Living documents I-V
Charlotta Ruth & Dominik Grünbühel
with Peter Mills, Jenni-Elina von Bagh and Anna Öberg
When working with art in live situations, documentation tends to be the necessary evil where the work is forced to change into something rather static. In Living Documents we are embracing this friction by examining documentation formats and approaching work of 5 artists with documentary methods. We are also challenging the idea of a documentation and documents through playing with what “ephemeral documentation” possibly can be. After an initial research phase in 2017 we began exploring vanishing situations through repetition. The five performance installations differ in aesthetics but share the parameter of time: the loop. Can the loop be approached as a living documentation medium? Live-loops borrow the quality of recordings in that they can be viewed or played over and over again, but since we who perform and you who pass by as visitors are unavoidably different every time, the loop also enhances the live situation by making differences visible in conjunction with memory.
Living Documents is conceptualised as a series and aims at acknowledging transitory moments of practice and recurring themes rather than the artists’ final products. During two days on 25 and 26 May the 5 Living Documents are repeatedly performed as part of a walk between different indoor and outdoor spaces at Skeppsholmen. On Saturday the walk is followed by a conversation facilitated by Vendela Grundell.