E2-E4 /Rutiga Golvet

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Filialen and The Art of The Strike, The Royal Institute of Art / Kungliga Konsthögskolan. Program and curating Kim West: 26 Oct-9 nov, 2017.

The E2-E4 program is created by guest professors Kim West, Lars Bang Larsen, and curator Stefanie Hessler.
Ingela Johansson, ”The Art of the Strike”
When the great miners’ strike in Northern Sweden broke out in the early 1970s, artists across the country mobilized to lend their resources and support. This presentation will discuss the artistic responses to the strike wave, on the part of several artists and activists connected to Filialen, among others. It will also adress feminist criticisms of the predominantly patriarchal language of the strikers, as well as the purposes and problems of revisiting these histories today.

E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a program for theoretical activities and exhibitions at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as a first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality. In this sense, “theory” is what may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility to the provisional determination of practice. The program explores the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination. E2-E4 is located at Rutiga Golvet in the school’s main building on Skeppsholmen. Between 1971 and 1973, the same space housed Filialen, an experimental annex to Moderna Museet, which hosted seminal exhibitions of early 1970s Swedish alternative culture such as My Home is Palestine (1971), Women (1972), and For a Technology in the Service of the People (1972). The E2-E4 program draws upon this legacy, while paying attention to the critical potentials of spatial display systems in a context of pervasive social integration of digital media and increasing balkanization of the public sphere. Last but not least, E2-E4 is also the title of a famous minimalist composition from 1981 by Manuel Göttsching, founder of the Krautrock band Ash Ra Tempel. In 1989, three Italian producers sampled the track for their hit Sueño Latino, helping spawn the Italo House wave. That track was in turn remixed by Detroit techno producers Derrick May in 1992, and Carl Craig in 1994. The E2-E4 program celebrates this lineage through a series of rituals and events with their very own beat.

Speakers and contributors: Brody Condon, TJ Demos, Juan Downey, Matthew Fuller, Ane Hjort Guttu, Ingela Johansson, Jeff Kinkle, Runo Lagomarsino, Peter Lang, Kristoffer Månsson, Jin Mustafa, Christian Nyampeta, Jesper Olsson, Hannah Proctor, Isabella Rjeille, Felicity Scott, Benjamin Thorel, Alberto Toscano



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