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"Soft Season: The Danger Museum"
2002-09-04 until 2002-09-27
Institute of International Visual Arts
London, , UK

The Danger Museum is a visual arts organisation that is everything the museum is not: mobile, temporary, ever-evolving and funny. Since 1998, DM has been travelling to various locations around the world, constantly re-adapting and changing its form to create a diverse and incisive body of visual arts projects. Working from Norway, Japan and Singapore, DM's current directors Tien Wei Woon, Řyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizum say their aim is to 'adopt personal, flexible and direct methods for the exploration and distribution of ideas.'

DM aims to challenge the core values of the art institution, hoping to fill the gaps where the art museum fails. DM sets up dynamic networks and systems of exchange between artists, thereby tackling the inertia of the official institution. DM's projects create meeting points for artists from all over the world, and it is this constant flow of ideas and strategies that keeps DM firmly outside the mainstream visual arts agenda.

DM's projects for inIVA's Soft Season include an online publishing house, chatrooms, webcams, interviews, a library networking project, museum shop, aRt café by Dream Products Co. and a specially produced DM newsletter. The Danger Museum presents four separate projects in TheSpace@inIVA:

Week 1: 4th September - 6th September 2002 Alex Villar - Upward Mobility: a film begun in New York and continued in London, investigating the relationship between architectural space and the body.

Week 2: 11th September - 13th September 2002 Kyong Fa Che: flea-market style account of travelling in Singapore. Plus: The Artists' Village: art collective from Singapore present recent projects.

Week 3: 18th September - 20th September 2002 Matze Schmidt & Sebastian Stegner: two German artists use the space for 'real.-Mapping', an ongoing research project that creates a global map of social life.

Week 4: 25th September - 27th September 2002 Re-analysing the Danger Museum.

the danger museum is part of inIVA's soft season September - December 2002

Soft is inIVA's new season of visual arts projects, bringing together a diverse selection of international artist-curated exhibitions and events. Soft is an exploration of networking, exchange, mobility and interaction, and the season presents these activities as viable strategies for contemporary art production. Crucially, Soft aims to expose the elastic and fluid nature of current visual art practice.


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