Performance: Korrosionens hastighet
A performance by artist Maria K Olsson
Bildmuseets auditorium, floor 0 (Flexhallen)
Korrosionens hastighet is an exploratory performance piece that moves in the borderland between the living and the dead. We are led into an industrial environment merged with the human body. In the work, the artist moves between different roles: technician, factory worker, and surgeon. The body and the movements of the machinery intertwine and become a rhythmic scene in the search for hammerbeats and heartbeats. The steel is load-bearing – like the ore that is dug out of the earth and erects structures to then corrode and stain the surfaces where we were, like the liquid tracer that pumps inside the skin along with the oxygen, from the lungs and into all parts of the body. The work depicts a struggle for the living and a mourning process over what cannot be kept alive.
Maria K Olsson (b. 1993) is based in Umeå. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in 2021. Since 2020, she has been a member of the artist-run gallery Verkligheten. Olsson works with installations and performance based on the agency and interaction of human and non-human bodies. Time is always a factor in her art regardless of the form in which it is presented. The contrast between slow processes in natural environments and the rapid processes driven by man particularly interests her.