BANNS OF MARRIAGE - May art and agriculture be united?
As the first Swedish art institution Kalmar konstmuseum is pleased to show an exhibition by the group Kultivator. This is a group consisting of five individuals, artists and farmers from the island of Öland. The group is part of an international movement working with art, experiment, manual work and academic analysis. They work with the intent that art and agriculture are going to be (re)united. This movement will be examined and made visible in the exhibition Banns of marriage at Kalmar konstmuseum and it will be celebrated and consolidated with the wedding at Dyestad on the island of Öland in the summer.
The food we eat is one of the most important questions of our future. There are problems with our food. Not that we are not getting enough, at least not in this part of the world, but rather that we eat too much, the wrong kind of food and food that is produced in the wrong kind of way and in the wrong place. The way we live uses more resources than the planet can cope with and at the same time more and more people on the planet want to adopt our lifestyle. Paradoxically we have never bought as many cookery books that we are buying now and never spent so much care and resources on our kitchens. At the same time we have never bought so much fast food and so many ready too cook dishes. We need to do a radical rethink in order to understand and change the relationship between our health, our ethics, our economy and the climate changes that already have an impact on our generation. The Kalmar region has traditionally been a very important producer of food and it is therefore not unreasonable to imagine that an advanced new mode of thinking around those issues also could be able to grow from this region. Also in this context art seems to have an important role to play.
The members of Kultivator are artists Malin Lindmark Vrijman, Mathieu Vrijman and Marlene Lindmark and farmers Henric Stigeborn and Mia Lindmark. Kultivator is a place and an idea but above all it is an ambition to join agriculture and art, ask them to relate to each other and with the marriage get into a stable relationship (again). The wedding will be announced with Banns of marriage during the three months at Kalmar konstmuseum and should be seen as a preparation for the wedding this summer at Dyestad on the island of Öland. If there are any objections against the marriage these can be raised at the exhibition.
Banns of marriage is more of a process than a traditional exhibition and will therefore be at its most complete towards the end of the show. It is divided into three different stages that each will add knowledge, material and events. Kultivator is also placing a staffed “office” in the exhibition space where the staff will inform visitors of the exhibition and work with preparations for the wedding. A presentation of earlier works by Kultivator will also be available in the exhibition space from the start of the show.
27th of February, phase one: The Family Tree. During phase one of the exhibition a family tree is created on a wall in the museum and also virtually on the Internet. The show starts with a public talk on the day of the opening, a number of individuals with profound knowledge when is comes to art and agriculture will be suggesting people, groups, movements and directions that can make up part of this family tree.
“Cultural participation in the creation of future systems for the production of food is not about using a number of creative brains in order to improve details. It is about making the production of food and agriculture part of public consciousness and knowledge. It’s about sharing and discussing necessary actions in the future, publicly and openly. It’s about giving human beings the opportunity to take active part and build systems and process their experiences –through art + agriculture” /Kultivator.
10th of March, phase two: Agricultural reform and Open source code. Phase two begins with a public seminar with invited guests, where there will be a discussion of ownership and accessibility, and ends with a statement that will accompany the mobile cultivations that are being planted in the exhibition space during phase two. The cultivations will during the exhibition have grown into small gardens which will then be distributed to the 12 municipalities of the Kalmar region at the end of the Banns of marriage.
“traditional knowledge have grown as a tradition that is being shared, it has grown cumulatively and collectively, it is what makes it deeply distinctive, international copyright is based on the idea of one individual who has certain rights, which builds on the idea of one person who has made an innovation and this is not the way knowledge works” /Dr Vandana Shiva
24th of April, phase three: Ornamental During phase three artists and art students are invited to turn the exhibition space into a studio. The Banns of marriage and its accumulated knowledge and gathered material will act as a starting point for ornamental studies with the intention of examining the field between decorative painting within traditional peasant culture and the ecological high-tech installations of today. Banns of Marriage will end with a fancy-dress ball on the 15th of May.
Would you like more information, please contact the Director of Kalmar konstmuseum,
Bengt Olof Johansson, telephone +46 480-42 62 70,