Jens Haaning was born in 1965 and lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work focuses on the analysis of the structure of today’s modern society and how the dynamics of the various forms of power manifest and express themselves within that same structure. Some of the key themes of his artistic pursuit are immigration, categorisation, racism, intercultural dialogue and the exchange between global capitalism and local trade. Through a calculated process of exchange, Haaning's works bring to light the economies and forms of co-existence that result from the circulation of goods and the migration of peoples. Haaning’s exchanges usually involve a displacement, such as the temporary relocation of a factory employing immigrant workers into the museum ("Middelburg Summer 1996", 1996), or take the form of a counter-productive transaction, such as the swap of streetlight bulbs between the cities of Kassel, Germany and Hanoi, Vietnam ("Kassel - Hanoi (light bulb exchange)", 2002).
Jens Haaning has had recent solo exhibitions as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s "The Street" off-site project, London (2008), the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2008), FRAC, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2007) and Wiener Secession, Vienna (2007).
His work has been shown extensively in numerous museums and international exhibitions including U-TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2008), the 4th and 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2002 and 2006), the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002).
Performance on the absurd and its manifestations in everyday life: as aggression, as stupidity, as routine, as politics. Surrealist marches, dead animals, worn out hippies, Oscar Wilde, Nietzsche, elephant seals and a semi-naked beautiful man.
"We are all radiant in Kronstadt. The proudest of geographies": Three-hour performance of the poem "Neolithic Nocturne in Kronstadt" by Nikos Karouzos, on the song "At last I’m free" by Robert Wyatt. Participating actors: Nikoleta Daphnou, Syrmo Keke, Kostas Koutsolelos, Anna Tzakou, Giorgos Tsamis
Fantasy Plot Generator is a new hybrid project by Angelo Plessas. Stories that are created randomly by a website (fantasyplotgenerator.com/) are animated on a stage by actors. Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL (Pegy Zali, Petros Moris, Theodoros Giannakis), thewordofmouth.net/
Participating actors: Babis Galiatsatos, Natassa Giannaraki, Afroditi Kleovoulou, Giorgos Kyriakou, Athina Mathioudaki, Nikos Maramathas, Andreas Mariolas, Electra Nikolouzou, Maria Panourgia, Alkistis Poulopoulou, Maria Tzanitis Poulopoulou, Maria Tzani
You can see an interview of Angelo Plessas here vimeo.com/37555024
Georgina Kakoudaki and 4Frontal, Aristophanes – The Birds : A rock show for young audiences.
A rock show for young audiences, on the utopia of a better life. The Birds 'carry' the political, ethical, metaphysical and environmental issues in Aristophanes’s play to a contemporary setting. The show is also presented at the Theatre of Neos Kosmos as well as in other non-theatre settings, particularly in Secondary Schools, aiming to open up dialogue with the urban environment and the active viewers of the show.
Direction - Adaptation: Georgina Kakoudaki
Choreography: Patricia Apergi
Costumes: Dimitra Liakoura
Music: Spyros Pantazis
Actors: Apostolos Koutsianikoulis, Eleni Koutsiouba, Giorgos Mataragkas, Panos Topsidis