The Living Art Museum participates in Flotilla, Canada
From the 21st to 24th of September 2017 The Living Art Museum will gather with like minds in the east coast of Canada to participate in Flotilla / Flotille, a biennial gathering of Canadian artist-run centres hosted by Atlantis.
Taking place in Charlottetown, PEI, the biennial brings together a community of curators, thinkers, artists, and cultural workers to consider the flexible, responsive, and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture.
Associate Director Elín Þórhallsdóttir, along with artists Una Margret Arnadottir and Örn Alexander Amundason will present performing archive on-site and consider the role of the artist in collecting and archiving the performance medium and the The Living Art Museum´s performance archive.
Akin to The Living Art Museum´s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation with artists Una Margret Arnadóttir and Örn Alexander Ámundason, performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.
Una Margrét Árnadóttir is a visual artist based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated from Malmö Art Academy in Sweden in 2013, since then she has participated in various exhibitions for example in Iceland, Europe and Egypt.
Örn Alexander Ámundason is a visual artist from Reykjavik, Iceland. He finished his studies from Malmö Art Academy in 2011. Since then he has exhibited in Iceland, USA, Germany and the Nordic Countries to name a few.
Flotilla / Flotille is the first transnational gathering focusing on nomadic and temporary elements of contemporary artist-run culture in Atlantic Canada. Participants from around the world will work alongside regional artists and practitioners to re-imagine artist-run culture in a series of public exhibitions, events and discussions in and around Charlottetown, PEI. Taking inspiration from a nautical metaphor of boats banded together in open water, Flotilla / Flotille speaks to the shifting tides within cultural practice: ideas of nomadism, isolation, transition, exchange, and innovation.
Follow The Living Art Museum´s activity at the biennial here