A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975

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Editors: Tania Ørum and Jesper Olsson
A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975 is the first publication to deal with the postwar avant-garde in the Nordic countries. The essays cover a wide range of avant-garde manifestations in arts and culture: literature, the visual arts, architecture and design, film, radio, television and the performative arts.
It is the first major historical work to consider the Nordic avant-garde in a transnational perspective that includes all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only within the aesthetic field but in a broader cultural and political context: The cultural politics, institutions and new cultural geographies after World War II, new technologies and media, performative strategies, interventions into everyday life and tensions between market and counterculture.
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Biographical Note

Tania Ørum, cand. mag. (1975), is associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. She has published monographs and articles on modernism and avant-garde and is General editor of A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, a subseries of Avant-Garde Critical Studies (Brill | Rodopi).

Jesper Olsson, PhD (Stockholm 2005) is associate professor at the Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden, where he leads the research group "Literature, Media History, and Information Cultures". He has published extensively on literature, media, and the avant-garde.

Review Quotes

“The subseries’ emphasis on cultural history, rather than a narrower focus on art history, […] is particularly apt in a Nordic context, where a distinct set of model welfare states emerged in the twentieth century that helped generate funding, space, resources, and networks for, and public debates on, experimental arts, as these were deemed vital to the health and welfare of a modern democratic society.
[…]
While the scope and heterogeneity of the volume is imposing, its thoughtful organization into seven coherent sections makes it an accessible, dynamic, and useful scholarly reference work for anyone with an interest in avant-garde movements in, from, and including the Nordic region.”
- Ursula Linqvist, Gustav Adolphus College, USA in Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research , 2017 pp. 193-198

"Serien A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries er utrolig viktig, både i seg selv og som en del av en økt oppmerksomhet rundt nordisk modernisme. I dette andre bindet, som strekker seg fra 1950 til 1975, får vi essays om nordisk kunst fra Öyvind Fahlström til den alternative Melodi Grand Prix. Blant de 85 (!) essayene beskrives Galleri Køpcke i København, Pistolteatern i Stockholm, De skandinaviske situasjonistene (selvfølgelig), Morten Krohgs periode som intendant på Kunstnernes Hus i Oslo, Lene Adler Pedersen og Bjørn Nørgaards kvinnelige kristus-performance på Børsen i København, Kjartan Slettemarks passprosjekt med portrettet til Nixon, og enormt mye annet. Når de to siste bindene foreligger vil vesentlige deler av det 20. århundres nordiske avantgarde være beskrevet i dette bokverket.

Den virkelige revolusjonen kommer imidlertid når dette blir pensum for kommende kunstnere og kunsthistorikere. Da vil endelig den Paris- og New York-sentrerte fortellingen om modernismen kunne erstattes med en bredere, global fortelling, der også Norden inngår."
- Jonas Ekeberg, Kunstkritikk

www.kunstkritikk.dk/artikler/24-desember-jonas-ekeberg-2/

Table of contents

Preface

Introduction

Tania Ørum
The Post-War Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries

1. Paradigmatic Images of Scandinavia
Jesper Olsson
Politics & Play – The Impure Arts of Öyvind Fahlström

Rune Gade
The Female Christ at the Stock Exchange

Tue Andersen Nexø
Biological Avant-Garde – Inger Christensen’s det

Birgitte Anderberg
Images of Women

Halldór Björn Runólfsson
The Kitchen – An Offspring of Steina and Woody Vasulka

2. Cultural Politics and Institutions
Christer Ekholm
The Social Avant-Garde – The “Democratisation” of Literature in the Early 1960s in Sweden

Tania Ørum
Culture Wars in Denmark

Annika Öhrner
The Moderna Museet in Stockholm – The Institution and the Avant-Garde

Sanne Krogh Groth
The Fylkingen Concert Society, 1950–1975

Tania Ørum
Self-Organisation in the Avant-Garde of the 1960s

Fred Andersson
Åke Hodell’s Kerberos –A Case Study

Kari Brandtzæg
Morten Krohg and Art’s Oppositional Role

Sanne Krogh Groth
EMS – Elektronmusik Studio in Stockholm

Thomas Hvid Kroman
Sub-Publications from a Basement in Snaregade 6, Copenhagen – Arena Sub-Pub (1969–1970)

Dossier/Little Magazines

Þröstur Helgason
An Open Field of Play and Experimentation – The Little Magazine Birtingur

Jesper Olsson
Tvångs-Blandaren – Stuff in a Box

Jesper Olsson
Rondo and Gorilla – Magazine and Calendar

Thomas Hvid Kromann
Against Restrictions and Exclusions – For Expansion and Inclusions – The Little Magazine ta’ (1967–1968)

Thomas Hvid Kromann
A Time Capsule from the Sixties – The Little Magazine ta’ BOX (1969–1970)

Thomas Hvid Kromann
In the Service of the Revolution – The Little Magazine MAK (1969–1970)

Sissel Furuseth
Profil 1966–1969 – Triumph and Crisis of the Collective

3. New Cultural Geographies
Harri Veivo
Christian Dotremont’s Logogrammes and Logoneiges – European Avant-Garde Inspired by Lapland

Anna Jóhannsdóttir
Exile, Correspondence, Rebellion – Tracing the Interactive Relationship between Iceland and Dieter Roth

Anneli Fuchs
Galerie Køpcke – An Artist-Run Gallery in Copenhagen, 1958–1962

Søren Møller Sørensen
Action Music! – Nam June Paik in Scandinavia, 1961

Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
Clothing Irons and Whisky Bottles – Creating an Icelandic Musical Avant-Garde

Danielle Kvaran
Erró, or the Porousness of Borders

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
The Situationist Offensive in Scandinavia

Halldór Björn Runólfsson
SÚM – The Flux in Iceland

Peter van der Meijden
Fluxus, Eric Andersen and the Communist East

Janna Kantola
Making Choices – Debatable Translations and Publication Policies of Finnish Cultural Magazines Aikalainen, Parnasso and Uusi Kirjallisuuslehti in the 1960s

4. New Technologies and New Media
John Sundholm
Chance and Play, or Marvellous Machines – A Forgotten Swedish Film Avant-Garde

Jesper Olsson
Radiophonic Poetry and a Blind Movie – Öyvind Fahlström’s Sound Art

Tania Ørum
The Medium is the Message – Danish Radio Experiments in the 1960s

Jonas Ingvarsson
What’s Wrong with Billy Spafon?

Tania Ørum
Concrete Poetry as a Sign of Technological Change in Society

Jesper Olsson
Collaborators in Art and Technology – The Case of Billy Klüver

Jonas Ingvarsson
The Case[y] of Husberg

Tanja Tiekso
Art Has Opened People’s Eyes, Music People’s Ears, and Computers People’s Minds – Erkki Kurenniemi on Music and Technology

Mikko Ojanen and Kai Lassfolk
University of Helsinki Electronic Music Studio – Founding and Early Development

Jesper Olsson
The New Monument – Experimental TV and Remediation

Tania Ørum
ABCinema and Super 8 Technology

Kari Yli-Annala
Visions Seen through Felt Boots – “The Carriers of the Fire” of Avant-Garde Art in the 1950s and 1970s in Finland

Thomas Hvid Kromann
Artists’ Books in the 1960s

Tania Ørum
Telephone Art

Teddy Hultberg
Fylkingen’s Text-Sound Festivals, 1968–1974

Erling Kullberg
The Detested Interval Music – On Per Nørgård’s Calendar Music as Interval Signal on TV

5. Performative Strategies
Jesper Olsson
“Hätila ragulpr på fåtskliaben” – Conceiving of Concrete Poetry

Jesper Olsson
Concrete Poetry as a Score for Performance – Bengt Emil Johnson’s Old Man Drowning

Peter van der Meijden
The Festum Fluxorum in Copenhagen, 23–28 November 1962

Tania Ørum
To Play To-Day

Merja Hottinen
Experiment, Scam and Children’s Games – The Finnish Media on Ken Dewey’s Happenings in Finland, 1963–1964

Per Ringby
Pistolteatern – Avant-Garde Performance and Political Theatre

Annika Öhrner
Yvonne Rainer and Robert Morris – An Evening of Talking and Dancing, 1964

Erik Exe Christoffersen
Odin Teatret –¬ Between Tradition and the Avant-Garde

Magnús Þór Þorbergsson
Leiksmiðjan – Collaborating on a New Theatre

Rasmus Graff
Asger Jorn’s Work in The Archive of the Revolution in Havana

Karsten Wind Meyhoff
Showtime! Notes on the Performance Practice of Per Højholt

Birgitte Anderberg
Performing Feminism – Kirsten Justesen

Mette Mortensen
A Borderline Case – Facial Politics in Kjartan Slettemark’s The Passport

6. Interventions into Everyday Life
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
Raping the Whole World in a Warm Embrace of Fascination – Drakabygget’s Anti-Authoritarian Artistic Endeavours

Sven-Olov Wallenstein
1966 – Thinking the City

Lars Bang Larsen
True Rulers of Their Own Realm – Political subjectivisation in Modellen – En modell för ett kvalitativt samhälle

Jonas (J) Magnusson
Jarl Hammarberg’s Concrete Poetry and Collective Books

Ingvild Krogvig
Linguistic Leakage in the Landscape – Early Land Art in Norway

Lars Bang Larsen
Kanonklubben – The Oslo Trip and The Garden

Christine Buhl Andersen
The Avant-Garde in Public Space – Two Danish Examples

Elisabeth Friis
and and and – A Device of One’s Own – Reproductive Parataxis in Rex, Thorup and Åkesson

Malene Woltmann
Christiana – Utopia Realised?

Stig Jarl and Laura Luise Schultz
A Sensuous Dramaturgy of Intervention – Solvognen (The Sun Chariot), Copenhagen, 1969–1983

Ingvild Krogvig
Viggo Andersen’s Vigelandsinstallasjon – The History of a Forgotten Anti-Monument

7. Avant-Garde between Market and Counterculture
Vibeke Petersen Gether
Gunnar Aagaard Andersen – Commercial Design and Experimental Art

Jens Tang Kristensen
Angli Avant-Gardism – Paul Gadegaard’s Art Project in Herning, Denmark

Lars Bukdahl
Vagn is Also a Bit of a Soft Drink – Vagn Steen’s Advertisements for Himself and Concrete Poetry, 1964–1969

Jesper Olsson
The Artist on Holiday, or “L’art pour l’or”, or Some Conceptual Investments of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Alf Arvidsson
From Avant-Garde to Pop Culture to Alternative Scenes – The Case of Two Swedish Bands, Blå Tåget and Träd, Gräs & Stenar

Harri Veivo
Everyday High and Low – Finnish Avant-Garde Poetry of the 1960s
Navigations in a Rapidly Changing Society

Tania Ørum
The Rose Campaign – John Davidsen’s Appropriation of Commercial Formats

Lars Bang Larsen
PUSS 1968–1973

Tania Ørum
Counterculture

Benedikt Hjartarson
“A Furious Girl from Rome” – Róska and the Mythography of Avant-Garde Bohemianism

Trond Haugen
“From Everyone to Everyone” – The Countercultural Little Magazine Dikt & datt

David Thyrén
The Alternative Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, 1975

Abstracts

Readership

All interested in the avant-garde and the Nordic countries

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