Jacob Dahl Jurgensen
Simon Dybbroe Moller
Eleanor Vonne Brown
Jens Carl Daugbjerg
Michele Di Menna
The project Flotsam and Jetsam, initiated by two artists encompasses sculptural objects, a vinyl record and a film. The objects were constructed with materials that a group of artist friends found during a stay on a small volcanic island. With Eleanor Vonne Brown, Kerstin Cmelka, Raphael Danke, Jens Carl Daugbjerg, Michele Di Menna, Daniel Muller-Friedrichsen, Emily Wardill.
with Eleanor Vonne Brown, Kerstin Cmelka, Raphael Danke, Jens Carl Daugbjerg, Michele Di Menna, Daniel Müller-Friedrichsen, Emily Wardill
The project FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, initiated by artists Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and Simon Dybbroe Møller, encompasses sculptural objects, a vinyl record and a film. The objects were constructed with materials that a group of artist friends found during a stay on a small volcanic island. As well as existing as autonomous sculptural forms, these objects were treated as musical instruments and used to make sound recordings which can be heard on a vinyl record in the exhibition space. The film documents the course of the collective search and the improvisation with the found materials.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is an examination of collectivity and the dream of collaborative practice but primarily it is an inquiry into a conceptual and contemporary renegotiation of historical forms. The project’s title is a common phrase that refers to discarded or useless objects, but traditionally it referred to a distinction in maritime law concerning the ownership of goods found floating at sea or washed up ashore. Whether caused by shipwreck (flotsam) or by deliberate jettison (jetsam), the goods are either free to take or must be returned to original owner if entitlement can be proven. The found materials and objects are the detritus, the debris, the fragments of society that have been purposefully or accidentally thrown away, lost, scrapped or destroyed. Originally these things had their place and use, were part of something or were treasured in themselves. Their acquisition is also the acquisition of their historical knowledge, of a knowledge of success and failure, of visions and ideas.
By making music with these objects their history is brought to life, leading to a proliferation of meaning. Classical differences between useful and useless objects, between practical value and rubbish are thus consciously undermined and the traditional conception of a musical instrument is expanded. For the artists, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is about physical, concrete work with everyday materials and a sharpening of one’s regard for the complexity of the artefacts that surround us. At the same time it envisions a world in which the questions of historical “wherefrom” and “wherefore” have been set aside, and where the things that surround us are instead spontaneously picked up and reconsidered, leading to new and surprising futures. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM walks a thin line between a playful mimicking and an engaged living out of a collective DIY investigation.
A vinyl record edition for the exhibition in the Badischer Kunstverein will be published in cooperation with the record label Apparent Extent.
The project is supported by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts.
Opening Thursday, 10 February 2011, 7 pm
Waldstraße 3, 76133 Karlsruhe
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and
Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: 3 Euro, reduced rate 1,50 Euro