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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, UK) works with exuberant collective performances and films merging irreverence and joie de vivre. Celebrating popular culture, she has adopted elements as diverse as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Miyazaki’s Catbus, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

As part of PRAXES’s inquiry of her practice, titled Paddling Up Stream, Chetwynd will gradually carve out a new work for Bergen Assembly, invented and reconfigured in episodes presented throughout 2016. Employing choreography influenced by the accelerated fixation on the young and the new, improvisation, business magazines, and pseudo-anthropology of Norwegian norms of collectivity, Chetwynd summons a motley troupe of participants around an epicenter of elderly cool cats, envisioning a futurology of channeled geriatric knowledge.

Parallel to the new commission, events and exhibitions take on Chetwynd’s long-term involvement with social mores, humor, and performance traditions, including her ongoing series of over 300 Bat Opera paintings. The year-long sequence begins with one of Chetwynd’s earliest participatory works: Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop, first introduced in 2004. Originally heralding the artist’s mother as the central “Discerning Eye,” this cruel craft party invites audiences to participate in a joyous Iron Age X Factor glue gun showdown.

Events and Exhibitions

20160206
20181023

Sat,6.2.

Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY, 7PM
Bergen Kunsthall Bergen Kunsthall
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20160225
20181023
20161209

Thu,25.2.‒Fri,9.12.

...Are u Bats? 1

Exhibition
Bergen Rådhus Bergen Rådhus
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20160429
20181023
20160522

Fri,29.4.‒Sun,22.5.

The Elixia App (Episode One)

USF Visningsrommet USF Visningsrommet
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20160902
20181023
20160903

Fri,2.9.‒Sat,3.9.

MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND: The Cell Group (Episode Two)

Performance, 2.9. and 3.9.2016
St. Jørgen’s Shelter St. Jørgen’s Shelter
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20160902
20181023
20160925

Fri,2.9.‒Sun,25.9.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Cocaine and Caviar

Exhibition
Kunstgarasjen Kunstgarasjen
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20161028
20181023
20161218

Fri,28.10.‒Sun,18.12.

JABBA, I’M BACK! COME BACK TOUR, BOOK NOW!

Performance 29.10.2016 & Exhibition 28.10 – 18.12.2016
Bergen Kunsthall Bergen Kunsthall
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20161118
20181023
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