In Words Drown I open call

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In Words Drown I presents a carnivalistic exhibition experiment at Flux Factory, April 18th – 21st 2013.

“In the world of carnival the awareness of the people’s immortality is combined with the realization that established authority and truth are relative.” – Bakhtin, 1968

In western visual culture the early carnival was a site of disorder and survival, deeply connected to the bodily experience. The carnival embraced ritual spectacles such as feasts, competitions, comic shows, dancing and open-air amusement with costumes and masks, giants, monsters, trained animals–in short all the ‘low’ and ‘dirty’ kinds of folklore tradition. On the positive side the early carnival explored collectivity, on the negative side it perpetuated class hierarchy, political manipulation, sexual repression and paranoia, as well as contributed to a misinformed public.

Curator and writer Mille Højerslev Nielsen invites artists of all disciplines to participate in an exhibition that will explore themes related to the early carnival. The exhibition is an extension of her upcoming essay, “No Man is an Island, Entire of Itself – Collectivism in Arts and the Early Carnival”, and will also include a video screening program organized by Nielsen and her fellow Flux Artists-in-Residence Constantin Hartenstein and Christine Laquet. Video artists are invited to apply with any type of video work, also related to the early carnival.

To apply please send a proposal, sketches of the proposed artwork and/or images of relevant previous work, and a biography to mille[at]fluxfactory[dot]org, no later than April 1st.


In Words Drown I is an open aesthetic and curatorial platform from which exhibitions, events and publications are produced. The focus is on cross-aesthetic and interdisciplinarity within contemporary art and literature. In Words Drown I was founded in 2012 by Mille Højerslev Nielsen.

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