FUTURUM – moving mountains
Artists: Amy Balkin, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Mark Brest van Kempen,
Geir Tore Holm, Futurefarmers: Flatbread Society Soil Procession.
Curator: Karolin Tampere / Graphic design: Indrek Sirkel
If the geologists who initiated The Anthropocene Working Group agree on the criteria, 2016 might see us entering a new geologic epoch – the Anthropocene. This will be a great shift from our present one, the Holocene, and could therefore possibly bring about a radical change in the way we perceive ourselves as humans. Through our activities today, we have become a geological force in nature. Displacing masses of rock and soil like the glaciers did, and the surface of the earth has been perforated as a result of our search for resources, the expansion of our infrastructure, and other interventions. We have moved mountains.
FUTURUM is an exhibition that presents a selection of socio-politically and environmentally engaged contemporary artists. The title is derived from the Latin word “futurus”, meaning “about to become”. It is also known as the «future tense» - I shall do / I will do. As the title implies, we have our eyes fixed on the future. The exhibition brings together works that deal with laws and lawmaking. This has its foundation in the fact that there are systematic discrepancies in how the resources of the earth are managed, locally as well as globally. “The Common” – is a designation, a concept, and a discourse, which deals with our common resources on earth, from an anthropocentric perspective. It comprises such things as soil, air, forests, seeds, land and water, but also the access to knowledge, the distribution of initially common benefits, and prospects to function within various culturally founded occupations and livelihoods to gain a good life.
The works presented in FUTURUM spans from discourse and symbolical approaches to tangible investigations and actions. The artistic practices of the artists in this exhibition are characterized by long-term perspectives and persistence. Three artists, one collaboration, and one artist collective present works that have sprung from critical reflection on power structures, ecological, social, and geopolitical aspects of the climate, the right to self-realization, and habitat. Several of these artists work by engaging actively with legal strategies and processes, using these as specific tools to apply and enforce existing laws, or establish future ones, as artistic method and material, with the aim to preserve what are the common and most fundamental premises for continued life on this planet.
The basis for the visual idiom of the poster, advertisements, and banners of FUTURUM, is inspired from an aspect of the ongoing work in legal offices all over the world. The signs and colours are borrowed from processes (invisible to the public) that pertain to the formulation and ramification of laws and legal usage; a visualization of the comments and corrections piling up in the documents as they migrate from lawyer to lawyer.
The exhibition is supported by Norsk Kulturfond and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.
Liv Kristin Holmberg
Based on the plays and the shadow of Henrik Ibsen, artist Liv Kristin Holmberg has created a site specific project at Telemark Kunstsenter. With this performative exhibition she aims to question her own childhood and adolescense in the home town of Ibsen, og find out how it has effected her as an artist.
The exhibition opened with a symposium were a group of guests were blindfolded and invited to talk about their relationship with Skien and Ibsen, while they ate a conceptual meal. The table still stands in the exhibition room and our audience can sit down and listen to these conversations.