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Theatrical Fields

2013-09-29 to 2014-01-05

Theatrical Fields examines the theatrical dimension within performance, film and video. The exhibition displays art that uses the language and expression of the theatre, and that breaks up the linear narrative in order to give scope for more complex perspectives.

The exhibition features video installations by Judith Barry (USA), Stan Douglas (Canada), Marcel Dzama (Canada), Joan Jonas (USA), Isaac Julien (UK) and Constanze Ruhm (Austria).

The exhibition also includes a programme with films of Marie Louise Ekman (Sweden), Eva Meyer/Eran Schaerf (Germany) and Ulrike Ottinger (Germany) that are screened during evenings and weekends with the artists in attendance. Artist Joan Jonas delivers her performance Reanimation in collaboration with jazz pianist Jason Moran. There are also open talks by artists and researchers. The way in which the exhibited art work has drawn inspiration from theatre, as well as theatre's significance for contemporary art and art theory, is discussed during two whole-day events that offer open lectures by artists and researchers.

Theatrical Fields is produced by Bildmuseet and curated by Ute Meta Bauer. Assistant curator: Anca Rujoiu.

More about Ute Meta Bauer

For more than twenty-five years, Ute Meta Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. Bauer was curator of  The Future Archive, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, 2012; Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2004; and Co-Curator of documenta 11 2001-2002. Ute Meta Bauer has held the position as Professor and Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London, 2012/2013. Since 2005 she is an Associate Professor at MIT, Cambridge (since 2005), where she served as the founding director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and as Head of the Visual Arts Program.

More about Anca Rujoiu

Anca Rujoiu, is a Romanian curator based in London, where she currently coordinates the public programme of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art and (UK) is part of the curatorial project  FormContent. She is one of the curators involved in Collective Fictions, a project selected for  Nouvelles Vagues - Young Curators' season at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR), in June 2013. She has been a visiting lecturer at various universities including Goldsmiths College, Central Saint Martins University and Newcastle University (UK). She graduated from the MFA Curating Programme at Goldsmiths College (UK) and was one of the curators selected for the 3rd International Curator Course at the Gwangju Bienniale in South Korea in 2011.

More about Joan Jones performance Reanimation

As a part of the programme for the exhibition Theatrical Fields Joan Jonas performed Reanimation with jazz pianist Jason Moran.

Joan Jonas is a pioneer within video art and performance. She often creates her works based on literary references and preferably in cross-boundary collaborations with other artists. Her latest project, Reanimation, is based on the novel Under the Glacier by the Icelandic author and Nobel prize winner Halldór Laxness. Together with jazz pianist Jason Moran she has created an improvisation of music, sound, movement and video.

Reanimation explores ideas about collages and animation and was originally developed for MIT in Cambridge USA where Joan Jonas holds a professorship.

The piece was presented by Bildmuseet in collaboration with Umeå Jazzfestival. It was performed during the festival, October 25th 2013.

Joan Jonas is also featured in a soloshow at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm this autumn. The exhibition runs from October 11, 2013  until January 26, 2014. 

More about the programme

In conjuction to the Theatrical Fields exhibition we offer a programme of artist talks and presentations, performance and films. 

SAT 28/9 AT 10:30-16:00
Theatrical Fields Conference, part 1:
A whole day of lectures from artists and art theorists

SUN 29/9 AT 14:00
The Theatrical Fields exhibition is opened

SUN 6/10 AT 14:00
Museum director Katarina Pierre presents the exhibition

FRI 25/10 AT 19:00
Performance: Joan Jonas performes Reanimation with live music by jazz pianist Jason Moran. The piece is presented by Bildmuseet at Umeå Jazz Festival

SAT 26/10 AT 13:30-17:00
Theatrical Fields Conference, part 2:
An event in conjunction with the exhibition Theatrical Fields.
Lectures by visual artist Joan Jonas and scholar Mieke Bal.

SUN 3/11 AT 14:00
Film screening: Stilleben by Marie-Louise Ekman

TUE 5/11 AT 18:30
Film screening: Freak Orlando by Ulrike Ottinger. Conversation with the artist

TUE 19/11 AT 18:30
Film screening: Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia av Ulrike Ottinger

TUE 3/12 AT 18:30
Film screening: She Might Belong to You by Eran Schaerf and Eva Mayer.
Introduction by the artists