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Group show: The Eternal - Universe - and Sofa (over)

24 March 2001 until 3 June 2001
  Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art

Museet for Samtidskunst
StŠndertorvet 3D
4000 Roskilde
Denmark (city map)

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Gunnar Wille is a writer, animation director and illustrator. Gunnar Wille has been working as visual artist with film, theatre, books and TV for more than 25 years. He has written, directed, illustrated and animated a variety of TV-series, animation films, radio plays, children's books and theatre plays. Gunnar Wille is also Head of the Department of Animation at the Danish Film Academy in Copenhagen. Gunnar Wille was born in 1946 and lives in Roskilde.

The exhibition THE ETERNAL - UNIVERSE - AND SOFA is zooming in on a remote place, somewhere between the stars and the galaxies. A space within the outer space. A life cycle, an ordinary man's life which the spectator lives through and experiences at various levels, through different media and rooms. The exhibition's four elements are woven into a whole. One moment, concrete reality, a chair, a table, an unknown sound; the next, maybe a dream, a man's fantasies and dreams.

An abandoned life - a full scale apartment
This man's life on show moves on the edge between dream and reality because table, chair and bed, actually the whole apartment is there full scale, with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. A tap is dripping, the kitchen is littered with foodstuffs, the dining table is set, the bed is still warm but the human body or bodies who were resting there a late afternoon have now left. Only peculiar spherical sounds mix with soundtracks from their life - hanging on the furniture like abandoned fossils. Who were they? Why have they disappeared? Where is it burning? Are we in outer space or captured in the old man's mind?
The sound images for An abandoned life are produced in collaboration with the conceptual artist Charles Morrow.

"Sofa pieces" - a video installation with 4 monitors
Somehow more realistic, though absurd, is the series of video clips of a man on a sofa. He confides his fantasies and dreams to changing guests and psychologists, thus filling up the room with curious pictures: strange animals, dancing suits and grotesque forms. Is he just an ordinary down-to-earth man? This man is perhaps the one living in the apartment and probably also the one who will later be found in the death chamber in outer space, as shown in the video projection "Window of Passion". The pictures spring up at times in good order and at other times in broken chaos. The sounds from the different monitors mix together and create an unpredictable and constantly changing soundwork.

"Window of Passion" - a video projection on a large screen with surround stereo sound
Pictures and music from the symphonic visual concert "Window of Passion".Somewhere out there between the stars and the galaxies a room is floating. A space within the outer space. A dying old man's soul is restlessy wandering around, while fragments of his memory emerge - a woman, a waltz they danced together. Strange creatures and heavenly bodies unfold and then shrink - a life cycle splits, a new one arises. From the bottom of the universe a face is staring at this microscopic drama, as if it were a fluid that somebody had mixed up out of a forgotten past.
The symphonic visual concert "Window of Passion" is realized by animation director Gunnar Wille and composer Hans Erik Philip. The version shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the pilot edition of a major work, which will be presented later on as a total space installation and where the music will be played by a whole symphony orchestra with choir and soloists.

23 tableaux - a space installation
Twenty-three three-dimensional wooden boxes with the same scenography. A room with a false perspective, a checkered floor, a window on to the universe with its distant galaxies and nebulae, a drifting planet and an observing figure on the right side of the box. Always the same few elements, though never the same. These boxes are like the oxygen the other elements of the exhibition live on.

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