During April/May Morten Goll presented the solo exhibition, World View (Verdensbillede), at Goloss, Copenhagen. The show featured a series of new pencil drawings and a video work from 2006.
Goloss is a new non-commercial exhibition space run by the independent curator, Katarina Stenbeck. Goloss facilitates research and investigation of present day culture and art’s role herein. Through group shows, solo projects and diverse experiments by cultural producers, Goloss will create a space devoted to critical research and discussions on the potential of the art of our time.
The following is a translated excerpt of the Danish invite:
In the exhibition called World View, Morten Goll examines the relation between news media’s image production and its underlying ideological structure. The two works presented at the show investigates how the spoken word as well as mass media’s imagery forces an ideological reading on to our understanding of the world.
The work Verdensbillede, 2010 consists of a series of pencil drawings on A3 size paper, with motives based on photographs found in Danish news papers during the period of February-April 2010. Using the pencil Goll processes mass media’s representations of human life. In a wide range of diverse situations, from people fleeing catastrophes, people talking or cheering to people waiting or fighting, we are presented with the ongoing, well known abundancy of images served up daily by global media. In the transformation process from photographic image to pencil drawing Goll eliminates the context depicted by the camera in order to concentrate on the representation of the singular individual human being. “The images I take interest in are those in which one or more individuals have become anonymous representatives in a news story, thus somehow they have become instrumentalized by a specific ideology in a reading of the world. By eliminating the catastrophe, the conflict or “the faith”, the image no longer reproduces the ideological construction. By removing the news paper as context, the images detaches from the ideological canon which they are part of to instead re-open as signs that can tell us about lived experience, to which we can relate in the same way as we do with the stories of our own lives.”
In the video work “Dictionary to Skave School”, 2006, a group of 4th to 7th grade students defines 53 words in their own language. The topics vary from Family, democracy and capitalism, to the color blue, the internet and the concept of light. Placed in front of the class room map of the world, the kids describe in their own words, a series of subjects and concepts which are regarded as central to the concept of Danishness and Western culture. Through the voices of the children, Goll points towards the ideological significance of the words and their function in relation to the continuation of global power and welfare relations. The video is in Danish only and can be watched here: