1. Dirty Literature: Karl Holmqvist, 'Change Your Face'

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    If one takes the act of portraiture as heresy, then surely any visit to the National Portrait Gallery must be thought to bring one to the heart of the scene of the crime. Swedish artist Karl Holmqvist's work deals with the relation between language and image, figuration and abstraction - relationships he has explored over the last twenty years. For the specifically commissioned artist's talk, Change Your Face, Holmqvist elaborates on his mostly language-based visual arts practice, and how elements such as repetition and rhythm in language may bring us closer to concerns more often thought of in relation to images. National Portrait Gallery, London 12 May 2011

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    • Karl Holmqvist

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      • Karl Holmqvist "Give Posters a Try" 20 september - 17 november 2013

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        Karl Holmqvist (SE b. 1964) works with words. Via words in books, in performances, on posters and in sounds, he examines the meaning formation, origins and usage of words. He has been doing this for almost twenty years under the slogan, mantra and challenge Give Poetry a Try, which on the occasion of this exhibition has become Give Posters a Try. A gigantic hanging of 71 different black and white posters forms the focal point of the Holmqvist exhibition, which is situated in the large central hall of the South Wing. The posters have been pasted onto the walls from floor to ceiling, like a flickering black and white wallpaper in words and images. The exhibition also includes three video works: I

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        • Karl Holmqvist at EPHEMEROPTERAE˜ I/XV+ at TBA21 Augarten, Vienna - June 1, 2012

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          Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Augarten EPHEMEROPTERAE˜ (performer, audience, word, spoken, garden, friday, evening, vienna, austria) I / XV+ Karl Holmqvist 1 June 2012 tba21.org/augarten_activities/162?category=spoken_words Ephemeropterae˜ – the term for insects that live only a day – oscillate between oral histories and storytelling, poetry and music, lecture, comment, rant, speech; from internal voice to transcription of messages of ghosts (from paranormal to normal) and non-verbal communication. By resisting definitions and directly addressing and engaging audiences, this series offers different approaches to the nature and the experience of an oral practice that is rooted in every culture and civilization.

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          • Dream of Insomnia Workshop - Karl Holmqvist - Word Text Vortex

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            Dream of Insomnia Workshop 17-18 February 2012 curated by Éric Alliez in collaboration with Annie Ratti, Andrea Lissoni e Cesare Pietroiusti at Fondazione Antonio Ratti – Villa Sucota Karl Holmqvist Word Text Vortex For his presentation Karl Holmqvist will share some of his recent studies on the life and work of Ezra Pound. The typically learned and distantly observing position famously taken by the poet in his writings using frequent citations in a host of original languages etc. nonetheless led Pound to the twin disasters of him endorsing Mussolini's fascist regime during WWII and his subsequent incarceration in the U.S. for national treason. These dramatic events set the frame for a presentation by artist Karl Holmqvist, and a reflection on possible positions for art in presentday society between being a means of elitist exclusion or democratic tool of self-expression. Or somehow possibly both. Language itself seems to hover between something like the redundant journalist's speak's lack in nuance and the possibly endless symbolisms, double meanings and ambiguities found in poetry (and the story-lines of dreams). Parts of this presentation is going to be published later in the spring by JRPRingier as an artist's book in association with Kunsthalle Zürich and Bergen Kunsthall. Karl Holmqvist is a frequent participant in international exhibitions as a poet and performer as well as visual artist, most notably in the IllumiNations section of last year's Venice Biennial, in The Poetry Marathon and Manifesto Marathon organized by The Serpentine Gallery in London or the upcoming Ecstatic Alphabets this May at Moma, New York.

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            • Art Basel Conversations | The Future of Artistic Practice | The Artist as Poet

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              Gerry Bibby, Artist, Berlin Tracey Emin, Artist, London Olivier Garbay, Artist, London Karl Holmqvist, Artist, Poet and Performer, Berlin/Stockholm Jonas Mekas, Writer, Curator and Filmmaker, Brooklyn Moderator | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

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              • Karl Holmqvist at Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden, November 2010

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