, workshop      11.09
Arendse Krabbe, city walk     16.09

Kunsthall Trondheim
Kongens gate 2
7011 Trondheim, Norway

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Who lives here?

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Let’s start this off with the old R.A.W. questions:

Who lives here?

What are you looking for?

Where do you go now?

Is it a place, or a way of life? And what is on the other side?

These seemingly-simple questions have guided the wanderings, experiments, and assemblages of the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.) for many years, ever since they grew up from the trashy, thistle-grown pastures of a derelict farmstead in the Valley of Dooms, Virginia, where me and the herd tried our darnedest to make a peaceful-ass and lasting home. In this, that, and every place we’ve grazed and gamboled since, the R.A.W. questions rise up fresh, always opening new paths of investigation into unfamiliar territories.

Knowing a place is always a question of scale. And it turns out that some of the mostly deeply unknown territories we find ourselves in are those we find in the places we call home. When we begin to look past the largest-looming familiar forms, step off the well-trodden paths, questions of who and what and where become wholly new and wild. Even our own bodies are inextricable meshes of biological becomings-with we swim in, themselves housing hosts of unknown others we don’t see or feel or otherwise acknowledge. But here they are, all the time: myriad who, every one with a what and where of its own.

Home is where the unknown is. This is where the journey begins.

Welcome to the Secretome.

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November 15, 2016 · 7:49 pm