Intervjuer del 11: Presentasjon av deltagerne på Østlandsutstillingen 2015 – Kristiansen og Kross

[fbshare type=»button» width=»100″] Ulf Kristiansen deltar med en video på Østlandsutstillingen 2015 og Kirsty Kross hadde den første performancen på åpningsdagen for Østlandsutstillingen i fjor. Stor forskjell i tolkingen av begrepet identitet, på den ene siden knyttet til film-ikoner og på den andre siden knyttet til en australsk og norsk fisketype.

Ulf Kristiansen

Ulf Kristiansen: I feel you, 2012
Ulf Kristiansen: I feel you, 2012

 Musical animation/found footage video 05:16min
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A chilling poetic tale about obsession and death in the tradition of the Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, and all the romances that have narrators, like Tristan and Isolde. It is a complex integration of those old traditions, linked to modern times when movies began and were brought into the 20th century with animation. Michael Chang ́s gentle voice is a contrast to the sense of suspense and horror of the damsel being stalked by the villain.

Kirsty Kross

Kirsty Cross: Coral Trout Welcome Parade, Oslo - Fontainen
Kirsty Cross: Coral Trout Welcome Parade, Oslo – Fontainen

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Coral Trout Welcome Parade, Oslo comments upon identity and the current Attention Economy in which gaining attention in a world flooded with images has become a highly valuable commodity. Consisting of a Coral Trout- a giant neon orange and blue fish from Australia’s endangered Great Barrier Reef- as well as an orchestra of masked attendants, the Parade will travel from the National Museum of Contemporary Art to LNM Gallery and then proceed to Tegnerforbundet and Galleri BOA. The Parade will climax in Christania Torv where the Coral Trout will perform a stunt symbolizing its official arrival in Oslo. In doing so, the Parade highlights the current clash between narcissistic selfie culture and the growing desire for anonymity and dilution of identity on the internet, as well as the tension between social egalitarianism and increasing personal individualism in Norwegian society. The performance also alludes to the greater dangers inherent in a world full of individuals constantly seeking attention, yet continually being distracted.

From Brisbane, Australia, Kirsty Kross first appeared as a Coral Trout at the age of 12 for her school’s Queensland Day Parade. Her teacher commen- ted that the costume was highly indicative of her inner psychology- a comment which deeply perplexed, yet fascinated her. Since 2012, she has used the Coral Trout as her avatar in order to swim through the various obstacles of the art world. Kirsty Kross’ work deals with the human condition.