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JANUARY 1 - APRIL 30, 2013
Danger Museum (Miho Shimizu & Øyvind Renberg, "Tomorrow & Yesterday",
2012, cylinder seal, polyurethane resin, 6,1 x 1,9 in
Production supported by Ryohei Takahashi (Gelchop)
Àngels Casanovas and Sonia Blasco
Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Barcelona
Eurofitness Perill - Barcelona
Miho Shimizu and Øyvind Renberg's Danger Museum started as a mobile exhibition space, travelling and adapting its structure to present the works of friends and colleagues. The experience of travel has encouraged the production of reflexive, visual works that connects as a visual travelogue.
Their interest in applied art and series production is reflected in projects that encompass multiples, furniture, posters, LPs and tableware. The change in meaning as the objects circulate within different contexts, is part of a dynamic that drives their practice. "Tomorrow & Yesterday", produced for Davis Museum, extends from a series of works inspired by the Japanese picture scroll. Shimizu and Renberg have already explored the scroll's narrative possibilities in watercolours serializing a Norwegian fjord trip. Tomorrow & Yesterday is a cylinder seal, an engraved sculpture cylinder tool, originating in ancient Mesopotamia, that can roll a picture relief into wet clay. Their relief depicts an allegory on the relationship between man and woman: A man hunts a bird, whose egg hatches into a new bird that hunts the man. By continuous rolling, the relief proposes an endless cycle.