Tumi Magnússon | Copenhagen, Denmark
Science of Work
Pirpa, Grøntorvet 22, 2500 Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 25th – June 23rd, 2018
Opening on Friday the 25th of May at 16:00
Eight channel video and audio installation by Tumi Magnússon
It is with great pleasure that we at Pirpa now can open the gate for this sound and videoinstallation by Tumi Magnússon. The recordings have been made at the building site Grønttorvet, during the last months. The installation consists of 6 synchronized videos with sound, and two extra sound objects. It contains recordings of the different kinds of activities that takes place in Grønttorvet during its demolishing and reconstruction process.
The videos show the various kinds of work that goes on in the area, the deafeningly loud demolition machinery, the more quiet kind of manual work, and the birds ́ hard work with their strategies of survival. The recordings concentrate on the rhythmic part of the work. There are slow rhythms and fast rhythms, all manipulated to beat simultaneously. A common, continuous rhythm fills the exhibition space, changing at 30 seconds intervals to fit the original rhythm of each of the ongoing jobs. The absurd paralleling of the diverse rhythmic activities, and the experience of seeing many at the same time, at either “right” or “wrong” pace, creates an almost impossible situation that hopefully inspires unexpected associations, questions and doubts.
About the artist
Tumi Magnússon is born in Iceland and is now residing in Copenhagen. He has in recent years made site- specific video/audio installations, but works with video, audio, painting and print. Most recently exhibited at the Kyoto Art Center in Japan and National Museum in Iceland. Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2005-11.
See more at www.tumimagnusson.com