Opens Nordic Outbreak Exhibition With
Björk’s “Mutual Core” in
Times Square’s March Midnight Moment
Nordic Outbreak is an Internationally
Traveling Exhibition of Moving Image
by Contemporary Nordic Artists
for NYC Launch of Nordic Outbreak
Exhibitions, Public Programs, Social Events
March 31 to April 6
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Midnight Moment
is presented nightly in collaboration between Times Square Advertising Coalition
and Times Square Arts. Image: Björk in “Mutual Core”, Directed by Andrew Thomas
Huang. The original version was commissioned by
MOCAtv for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Björk in her music video for “Mutual Core.” Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson. Photographs by Ka-Man Tse.
A video by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Björk, will be shown every night in March as part of a synchronized program on over fifteen of the largest digital signs in Times Square. Björk’s work, Mutual Core, will premiere just before midnight on March 1st and play throughout the month as part of the Midnight Moment, a presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, this video has been edited specifically for the digital signs and is part of Björk’s Biophilia Series, combining music with technological innovation and exploring themes of science and nature. In the video, the forces of nature explode across a futuristic landscape where volcanoes erupt from a dessert floor, a snowstorm transforms the environment, and anthropomorphic rocks come to life orbiting around a goddess of nature. The original version of the video was created by MOCAtv for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. This Midnight Moment presentation is part of the New York City launch of Streaming Museum’s Nordic Outbreak, an internationally touring exhibition of leading contemporary Nordic artists.
“Midnight Moment” is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program, formerly known as “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery,” premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program for the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists. Past artists featured in the program include Robert Wilson; Tracey Emin; Yoko Ono; Ori Gersht; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata;Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Brian Gonzalez (akaTaxiplasm). For more information on past projects, please click here.
Watch Mutual Core in Times Square teaser on the American Eagle Times Square Sign
About the Artists and Partners
Björk collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. Born Björk Gudmundsdottir on November 21, 1965, in Reykjavik, Iceland., Björk founded the band the Sugarcubes in 1986 before striking out on her own to a hugely successful solo career in 1993. In 2000, Björk appeared on the big screen in the critically acclaimed film Dancer in the Dark. She also scored the film and won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance. Visit bjork.com.
Andrew Thomas Huang
Andrew Thomas Huang is a filmmaker and artist living in Los Angeles. His film “Solipsist” was honored at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes Lions and won Best Experimental Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival. The film caught the attention of Icelandic polymath Björk, leading Andrew to direct her music video for “Mutual Core,” premiering at MOCA Los Angeles. Andrew’s work has also been showcased at the Hammer Museum, MOCA Taipei, and ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou. Andrew graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Animation from
the University of Southern California. Visit the artist’s website: http://www.andrewthomashuang.com.
Streaming Museum produces and presents contemporary-themed exhibitions of international multi-media arts, innovative ideas and related programs to a global audience via mobile devices, a network of big screens worldwide, and at cultural and public centers. Since its launch on January 29, 2008, exhibitions have been viewed on big screens in over 55 cities on 7 continents. Programs are generated in collaboration with a variety of cultural and educational organizations, prominent and emerging visual and performing artists, curators, and visionaries across fields. Visit www.streamingmuseum.org.
MOCAtv, which launched October 1, 2012, is a new, online contemporary art video channel, and a digital extension of the education and exhibition program of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). MOCAtv is the first and only dedicated art channel to be part of YouTube’s original channel initiative announced October 2011, and one of fourteen new, original channels that make up YouTube Education, a collection of more than 700,000 videos on a wide range of educational topics from math to science, history to geography. MOCA is the first contemporary art museum to associate with a major media company in an online video-programming venture of this scale, and the new channel features curated and original videos to educate and engage the global, online audience about contemporary art and its intersection with film, video, music, performance, dance, comedy, and more. WATCH and JOIN NOW at youtube.com/mocatv
Mutual Core Credits
Nordic Outbreak is an exhibition project for public space including over thirty moving image artworks by contemporary Nordic artists. It questions what the idea of ‘the Nordic’ has come to mean in the digital age – as a concept of aesthetics and identity.
Following a month-long prelude of a screening across twenty screens on Times Square from March 1-31, Nordic Outbreak will launch in New York City the week of March 31 – April 6, 2013, with exhibitions in public spaces and at Scandinavia House. A series of programs and events, including a symposium at Scandinavia House with Nordic artists, curators and theorists, will take place.
Following the launch in New York City, Nordic Outbreak will be viewed in public spaces and cultural centers accompanied by public programs across the Nordic region through 2013. A selection of the artwork will be exhibited in Streaming Museum’s international network of screens and mobile devices.
Nordic Outbreak is an exhibition project that looks at contemporary dynamics in moving images in the Nordic art scene. It unfolds on screens and with projections in public and semi-public spaces, accompanied by a series of public discussions. The program brings new light on the Nordic as a diverse aesthetic and existential concept in the digital age.
Nordic Outbreak is an experimental exhibition project that takes a starting point in ‘the digital’ as a condition for our communication landscape and as a premise of the moving image. In a digital logic, artworks are ‘files’ – flexible to travel and unfold in different formats. This point of departure pushes the notion of originality and materiality of the artwork, and the limits and rules of the exhibition.
Today, the modes of production and means of presentation, distribution and circulation of digital art works are continuously adapting to the digital era in an intensified state of psychic nomadism. Initiatives like the online video archive, digital exhibitions, and video sharing services shape an open landscape of increasing accessibility, visibility and exchange. In this landscape, artistic production and presentation can reflect on itself while at the same time producing itself, in a fluid condition where borderlines between art and media resolve one another. The exhibition program explores (rather than proposes) what ‘the Nordic’ has come to mean as an aesthetic concept – one that mirrors an existential condition in the Nordic region today. Nordic Outbreak investigates the Nordic context as a multiplicity.
The artworks included in the program are produced in the years leading up to and right after the 2010s, years in which the “space of flows” has infused the art world and rewritten the rules and tools of artistic production and presentation. Nordic Outbreak brings together moving images by more than 30 artists, coming from or working within a Nordic artistic context, ranging from well to lesser known.
The selection is presented in its entirety at the opening in New York, with Scandinavia House at its unifying point and with some works shown at installations across the urban landscape of New York City, in different formats. After this, the works will travel to public space installations across the Nordic region, in re-compositions, each of which will center around a new site-contextual theme. These themes reflect a moment in the aftermath of discussions and issues that have been critical to the Nordic contexts in the past decade – such as gender equality, decline of the welfare state, nationalism vs. globalism, rural nostalgia, immigration politics, man/nature relationship, post-crisis transition and existentialism.
The project draws its title from the openness of the world’s infrastructures, in the light of an outbreak – from conventional aesthetics expectations to ‘the Nordic’ concept; from traditional structures of exhibition making and presentation formats; and from fixed meanings of works that now travel across cultures and local contexts.
After a prelude across 20 screens in Times Square through March, the exhibition will launch in NYC March 31 – April 6 2013 with
installations at Scandinavia House and in high visibility public spaces, with an all-day symposium and various events. Between August and December 2013, the exhibition will travel to all of the Nordic countries in collaboration with partner institutions and festivals. Artworks will also travel through Streaming Museum’s international network of screens in 2014.
The exhibition will be followed by a publication with essays, artist interviews and documentation of artworks, and of each local exhibition.
Nordic Outbreak is presented by Streaming Museum, curated and produced by Tanya Toft and Nina Colosi, in collaboration with four guest curators: Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen and Jacob Lillemose.
About Streaming Museum
Streaming Museum produces and presents contemporary-themed exhibitions of international multi-media arts, innovative ideas and related programs to a global audience via mobile devices, a network of big screens worldwide, and at partnering cultural centers. Image and sound act as “contemporary hieroglyphs’ that transcend boundaries of language and culture in our visually oriented, globally interconnected world.
New York City-based Streaming Museum was founded in 2008 by Nina Colosi. Programs are generated in collaboration with a variety of cultural and educational organizations, prominent and emerging visual and performing artists, curators, and visionaries across fields.
The Nordic Outbreak exhibition will be followed by a publication in Spring 2014.
David Bates, Jr. Streaming Museum Co-producer and Videographer davidjr.comKate Greenberg Publicist
and SponsorshipChristina Fleuron Exhibition Designer cargocollective.com/christinafleuron
Project ManagerSarah Nochenson Show Runner
Partners and Sponsors
Nordic Outbreak Launch Week in New York City
MARCH 31 – APRIL 6 2013
Nordic Outbreak launches in New York City with a week of events and exhibitions in public spaces. The programs will address contemporary dynamics in Nordic moving images and what “the Nordic” has come to mean in the digital age as a concept of aesthetics and identity.
The theme of the New York exhibition, Nordic Outbreak: Confronting Tales, Futures and Memories, questions the fictional narratives and tales that underpin the Nordic concept – of cultural values, identification with nature, melancholia, everyday life and the welfare model. These tales have shaped through past and present myths, memories and nostalgia, and in the traditions and rituals of everyday life, which ultimately shape ideas about the future. Confronting Tales, Futures and Memories is the umbrella theme of the total collection of artworks. It challenges the preconceived notions of ‘the Nordic’ concept as idea and identity.
Nordic Outbreak visiting the KIASMA, Helsinki
Nordic Outbreak at the KIASMA is a program of Streaming Museum and curated by Tanya Toft and Kati Kivinen that includes a selection of artwork from the Nordic Outbreak exhibition. The exhibition is supported by AV-arkki.
Nordic Outbreak visits Screen City Festival, Stavanger
October 25 – November 2, 2013
Screen City Festival: Shaping Public Space. Moving cityscapes is dedicated to the moving image presented in public spaces, on the city`s facades, shop windows and urban venues, enlightening and changing the vision of the urban context of Stavanger. It will take place for the first time during from October 25th – November 02, 2013. The program will experiment with the reshaping of public space through Media Art, presenting a program of video art, animation, experimental short films, creative data visualizations, projection mapping and participatory urban media interventions. The festival is curated by Daniela Arriado and Mirjam Struppek.
Nordic Outbreak at Screen City Festival is a program of Streaming Museum curated by Tanya Toft and Daniela Arriado that includes a selection of artwork from the Nordic Outbreak exhibition. It is supported by OCA, PNEK and Public Art Screens.
Nordic Outbreak visits the Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen
The Nordic Outbreak exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen is a program of Streaming Museum and curated by Tanya Toft and Jacob Lillemose. The exhibition at DAC thematically expands on an architectural dimension of interface aesthetics and digital moving images in an urban context.
The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) is a project organization that develops and communicates knowledge about architecture and urban- and landscape development. Most of the projects it carries out are performed in conjunction with Danish and international partners who share the same vision. Danish Architecture Centre is a base funded by a partnership consisting of, on the one hand Realdania, and on the other hand the Danish state, represented by the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Danish Ministry of Environment, the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.
Jonatan Habib Engqvist
A History of Nordic Moving Images, and Things.
The New School
Jonatan Habib Engqvist is a theorist and curator based in Stockholm. He has previously worked at Södertörn University (2004-07), the Royal Institute (2006 -09), as curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2008 -09), and project manager at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international exchange program for visual art, Iaspis (2009 -). Engqvist is also editor in mischief at tsnoK.se and producer of international programs and exhibitions. Has written for and edited journals like Ars Hypermedia, Glänta, Ord&Bild, Motiv, Input and Divan. Co-editor of books like: Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour (Iaspis/Steinberg Press, 2012) and Dharavi: Documenting Informalities (The Royal Institute, Stockholm 2008 & Academic Foundation, New Dehli 2009). Recent free-lance projects have included: (I)ndependent People, The Rey
Speakers and Writers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Erkki Huhtamo
Erkki Huhtamo, Professor of Media History and Theory, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Here, There, and Everywhere:
Toward Glocal Media Archaeology
Erkki Huhtamo is Professor of Media History and Theory at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Design | Media Arts. Professor Huhtamo holds a PhD in Cultural History. He has published extensively on media archaeology and the media arts. Media archaeology is an emerging approach he has pioneered since the early 1990s. It excavates forgotten, neglected and suppressed media-cultural phenomena, helping us to penetrate beyond canonized accounts about media culture. Professor Huhtamo has applied this approach to phenomena like peep media, stereoscopy, the notion of the screen, electronic games and mobile media. Professor Huhtamo’s most recent books are a monograph titled Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2012), and Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications and Implications (edited with Dr. Jussi Parikka, University California Press, 2011).
Head of research, The Norwegian Video Art Archive
Marit Paasche is an art historian and Associate Professor of Art Theory, associated with the Oslo Academy of Fine Art and head of research at the Norwegian Video Art Archive. She also works as an art critic, curator and writer. Her field of specialty is American and European contemporary art, with a particular focus on video art and experimental film by artists like Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Gunvor Nelson, Hito Steyerl, Jonas Mekas and Rosalind Nashashibi. She has curated exhibitions like The Human Pattern at Kunsthall Oslo (with Will Bradley in 2011), Deadlock Exhibited with Tone Hansen and Anna S. Gudmundsdottir at Kunsthall Exnergasse, Vienna (2008), and The Society of Mind, National Museum of Art, Oslo (2005). Paasche has been an editor of several books, including A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, 2011), Urban Images: Unruly Desires in Film and Architecture (Sternberg Press 2011) and An Eye For Time. Video Art and Reality (Pax, 2004). Currently, she is preparing a major exhibition at Henie Onstad Art Center called We Are Living On a Star(2014). Paasche is also working on a book on Hannah Ryggen with the preliminary title From All Sides of the Square (2012/2013).
Curator, Director m-cult centre for new media culture, Helsinki Finland
Minna Tarkka is a curator and producer of digital media and art, and director of m-cult, centre for new media culture in Helsinki. She has been involved in building Finnish media art and culture since late 80′s, as founding member of the artist organizations Muu and AV-arkki and as prof
essor at the Media Lab Helsinki, University of Art and Design where she headed the MA in New Media programme 1996-2001. She has brought two international symposia of electronic art to Helsinki, as programme director of ISEA’94 and as m-cult director during ISEA2004. Since 2010, she has curated urban media art in context of the European Media Facades and Connecting Cities networks. Her key interests are in participatory media and open source culture on which she has directed several projects at m-cult.
Vibeke Jensen is a Norwegian artist with a particular interest in the psychogeographic mapping of the urban scene, and its deconstruction and reconfiguration within the space of digital information. In particular, Jensen has investigated the practice of surveillance, recognizing this as a central structural element of advanced urban cultures. She constructs situations, images and sculptures that provoke a rupture in daily life perception. Jensen works internationally and has shown in galleries and museums in New York, Beijing, London, Vienna, Bogotá, Mexico City and Norway. Her urban interventions have been realized in Shanghai, New York, Oslo, Trondheim and Graz, and she is the winner of international residencies and competitions. Jensen lectures and presents her work at art institutions and conferences, and is currently a visiting professor at the Bergen School of Architecture.
Superflex is a Danish artists’ group founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. Superflex describe their projects as Tools, as proposals that invite people to participate in and communicate the development of experimental models that alter the economic production conditions. Often the projects are assisted by experts who bring in their special interest, these tools can then be further used and modified by their users. Often their projects are related to economic forces, democratic production conditions and self-organization. Superflex has gained international recognition for their projects. They have had solo exhibitions, among others, at the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (Supershow — more than a show), GFZK in Leipzig, Germany (Social Pudding in collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main (Open market), the REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles (Guarana Power), Mori Museum in Tokyo, Gallery 1301PE in Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Superflex has participated in international arts biennials such as the Gwangju biennial in Korea, Istanbul Biennial, São Paulo Biennial, Shanghai Biennial and in the “Utopia Station” exhibition at the Venice Biennale. They contributed to the exhibition Rethink Kakotopia shown at the Nikolaj Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen 2009 and at Tensta Konsthall 2010.
Born 1973 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lives in Reykjavik, IS,Berlin, DE. Egill Sæbjörnsson graduated from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (now the Icelandic Academy of the Arts) in 1997 and studied at the University of Paris, St.Denis, from 1995 to 1996. Egill Sæbjörnsson’s work is an approach to experience, a mode of behaviour, a play. creates arrangements that cannot be described as mere “installations”. They are all at once performance set, sculptural accumulations and three-dimensional drawings. Music plays a vital part in his art projects, and he is a musician as much as a visual artist. With an artistic background in drawing and painting, Sæbjörnsson has always been fascinated by video and animation, and his current work can be seen as a (techno)logical continuation of painting. Some of his works incorporate music and projections with everyday objects, in a way that is both comical and poetic. Other works feature complete stage sets and performances, with cut-out figures that talk and sing and interact with commonplace objects or with the artist himself, all with strong references to both contemporary society and cultural and art history.
Margret Elisabeth Olafsdottir
Independent researcher on media art at Reykjavik Academy
Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir (1965) is an independent writer and researcher at Reykjavik Academy (2012-). She holds a PhD in Arts and science de l’art from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon (2013). Margrét taught Media Art Histories at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (2002-2011) and Modern and Contemporary Art in France at the University of Iceland (2005-2009) were she’s also taught courses in translation. She’s worked as an art critic for Icelandic National Broadcasting Services (2009-2011) and as a journalist, freelance writer, lecturer and editor (since 1987). She is a coordinator of Pikslaverk festival of electronic arts (since 2008) and co-curated Perspectives: on the convergences of art and philosophy at the Reykjavik Art Museum (2011). Margrét is a co-founder of Lorna, Association for Electronics Arts (2002), and Lorna Lab, a cross-disciplinary platform of art, science and technology (2010).
Curator and Artist
Birta Gudjonsdottir is an artist and independent curator residing in Reykjavik and Berlin. She holds an MA-degree of Fine Arts from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Birta was a director of The Living Art Museum in 2009-2011. In 2008-2009 she was an artistic director of art space 101 Projects,Reykjavik. In 2008 she was a curator´s assistant at MuHKA; Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp. In 2007 she participated in the Nordic Baltic Curatorial Platformorganized by FRAME in Finland. In 2005-2008 she was a curator at SAFN, Private Contemporary Art Collection, Reykjavik. Birta has curated exhibitions in Copenhagen, Kaunas, Oslo, Melbourne, New York, St. Petersburg and numerous art museums and art spaces in Iceland. In 2011 she participated in the Curatorial Intensive at ICI; Independent Curators International, New York, and The Cornwall Workshop, organized by Teresa Gleadowe andTate St. Ives. Since 2002 she has produced art space Dwarf Gallery in Reykjavik.
Curator/Producer Art & New Media
Daniela Arriado (b.1982, Chile) works as independent curator and producer of Art & New Media. She is educated within Aesthetics and Art History, and dedicated to the practice of moving image and public space. Her research focuses on art and city development, and the relationship between interaction, new media and public space. She is an ambassador for PNEK – production network for electronic arts in Norway, and Director of Screen City – festival for moving image. Based in Berlin and Stavanger
Curator and Writer
Curator of the Transmediale exhibition since 2011 with the exhibitions “Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in Technological Times,” (2012), and “Tools of Distorted Creativity”, “Imaging with Machine Processes. The Generative Art of Sonia Landy Sheridan,” and “Evil Media Distribution Center” (2013). Has curated (with Inke Arns) the travelling retrospective of the web server irational.org (2006-2012). Member of the Copenhagen-based collective Artnode, with which he edited the publication We Love Your Computer. An Anthology on Net Art (2008), containing 36 seminal texts on net art. Has written extensively on art, society, and information technology, including texts on artists such as Co
rnelia Sollfrank, UBERMORGEN, Daniel Garcia Andujar/Technologies to the People, and David Lamelas. Holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen with the dissertation “Art as Information Tool. Critical Engagement with Software Culture” (2010), which discusses contemporary software art in the context of the legacy of concpetual art. Regular contributor to kunstkritikk and frieze.
Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Kati Kivinen has worked as curator for temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA since 2003. For 2013 she’s co-curating a solo exhibition by Finnish artist and film maker Mika Taanila. During the year 2010 Kivinen served as the Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. Before, she has worked as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME. Her freelance co-curatorial projects include a.o. exhibition Don’t Worry – Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (2007-2008). Since 2011 Kivinen is board member of the IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (2011-2014), and also board’s consultant member for the HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. Kivinen received her MA in Art History from the University of Helsinki in 2000, where she’s completing her doctoral research project on 1990′s and early 21st century moving image installations in Finland.