The Evening School was Goll & Nielsen’s attempt to respond to a regional development in the “Sound Region”, the area of Skaane in Sweden and Zealand, Denmark. The region was so babtized by politicians eager to promote the construction of the Oresound bridge, which today crosses the water between Sweden and Denmark. Goll & Nielsen were invited by the artist run space Signal in Malmö.
We decided to comment on the political construction of a new citizenry, nor Danish nor Swedish, but regional, by introducing an Evening School which had as its primary goal a discussion on identity politics in an open minded manner. Instead of the conventional fear-based national identity, we took the politicians’ words seriously, and announced The Oresound Region as a region where new identities could flourish. Since the politicians willingly held back on their usual nationalist rhetorics, the time was ripe for an experiment like the Evening School.
Consequently we invited a number of artists, researchers, musicians of different background, gender, race, sexuality to each perform an evening school course which addressed the subject. The teachings took place in the gallery and on occasional field trips in Copenhagen or Malmö.
During the course of the events, some journalists took interest in the public financing of the project, alleging at the same time that tax-payers money was spent on alcoholic substances. Although this was not the case, the stories were used in the Danish election campaign by the neo-liberal/conservative opposition, who managed to abuse and misrepresent The Evening School.
Goll & Nielsen’s are thus happy to be able to present a more levelled account of The Evening School, simply by publicizing the original material here. Not least, we wish to honor the efforts of the many artists, activists, researchers, writers, musicians etc. who helped to create the Evening School. Each of their projects can be rewieved in the program.
please click to download folder: the_evening_school_folder_01
Please click to download program: the_evening_school_program-web-ed
or scroll down to read the original introductory text and see photos of some of the events