Equal In The End series | 1-5 sessions
44x34cm each. Installation dimensions variable | Filler, oak frame
The works in the Equal In The End series were made through the SIT DOWN For Equality project. This is a participatory art event where the public is invited to make imprints by sitting down in the wet filler. The marks are exhibited while drying and finally made into a finished work.
The project can be viewed as a statement against our society's escalating disparity. It wants to focus on the temporality of equality. Most people agree that we all should be counted as equal, but when is that equality meant to take place? As equality of possibility or as equality of results?
Social and economic disparity is a democratic problem. Lack of resources gives a shortage of power. There is more to democracy than elective representation. Refusal of compliance can be an effective tool for change. It is the first form of protest we learn as children, and it has been used successfully throughout history in the struggle for rights and freedom by the workers and the powerless.
Exposing the behind is a well-known sign of disrespect and antisocial behaviour. The series is an expression of discontent with those in power's inability to create societies with a sense of community instead of alienation.
These works were made during participatory art events at my Carl Berner studio, Stange Kunstforening, Osterøy Kunstlag, Modum Kunstforening and Sunnfjord Kunstlag in 2019. See my posts in the artlog.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. Thus, they function as a recording device and document the event while the filler is 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.