Permanent Collection is Manuel Pelmuş' doctoral artistic research project, as a fellow at the Art Academy. Mid-term evaluation on October 26th at 2pm, with Ebba Moi (opponent) and Dora Garcia (main supervisor) in the hallway next to the main entrance at MUNCH.
Ebba Moi was born in Örebro, Sweden in 1971. She is currently head of the Medium- and material-based art MFA program at the Arts & Crafts department at KHIO. Her artistic practice is mainly within socially engaged art; working as an artist and curator in various self-initiated projects and collaborations, such as Tenthaus, a discursive space and art collective in Oslo. She has made several public art commissions and exhibitions locally and internationally, using public space as a base for her practice.
Permanent Collection at the new MUNCH Museum in Oslo, is an ongoing action installed in the Monumental hall of the museum. Commissioned initially by MUNCH Live for the opening of the new building, Permanent Collection had two previous installments, which took place at the Kunsthalle Wien & Art Encounters Biennale Timisoara. Permanent Collection at MUNCH is performed by: Ingunn Rimestad, Jens Trinidad, Ornilia Ubisse, Beniamin Boar, Elizabeth Ward.
Permanent Collection is also Manuel Pelmuş' doctoral artistic research project, as a fellow at the Art Academy. Mid-term evaluation on October 26th at 2pm, with Ebba Moi (opponent) and Dora Garcia (main supervisor) in the hallway next to the main entrance at MUNCH.
In addition to presenting the work at MUNCH, he will be in conversation together with dean Sarah Lookofsky. Artist talk, October 29th at 7pm in the Toppsal of the museum.
Permanent Collection is an ongoing live action, constructed around the notion of a permanent collection. Romanian artist Manuel Pelmuş explores the possibility of a collection based on performative and collectively elaborated gestures and actions. The work is enacted by a group of performers who transform and re-mediate art-historical references, cultural artifacts, contexts, events, texts, and gestures using only the body as a medium.
Manuel Pelmuş uses this kind of enactment as a performative strategy which delves into the context of specific places and institutions, moving freely between strict classification categories and notions of ownership, suggesting the possibility of an embodied, commonly shared heritage. At Kunsthalle Wien, Permanent Collection is performed continuously for four hours each day, simultaneously – literally moving together – with a dancer in Timișoara, Romania, at the Museum of Public Transportation. Although there is no visible link between the two spaces, the knowledge of their shared movements connects audiences across the two cities thus opening a territory of participation. For this iteration Permanent Collection proposes many instances of the body as a site of resilience and agency. It embodies the political idea that when one acts alone, the act is always animated by the production of others, even if they do not share the same time or place.
In the purpose-built gallery dedicated to Edvard Munch’s monumental works, five dancers explore alternative ways of displaying artworks and building collections, and question whose stories get given a permanent place. The work examines the construction of the new museum and the invisible stories of the international workers who built it; bodies who are otherwise not represented or celebrated at the museum. Permanent Collection considers the history of workers’ rights by incorporating the international anthem ‘Bella Ciao’, originally sung by female Italian seasonal workers. The song invokes a legacy of resistance and defiance, and the ongoing action explores ways in which histories of solidarity can become a part of a new, movement-based permanent collection at MUNCH.
Manuel Pelmuş was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1974, and is currently a research fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts Oslo (KHiO) with the project Permanent Collection. In 2012, Pelmus was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performing arts, and in 2013 he represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale with a collaboration with Alexandra Pirici. His work has been shown at Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and the Van Abbe museum, among others.