Mundane Heroics   

The project Mundane Heroics brings together a group of young role players from Sweden, Denmark and Finland to create a series of live tableaus in public space. Tableaus based on altered household objects that have been painted, remodelled and combined by the participants, so that they seem at once familiar and strange. These objects are picked up, worn and used as props by the participants as they combine fantasy fiction with elements from their everyday lives. By performing exaggerated and strange versions of gestures taken from the multitudes of everyday tasks most of us perform daily, often without noticing, they become mundane heroes in a series of wordless heroic everyday tableaus in public space.

Mundane Heroics is combination of Live Action Role Playing, performance art and sculpture for young people. The project is organised by the artist Kristoffer Ørum, who has worked with LARP for more than a decade, and his co-designer Nilas Dumstrei in collaboration with Liveart Denmark.

Kristoffer Ørum is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and organiser based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He explores contemporary notions of the digital everyday, how narratives of lived life are circulated, and what that circulation means for the ways in which we live our daily lives. His work has been shown in established institutions, such as MUSA Museum auf Abruf in Vienna and SESI’ Cultural Centre in Sao Paulo as well as in artist-run spaces like Flux Factory in New York and in projects on the internet and social networks. He holds dual MA degrees in fine art from The Royal Danish Academy of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He has served as a professor at Funen academy of Art and artistic researcher at Uncertain Archives, University of Copenhagen.

Nilas Dumstrei is based in Cph, Denmark.In a continuing investigation the artist looks at textural and material notions of participation and the connected psychology and general behaviour.The artist uses larp methodology (live-action-roleplay) and considers sculptural processes through a collaborative art based practice.  The artist engages an audience as a author and performer of temporary spaces for embodying alternate reality-constructions and multiple fantasies.  Among other the artist has created several installations and participatory experiences at numerous festivals as Blackbox Copenhagen or The Smoke, and he has showcased his work at different exhibition venues around the nordic art scene.

We are searching for participants for a performance project for young artists and creatives in the Nordic  countries – it could be you!   

Mundane Heroics is a two-part programme for young artists and creatives between 16-19, combining larp (live  action role-play), performance art and visual art. The project is organised by the artist Kristoffer Ørum, who has  worked with larp and art for more than a decade, and his co-designer Nilas Dumstrei. Selected participants will  take part in creating and performing a series of scenes in public space, as part of a live-performance programme  put together by ​Liveart Denmark​.   

The first part of the project is a ten day long workshop at Schloss Broellin 130 km north of Berlin. During the  workshop we will focus on crafting magical items and designing costumes, as a way of developing a shared  narrative that will transform well-known everyday routines and household chores into scenes of grand  achievement. Over the course of 9 days participants will develop new heroic identities that infuse the mundane  actions of everyday life with the stuff of fantastic fantasy. By the end of the workshop we will have developed  short heroic scenarios for each participant. The project is designed to be played several times in succession. Each  participant gets to be the central hero of their own epic everyday mini narrative, designed to be played out in  public space.   

After the workshop during the autumn of 2019 we will be performing our epic everyday mini narrative as a part  of three performance festivals.

Participation in the project is free of charge, including travel costs, accommodations, meals and festival entrance  at each venue. During the planned programme we will also host educational excursions, and we will include  additional time to visit each festival.   

The programme is hosted by ​Liveart​ and ​Nordic Culture Point.​ ​Liveart​ is a Copenhagen based organisation for  international live-performance. ​Liveart​ has been the host of numerous performance art projects involving  children and youngsters alike. Their projects include a hair salon run by fifth graders, a legislative act for societal  change by kids of all ages and more.  

If you want to take part in ​Mundane Heroics​, please fill out our ​form​, or send us a YouTube clip (5 minutes) in  English by April 7th, 2019 to mundanehero@protonmail.com.    

Mundane Heroics fill-in form  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kToUYLg9ZBajwUt9HShslU8WfAaDMzWj1I6ion3mheE/edit?usp=shar ing   

Tell us a bit about yourself and your connection with art and possibly larp, as well as any information you wish  to contribute. Let us know what kind of experience you have with various aspects of the arts, from performing  to acting or painting. All levels of experience are welcome, and prior involvement with larping is not required,  just your enthusiasm and curiosity. We strive to put together as diverse and inclusive a group of participants as  possible, all genders and backgrounds are welcome.    We promise to get back to you as soon as we know more.    

We are looking for 12 participants. Hopefully 4 participants from the vicinity of each festival ​Bästa Biennalen   in Southern Sweden, ​Live Art​ in Ålborg, Denmark and ​Anti Festival ​ in Kuopio, Finland.

Programme    

Dates (still subject to change): 

Jul. 8-17:  Workshop, Schloss Broellin, Germany (​ www.broellin.de​) 

Sep. 9-15  Anti festival , Kuopio, Finland 

Okt. 12-16:  Live Art, Aalborg, Denmark 

Okt. 21-25:  Bästa festival, Skåne, Denmark