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Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

Superflex

Superflex are currently known for their exhibition of One Two Three Swing! at the Tate Modern, London, in which an orange line of swings weaves in, and out, of the Turbine Hall. The potential of swinging with more than one person (two or three in this case), allows us to realise that our collective energy resists gravity and challenges the laws of nature.
The group of three artists, Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and Rasmus Nielsen, are best known for playfully subversive installations and films. They wish to challenge “the role of the artist in contemporary society and explore the nature of globalisation and systems of power” (Superflex.net). Through wit and humour, they are able to address serious social and cultural concerns.
In 2014, the group explore the voyeuristic relationship to conflict. This was done through the installation of an operating theatre in a gallery in the Swiss mountain municipality of S-chanf. Later, the surgical tools, operating table and lamp were sent to Syria to provide medical relief.
Through these works, I enjoy the prospect of the encouragement of learning more about serious social and cultural concerns world-wide. Many of the artworks that they create do not have this obvious aspect, and it is that thought process that you have to go through that I am interested in.


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