Series: Xong Collection
Format: LP, White Vinyl
Genre: Sound Art
Tip! *300 copies limited release* Xing presents the new LP Livre d'images sans images by Mette Edvardsen & Iben Edvardsen, tenth release of XONG collection - artist records. The release is on white vinyl, in a limited numbered edition of 300 copies. The collector's edition consists of 25 copies accompanied by a unique poster, hand drawn with black marker by the two artists, mother and daughter, folded like a map, echoing the activity of the performance.
Livre d'images sans images by Mette Edvardsen & Iben Edvardsen borrows its title from a book by H.C. Andersen, also referred to as The Moon Chronicler. The book follows a conversation between a painter and the Moon, where the Moon describes to the painter what she sees on her journey around the world every evening, telling the painter to paint what she describes. “This conversation, as in the now obsolete meaning of the word (‘a place where one lives or dwells’), was the starting point for our work. Using the weather report as dramaturgy, (‘the moon did not show up every evening, sometimes a cloud came in between’), we have created and collected materials from our conversations in the form of recordings, text, voice, drawings, references, found images, loose connections, inspirations and imaginations, in the order they came to us. They are at the same time sources and traces, material and support for new imaginations or events to come.”
Livre d'images sans images is a project that consists of three different media: live performance, vinyl and paper. Mette Edvardsen is a norwegian artist based in Oslo. Her work is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. She has worked since 1994 as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. Productions of hers include the performances Black (2011), No Title (2014), We to Be (2015), oslo (2017), which form a series on the limits of language, Penelope sleeps (2019), an opera in essay form with music by Matteo Fargion, and her long-term project Time has fallen alseep in the afternoon sunshine, that develops learning by heart as a practice. This project/process is ongoing since 2010, and has been presented in more than 40 cities around the world ranging from Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Sydney Biennale, Index Foundation in Stockholm, Oslobiennalen First Edition, Trust & Confusion at Tai Kwun Arts in Hong Kong, Sao Paulo Biennale, and Centre Pompidou Paris.
Retrospectives of her work were presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015, in the focus program Idiorritmias at MACBA in Barcelona in 2018, and at Amant in New York (2022). In 2022/2023 she developed a project in residence on the gesture of writing, how to organize the library, orality, and translation at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris, and in 2023 she premiered the work Livre d'images sans images. Her work has been introduced in Italy by Xing since 2004 with presentations at Live Arts Week Bologna and other contexts. Alongside of her live works she has developed a publishing practice, both within her own artistic work as well as a small independent publishing house, Varamo Press, since 2018.