New solo exhibition 'Promises of a Distant Now', London

10 Oct 2019

poster SPOKEN_Marie Thams, 2019

Promises of a Distant Now presents new and recent works by Marie Thams.

The selected works act as critical and artistic reactions to questions of political and anatomic voice and comment on how the current rhetoric landscape affects the common mood. What seems like a constant promise of promotion fills the public mindset and pushes persistent market oriented self-regulation forward, risking to destabilise our experience of ‘now’ and create an inconsistent, detached state of being.

Focus is on Thams’ ongoing work with sound installation, performative text, voice and print. Two installations form the core of the exhibition. The first one is a new 4-channel sound installation consisting of over-sized hanging sculptural wings that surround the audience together with a both dreamy and urgent soundscape bridging speculative economics with lived bodily experience. In the second installation the critical utterance is tied to the subject announced by the voice and to the very opening and vibrating tissue of the vocal cords, creating a tactile platform for listening.

A new printed matter including a text by philosopher Nina Power written for the occasion accompanies the exhibition.

Performance event, October 12 at 3.30–5pm:
Questions of tongue, text, quivering bodies, ethics, and empathy will shape this afternoon for which artists Emily Whitebread and Natascha Nanji are invited to share some of their recent performative texts and work together with Marie Thams. Both artists are UK based and work closely with writing in their work.

Marie Thams is a visual artist based in Copenhagen. Thams holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, 2011 and a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and History of Art from Goldsmith, 2009. Thams’ work is driven by a wish to create critical and sensuously enclosing works. She works in research and context based and her productions often result in larger installations consisting of sound, video and sculptural elements. Voice plays a key role in Thams’ practice and she works with sound, speech, and text as part of installation, publication, audio, and performance.
Some of the ongoing questions in Thams’ work concern the possible points of departure and impetus we humans have in the world; the experienced relation between social, political and biological being; valorisation of human activities in the semio-capitalist society; human productivity; the present labour market and production strain.

Emily Whitebread is a visual artist with an MA in ArtScience, Royal Academy Den Haag, 2014 and a BA in Fine Art and Art History, Goldsmiths, 2009. Emily has just finished a commission for Art in Romney Marsh and has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Highlights of her artistic career included Frieze First Thursdays, South London Gallery, Bold Tendencies, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitstable Biennale and TENT Rotterdam.

Natascha Nanji is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who brings together, ideas, people and objects to create spaces from which to assemble dialogic encounters. Working at the intersection of anthropology, art and theatre-based methodologies, her work sets the scene to narrate speculative journeys. Natascha has a background in Social Anthropology, and a BA in Fine Art & History of Art studied at Goldsmiths, 2009 and an MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, 2017.

URBANEK is an artist-run space in South East London, run by Maciej Urbanek.

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Performing at SPOKEN Festival Odense

22 Aug 2019

On Thursday August 22 I'll be sharing two performative texts at teater95b in Odense, as part of Spoken Festival.

The programme can be found on spoken.dk

poster SPOKEN_Marie Thams, 2019
poster SPOKEN_International Night, 2019

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New exhibition: Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future, ARKEN, DK

16 Aug 2019

YOUNG DANISH ART. FORECASTING THE FUTURE
17 August 2019 to 15 March 2020
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

What kind of world are we currently breaking down – and building? The exhibition Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future explores different predictions for the future as they are presented in Danish contemporary art.

The exhibition focuses on some of the political and cultural changes that are high on the agenda within contemporary art. Ten artists take measure of our time and gaze into the future. Their art explore national and global themes such as working culture, questions of belonging and climate crisis that will affect our future societies and prospects.

The exhibition presents a selection of artists from a young generation born in the 1980s. Showing a variation of works such as installation art, sculpture and film, the exhibition shows how young contemporary artists take innovative and playful approaches in their art, experimenting with new materials and forms of expression as they examine and question the major issues of our time.

Participating artists
Nanna Abell, Hannah Toticki Anbert, Kirsten Astrup, Benedikte Bjerre, Silas Inoue, Mo Maja Moesgaard, Astrid Myntekær, Tabita Rezaire, Masar Sohail and Marie Thams.

re_Marie Thams, 2017 re, Marie Thams 2017. Sound installation (details)

invitation, ARKEN
More info on: arken.dk

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