Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg & Owen Griffiths

1984 & 1983, The School of Walls and Space Skolen for Mur og Rum

A Space

A collaborative video and installation work by Owen Griffiths and Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg. Working site-specifically with the architecture of the Art Academy and Charlottenborg, investigating the notion of collaboration, alternative learning spaces and their fragile existance within large institutions.

The artists would like to thank:

Pia Eikaas, Vladas Suncovas, Lucas Wichmann Melkane, Ingrid Forland, Benny Henningsen, Margarita del Carmen, Sidsel Carré, Fern Thomas, Nils Norman, Emma Hedditch, Stefan Pedersen, Pia Rönicke, Luca Frei, Syvende og Sidst, Troels Nøhr Holmstrøm, Jørn Tore Egseth, Freddy Cronqvist, Huw Griffiths, Marilyn Griffiths, Thom O’ Sullivan, Pia Rönicke, Henriette Heise and all former and present students and friends of Walls and Space participating in the video.

A voiceover:

Cloaked and curtained. Soft walls and fluidity held gently by a shape shifting choreography.

Things are at risk, things we celebrate and overlook and others have fought for. The spirit of friendship, dressing up, discussing, cooking, brewing, baking, reading making banners… these slow processes are the luxury of this space.

Climbing slowly, alongside the forming of collective decisions and processes, of fermentation, of rising yeast… the importance and risk of collaborative works are exposed.
Collaboration as a fragile agreement.
Throwing rocks in a safe space.
Testing our boundaries.
Collaboration as a radical action.
Peeling apples.
Reading out loud…

The narration of the space occupies the draws and cupboards we seldom open and explore but also extends to the furniture and curtains. Built and stitched by friends and colleagues…

Discarded clothes, saucepans, weighing scales and the tree in the middle of the table. These are the physical results and the props of this space.

Steam rises, papers move in the breeze…

Togetherness as liquid architecture.

Watering a plant.
Clearing a room.
A cleansing song.

Bodies moving in the space
Following instruction
Adapting to voice
Stretching out

A brief moment of meaning. Lifting each other, building a room.

Nurtured and steered collectively, we observe and learn and compromise.

Structure; tools of negotiation and roles of responsibility fall into place, the importance of how to talk and work together…

Conflict pulls at risk, fragile balance. Un-watered plants…compost, collapse
Break down…Adapt. Renew…