Michelle Teran - CONGLOMERATE talk show at KMD

tirsdag, April 17, 2018 - 19:30 to 21:30

CONGLOMERATE perception crisis machine

Welcome to the fourth and last talkshow in a series by the artistic research project Synsmaskinen!
April 17th at 19.30 at Knut Knaus Auditorium, KMD/UiB, Møllendalsveien 61, Bergen

Tonight we´ll dive into the collaborative aspects of the research as well as proposing possible tools for counteraction to the current crises. It will as usual be a manifold of works: video, performance, music, lecture and debate.

Artist Michelle Teran will talk about her film Dignity, that portraits a house occupation on the outskirts of Madrid. She will also present the Obra Social Manual; a manual for social action, that she used as a conceptual script for the film.

Matthias Loose will perform a new musical composition and a participatory act will be fuelled by Cava.

At the very end Frans Jacobi will close the talkshow series with the a short performance ‘Grey Hair Mask’.

Talkshow hosts: Dante & Vergil (Åse Løvgren & Frans Jacobi)

In connection with the CONGLOMERATE talkshow we are screening the whole film DIGNITY by Michelle Teran. The screening takes place at Knut Knaus Auditorium, KMD at 13:00. The film is 90 minutes and Michelle Teran will be present to introduce the film and discuss it afterwards.


During its 3 year research Synsmaskinen have been investigating 7 different large scale political crises:
Crisis of Perception, Crisis of Democracy/Representation, Social Crisis, Financial Crisis, Climate Crisis, Cultural/Religious Crisis, Housing Crisis

Globalised economy and culture are intertwined, forming a complex knot of overlaps and messy interconnections. Thus, in looking at climate crises one is implicitly confronted with financial crises and social crises. Given the intricacy of such structures, one method for understanding and facing these crises could be to examine certain manifestations and elements of their fallout. In this way, the inscribed objects or phenomena dealt with in the Synsmaskinen projects can be considered symptoms, symbols, contemplations - or perhaps as interventions into the crises themselves.

The research consists of a series of art projects, each exploring a certain aspect or manifestation of one of these crises. An important point though, is that these crises are connected and might even be understood as interconnected manifestations of the same global crisis. From the outset Synsmaskinen was intended as a collaborative effort; we understand the concept of conglomerate as such – an uneven ensemble of investigations, creating a common understanding of the crises influencing us.

Synsmaskinen is an artistic research conglomerate based at the Institute of Art at the University of Bergen. Main researchers of the project are Benedicte Clementsen, Brandon LaBelle, Discoteca Flaming Star, Etcetera, Frans Jacobi, Ferdinand Ahm Krag, Hilde Hauan, Kjersti Sundland, Liv Bugge, Michelle Teran, Ole Christian Ellestad, Theis Ørntoft, Thomas Kilpper and Åse Løvgren.


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