FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
Jacob Dahl Jürgensen & Simon Dybbroe Møller
The project FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, initiated by the artists Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and Simon Dybbroe Møller, encompasses sculptural objects, a vinyl record and a film. The objects have been created from materials that a group of artist friends found on a small volcanic island. As well as existing autonomously as sculptural forms, these objects were played as musical instruments and were used to make recordings during their stay on the island, which can be heard on a vinyl record in the exhibition space. The film documents the course of the col-lective search and the improvisation with the found materials.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is the examination of a collaborative project, but at the same time it is primarily the inquiry into a conceptual and contemporary intercourse with historical forms. Thus the title refers to a distinction in maritime law about the ownership of drifting goods, or goods that have washed up on the coast, that originate from a shipwreck (flotsam) or that have been consciously thrown overboard (jetsam). In both cases the floating goods or those found on the beach are free to take and only have to be returned to their owners if their entitlement can be proven. The found materials and objects are the detritus, the debris, the fragments of society, that have been purposefully or accidently thrown away, lost, scrapped or destroyed. Originally these things had their place and use, were part of something or were treasured in themselves. Their acquisition is also the acquisition of their historical knowledge, of a knowledge of success and failure, of human vision and ideas.
By making music with these objects their history is brought to life and concurrently this leads to a new meaning. Classical differences between useful and useless objects, between practical value and rubbish are thus consciously undermined and the traditional conception of a musical instrument is expanded.
For the artists it is about physical, concrete work with everyday materials and about a sharpening of one's regard for the complexity of the artefacts that surround us. At the same time FLOTSAM AND JETSAM envisions a world in which the question of a historical "wherefrom" and wherefore" have been set aside, objects that are lying around and spontaneously picked up leading to a new and surprising future.
A vinyl record edition will be published for the exhibition in the Badischer Kunstverein.
The project is supported by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts.
Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, b. 1975 in Copenhagen, DK, lives in London.
Simon Dybbroe Møller, b. 1976 in Aarhus, DK, lives in Berlin.