Vinyl, terror & Horror
Marie Kølbæk Iversen
10 March - 10 April 2021
When all women are widows
When all men are dead
When the house and yard are deserted
When we see white ravens
When we see black swans
When we see the feathers sink
When we see the stones floating
When we see the sea burning
When we see the end of the world
With the black swan as a starting point, the exhibition When focuses on the apocalypse as a transhistorical motif. In the book ‘The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable’ from 2007, the mathematical philosopher and probability theorist Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains how history has never been predictable, but instead consistently driven forward by what Taleb refers to with the ancient Roman poet Juvenal as 'black swans:' positive or negative events which are considered unlikely before they occur, but which are realized with far-reaching consequences. The Corona Crisis is a classic black swan.
An old folk song also connects the black swan to the idea of doom. The young man, Svend from Rosengård, must go into exile after he has killed his brother. When his mother asks when he will return home, Svend answers: When all women are widows / When all men are dead / When house and farm are deserted / When we see white ravens / When we see black swans / When we see the feathers sink / When we see the rocks floating / When we see the sea burning / When we see the end of the world.
Based on both Taleb's theory and the poem about Svend from Rosengård, the video work Portents is based on footage of white swans in the Danish lake Damhussøen, and black swans in Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo. The respective shots appear negative — the white swans black, the black swans white — while the background assumes a psychedelic character.
Besides the two video installations, the exhibition also features a series of ink drawings and serigraphic UV prints that stretch the image surface beyond the color spectrum visible to the human eye. The work series borrows its motifs from art-historical depictions of dead men as well as recent ecological disasters and collapses, including satellite and drone footage of 2020's extensive fires in the Arctic and Amazon. As for the arrival at the end of the world, the question is not if, but when.
Marie Kølbæk Iversen (b.1981, Herning DK) is an artistic research fellow at the Academy of Fine Art at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University since October 2017. in 2008 she graduated visual artist MFA from the School of Time-based Media at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in 2008.
Past exhibitions include: exhibition of Slide, Danish National Gallery, Copenhagen, DK, 2020, n_body crash, digital commission, Kvadrat/South into North, DK, 2020, Io Lib., solo exhibition, ARIEL, Copenhagen, DK, 2020, Unexpected Encounters—Possible Futures: ‘Cosmic Existence,’ group exhibition, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019, Moonologue at VEGA│ARTS, group exhibition, VEGA and Cisternerne, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019, Let the field of your attention…soften and spread out, group exhibition, Tallinn Photomonth, Kai Art Centre, Tallinn, Estonia, 2019, The Moon, group exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, 2018-19, Way of Muu, solo exhibition, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018, Birth of Muspelina, solo exhibition, Annual Reportt, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018, Soon Enough, group exhibition, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018, Water from the Waist Down, festival, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 2018, Star Messenger, solo exhibition, PS/Y + LUX, London, Storbritannien, 2017, “Io/I” and Matrilineal Collapse, solo exhibition, PARMER, New York, USA, 2017, The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?), group exhibition, The 11th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju,
South Korea, 2016, Mirror Therapy, solo exhibition, Fotografisk Center, København, Danmark, 2015, Biennale de l’image en mouvement (BIM), group exhibition, Centre d’art contemporain, Genève, Switzerland, and MONA, Hobart, Australia, 2014-15.