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藝術家：Kirsten Astrup、Maria Bordorff
本月份 TCAC 與Danish Arts Foundation 合作，邀請藝術家Kirsten Astrup與Maria Bordorff來台駐地研究並進行交流與創作。
本場放映與座談將呈現目前於TCAC駐村藝術家Kirsten Astrup與Maria Bordorff的作品與對談。兩位來自丹麥的藝術家將會介紹本次放映的錄像作品《忠誠與勤勉》以及他們的實踐脈絡與和對丹麥的社會歷史觀察。映後將邀請觀眾一同參與討論。兩位藝術家也將會和大家聊聊他們目前在台灣進行的電影創作計畫：《蜜月旅途》，以及目前已經完成的電影的片段。
《忠誠與勤勉》（原名 Troe og Agtsom ）（2017）
Troe og Agtsom建構在關於這棟建物的歷史及建築學研究上，以一系列的場景所組成，其中每個段落都與藝術家的樂譜相關。錄像中，初登場的是一連串的酷兒郵政人員和他們的經理；一對女同志情侶以及郵政工作人員Atlanta Longlegs的愛慕對象。
這部錄像觸及了職場環境、仕紳化、特權、性別認同，以及福利國家的滅亡。就分類而言，它跨足了歌舞表演、電視戲劇、聖誕節系列與安魂曲。其中的卡司包含mezzo soprano Nana Bugge Rasmussen、女演員Danica Curcic與Vesterbro Drag Rental Service的成員。
“Troe og agtsom” (忠誠與勤勉) 是舊時代丹麥郵政服務的格言，早於十七世紀時就開始使用。此錄像曾三度獲獎。
Maria Bordorff畢業於哥本哈根大學當代文化碩士。她是Scandinavian art journal Kunstkritikk的藝術評論者、策展人、劇本作家，以及表演者。她為展場空間New Shelter Plan in Copenhagen行政管理的一員。近期獨立與一些女性主義者和酷兒藝術工作——通常是表演性質——搭配重複性的主題：不穩定、晚期資本主義社會的工作狀況。她也為劇本以及電影寫作，近期更與視覺藝術家Kirsten Astrup合作。
Time: 2017.10.13, 7-9PM
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT Daqiaotou Station)
Artist: Kirsten Astrup, Maria Bordorff
This event will be conducted in English.
TCAC is proud to establish a collaboration with Danish Arts Foundation to invite artists Kirsten Astrup and Maria Bordorff for a residency to conduct research, exchange and create new commissioned work in Taipei.
This screening and artist talk will present the video work of Kirsten Astrup and her conversations with Maria Bordorff. Both are artist-in-residency at TCAC in October. They will introduce the video work Troe og Agtsom as well as their reflections on the Danish society and history. Audience are invited to join the discussion. Astrup and Bordorff will also talk about their new film production in Taiwan Honeymoon, and perhaps share some footages.
Description of the film
Faithful and Diligent (original title Troe og Agtsom) 2017
The video was filmed on location in a majestic building created in 1912 to serve as the head-quarters of the Danish postal service. It stands as an architectural symbol of the era’s faith in the future, communication, and modern civilisation. As a consequence of a massive economic crisis within the state-run national postal service, the building was sold to a Norwegian billionaire in 2016 and is therefore currently in the process of transforming into a luxury hotel.
Based on research into the history and architecture of the building, Troe og Agtsom comprises a series of tableaux, each associated with a musical score by the artist. In the film we are introduced to a range of queer postal workers and their managers; a lesbian couple with something of a crush on postal worker Atlanta Longlegs.
The film touches on themes such a working conditions, gentrification, privilege, gender identity, and the end of the welfare state. In terms of genre it occupies a field between cabaret, TV drama, a christmas series, and a musical requiem. The cast a.o. includes mezzo soprano Nana Bugge Rasmussen, actress Danica Curcic, and members of Vesterbro Drag Rental Service.
“Troe og agtsom” (Faitful and diligent) is the old official motto of the Danish postal service and was used since the 17th century.The film has received 3 honorary prizes.
Before the screening, Astrup and Bordorff will give a short introduction to the film and to their practices. After the film, the audience is invited to take part in a collective discussion about the film and its thematics. In the end, Astrup and Bordorff will talk about their current film project in Taiwan, A Journey to Honeymoon, and show some of the early film shootage that has already been made.
About the Artists
Contemporary artist Kirsten Astrup (b. 1983, Denmark) works with site-genereated video installations, music compositions, and performance cabarets.
I her works, themes as gentrification, gender roles, precarity, and working conditions within a framework of national welfare states, and gloabalized neo-liberalism are often explored.
Astrup holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, a BFA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and a BA in Film, media, and rhetorics studies from the University of Copenhagen/Humboldt/Freie University, Berlin.
Maria Bordorff (b. 1988) holds an MA in Modern Culture from Copenhagen University. She is an art critic for Scandinavian art journal Kunstkritikk, curator, script writer and performer.
She has been part of the daily management at the exhibition space New Shelter Plan in Copenhagen and currently works independently with feminist and queer art – often of a performative kind – with reoccuring thematics such as precariousness and work life in late capitalist societies. She has been writing scripts for performances and films – recently in collaboration with visual artist Kirsten Astrup.