Mission Gallery, Swansea 17th January – February 8th 2015
Collective Misunderstandings wass an exploratory, reflective and evolving installation by Copenhagen-based collective, ATB. Invited by Art’s Birthday, Wales to explore notions of Utopia in advance of the 500 year anniversary of Thomas More’s book of the same name, ATB designed an exhibition and programme of events and activities that critically examined the history of utopian thinking. ATB invited the consideration that such thinking as a method of open process that can be activated through forms of community-based geo-social mobility.
The gallery space changed over time to reflect the events, activities and dialogues that will take place in and around the gallery. The space hosted reading groups, performance, a sympoisum, workshops with the local art school and a fog-machine filled opening event.
ATB is a multidisciplinary collective with members from Germany, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, Chile and Wales. They share common interests in collectivity, urban space, performance, the politics of art and its emancipatory potential.
Collective Misunderstandings marked the eighth year of Art’s Birthday, Wales’ contributions to international, annual celebrations of Art’s Birthday on 17th January each year.
There was an associated symposium on Saturday 17th January at Mission Gallery, and a sister event on Saturday 24th January in an offsite venue where ATB, guest speakers and participants were invited to expand upon the subject of Utopia.
ATB members are: Kristian Byskov, Barnaby Dicker, Margarita del Carmen, Pia Eikaas, Owen Griffiths, Martin Haufe, Benny Henningsen, Vladas Suncovas, Fern Thomas, Anna Ørberg
Supported by Arts Council Wales, the Danish Arts Foundation, The Idella Foundation and the Ministry Of Culture Of The Republic Of Lithuania.
Installation images have been intentionally left in as the whole time ATB spent together formed part of the process:
Symposium Part 1, Saturday January 17th, Mission Gallery
Framed by a ‘grounding’ session by Howard Slater and ATB:
Opening event with performance of Everyday Dilemma (by sir Thomas More) by ATB member Kristian Byskov:
Reading group / discussions:
Saturday January 24th
Symposium Part 2
Speakers/ Contributors: Iain Boal and ATB