Styrmir Örn Gudmundsson Route du Nord @ Roodkapje
20:00 Opening talk
21:00 performance Mette Sterre & Samantha Thole
21:00 Performance Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Open 12:00 – 18:00
Object = Subject
Curated by Kiki Petratou
The subject–object problem, a longstanding philosophical issue, is concerned with the analysis of human experience, and arises from the premise that the world consists of objects (entities) which are perceived or otherwise presumed to exist as entities, by subjects (observers). This division of experience results in questions regarding how subjects relate to objects. The exhibition entitled “Object = Subject” investigates the relations that result by the interaction and the shifting of the two. It is based on the inherent duality of both words to be a verb and a noun simultaneously. The exhibition therefor will be a play between those qualities. Enriched by Mette Sterre and Samantha Thole’s and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s object based performance will be looking at how roles will be shifting, protagonists will be altered between persons and things and eventually it will focus on how the body being either an object or a subject will be used as a tool for storytelling. Whereas Sterre and Thole will be treating the body as a manifestation and (re) presentation of contemporary femininity and feminism drawing on subjects like “Women and Violence”,
Guðmundsson’s body will be used as a container of memories and as a medium that activates objects, things and gestures.
Friday 26 September 9pm
Mette Sterre & Samantha Thole – Double Helix (à quatre mains)
For their latest performance London based artist Mette Sterre and newly Rotterdam based artist Samantha Thole collaborate in mixing Dadaism with Jewish mysticism, aligning contemporary art with magic. In “Double Helix (à quatre mains)” Sterre and Thole use rhyme and rhythm to animate the inanimate, as the power of creation is addressed through mudwrestling by candlelight.
Based upon their earlier collaboration and following the title of this exhibition Mette and Thole conceived a brand new performance in which life is given to a lifeless object, to become the creators’ servant/ subject. In their construction this subject objects. The mystic Jewish Legend of the Golem functions as their conceptual starting point. Their main theme is the making of a Golem: to give life to inorganic matter through language / spoken incantation.
Saturday 27 September 9pm
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson is a storyteller, a performer, a dancer, an object maker, an illustrator. He has a love for the absurd, by which is meant less an obsessive passion for the ridiculous, nonsensical or the odd, than a tender and caring attitude: he takes care of the absurd, he helps it to develop, he gives it a place alongside everything else where it can be your most disturbing neighbor and your best friend. More often than not Styrmir uses the written language as a genesis of his work. Written pieces are then adapted into live performances that activate objects, things and gestures. The performances and their narrative, that often are delivered as monologues, serve as an exhibition device for
autonomous art objects.
During his performance he will activate (some of) the different works that comprize the exhibition. The background and context of the objects are coming from various directions. But through a storytelling performance he will weld and solder knee-pieces and bridges that connect them in one way or the other. Sometimes the connection is through word play, other times the connection is simply an abruption to another chapter, world or context.
The audience will be mobilized through the space during the performance. It will take on the format of a guided tour vs. a studio visit.