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Staging Independence (2007)
Staging Independence (2007)
2007
Installation
Mixed media

STAGING INDEPENDENCE
View of Staging Independence, Crowd 0-infinity, curator Guillaume Désanges (Work Method), Art Center for Contemporary Arts, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008.


STAGING INDEPENDENCE
View of Staging Independence, Ak 28, Stockholm, 2007.


STAGING INDEPENDENCE
View of Staging Independence, Tell a friend, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2008.

In Staging independence Anna Ådahl displays the props and the scenography with which the people and the mass are staged and stage themselves. The installation consists of a number of works in different media which refer to techniques for organization and control of masses, and for representation of the people as a stageact. A central work is Human Pyramid, a 1:1 reconstruction of a structure made to carry a mass of people, inspired by a photography by Rodchenko, Female Pyramid from 1936. In Staging independence one can also see Democracy, a series of photographs of peoples’ parks documenting their architecture and scenography, Crowd Control and Loudspeaker, two objects normally used to direct and control a crowd’s movements, and the video Fire, which implicitly refers to Elias Canetti’s analysis of the fire as the symbol for the crowds inner desire and logic.


Human Pyramid

2007
Sculpture/ Metal

Human Pyramid
View of Human Pyramid in Staging Independence, Tell a friend, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2008.


Human Pyramid
View of Human Pyramid, Staging Independence, Ak 28, Stockholm, 2007.


Human Pyramid
View of Human Pyramid, Crowd 0-infinity, curator Guillaume Désanges (Work Method), Art Center for Contemporary Arts, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008.


Human Pyramid
Female Pyramid, 1936, Alexander Rodchenko.

Human Pyramid is inspired from a photograph of Alexander Rodchenko, Female Pyramid from 1936. It is a replica 1:1 of the structure, seen in the photograph, carrying women in a pyramidal form.

The size of the sculptures is variable according to the exhibition space. The largest Pyramid made so far was 3m 15 high with a diameter of 2m 20 cm and was exhibited at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm in 2008.

 

Democracy


2007
Colour photographs
28 cm x 21 cm
A total of 240 photographs.
The number of photographs exhibited/installed depends on the size of the exhibition wall and space.

 

Democracy

View of Democracy in group exhibition “Crowd 0-infinity”, curator Guillaume Désanges (Work Method), Art Center for Contemporary Arts, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008.

Democracy
Democracy 90/240 photographs.

Democracy
Detail of 4 photographs.

Photographs taken in People’s Parks around Sweden depicting their varying architecture and scenography. Each park was constructed by its local citizens during their free time. All the parks in Democracy are currently active. The photographs were taken before the opening season, during closing days, and sometimes between two festivities, always avoiding the crowds. The title Democracy comes from the slogan used by the People’s Parks and Houses organization. The first People’s House was established in 1890 in Kristiansstad and the first People’s Park in Malmö in 1893. There are  658 member organizations in Sweden.


Loudspeaker

2007
Object out of order/mixed media
ca 50 cm x 100 cm

Loudspeaker

Loudspeaker

Loudspeaker


Crowd Control


2007-2008
Borrowed object/metal.

Crowd Control
View of Crowd control in group exhibition “Crowd 0-infinity”, curator Guillaume Désanges (Work Method), Art Center for Contemporary Arts, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008.

Crowd Control
View of Crowd control in solo exhibition Staging Independence at Ak28, Stockholm, 2007.

Crowd Control
View of Crowd control in group exhibition “Crowd 0-infinity”, curator Guillaume Désanges (Work Method), Art Center for Contemporary Arts, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2008.


Crowd control is the American definition of these metal barriers made to control masses and people.

 

Fire

2007
Video
Loop




Fire implicitly refers to Elias Canetti’s analysis of the fire as the symbol of the crowd’s inner logic and desire. “Fire is multiple. Not only does one know that there must be fires in many, indeed in innumerable places, but the individual fire itself is multiple: we speak of flames and of tongues of flame. In the Vedas fire is called ’The one Agni, manifoldly ablaze’.” Crowds and Power, Elias Canetti.

The fire featured in the video is the fire of Valborg (Walpurgis), which is celebrated by lighting huge bonfires and singing. These bonfires gather large crowds throughout Sweden.