Which significance does place hold in Sondra Perry’s (1986, USA) video-based exhibition A Terrible Thing, as it circulates between an overview of and walkings within the area, where Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) is placed? The place was once home to a jazz club that, with stars like Dinah Washington, was an epicenter of black culture. Once the museum was established the place become home to a primarily white and well-educated segment. The place is present as historical and cultural layers, as a jumble of images from Google Maps, which in turn creates an interplay between place and non-place.
Moca has moved into Gallery 2 of Kunsthal Aarhus as one of the video works is projected unto a titled wall, which mimics the facade of moCa. The place within the artwork has been extended into the artwork at the place, right here and now in Aarhus and in the Kunsthal, vividly present yet also displaced from its original place that was Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa).
For this event we have invited Dan Ringgaard, Professor in Nordic Language and Literature at Aarhus University, to extend the notions of place and non-place by taking point of departure in A Terrible Thing. The event will start with a short introduction to the exhibition.
The event is held in Danish.