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Grimmuseum / Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde Presents Never odd or even – A text spaced exhibition

The Grimmuseum / Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde presents Never odd or even – A text spaced exhibition. A co-production between Grimmuseum and Museum of Contemporary Art.

Never odd or even is a text-spaced exhibition that unfolds in mental and architectural chapters through perspectives created by textual artworks. The artworks presented derive from Concrete Poetry, Dadaist and Futurist Manifestos, as well as techniques of mind mapping. The exhibition is shaped as a book, formatted in spatial chapters that invite the visitors to become the co-authors. Imaginary space is rendered tangible through text and movement. Artworks appear as wall texts, projections, spoken, enacted and filmed prose, activating the architectural space in ways that amplify the meaning of the words and the worlds inside.

The point of departure of the exhibition and its title is the legendary book and performance project, Never odd or even, 2005–2011, by Berlin-based artist Mariana Castillo Deball. Her project consists of ‘a book of unwritten books,’ 30 book covers designed by creative producers selected by the artist and published as one book. A new volume of the Never odd or even book has been made and published (by Bom dia boa tarde boa noite) for this exhibition. The imagined content of these ‘unwritten books’ will be performed during the exhibition both in Berlin and Roskilde by well-known authors, poets, theoreticians, and artists.

Never odd or even performance:
Sophie Goltz (DE), Ingo Niermann (DE) and Phillip Zach (DE) invent, enact and read a selection of the book covers as part of Mariana Castillo Deballs’ project.
Grimmuseum, 22 October 2011 at 8 pm

Rosa Barba (DE/ITA), Erick Beltrán (MEX), Nanna Debois Buhl (DK), Mariana Castillo Deball (MEX), Simon Evans (UK), Brendan Fernandes (KE), Peter Fischli & David Weiss (CH), János Fodor (HU), Lise Harlev (DK), Ferdinand KRIWET (DE), Ján Mančuška (SK), Tris Vonna-Mitchell (GB), Ciprian Mureşan (RO), Henrik Olesen (DK), Pablo Pijnappel (FR), Adam Pendleton (USA), Sebastián Romo (MEX), Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat?) (RUS), Phillip Zach (DE)

Curated by: Solvej Helweg Ovesen (DK)

Grimmuseum Berlin
1 October–20 November 2011
Never odd or even performance: 22 October, 8pm
Fichtestrasse 2, DE-10967 Berlin
Wed–Sun 2–7 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde
13 January–8 April 2012
Opening with performance by Tris Vonna-Mitchell 6.30pm:
13 January, 5–7.30pm
Stændertorvet 3A, DK- 4000 Roskilde
Tue–Fri 11am–5pm, Sat–Sun 12pm–4pm

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