Vinyl, terror & Horror
Marie Kølbæk Iversen
The Way of Mu
17 August - 22 September 2018
I have come here to the prints of ancient feet, my mother's, and I ask of you to look benignly upon the women's cause. Look upon our race in history, and show that you remember all, you who laid your hands upon Io:
Io, the white cow. Io, the red, my green-eyed monster, my lunatic. Earth cow, morns, wing, blood. Dead sisters—brilliant nudes—marching in a single line into her vagina, past the Low Mountain, past the High pointed Mountain, into the centre of the Flat Mountain, towards Mu’s whirlpool.
When I rub my eyes with my fists, I see fantastic images: From the top of Mu’s house threads of cloth are hanging, changing into gold; purple hallways decked with golden stars; colourful moving serpents in a chaotic knot; Mu’s animal with claws like needles; a glass palace with snow steps; a rotating crown casting glittering rays into the night…
Rainbow-coloured curtains wave and flutter. The transformations spread from one to another, the rainbow passes across their faces while you—unchanging in the chestnut colour of your hair—you start to cry out while I regard you in your great ecstasy stung by the gadfly, radiating like orgasm. Round as a singing mouth at full stretch; round as a vagina when it makes; round as a full belly; round as a baby’s head, you come to us. On your forehead you bear my crescents, your eyes hypnotic as my clockface disc, bleeding and peeling.
I am your poet, mother. The time of the child is a thing apart.
Drawing on Aeschylos’ “Prometheus Bound;” Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s “Body Sweats;” Monique Wittig’s “The Lesbian Body;” Marge Piercy’s “The Moon is Always Female;” Staffan Mjönes’ “Shaman, Psychoanalyst or Obstetrician: A critical reading of Claude Lévi-Strauss’ essay “The Efficiency of Symbols”;” Unica Zürn’s “The Trumpets of Jericho;” Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel,” and Mary MacLane’s “I await the Devil’s Coming.”
Upcoming and recent exhibitions include: "The Moon" Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 2018, “Star Messenger,” LUX, London, GB, 2017; “Io/I” and Matrilineal Collapse, PARMER, New York, USA, 2017 / The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?), The 11th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016 / Spin and the Wolf, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016 / Transformer (solo), Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2015 / Mirror Therapy (solo), Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015 / BIM, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, and MONA, Hobart, Australia, 2014-15 / Consciousness, ARTEFACT ‘14, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium, 2014 / Dexter Bang Sinister, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012 / Execution – into decapital (solo), IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012.