Former OFKS-students Lesia Vasylchenko and Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen have started the online enviroment UNKNOW. We have talked with Lesia and Magnus about their current exhibition, and why they wanted to start an online gallery:
Why did you start an online based gallery? What possibilities does this platform offer opposed to a physical gallery?
Magnus: We wanted to create a space for an international and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, where different people can meet and discuss or present topics of interest. The internet provides an open and available space that can reach and connect an audience across most parts of the world. The site is transformable and flexible and provides new ways of presenting works that the traditional white cube is unable to do.
Lesia: UNKNOW is an environment, where artists and thinkers of our generation can display their works without institutional or geographical limitations, and discover each other’s practices.
You have curated the online exhibition In-between that opens this week at unknow.online. Could you please elaborate on what you are presenting in this show and the theme of the exhibition?
Lesia: For the first show “hand-in-hand” we invited international practitioners with a background in arts, sociology, history and political theory to explore the relationship between ideology, labour, and Artificial Intelligence.
Our new exhibition focuses on the notion of in-between space beyond distances and borders in a rapidly changing world, where cultural, social and political structures are in flux and transition. “In-between” features five international artists who are working across media and engage in a discussion of the experience of an appearance of a place, dislocation, language, and identity.
For example, Danish artist David Tobias Bonde Jensen uses video, sound, performance and new media to explore semiotics of religion, mythology, and carnal spirituality. At In-between he’s displaying the video of the pamphlet layout by combining 3d animations and fragments of text in an arrangement influenced by the theory of ergodic literature to conceptualize a reciprocal space outside physicality.
Ximena Alarcón is a London-based Colombian sound artist and researcher interested in listening to interstitial spaces and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. Her practice-based research focuses on the social and aesthetic possibilities of working with the migratory experience by the creation of telematic sonic performances and networked environments. Alarcón has a PhD in Music, Technology, and Innovation from De Montfort University and currently teaches at the BA and MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication. You can read Ximena’s article On dis-location: listening and re-composing with others on our site.
You are welcoming suggestions for projects to be shown on the gallery platform. Could you please elaborate on this opportunity?
Magnus: We are always interested in facilitating dialogues and presenting new ideas relevant for the space. We hold ongoing open calls for people who want to guest curate or participate in future group exhibitions. Feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
How frequent will you be presenting new exhibitions, and what plans have you got for future projects?
Lesia: The program of exhibitions and events is dedicated to the critical discourse surrounding new media art, digital culture, philosophy and society. Beyond presenting artistic works, UNKNOW will provide theoretical articles, essays, and research-based projects, as well as events, streamed in real-time.
We are planning to have at least one online exhibition per month and 2-3 physical shows per year. We don’t have a fixed format, the duration of each exhibition is going to depend on the content.
VISIT HTTPS://WWW.UNKNOW.ONLINE TO SEE THE ONLINE EXHIBITION «IN-BETWEEN» CURATED BY FORMER OFKS-STUDENTS AND CURRENT STUDENTS AT KHIO LESIA VASYLCHENKO AND MAGNUS ANDREAS HAGEN OLSEN, WITH WORKS BY XIMENA ALARCÓN (CO/UK), DAVID TOBIAS BONDE JENSEN (DK/NO), TIM HØIBJERG (NO, FORMER OFKS-STUDENT), JOSSE THURESSON (SE/NO) AND MAGNUS ANDREAS HAGEN OLSEN (NO).
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