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Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen

From May 05, 2017 until June 25, 2017

Opening: Friday May 5th 2017 at 4-7 pm

At Galleri Image - Get directions Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Danmark


For Galleri Images 40th anniversary exhibition KIND OF NOISY SILENCE Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen will show a brand new video work by the same name. Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen consider the medium of video as an intuitive art form to examine debate, assemble and disorient reality and existence at the same time.

Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen’s video KIND OF NOISY SILENCE features a choral work, where the notes have been exchanged for silence and gasps and where the movements are delivered solely through intensely held breath, alternating with impotent gasps for air. The work places itself within the tradition of historic avant-garde pieces like John Cage’s iconic 4:33 in which the movements are composed entirely of silence so as to raise the audience’s responsiveness. As such it is an affect-creating work, which we immediately recognize with our own bodies and listen to empathetically with our own breath baited. The choral movements stand out, clearly forming the structure. The conductor guides the choir with a sure hand: in unison or polyphonic they appear and recede into the silence of the pause, coalesce and dissolve, approach and depart in one, gliding, fragmented motion, in and out of nothingness, in both sound and vision. The fear of nothing happening, according to Jean Francois Lyotard constitutes the threshold where we most clearly are faced with the sublime. Where we are caught off guard by the black abyss: “What if nothing happens?” The sublime is full of both terror and release. KIND OF NOISY SILENCE thus translates the threshold experience of the choir and the viewer into an image of the lonely individual standing in front of an unpredictable, unreadable, and diffuse world, where we stubbornly try to maintain a structure on existence by at least gasping together in a collective polyphony. Besides the main videowork other pieces are shown in a cohesive installation, each interacting in some way with KIND OF NOISY SILENCE.

Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen are graduates of the Jutland Art Academy in 1991 and 1990, respectively. They have collaborated on video works, documentaries and installations since 1993. Nielsen & Johnsen have shown several exhibitions both in Denmark and abroad, for instance in Poland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and China. Last year they received Denmark's greatest honorary award in the field of arts, Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Legat, and in 2017 they received the Eckersberg medal.

The exhibition will be opened by curator and researcher at Hasselblad Center, Louise Wolthers.

The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, The City of Aarhus, and the CAC Foundation
2017-05-05 16:00:00
2017-06-25 17:00:00