22 March – 30 April 2013
MÅNEDENS BILDE: ANDERS DAHL MONSEN
ZERO HOUR DAY
On display in the ‘Månedens bilde’ bulletin board in Jernbanetorget, Oslo.
Opening reception Friday 22nd March 17.00
(in Kristiania bar & café, Jernbanetorget 1)
The artist Anders Dahl Monsen began his campaign for a 0-hour working day with an exhibition in Stockholm in 2009. Now he is bringing it to the people of Oslo with a display in the new ‘Månedens bilde’ bulletin board in Jernbanetorget, as well as a free poster edition of the work which is also available as a digital download.
You can find the bulletin board outside the Østbanehalle in Jernbanetorget; collect a free poster at Oslo S; at Kunsthall Oslo in Trelastgata or at UKS in Lakkegata; and download a digital version of the work at www.romforkunst.info
Dahl Monsen writes: In 1930 the famous economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that within a hundred years human beings would freed from work, “lilies of the field, who toil not, neither do they spin”. It is now 2013, and so far there is no sign of Keynes’s prediction coming true. The once-spirited movement for the 6-hour working day is being abandoned by the Left in most countries; intensified exploitation and the eradication of labour rights in the name of productivity and competitiveness accompany a global economic system out of control. The Zero Hour Day is about refusing to contribute to this system. It’s about spending time living instead of working, spending time with friends and family, not simply working to consume and being consumed by work. The logo is an altered version of the six-hour day campaign, and the text is based on an 1856 banner calling for an eight-hour working day.
About the artist:
Anders Dahl Monsen (born 1980) lives and works in Oslo. He was educated at Kunstakademiet i Bergen (2001-05) and has exhibited widely in Norway and abroad, with recent solo exhibitions at Gallery D.O.R. in Brussels and NoPlace, Oslo. Hs interests include strenuous lethargy, serious partying, and self-imposed narcolepsy.
About Månedens bilde:
In the past UKS disposed a glass vitrine outside the Norwegian Parliament where members took turn showing new works.
In 1965, as a reaction to the exhibit of young Kjartan Slettermark’s collage in that vitrine, entitled: “A Report From Vietnam, Children are Washed by Burning Napalm, Their Skin Burns to Black Sores and They Die” a provoked citizen armed with an axe vandalized both the vitrine and the work. His rage came to mark the beginning of violent riots and crated an extensive public debate about weather art could or should be political in mass media.
UKS is now, some 50 years later asked to re-animate the glass vitrine as part of a public art program, “Rom for kunst” produced by Kunsthall Oslo at the Oslo central station. Rather than repeating history and producing works for this specific format we are looking into the format of a bulletin or wall journal to be displayed in the vitrine as well as freely distributed in a small edition.
About Rom for kunst:
Rom for kunst (Space for Art) at Oslo Central Station is a public art initiative run by Rom Eiendom AS. Kunsthall Oslo and Hovind AS are currently the commissioners for Rom for kunst.