As part of the series deepspace eins sechs, a collaboration between the neighbouring project spaces in Swedenstrasse 16, uqbar presents the exhibition Möbius by the artist duo Miho Shimizu and Øyvind Renberg. A recurring principle in the artist's longstanding collaborative practctice is to bring together disparate elements to form new meaning and life metaphors.
In their exhibition at uqbar Shimizu and Renberg combine their new work Möbius with masks, wigs, costumes and set elements from the silent movie. The film was shot at various sets and locations in Europe, Japan and the US, including the uferstudios in Berlin as well as the Damsgård Manor in Bergen, built in the 18th century and one of the masterpieces of Rococo in Norway. Thematically and formally the film makes reference to Damsgård's intricate architecture of interiors and gardens: life as a story woven together by thoughts, memories and external impulses.
The puppet alter-egos of a renaissance green grocer, a shepherd and a Japanese meet in a Punch and Judy puppet theatre. By engaging in a nonsensical board game the shepherd leads a flock of sheep, a gang of banana juggling sailors and a party of rococo styled hedonists up a tower evoking the fossilized shell of an ammonite. When they reach the top on the tower’s spiralling steps, they tumble to the ground, forming new seabed sediments.
Möbius was initially shown and developed at the Damsgård Country Mansion in Bergen in May 2016. The exhibition was organized by Bergen City Museum in collaboration with Hordaland Kunstsenter and produced with the support of the Arts Council Norway. The project is accompanied by a book published with Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen that presents a larger body of work of the artists.