Homeland Security. Something Always Follows Something Else

Szuper Gallery, Nick Blythe , Stephen Connolly , Veronika Dimke, Benjamin Ellingsen, Marcia Farquhar, Rainer Ganahl, Simon Goldin, Gia Rigvava, Alun Rowlands

Oct 08 – Oct 29, 2004

Curated by UK-based Susanne Clausen/Szuper Gallery, this programme brings together 12 short videos by different mostly younger international artists. The videos examine different methods and ways of acting in public and of public speaking. The individual works aim to approach the idea of public space, while dealing with questions of how artistic production and intention can be realised within institutional or public spheres. Some of the artists involved take on different roles or have founded public or private institutions themselves.

Para Site Art Space is pleased to present in our next show, an installation by London based "Szuper Gallery" (Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Kerestey) and works curated from the Szuper Gallery collection. Artists include: Nick Blythe, UK; Stephen Connolly, UK; Veronika Dimke, Germany; Benjamin Ellingsen, Norway/UK; Marcia Farquhar, UK; Rainer Ganahl, USA; Simon Goldin, Sweden; Gia Rigvava, Russia/ Germany; Alun Rowlands, UK.

Szuper Gallery represents a mutating bureaucracy and free-floating gallery environment and is based in London, UK. As Szuper Gallery, Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Kerestey have researched various institutions and corporation as locations for a series of interventionist video performances and installations. As a result, they have collaborated with other artists and professionals, such as actors, architects, economist or curators and have entered and collaborated with institutions like the Stock Exchange, Television, the Police or an immigration office. These ollaborations?were attempts to find out whether and how it is possible to perform within institutional contexts, by subtly introducing parallel narratives within these coded environments. There, Szuper Gallery are trying to extend our understanding of and to re-define the image of the artist profession and place of work and to speculate on future functions of art and artists in society.

For the exhibition at Para Site, Szuper Gallery will present a series of video works within a mini cinema installation. This will include several Szuper Gallery videos as well as a programme of videos by different international artists from the Szuper Gallery Collection.

The selected works examine methods and ways of acting in public and of public speaking. The individual works aim to approach the idea of public space, while dealing with questions of how artistic production and intention can be realised within institutional or public spheres. Some of the artists involved take on different roles or have founded public or private institutions themselves. Raising a voice in public can have many different connotations, whether it is institutional information, a press conference or on TV appearance, screaming madly in public places, or the murmur of voices in a public library. We are aware of the constant presence of public voices and gestures, whether institutional or unofficial, not only in times of heightened concerns for general security.