Who: THE KABOOM! PROCESS - Søren Dahlgaard & Meir Tati.
Stalke Up North in Gothersgade 5 in Copenhagen is very proud to announce the opening of the show The KABOOM! Process by Meir Tati and Soren Dahlgaard, on Friday 16 January 2009 from 4-8 pm.
In this multi-disciplinary project Meir Tati and Soren Dahlgaard seek to create an artistic dialog and corporation, being two artists working in different cultural environments - Israel and Denmark. Despite the contrasting cultural contexts, the European and the Middle Eastern, a tight connection exists between Tati & Dahlgaards artistic approaches, which emphasis through video presentation actions characteristics of absurd humor and use of imaginary fantasy. They both base their works on pre-formative characters, bursting with innovative and material imagination, a sort of a parody mixture of hero and anti-hero, sometimes referring to the social-political milieu. The cooperation began in an international presentation competition in Italy in 2007 in which they both participated.
As a point of origin for the joint project, Meir Tati and Soren Dahlgaard will create autobiographical characters relating to their personal past and to the socio-political contexts in which they operate. Their area of operation will create some kind of an inter-cultural conflict: compared to Israel, which is perceived as a zone of constant war and radical instability, Denmark is considered to be one of the safest places in the world. This comparison becomes an extensive foundation for a joint exploration, which emphasizes the difference as well as the common ground - culturally and in the sense of sources of inspiration and artistic strategies.
One part of the project will include an activity area made of two spaces (about 3m X 3m each), representing - as an imaginary and ironic paraphrase - the two cultures. In the first space, representing a war zone, there will be a series of "explosions", using a mock explosive belt, filled with liquid paint. When the act is carried out in front of a wall with a stencil, graffiti will be created, a sort of a testimony for the "explosion" that took place there. This work discusses the connection between the violence and destruction act of the "suicide bomber" and the creation and correction act. The second room will represent the Danish culture, where the central image will be the use of the hedge - a known symbol representing the preservation of personal privacy in the Danish culture, the safe and secure homeliness. In this room various presentational actions will take place. Between the two rooms there will be a simulation of a "war" between the two cultures, as a computerized strategy game holding a struggle between various bodies. Means of humor, colorfulness, video-game style violence, trash films, comic books or science fiction, etc. - all those will take part in the created environment.
Do we need heroes in Denmark?
The other part of the project will focus on work in outdoor areas, in public space and in public institutes, stemming from Tati & Dahlgaards belief, as artists dealing in living art, in the direct connection between the artist and the immediate living environment. Our activities will include workshops in the street, in public areas, or in schools with children and teenagers, during which the participants will be invited to make up different characters from their imagination. As a central theme, the workshop will discuss the question of whether a safe country such as Denmark needs "heroes" to save it from anything, referring to the cultural comparison the project deals with. The products of the participants (images, objects, photos, texts, video actions, etc.) will be included in a display as an important aspect of the artists work in this communal-community project.
The work process will take 3 months, during which Meir Tati & Soren Dahlgaard will create work every week: documented video action, a display in the public space, objects, and more, along with the materials collected in workshops. The collection of all the materials, as an act of shared exploration, will be displayed in an exhibition as a living, dynamic, and evolving process. The open process is designed to examine the place of the artist in the community, the possibility of him being a sort of a "hero", "shaman", or "healer", from a position of social sensitivity, a dialog with the environment and a great degree of humor. This way expresses the Tati & Dahlgaards rich experience of many years as artists dealing in a living art which is involved in the inter-cultural dialog.
This is the first part of the project which will take place in Denmark.
In November 2009 the project will be presented in its second part in Tel-Aviv in the Contemporary Arts Center CCA, a gallery and a performance artist space, with a stress on local contexts. Ma'ayan Shelf (Israeli curator) will serve as a curator for this project.
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