Feast/Hospitality part 1: The Invitation
05 Apr, 2003 -
04 maj, 2003
Eric R. Fajardo (Panama/DK), Parastou Forouhar (Iran/D) i samarbejde med Phylis Kiehl (D),Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (DK), Katya Sander (DK), Ilona Huss Walin (S) & Lawrence Weiner (USA)
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"We believe in hospitaity as the necessary act in a
society with social and political imbalance", rum46

Press release
The art space rum46 has great pleasure to present the first part of our international art project Feast/Hospitality. In this first part of the project, The Invitation, seven Danish and foreign artists each give their contribution to the theme: Hospitality.

Maria Eichhorn (D), Eric R. Fajardo (Panama, DK), Parastou Forouhar (Iran/D) in collaboration with Phylis Kiehl (D), Tanja Nelleman Poulsen (DK), Katya Sander (DK), Ilona Huss Walin (S) & Lawrence Weiner (USA).

The artists use billboards, posters and small flags to attract the attention of passers-by. The intention is that the commercial media becomes a space for self-expression for a central socio-political theme – i.e. hospitality – how do we accept and associate with other people?
The consumer-aesthetic of the advertisement is transformed into statements which to a large degree invite ethical considerations. The individual artists reflect with great differences in form the theme, hospitality, with messages that range from the aggressive and insistent to more open statements which allow the viewers to make their own interpretations. The majority of the artists have produced completely new works which can be experienced in the city-space of Århus from 5 April to 4 May 2003.

The art-project Feast/Hospitality has a processual exhibition structure and is built up from the feast's three fases: The Invitation, The Feast and The Letter of Thanks (April 2003 – Oct. 2003). Read more*

We are inviting you to the opening of The Invitation Saturday 5 April at 4pm at rum46, Studsgade 46, Århus.

Best wishes rum46

*For more information please see: www.rum46.dk
rum46, ph: (+45)86208625 or Grete Aagaard/Anja Raithel ph: (+45)24668915/

Feast/Hospitality is supported by: Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, Danish Center for Culture and Development, Danish Counsil of Visual Art, Nordic Cultural Fund, The Culture Developing Foundations of Municipality of Aarhus, County of Aarhus, Gevalia, Clear Channel and Damgaard-Jensen and Kulturguiden.

Press release

Fase 1: The Invitation, 5 April – 4 May 2003
Several of the contributing artists are engaged in shading and subverting stereotypical conceptions of us and them. Amongst other things, they examine why some people are shut out and others let in, for example to the country or to the private room. It is difficult to pin down who is the stranger or the Other. Several of the artists' works suggest that perhaps the Other is always a part of you. The many statements show different approaches to hospitality and to the us-them problem, but common to them all is that they combine an aesthetic approach with ethical considerations.

The Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar has, in collaboration with the German artist Phylis Kiehl, produced a billboard in which a sympathetic and symbolic connection between two women arises. The long dark hair of the one woman covers some of the blond woman's face and vice versa. The Arabic word Hijab – veil – is usually associated with separation, but here the hair is transformed into a veil or a beard indicating that its identity is constantly interchanged and modified.

Katya Sander (DK), in black and white posters, deals with the words us/them and you/me and how their meaning is always dependent upon who is speaking. The meanings of the words depend upon the sender and receiver and therefore are not fixed concepts. As the artist herself observes that the relationship between you and me is always two-sided: "have you been shut out or have I been shut in?"

Under the title "Let us share the cake", the Danish artist Tanja Nelleman Poulsen places small flags with text in the city-space of Århus. The flags resemble birthday flags or flags put up for a town festival but are also a symbol of nationality and the sense of belonging. In curious ways, the texts invite the viewer to reflect upon the idea of co-existence.

Also Eric R. Fajardo (Panama/DK) encourages intercultural co-existence by dissolving the foundation of the national state – the connection between territory, race and nationality. In his poster he challenges with personal opinion the territorial boundaries and the concept of foreign itself.

The Swedish artist Ilona Huss Walin works in another way with the fatherland problem in her transformation of the Danish national coat of arms. Rats have taken the place occupied by lions and the artist explains: "This is a picture of the inner fight that exists within both individuals and a nation. The fight is between prestige and prestigelesness. If a nation or an individual should be able to develop, it´s important to let go of prestige."

Like the other artists, Lawrence Weiner (USA) replaces the customary billboard message by a short Danish/English text that reflects the choice between taking and having enough, or mutual interchange. The interpretation depends to a large extent on which text the individual viewer identifies with, and whether the text influences the beliefs of the viewer.

Where billboards infiltrate and transform the commercial message from the inside and thus also bring focus to bear on who has the right to express herself in the public arena, Maria Eichorn (D) has started a dialogue with a home for drug-addicted prostitutes. This on-going co-operation can help ensure that a folder in different languages is published containing information for women, together with an invitation to them to use the facility.

This form of direct dialogue with participants points the way towards the second part of rum46's Feast/Hospitality where the meeting between people is the central point. This second part of Feast/Hospitality, entitled The Feast, will be presented from the middle of May to end of June 2003.

Gæstebud – Feast/Hospitality
Description of the project

The art project, Gæstebud/Hospitality will be shown in the center of the city of Århus and is based in the urban, social and political space. Feast/hospitality is the overlaying metaphor for the structure of the exhibition project, which will be divided into the three phases of the Feast: The invitation, the meal and the digestion/the thank you card. Our goal is to create a debate and focus on hospitality through artistic happenings, works and reflections. The project started in December 2002 and will continue until november 2003.

In different ways we have experienced a polarized debate on the theme "us and the strangers" in the public media as well as in the private forum. Rum46 will try with the projekt Gæstebud/Hospitality to create a comprehensive and varied dialogue in an area and with issues that concern us all.. We wish to focus on the significance of the feast and on hospitality through dialogues and specific actions. This project is about how we welcome people, not only the stranger, the one in a unfortunate social position, but also the 'neighbour'. With the title, Gæstebud/Hospitality we ask the artists and writers we have invited to take an anthropological, sociological, psychological,
political and aesthetic approach to the theme. The title is seen as an overlaying structure and narrative for the content in the project, whose intention is to open the receivers eyes and intellect for ethical and aesthetic reflection and action.

We have invited a number of Danish and foreign artists/groups of artists and writers who we find show a special interest in their practice and commitment concerning social and politcal problems. All are working with actual practices and are creating alternative spaces in life which show new ways to mix with and to take positions on the surrounding society. It is the human relations thatare in focus.

We hope to show statements covering philosophical reflection, the poetical and lyrical, the humoristic setting and the politically engaged with this varied group and with the different approaches to artistic intervention in the social field .

The project is divided into three modules:

April 2003
The city space can appear inviting and hospitable or rejecting and unapproachable to the visitor depending on its signs and urban structures. We will be using this space and the expressions and channels of the mass-communication with posters, billboards, and flyers to catch the attention of the passers-by through manifestations and statements which will set the theme in debate. Our purpose is to create reflection and wonder in displacing the content of well known commercial messages with surprising and critical expressions.

May/June 2003
Module II is about creating meetings by means of actions, which will involve the spectator and make him a participant. As opposed to module I which was concerned with the theme hospitality, communicated through words/pictures and where the spectator experiences the work of art at a distance, in module II there will be created an inter-human social gathering, as comparable with the meal. The theme is propagated through concrete bodily acts and the openness and eagerness of the spectator to participate.

September/October 2003
Module III will consist of a newspaper, and be seen as a "digestion" partly of the overlying problems on the theme hospitality and as a reflection over the executed works/happenings. We look at the paper as the philosophical and theoretical meeting point of the project and have invitede a number of Danish and foreign artists and writers to reflect critically on the different experiences of the feast/hospitality in our society. The newspaper will be printed in Danish and English, it will be available to the public and will also be shown on the internet.

We began Gæstebud/Hospitality in December 2002 with some lectures and public meetings based on a dialogue in our exhibition space, Studsgade 46 in Århus which in the coming year will hve the function as a public info-room, meeting room, and be the base for the invited artists, lecturers, and writers.

Studsgade 46
8000 Århus C
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