These are the moments I really live for
TOFT I HONERUD
From 24.03 to 01.04. 2012
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 12-17
OPENING FRIDAY 23.03 19:00
19:30 "A recess from the human condition" presentation by Bror Olsen, associate professor of social anthropology at the University of Tromso
"In a sense we can say that the organizing of relations between the sexes takes one of its starting points in hunting, or abilities that the hunting has contributed to cultivate in the hunters through thousands of generations of men. So aggression, sense of speed, fear, and challenges that provide a rush of adrenaline, also has been the basis for how men are measured by other men and women, and has been the basis for how the masculine has been considered, and eventually dominated the communities. Notions of masculinity is perhaps formed through hunting, but is also used in competition between men and as a principle of symbolic dominance over women. Hunting in one form or another is a widespread cross-cultural phenomenon, and is alongside with masculine dominance, among the most general we can say about human society, on a par with humans sharing a common biological foundation or trust in a religion.
Hunting is therefore not aggression, and hunting is not simple dominance, where submission within the logic of dominance creates a greater degree of dominance, according to anthropologist Gregory Bateson. Hunting is perhaps a battle for a kind of dominion, or a victory, but where the inferior exerts a resistance which is the primary motivating feature for the predator. To hunt is to immerse oneself in a fundamental and central natural process that has created richness of species, relations and selection pressure in our surroundings. Hunting speak thus to us from somewhere inside of us. We do not need to motivate ouselves, because we are motivated hunters through our bodies, hormones, nerves, muscles and our ability of strategic thinking. Hunting seems to create respect for preys, and it is these positive yet murderous feelings that makes us wanting to hunt for the prey "
Bror Olsen, associate professor of social anthropology at the University of Tromso
The exhibition These Are The Moments I Really Live For is a continuation of the artist duo TOFT I HONERUDs first exhibition Rough Seas at Fotogalleriet in 2011. Rough Seas commented on todays dissemination of news through media, especially images of natural disasters provided by private individuals to the public via specific news channels. TOFT I HONERUD examined the content of news in the images based on a thesis saying that mediated news images are increasingly being emptied of actual content for the sake of communicating presence and authenticity.
In this exhibition at Kurant, they focus on the same type of video material, but focuses particularly on the TV production Stormchasers by Discovery Channel where young American men go out in teams with professional meteorological expertise and specially equipped vehicles looking for tornadoes. The climax is built around their experience of being inside the tornado; "In the belly of the beast". This has evolved into a phenomenon among groups of adventurous American men who publishes video documentation of their meetings with tornadoes through YouTube and their own websites. In the TV productions about the Stormchasers we observe how cinematography, editing and dramaturgy conveys presence and authenticity, excitement, adrenaline and danger. In the exhibition, These Are The Moments I Really Live For the artists breaks this material down into its single components and assembles them in new ways to create a focus on the aesthetics of the visual material. In the video work "Trophies" we are presented with images of tornadoes in their phallic shape, which detached from the actual context, appears to be grand and beautiful, like trophies from the hunt.
The exhibition is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
Hilde Honerud (born 1977, lives and works in Oslo) and Nina Toft (born 1974, lives and works in Oslo) have worked together since 2010.
Hilde Honerud has an MA from the Art Academy in Oslo in 2010 and a BA from the Department of Photography, Film and Imaging, Napier University, Edinburgh in 2004. She has recently exhibited at Gallery BOA, Oslo (2010) and Goethe Institut, Gaza, Palestine (2009 ). Selection of group exhibitions; 4 young Kongsberg artists, Kongsberg Kunstforening (2011), Vestlandsutstillingen (2009), Kidz of Norway, Galleri Van Bau, Vestfossen (2009), Sympathy for the Devil, The Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo (2009), Bindestrek, Munch Museum and Gallery GAD, Oslo (2007). She has shown her films at Nordic Art Express, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn / Fish Fabrique, St. Petersburg (2011) and Pam / Perpetual Art Machine, Utsikten kunstnersenter, Kvinesdal (2009) among others.
Nina Toft has an MA from the Art Academy in Oslo 2010 and a BA from the Department of Visual Communication and Photography, Edinburgh College of Art, 2002. She has exhibited in Cities Re-imagined, ROM for art and architecture, Oslo / Museum of Contemporary Art Vojdovina MoCav, Novi Sad, Serbia (2010), Sympathy for the Devil, the Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo (2009), SPREE, BotnikStudios, Gerlesborg (2007), PROSPEKT, Gallery Format, Malmo (2004), and Prologue I, Republic Gallery, Vancouver ( 2006). Toft also did a solo exhibition at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2005). Toft has shown her films at the Short Film Festival, Grimstad (2010), Oneshot Film Festival, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia (2010), D-NEFF (New European Film Festival), Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain ( 2006) among others.
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