Anna Adahl: Inside the New Mass Ornament
Thursday 24 November 2016, 7pm
Acme International Residencies Programme and Whitechapel Gallery would like to invite you to an evening featuring a selection of works by our former Iaspis residency artist Anna Ådahl, including a premiere screening of Crowded Excercises II (2015-16) and Default Character (2016). Ådahl is joined in discussion with writer, art critic and curator Chris Fite-Wassilak, followed by a Q&A.
Anna Ådahl works in various mediums. She uses the cinematographic tools of assemblage and montage to address the aesthetics and politics of collectivity.
This event focuses on a series of works that engage with the theme and the figure of the crowd. The works relate to Anna Ådahl’s research on the aesthetics and politics of urban and digital crowds from the subject’s perspective, what Ådahl refers to as 'system-operated crowds'.
In Dependence (2008) mixes newly recorded fictive and documentary sequences with archive material from film history. The fictive sequences examine the psychological and physical dynamics of the crowd by showing two individuals (played by Elin Klinga and David Mjönes) act out its behavioral patterns isolated in an abstract, private space.
The work To New Horizons (2013) explores these crowds historically by combining the aesthetics of Soviet mass spectacles and industrial endeavours with the mass choreographies of big Hollywood productions from the 1930s.
Crowded Excercises II (2015-2016), which includes sequences from a workshop with dancers at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance, reflects on the experience of participating in the physical crowd of the underground where, through repetitive gestures, our bodies interact with others and with the infrastructure.
The most recent work, Default Character (2016), addresses the human representation and vocabulary in online crowd simulation tutorials. Asking the question which crowds needs to be programed and systematized today?
Anna Ådahl is a Swedish artist working in multiple mediums such as video, installations and performance. She is a researcher at the Royal College of Art and a member of the editorial team of OEI magazine. Her work is exhibited internationally including Kalas på Bord, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Historicode: Scarcity and supply, Nanjing International Festival, China (2016-17); OEI Strata, INCA Seattle, US (2016); Anna Ådahl: Common Patterns, CCA Derry-Londonderry, UK (2015); Disappearing Acts, Lofoten International Arts Festival, Norway (2015); B-open, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, Norway (2016); Anna Ådahl: Dual Vision, Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia (2014); Reims Scenes d´Europe, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013) among others.
Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Program supporting international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art, design, craft and architecture. Iaspis' activities aim to enable professionals to develop artistically and improve their working conditions by establishing international contacts between practitioners and professionals such as curators and critics and others active in the field. http://www.konstnarsnamnden.se
Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London. www.acme.org.uk/international
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