Den Frie Udstillingsbygning / Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art presents FRI PORTO

Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art

September 17, 2009

FRI PORTO
19 September – 18 October 2009

Opening 18 September 5pm – 8pm
Artists Talk 19 September 11am – 1pm


Den Frie Udstillingsbygning / Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Oslo Plads
DK- 2100 Copenhagen
+45 33 12 28 03
http://www.denfrie.dk

By questioning forms of public communication and circulation of artistic ideas Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art requests the audience actively to participate in distribution of Art.

The market-related growth and commercial development, which has dominated the Art World within the recent years is on the decline. The arts field finds itself in a time of unrest and upheaval which open up for new possibilities and challenges. Based on this premise Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, with the exhibition FRI PORTO, intends to contribute to the debate about alternative public communication forms and re-establish an open and dialogue based public communication form.

Sixty Danish and international artists are invited to participate in the exhibition with contributions that either can be copied on a photocopy machine, send by e-mail or in other ways distributed by the visitors. Besides the concept of distribution, the artists have no directions concerning either content or form of their artworks. Thereby the participating artists have free hands to conceive their contribution. Several of the contributions in the exhibition appear as sketches or instructions, and some works can rather be seen as ‘visual material’ in the borderland of various artistic practises.

As visiting exhibition guest it is possible, with the help of instructions by the artists, to e.g. construct, colour, stick onto, mail or copy, and thereby mark the works one chose to forward to friends, colleagues or acquaintances.

The exhibition is inspired by the 1960ies Mail Art correspondence tradition which, among other things, worked with alternative public communication forms, where the art ideally were supposed to break free from the art institution. Besides the experimental character of the exhibition, we hope that it will leave the visitor with reflections about the materiality of the artwork, originality, relation to the institutional contexts and what it entails that the public is co-creator of an artwork.

FRI PORTO is supposed to be seen as a contemporary response to the legendary exhibition Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art from 1966, arranged by the American artist Mel Bochner and often referred to as the first example of conceptual Art. The exhibition consisted of four ring binders, containing various materials, which the artist had received from a range of colleagues and subsequently photocopied.

Participating artists:
Adrian Piper (US), Al Masson (FR/DK), Bengt af Klintberg (SE), Carey Young (UK), Christian Yde Frostholm (DK), Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen (DK), Christian Vind(DK), Claus Carstensen (DK), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Dellbrügge & de Moll (GE), Elmer (DK), Elsebeth Jørgensen (DK), Eric Andersen (DK), Ferdinand Ahm Krag (DK), Henriette Heise (DK), Henrik Have (DK), Ingen Frygt (DK), Jakob Jakobsen (DK), Jakob Kolding (DK), Jan Backlund (SE/DK), Jesper Fabricius (DK), Jesper Rasmussen (DK), Jeuno Je Kim (KR/SE), Joakim Forsgren (SE), Jytte Høy (DK), Jørgen Michaelsen (DK), Katie Holten (IR), Katerina Seda(CZ), Katya Sander (DK), Kirsten Pieroth (DE), Kristine Kemp (DK), Lars Bent Petersen (DK), Lasse Krog Møller (DK), Latifa Echakhch(FR), Lawrence Weiner (GB), Learning site (DK), Lia Perjovichi(RO), Lise Harlev (DK), Maria Eichhorn (GE), Maria Finn (DK), Mogens Jacobsen (DK), Mogens Otto Nielsen (DK), Nanna Gro Henningsen (DK), Niels Lomholt (DK), Peter Holst Henckel (DK), Pia Rönicke (DK), Poul Pedersen (DK/FR), Regina Maria Möller (DE), Sophia Kalkau (DK), Steen Møller Rasmussen (DK), Stig Brøgger (DK), Svend-Allan Sørensen (DK), Søren Andreasen (DK), Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (DK), Thierry Geoffroy Colonel (FR/DK), Vinyl- terror- & horror og Martin Erik Andersen (DK/GE), Yvette Brackman (DK).

Welcome!

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning / Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Oslo Plads
DK- 2100 Copenhagen
+45 33 12 28 03
http://www.denfrie.dk

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