Crisis & Critique  Film screening & lecture

Time: 16 October 2014, 11:00-13:00
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, the lecture room floor 4

Bild: Per Oscar Leu

Per Oscar Leu is concerning with questions surrounding art´s ability to respond in times of social unheaval. In his multidisciplinary practice, Leu often makes use of archival material in order to restage historical events, and to reinterpret works of film an literature. His video essay Crisis and Critique, is a funny and often searingly ironic account of German poet and play writer Bertholt Brecht´s cagility compelling testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Here, Leu highlights the absurdity of McCarthyism by weaving together audio recordings of the HUAC hearing with imagery drawn from films Brecht had a hand in writing or diretly influenced, most strikingly, from the final underground kangaroo court scene of Fritz Lang´s M. Crisis and Critique poignantly draws parallels between historial moments in Nazi Germany and McCarthy America, providing a cautionary tale of politics´ interference with art. 

Per Oscar Leu (b. 1980) lives and works in Oslo. He has studied at the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städeschule, Frankfurt am Main, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. Leu´s work has recently been included at AGITATIONISM- EVA International Biennal, Limerick; In These Great Times, Kunsternas Hus, Oslo; We Are Living on a Start, Hene Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden; The Suitcases of Mr. O.F., 1/9 unosunove, Rome; When it Stops Dripping from the Ceiling, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.

Before this lecture there is a presentation by the Berlin-based artist Dafna Maimon in Kungl. Konsthögskolan´s hus 28. Read more about the presentation here.