January, 19

 January 27-29, 10-13.

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in workshops at Lydgalleriet. The workshops are part of a project titled ”Small wrists” conceived by the Taiwanese artist Hong-Kai Wang and the Danish artist Rune Søchting. The project will conclude in an exhibition at Lydgalleriet, Bergen in February 2015.

The project explores acts of listening and re-telling and investigates how variations of shared narratives are produced through writing (and re-writing), circulations, translations and circumstances.

In generating materials for the final exhibition we are organizing two workshops in Lydgalleriet, on Tuesday January 27, Wednesday January 28, Thursday January 29, each day from 10-13.

The workshops take place in the exhibition space in Lydgalleriet, Østre Skostredet 3.

 About the project

The development of the project ”Small wrists” is centered on the notion of “social bandit” as coined by the British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm. The social bandit is a type of criminal that exists and operates on the margins and illegality of society. Social bandits challenge the established socio-economic hierarchy and, among others, redistribution of property e.g. wealth and knowledge. Hobsbawm’s analysis identifies the social bandit as one who belongs to a pre-modern society and includes historical figures e.g. Jack Sheppard, Liau Thiam-Ting and Forty Elephants, but one might also find contemporary candidates within the frame of the global information-economy e.g. Edward Snowden.

Social banditry is characterized by his/her/their transgression of the reality and the border of individuality and body. Within a wider context the social bandit exists as a ghost-like presence kept alive and constantly mutated in a movement of transmission of narratives, word of mouth, rumour, fantasy and truth.

Through a series of open meetings in collaboration with Nora Adwan, Hild Borchgrevink, Alicia Cohen and Anders Gullestad, the project seeks to explore this process of transmission and possibly the hidden, invisible and low frequency voices around it as well as the space where the voices find resonance.

No particular skill-set or special knowledge is required. You are more than welcome to participate in one or more of the workshops.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Rune Søchting: runesoc@gmail.com.

For more about Hong-Kai Wang, please see her website: http://www.w-h-k.net/

Any questions regarding the project can be directed to Rune Søchting: runesoc@gmail.com