Arthemist Statement 2.6

Arthemist Statement 2.6 : Why create art that nobody asked for?

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The artist Bjørn Venø strives to see the world and dreams about what it could be, arguing for the importance of creating art in a way in which success is irrelevant. Venø has developed the two terms 'Arthemist' and 'Arthemy' to define his ideas about life, and art, that are at odds with our world. The book reflects on happiness and how a shift in what we value can bring humanity to a new frontier. Venø may have accidentally written a self-help book, but for those who wish to fail. Using the 'Licensed Fool' methodology, Venø practises and embraces failure when he creates photographs, video, drawings, music, performance art and texts, because perfection is reproducible and failure is human.

Arthemist Statment 2.6 features work by Bjørn Venø from 2006-2021. 57 images (soft/hard cover) and 47 images (ebook).

Content warning: 3 images of male nudity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 14mm | 694g
  • English
  • 8269279722
  • 9788269279726

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"Why create art that nobody asked for," is a good question today when we're constantly required to create and view pictures no one in particular has requested. Bjørn Venø's black-and-white photography conveys "feelings of loneliness" of an "outsider" in search of togetherness with people and places. They express a new existential conundrum: How to be human in the presentation of images?

Hans-Georg Moeller, Professor of Philosophy, University of Macau
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