Synnøve G. Wetten

Experiment based on a common script (2011)

Synnnøve G. Wettens´ artistic practice is motivated by bio-political perspectives where gender, identity and collective bodies are questioned within a state of transformation. 

Documentary and fictional synthesis between poetic and political subjects is investigated and depicted through the use of written manifestos, video works, photography, sound compositions and performances. Manipulation and rewriting of found images are directed along alternative states of collective awareness and inter human communication in a queer time and space.

Experiment Based on a Common script was presented in the performative programme City excavations. The performance was produced in collaboration with SVEAS SFI, where a group of women from different backgrounds that live and study Swedish in Göteborg, gathered for a common procession at Redbergsplatsen in Göteborg, exploring notions of visibility, sisterhood and group dynamics. 

Colorful hand painted silk banners was made in advance in a common workshop. Intentionally the poetic performance expanded, regrouped and developed into a dynamic demonstration – as a symbol of poetic and feverish activism. In this work, Synnøve G. Wetten together with the women experimented with the documentary performance format. A call for a wild democracy in the form of a real time social event. 

Thanks to Birgitta Hjerten and all the women at SVEAS for such an inspiring adventure.

Biography Born 1978 in Norway, lives and works in Norway and Sweden. Synnøve G. Wetten's practice includes the performance collaboration FINE ART UNION together with Annette Stav Johanssen. In 2010 Christina Leithe Hansen and Synnøve G. Wetten curated a screening series, VAST, at Kunstnernes Hus, Norway. Exhibitions and performances include Human Resources, Los Angeles, Crosskick/ Platform #4, Kunstverein Hannover, Wight Biennial 2008/ Broad Art Center-UCLA, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic/Zagreb, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Vestfossen Kunstlaberatorium

Photo: Hendrik Zeitler