[spectre] ÅMX.06 Should I Stay Or Should I Go? On Secondary Cit ies

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ÅMX.06 Should I Stay Or Should I Go? On Secondary Cities

Malmö 18 February to 5 March 2006
Århus 23 February to 5 March 2006


The Århus-Malmö Exchange Programme 2006 is a long-term research and exhibition
project that takes place in Malmö (SE) and Århus (DK). It is initiated by Ditte
Lyngkær Pedersen, Jee-Eun Kim and Christian Schult, in association with C-SAM center
for samtidskunst and exhibition space rum46 in Århus, and Rooseum Center for
Contemporary Art in Malmö.

The programme strives to examine the specific socio-economic conditions relevant to
“secondary cities” (as opposed to capital cities), and their affects on cultural
production, and hence the lives of cultural producers in the two cities.

Århus and Malmö are almost the same size and they share Copenhagen as the closest
metropolis. However, the issues of networking and sustainability within cultural
production differ in Århus and Malmö due to its specific size and local context.
This project examines existing networks and encourages additional modes of
collaboration between and among the two communities. The project addresses artists
and institutions alike, regarding the two as having equal importance as actors
within a community, and aims to create physical and intellectual platforms of
exchange. The idea of sustainability is to be established by structuring the
programme into a modular framework, that build upon each other, stretching over a
period of five months.

Given the many points of convergence between Århus and Malmö, artists, writers,
social critics and institutions are invited to reflect and discuss the notions of
secondary cities. The project focuses on ways to investigate how a space and its
inhabitants identifies and structures itself, and the permeability of such identity
and networking constructions, as it responds and resists the impacts of societal


Challenging the conventional working definitions within art, the programme confounds
practice with equally critical examination of the space in which such productions
have been displayed. It is structured around multi-platform interfaces of exchange
that unfold along two tracks over the course of the year, in order to provide a
structural framework that house and propel debates and their collaborative

The first module of the programme starts at the end of February with an exchange of
existing video and performance works made by artists in the two cities. Moderated
screenings are to take place in the Microcinema at Rooseum in Malmö and at the
auditorium at AROS in Århus. Artists are invited to give a short talk, or be
represented in statements of their choice that contextualize the work they are
contributing with.

Subsequent exhibitions open in the Critical Studies Test Site and Microcinema at
Rooseum in Malmö and at exhibition space rum46 in Århus. Creating an alternate
viewing platform and opportunities for the audience, the exhibitions comprise the
works shown in the screenings, as well as additional works outside of time-based

Regular reading group meetings start immediately after the opening of the
exhibitions. They are moderated by Jee-Eun Kim and Christian Schult and are hosted
by exhibition spaces Signal in Malmö and rum46 in Århus. The readings are centered
on literatures examining the various ideas of „public“ (the/a public, public sphere,
public space), as well as notions of the urban environment as a physical
manifestation of social and political conditions. By creating a common ground of
textual exchanges in forms of discussion and question, the initiators seek to
encourage an exploration of strategies and principles to guide and enrich the
current debate of public and public sphere, and to provide a working vocabulary to
formulate and observe the immediate local contexts.

The second programme module consists of a larger exhibition of works, accompanied by
talks and panel discussions with invited contributors from various disciplines, as
well as a publication. Based on the dialogue generated through the reading groups, a
smaller number of cultural producers from the two cities are invited to make
proposals for specific projects, that are collated to be exhibited in Malmö in June



18 February - 5 March 2006
Critical Studies Test Site and Microcinema
Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Gasverksgatan 22

With contributions by

Grete Aagaard
Anne Dyrh
Lasse Krog Møller
Hanne Lindstrøm
Tanja Nellemann
Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen
Jacob Nielsen
Anja Raithel
Trine Rytter Andersen
Lise Skou
Sixten Therkildsen

Friday 17 February
19:30 Exhibition Opening
21:30 Concert with Jab Mica Och El

Sunday 19 February
14:00-16:00 Introduction to the ÅMX reading group
Signal, S Skolgatan 31



23 February - 5 March 2006
Exhibition space rum 46, Studsgade 46
AroS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aros Allé 2

With contributions by

Mats Adelman
Karlotta Blöndal
Johanna Gustafsson
Ewa Einhorn
Beata Fransson
Mathias Kristersson
Runo Lagomarsino
Tova Mozard
Ylva Westerlund

Thursday 23 February
19:30 Performance Evening with Mathias Kristensson, Lise Skou and Johanna Gustafsson
rum 46

Saturday 25 February
15:00 Moderated Screening of video works from Malmö
AroS Auditorium, 3rd floor

Saturday 25 February
18:00 Exhibition Opening
rum 46

Sunday 26 February
14:00 Introduction to the ÅMX reading group
rum 46


For further information on the programme please contact exchange at c-sam.info





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