mercoledì 26 gennaio 2011

The Quantum Police in Brussels, Belgium

Valerie Lambert Gallery in Brussels, Belgium hosted the culmination of Quantum Police (QP) events which also took place in Stockholm, Sweden and Wuhan, China. The gallery provided a unique atmosphere for the presentation of both research about this mysterious, yet international group of participants and for the experience of art as it is both part living space and part gallery space.

The upper floor presented research to include the earliest known beginnings and inspiration behind QP--The Quantum Law Manifesto (1969) written by Johnny Ross and Willie Hansen. Viewers were then introduced to a timeline of various details that introduced four known QP enthusiasts; American artist Charlie White, an (anonymous) Swedish woman; Chinese author Wang Xiao Ping and an elderly French gentleman (now deceased) known as Manu. Their histories were illustrated through interviews transcribed on to musical scores that were spread along the walls of this room. Two display cases presented artifacts and memorabilia gathered and shared from these sources especially for the event.

In the downstairs area, artist Per Huttner created a site-specific experience that was as mysterious and anonymous as any true QP action. Walking into what is normally a two-room exhibition space, the viewer could only proceed as far as the first room up to a doorway made from horizontal panes of mirror that were lit up from behind by powerful halogen lamps. Behind this facade of mirror, one could hear a one-sided conversation of a man answering a phone call from a distressed individual. The sound of this conversation could also be heard outside on street level.

Also during the evening, Belgian sound artist Patrick Thinsy performed a unique sound scape created from a recorded interview with the Swedish woman. Outside, novels roasted on a grill ( a signature trademark of QP) providing fuel to cook sausages for the visitors.

Where will The Quantum Police appear next? The answer remains yet to be announced.

mercoledì 15 dicembre 2010

The Quantum Police Take Over Stockholm

No amount of snow or cold could keep Quantum Police devotees away from coming to the unique surrounding of Dktus to experience music, action and grilled hot dogs roasting over burning whodunit novels.

Below you can find images from the event as well as a video of the performance by Per Huttner and musician/DJ Jean-Louis Huhta.

martedì 2 novembre 2010

A Trip to Denmark

22 – 23 October

It was a whirlwind two days during a curatorial research trip to explore Copenhagen's art scene. My trip was made in order to explore possible ways that Vision Forum can expand and welcome its network to include other Nordic countries.

It was an exhilarating experience to cross the water into a country so close to Sweden, yet so different in its approach to art. This observation could be dependent on the artists I met and whose works I saw, but truly there was a different tone that I haven't quite formulated into words just yet. So for now I share with you my journey and introduce the people and art I had the opportunity to meet and see.

Despite the fact that the train from Stockholm to Copenhagen was an hour late, I managed to track down the studios of the first two groups on my list which were both fortunately located in the same area of the Old Carlsberg brewing factory. First up was a collective of four artists who call themselves
AKassen; Christian Bretton-Meyer, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Søren Petersen and Tommy Petersen.

Individually, their backgrounds consist of sculpture, photography and painting, but together their work is about space and to "puncture architecture". Whether it relates to altering the inside of a white cube or outside of art's context within a community's public area, their work is narrative and at times humorous. (Check out
Concrete Floor and Lamp Post). Their works are always unique and specific to the space or event they are invited to exhibit at.

The one signature that binds their style together is that what they create is always subtle and challenging to the viewer's experience of art. There is no obvious object on a pedestal, instead one must actually participate as if they are on a treasure hunt to find and see a work created by AKassen. I experienced this first-hand when I went to the exhibition "Make Yourself At Home" at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. I walked into a large room of the exhibition space and saw two statues by Philip Aguirre y Otegui, some random glass window panes stacked on the floor in the corner and a large installation by Pascal Marthine Tayou. AKassen was in this room too as the wall label with their name on it told me, but at first I couldn't figure out what or where their work was! It wasn't until I looked up and saw the large, empty space in the ceiling where windows should have been that the light bulb went off in my head. This exhibition space has truly been punctured by AKassen.

After meeting with AKassen, I ran up a couple flights of stairs to have a short meeting with the artist duo Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard who founded in collaboration with programmer Russell Ratshin. They function both as artists working on projects such as the ongoing democratic project known as New Life Copenhagen, and as managers of the virtual platform of which is an extensive web site for art practitioners to advertise information about works, open calls, exhibitions and other events taking place worldwide. I really enjoyed Rosengaard's and Nielsen's confidence and enthusiasm and who knows—maybe they will collaborate with Vision Forum in the near future.

The painter Mie Morkenberg was on my list of artists I wanted to meet, however she was out of town during my time in Copenhagen. I was particularly curious about her work for their narrative, dream-like references which is something of a personal interest. I was able to see a new mural exhibited at "Make Yourself At Home" and other paintings at Politikens Hus. Her paintings depict a scene from a room in a house and have a reference to the old-fashioned, yet are layered with sinister sensations of danger or harm like a nightmare.

The final artist that I met was the sculptor Henrik Menné, whom I should add is an engineering genius despite the fact he never studied this area as a profession. All of his sculptures are large scale, a mechanical creation that usually take in a specific material such as glue or wax and then reprocesses and emits it out into another ephemeral sculpture creation. His work captures notions of process, alteration and time that are visually stunning and engaging.

The best way to describe his work is through experience and photographs, which you can see on his gallery's site:
Galleri Tom Christoffersen.

lunedì 17 maggio 2010

The Show Must Come Down

"The Places Where I Live" by Oana Camilleri.
Dual videos visible from the outside of the Romanian Culture Institute.

"Neither Three Nor Four" by Yan Jun.
Sound installation within an antique elevator of the institute's building.

"Day Dreams II" by Zhifei Yang.
Live performance in Stockholm on April 24, 2010.

Yesterday, May 16th, was the last day of the group exhibition Simultaneity, uniting the works of Oana Camilleri, Yan Jun and Zhifei Yang. On reflection, the project was a tremendous accomplishment in networking and long distance communication between the artists and myself as well as the other institutions like the Romanian Culture Institute of Stockholm and Platform China in Beijing, who both played a supporting role in making the event a reality.

After looking through my project notes from the past year, I was surprised to realize that several questions I had posed at the beginning were in the end, answered: What are some of the ways one could exhibit experiences of simultaneity through contemporary mediums? Will this be an exhibition that occurs twice? Same time/different places? Could it occur in a public space and a virtual space at the same time?
I think the combination of Jun's soundscapes, Zhifei's performance/video and Oana's videos beautifully articulated and enabled expressions of simultaneity to exist and be experienced by others. There was an overlapping presentation of the works, allowing different elements to occur at the same time both through the Internet where Zhifei's video was placed and in the public exhibition space of Platform China, who hosted the same soundworks created by Jun for the exhibition in Stockholm.

Today, as I packed up the final equipment from the Romanian Culture Institute's space, I thought how wonderful it has been to bring together talented people and the other various elements involved in this experience of exhibition making. It's really hard to pack it all away, but there is a glimmer of optimism that maybe, just maybe simultaneity can be something created and exhibited again.

venerdì 12 febbraio 2010

An Exhibition in the Making

I just wanted to write to update everyone on the exhibition I've been working on these past months. The Romanian Culture Institute of Stockholm has welcomed me to curate the group exhibition "Simultaneity-An Infinite Experience" (current working title). It will feature Vision Forum artists Oana Camilleri, Yan Jun and Zhifei Yang.
The exhibition will also be part of a larger cultural event taking place for the first time in Stockholm called 'God Natt Stockholm' on Saturday April 24th.
The exhibition will include "The Places Where I Live," a dual-video projection by Oana Camilleri; "Both One and Two" and "Neither Three nor Four," which are two sound works created by Yan Jun and finally, Zhifei Yang will be on site to dream on her large, over-sized pillow.
I will keep posting updates as the exhibition progresses and takes on more definate details.

mercoledì 28 ottobre 2009

A Simultaneous Situation

Above is text from one section of an installation on display in the Arsenale in Venice--unfortunately as I write this I realize I don't have the name of the artist (Falke Pisano perhaps...). I share it here as an example of the simultaneous "situations" I'm collecting and trying to implement in a public realm. It is also a source of inspiration and a novel example of the simultaneous instance of how the viewer not only experiences an art work but also becomes an object related to the work.

martedì 20 ottobre 2009

11:11 Archive Experiment

I've created a blog to begin collecting individual accounts of 11:11. Everyone is welcome to leave a comment to build the archive! Visit:

If you want to continue to write on the blog to document your experiences, please e-mail me ( so I can add you as an author.

During the next couple of weeks this experiment will take place in Shenzhen and Bejing through the Invisible Generation events taking place in these cities.