Annika Lundgren’s productions (born in Sweden in 1964) never miss to be critical or politically engaged. Her installations, designed to “relocate power”, as she says of the artistic process, sometimes even tend to visually disappear. So is the case in the most recent stage of the Power and Illumination Project, where electrical energy, emitted by people frantically training on bikes in fitness centres, was used to produce a local cultural newspaper. The artist thus becomes a creative mediator, not hesitating to undertake projects that rely on the participation of various communities, to implement unprecedented ways of being together. And last but not least, all for the benefit of the environment.
Can a human being think his/herself as water, stone or wind? Many of Kurt Johannessen’s performances suggest a positive answer to this question. Interested in physics as well as mathematics and poetry, the artist (born in 1960 in Norway) investigates all these fields through his own body. Often bare feet and dressed in a black suit, his gestures might appear to be simple. Nevertheless, this refine presentation aims at concentrating the audience attention on his slowly but accurately developed actions. As a language of which the meaning would remain obscure to us, these gestures draw us to an applied physic: the space separating and binding us, the sensation of being touched, in one’s own body and feelings, the precious gift of being alive.