Permanent Collection is an ongoing live action, constructed around the notion of a permanent collection. An attempt to construct a permanent collection collectively by means of a movement-based practice usually associated with impermanence or ephemerality.
Three dancers explore alternative ways of displaying and building collections, and question whose stories get given a permanent place? For Kiasma, artist Manuel Pelmuş explores the possibility of a permanent collection based on performative and collectively elaborated gestures and actions with emphasis on those that deal with solidarity movements, togetherness & queerness.
The ongoing action has previously been enacted at the MUNCH Museum Oslo, Kunsthalle Vienna and the Museum of Public Transportation in Timișoara (part of Art Encounters Biennale).
The exhibition visitors can spend whatever amount of time they like with the work, being able to leave and to come back at any moment. There is no beginning and no end.
Manuel Pelmuş is an artist and choreographer born in Bucharest, Romania. He works across different contexts such as exhibition, theater, and public spaces. In 2013 he represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale together with Alexandra Pirici. His works have been shown in museums and biennials worldwide, among others: Kyiv Biennale; Tate Modern, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Para Site Hong Kong; OFF-Biennale Budapest; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; SALT, Istanbul; BOZAR, Brussels; Gothenburg Biennale etc. In 2012, Pelmuş was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for Performing Arts, and in 2014 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Dance Center in Bucharest.
Manuel Pelmuş is currently a research associate at the Academy of Fine Arts Oslo (KHIO). He lives and works in Oslo.
Concept and direction: Manuel Pelmuş
Performers: Elizabeth Ward, Mzamo Nondlwana & Beniamin Boar