2014-10-17

The exhibition ”KKHa-Northfunbria: Konst Wit U - Building Bridges” curated by Tim Croft, Amanda Newall, David Campbell, Gethin Wyn Jones is the second of two including students from Kungl. Konsthögskolan / Royal Institute of Art (KKH), and Northumbia University.

The first ”Manifest exchange and ghost transference” was at BALTIC 39, 25 April-1 May 2014 curated by Alessandro Vincentelli (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead), Amand Newall (KKH), Christine Borland (BxNU). The exhibitions are a result of a successful exchange project between the institutions KKH and Northumbria University. 

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Image: Video still, Gethin Wyn Jones

Mid exhibition opening event: 24 October, at 17.30– with a performance at 18.3019.30pm
27 October, at 14.00–16.00 An exhibition walkthrough with the exhibitors and artists, Professor David Campbell, Northumbria University (UK) and Amanda Newall, KKH (SE). 

Opening hours: October 21-28, at 12:00-18:00 every day.  
Address: Galleri Mejan, Excersisplan 3, Skeppsholmen (next to Moderna Museet)

Following the successful exchange visit of artists from KKH to Northumbria University in the summer of 2014 which culminated in an exhibition at Baltic 39 (home to Northumbria’s postgraduate studio hub), KKH now plays host to visiting artists from Northumbria, with a group show featuring works from both institutions. Gethin Wyn Jones is on a three-month exchange coinciding with visits by Tim Croft and Professor David Campbell. Collectively they will hold an informal talk/walk around within the exhibition along with KKH exhibitors and exchange initiator Amanda Newall.

KKHa-Northfunbria: Konst Wit U - Building Bridges is an exhibition centred around the use of humour. The exhibition contains conceptual wit, spectacle, base humour and obscurity as artistic tools to present opportunities for critical reflection. With further reach to shared research interests across the two institutions, the show is put together through distanced communication and circumstantial constraints. KKHa-Northfunbria: Konst Wit U is focused not only on the theme of humour, but also the forging of relationships between artworks unknown to each institution. As is the case with many of the best cultural exchanges - humour is often founded on unexpected, eschewed or awkward relationships.

Featured artists:

Northumbria University MFA
Tim Croft, Lily Mellor and Gethin Wyn Jones (currently on a three-month exchange at KKH).

Kungl. Konsthögskolan MFA
Jacob Holmberg, Tomas Endresen, Linnea Rygaard, Liz K. Peñuela, Juanma Manuel González, Andreas Fägerskiöld.

Other scheduled exchange related events:
27 October, at 13.00-14.30, KKH, Flaggmansvägen 1, lecture room floor 4
David Campbell gives an open lecture: “Common Culture: recent projects and comic engagement”
Common Culture (David Campbell, Mark Durden & Ian Brown) are drawn to the everyday rituals of commodity consumption governing social experience. Using humour as a means to meddle with habitual patterns of reception, they fashion new, and often unsettling encounters with popular culture.

3-6 November, 13.00, KKH, Flaggmansvägen 1, board room floor 4:
Artists/educators from BxNU Christine Borland, Rona Lee, Fiona Crisp and Chris Dorsett, will visit KKH to present their different focuses toward art and imbedded research practices.

The project is led by artist and educator Amanda Newall (KKH), BALTIC professor and artist Christine Borland and BALTIC curator of exhibitions & research Alessandro Vincentelli. The initiative forms the second part of a two-year exchange project, with partial funding/support from BALTIC, KKH Stockholm, Northumbria University, BxNU and from the institutions through an ERASMUS partnership.

Read more at Baltic 39