Installation view from the exhibition "Notes from the Living Dead Museum" at Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009. A 12 meters long wall-drawing in charcoal moving through the museum.
//..NOTES FROM THE LIVING DEAD MUSEUM
Ylva Westerlund - Runo Lagomarsino - Olivia Plender
Artists Ylva Westerlund, Runo Lagomarsino and Olivia Plender recently hosted lectures at the Living Art Museum in regards to the works and influences at their current exhibition at the re-titled museum; The Living Dead Museum. In their lectures the artists addressed the early twentieth century British youth movement Kibbo Kift Kindred (1920-1951), led by artist and novelist John Hargrave, parallels between the bank crash and street-revolt against the ruling regime in Iceland and the Argentinian economic crisis and the resulting riots, with a focus on colonialism and rise of nationalistic nostalgia, and ideas of an artist-run museums, collection policies and collection items and if such institutions are in fact zombies.
Notes from The Living Dead Museum consists of older works by the artists and new works that were produced especially for this exhibition: videworks, coal-drawings, installations and a work/comment on the identity and „look/image“ of The Living Art Museum. The exhibition intervenes into the collection and archive project that started at the 30th anniversary of the museum at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the main focus has been on revisiting the history of the institution, a thorough processing of its archives and a re-evaluation of the objectives of artist-run initiatives.//
"THE LIVING DEAD MUSEUM"
Lecture and work on the look/image of The Living Art Museum, realized at the exhibition "Notes from The Living Dead Museum", 2009.
One part on the work consisted of a lecture which had the form of a proposal. Excerpts from the lecture:"..So here we are at The Living Art Museum, and I thought that instead of talking about my art works, I would present some of my ideas as a proposition very much in line with the works of the German theorist and filmmaker Boris Groys. To exemplify what I'm going to propose to you, I will use examples from works of other artists as well as references to literature and theory. And my hope is that, by the end of this presentation/screening, you will agree with me to rename this place: The Living Dead Museum.."
The other part was the changing of actual logos and websites of The Living Art Museum to a new text and look- "THE LIVING DEAD MUSEUM".