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The Fearless Art-festival

By spotogspindel | May 31, 2015

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I´ve spent the weekend in Voss, at the Fearless Art-festival. Made in cooperation with the annual national meeting for visual art groups/organizations in Norway. Four of us came up from Bømlo Art group, and during the three days we´ve had some interesting discussions about what provokes us (this was the underlying theme of the festival), what good art is (and what is bad art) aamoung other themes.

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One of my favorites was Kjartan Slettemarks “Kjartaistan”, where you could snooze yourself into a minister-post. (Inspired by Kate Bush, I´ve personally always found the good-soul department attractive, but that´s another story)

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This hidden treasure, quietly resting in a forrest is another beautiful piece, made by Wolfgang Stiller.

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Not to forget goldsmith Felieke Van Der Leest playful combination of traditional metalwork, plastic figurines and very fine crochet work.

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A collection of dead things, also very beautifully made by Ann Kristin Aas.

So, back to the provocative part. What kind of art provokes you?

There was a performance group there, making tableaus in different locations, moving slowly or standing still in positions, all naked. Does that provoke? The oldest one in our party thought it would be a lot more provocative for the younger generation, as they have a much more complex relationship towards nudity. She herself thought it was a beautiful thing to see naked NATURAL bodies. The rest of us of around 40-50 agreed that it didn´t provoke us either. Also we talked about how it is a cultural thing, what one is used to and what is taboo.

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Does this little porcelain figurine by Kamilla Sajetz Mathisen provoke you? The art group had actually censored it from their own exhibition during the daytime visits from school-groups. Only to find that the cloth-coverd columns which they were standing on, took a lot of attention and triggered a load of speculations amount the students, many whom came back with their parents after school-hours.

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One Response to “The Fearless Art-festival”

  1. Tore Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 22:29

    Tja, hva provoserer innen kunsten? Når jeg nå begir meg ut på en liten diskusjon om dette tema, så må jeg ta det på norsk.
    Kunst er jo så mangt, og god kunst skal provosere sier noen. Jeg er vel ikke helt enig, men nakne mennesker i en performance “oppvisning” kan vel neppe provosere? Men derimot en halvnaken person som lå på gulvet og klinte seg inn med diverse kilo med margarin (Kunstbanken i Hamar) provoserte meg. Sannsynligvis fordi jeg ikke skjønte meningen bak det hele.
    Et maleri som Odd Nerdrums “Pissing Woman” provoserer meg. Hvorfor? Ganske enkelt fordi en amputert naken kvinnekropp som urinerer i en dam med avføring synes jeg er frastøtende. Og kanskje nettopp noe som frastøter meg også virker provoserende? Flere eksempler: Morten Viskums rottelik på glass og hans hang til død og likdeler synes jeg også er provoserede. M.a.o. så liker jeg ikke kunst som ikke tiltaler meg. Disse utsagnene fra meg kan vel fort fyre opp en debatt, men du spurte om hva som provoserte, så derfor mitt desidert lengste innlegg på bloggen din, Janne. For øvrig er jeg ikke i tvil om at det var svært mye interessant å skue på Voss og at mye skapte gode kommentarer og heftig debatt. Fortsatt lykke til med alle dine prosjekter 🙂

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