FACE THE PAST AT GLYPTOTEKET
26 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2018
At Glyptoteket, we sat up camp 1 of TRAVERS among the finest collection of ancient art, portraying both the horrors and the heroes of the past. This impressive collection is a representation of power, depicting characters who made history, or at least – one way or another – accomplished something in their lives that led to them occupying a pedestal in this acclaimed gallery. They all made it. Or are they just a set of random figures, residing here because they were on the market when the collection was established? How is history told?
At Glyptoteket we faced our ancestors and reviewed the subjectivity of history. We discussed what it means to succeed and examined our own concept of pasts. We reopened our incomplete projects, reflected on our own practice and shared artistic strategies. We crossed disciplines and methods, expanded our mindset to discover what happens when we invite other practising artists in to our workspace. In the interface between artistic ideas we generated an open laboratorial installation representing and retelling the un-succeeded ventures of our past.
In order to structure the camp, TRAVERS invited a group of artists and scholars from very different background to host rooms in Glyptoteket. The hosts sat agendas and tasks, and together we discovered new perspectives while we sat fresh agendas in the open and egalitarian workshops during the week.
I feel very inspired and I look ahead optimistically. I hope this is the beginning of many collaborations and friendships. Also it just widens my view on my current work and gives me kind of liberation to be more creative. – Mingo Rajandi, participating artist in camp 1
The hosts were all intrigued by the notion of how and why we re-tell or re-enact stories, and how we can re-compose images of who we are by facing where we have come from. The hosts were the British sound and performance artist Tris Vonna-Michell; the Danish visual artist Jens Haaning; the Danish theatre director and writer Tue Biering; the Norwegian composer, vocalist and performer Trond Reinholdtsen; the Czech dramaturg and set designer Aljoscha Begrich; and the Argentine writer, theatre and film director Lola Arias.
The TRAVERS artists that participated in the camp at Glyptoteket in November 2018 came from all over the world and from many different backgrounds in terms of artistic practice. What they had in common was the desire and urge to challenge their practice and the field between the art forms.