#317 Call To Arms

#317 Call To Arms

84x64 cm | Filler, oak frame

  • About

    I did this work by slamming my fists in the wet filler 99 times, in a rhythm reminiscent of a heartbeat.

    To accompany it, I have written a poem.

    Listen to the beat
    They are few
    We are many
    The fruit of labour
    belongs to all
    We don’t have to
    cut the tree
    We just have to
    shake it
    The fruit will fall
    into our hands
    into our arms
    This is a call
    to arms

    For me, the work is about the power of the people and about something I call radical equality. It means that one takes the notion of every human beings equal value literally. To achieve this, a new economic system is required that ensures that everyone is compensated equally for their working hours - that labour seize to be a commodity and is lifted out of the market logic and given a fixed, universal price. There will not be possible to hoard wealth in such a system, but the surplus value that labour produces is distributed equally. I see it as an artistic task and privilege to think utopian and have formulated more about these thoughts at www.commensalism.org.

  • Res Ipsa

    Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.

    Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.

kr12,000.00Price

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Johan Söderström | Grenseveien 9b, Oslo, Norway

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