Yesterday my sister and I went to check out “The Moderna Exhibition – Society Acts” at the Modern Arts Museum in Malmo. It is an exhibition which is put on every four years in order to review contemporary art from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania. The art works and installations offered many strong political statements and deep critical statements of humanity and modern society. Some of the questions that artists were interested in were; how we obtain and make use of information through technology; who filters and chooses what information is available to us; where is the line drawn between fact and fiction; what is considered public and what is considered private information; issues of personal identification, constructed hierarchies as well as gender history.
Many of the involved artists were greatly concerned with the viewers relationship to art. Several of the installations were interactive and required action from the spectators in order to get the full experience. We were really lucky to get there just in time for a guided tour with a knowledgeable woman who discussed much of the work in detail. One work that stood out to me was called “Chamber of Freedom with Integrated Memory Hole” by a group of Estonian artists that go by the name Visible Solutions LLC. They call themselves a “capitalist anti capitalist artwork-enterprise”. They explore ideas of economy and art as opposing forces and concern themselves with developing and creating products such as the above mentioned machine, which allows people to filter out unwanted, difficult information and remain in blissful ignorance.
This show is on until 25th of January if anyone is in Malmo and wants to go check it out!