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Performative talk: Mia Edelgart on stupidity

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On June 9, 2021, artist Mia Edelgart and the musician Heine Thorhauge Mathiasen gave a performative talk (in Danish) at Art Hub. The basis for the talk was Edelgart’s video work Floating Peanut, which was exhibited at CCC Gallery in spring 2021.

The work comprises two video channels featuring a number of conversations that tackle the question: “Do you ever feel stupid?” The question also relates to the space of art as a context for presentation and judgment.

On the evening, Edelgart summed up scenes and out-takes from the work, combining them with her notes and thoughts relating to the realm of doubt that often arises after an exhibition opening. Thoughts about the quality of the work evolved into an internal, agitated dialogue about stupidity in artwork and practice, about failure and sensitivity, and about the relationship between subject and work.

The artist/musician Heine Thorhauge Mathiasen added a musical dimension to the presentation, playing both with and in counterpoint to Edelgart’s scenes and reflections.

The event was organized on the occasion of Mia Edelgart participating in Art Hub Residency.

ABOUT MIA EDELGART

Visual artist Mia Isabel Edelgart (1984) works primarily with video and sculpture in variating collective and singular processes. Her works unfold in relation to long-lasting amateur research processes, and she has worked with questions relating to reproductive work, bees, pollinators, childhood and breastfeeding.

Springing from an interest in relational intelligence, knowledge hierarchies and learning processes, Edelgart often work at the crossover of text-based information and situated experience-based knowledge. Besides her production of artworks, she is part of various self-organized (art)schools as a way of facilitating alternative spaces for learning and de-learning.

ABOUT FLOATING PEANUT

The title Floating Peanut refers to a problem-solving test that scientists conduct on the likes of chimpanzees. A peanut is served in a fixed transparent tube, which the monkey cannot reach into. The monkey has to find its own solution for getting hold of the nut.

Floating Peanut comprises two video channels featuring a number of conversations that tackle the question: Do you ever feel stupid? The question also relates to the space of art as a context for presentation and judgment.

ABOUT HEINE THORHAUGE MATHIASEN

Heine Thorhauge Mathiasen is a visual artist and musician. In his work he examines both contextual objects and ephemeral gestures, often incorporating sound and found objects. Most recently he released the album SOLW with the saxophonist Sonja LaBianca.

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