Detail from installation at the exhibition The Image of Things, Guttormsgaards Arkiv. Photo: István Virág.
Vinyl text prints
Work made in relation to the residency The Collective Subject of History, organized by Praksis and held at Guttormsgaards Arkiv in Blaker (Norway), an eclectic collection of thousands of objects gathered from around the world, located in the collectors home. The residency aimed to explore the potentials of the archive as a site for re-making collective histories, how to make relevant the personal narratives, and how the challenging of current historiography may add to future processes of history making. (More on the residency here).
Kim Svensson’s approach to the archive is on methods of display in order to grasp which gestures are applied to both disrupt and connect linearities we become aware of when looking as an outsider. What happens when intimacy is allowed into the process of engaging with the archive? Can we dissolve pre-existing linearities and create new structures and connections?
Text: Stephanie von Spreter
As a correspondence to the setting of the archive, The Infiltrator consists of five footnotes based upon definitions and terms relating to ”Theatre”, written to resonate an intimate and performative approach towards gestures, disruptions and display taking place in the archive. The footnotes cross-reference specific objects, each other and correspond with specific locations in the archive; creating a ‘choreographed’ awareness among the encounters and eventually punctuating the universe of the archive.
Installation view of group show The Image of Things. With: Lara Ögel, Amina Sahan,
Anna Sofie Mathiasen, Juan Covelli, Stephanie von Spreter, Kim Svensson and the Hospital Prison University Radio.
Photos: István Virág.