Gitte Bog (Denmark)
Cultural Center of Cali – 2010
In the subway of Mexico City, some people walk through the wagons selling different things for an average price of 10 pesos. ($ 1 UD). Over the course of two months, the artist bought what was offered to her in the subway trips, never at the stations, only what the vendors offered in the cars. He did not make a selection of the things he bought (unless it was something he had already bought) and did not make any additional trips to those he had to do. All objects: games, recipe magazines, videos, music CDs, etc. They were available to the public who attended the exhibition. Monitors, CD players allowed them to choose between video games movies, of interest.
Gitte Bog reflects on the dramatic increase in the number of people selling in the subway, and the prices of some things have dropped. In this way the sellers have been in need of diversifying the offers; The great variety in the supply of merchandise has been presented because it seems that sellers have realized that they have to offer different things for all tastes in order to obtain enough profit, and not be affected by the competition of other sellers They offer similar products. The variety of objects for sale is a reflection of the diversity of Mexican society. This, and the fact that informal trade is one of the main sources of income for many Mexican families are topics of interest. of the artist
I am interested in the poetic possibilities of everyday objects, daily activities and common places.
I find the ways of working, the daily activities the hobbies and the celebrations very inspiring.
Singing, knitting, cooking, talking with people, walking and planting seeds are some of the activities that make up my work.
My practice as an artist includes live art, video, audio, installation and temporary and specific art to a place or time.
Some daily activities I find them fascinating and at the same time frustrating.
By changing the rules on how to do these activities or by creating my own rules and personal rites, I try to question the authoritarian presence that conceals the benign forms of these activities.
Generally, the pieces that I do, need the interaction of the spectator. I like that the places where I show my work are a platform for dialogue.
The work is usually done as a response to a topic or to the place where it will be shown.
Gitte Bog 2010
For CALCO 2010, Gitte will present a temporary and interactive installation with all the objects purchased in the subway.The food offered to the attendees will be prepared based on recipes from the books I buy in the subway and was made by participants to a workshop prior to the exhibition. There will be an opportunity to watch the movies and listen to the music of DVDs and CDs that were also acquired in the subway. There will be activities where attendees can participate (involving acquired objects) that will take place during the event.