July 21st in Stockholm: MALIN ARNELL, LIZ ROSENFELD and DYNASTY HANDBAG get into trouble

Renseriet, Bolidenvägen 16B, Stockholm

The Famous Fem(inists) is an art event in three parts, evolving from the teenage novel series from the 1940′s called The Famous Five [Fem-böckerna]. The Famous Fem(inists) brings together a total of 11 Swedish and international artists, many of them showing for the first time in Sweden.

Curated by Johan Norling and Hanna Wilde
Presented by Högkvarteret with support of IdyllRenserietTop Nice and ABF Stockholm

Limited capacity and RSVP is required. Please email full names to rsvp@hogkvarteret.se


July 21st
- Enfleshed Confrontations and Noisy Fractions

with Malin Arnell (Berlin), Liz Rosenfeldt (Berlin) and Dynasty Handbag (New York)

Five Get Into Trouble is an evening about acting out, about memberships and exclusions, and about failing to be legitimate as a politically chosen project. Enduring in spaces of darkness and non-belonging, rejecting the limited offer to belong within the parameters of legitimacy, Five Get Into Trouble negotiates the cluttering spaces in-between intimacy and power.

Five Get Into Trouble is an evening that emanates from all the “dirty villains” and “ill-mannered baddies” that inhabit the Famous Five series, often described as vicious, filthy and queer. With “dwarf-looking fellows”, “drab women looking the picture of misery”, “awful tempers” and uncountable confrontations, the Five Get Into Trouble book is one that calls for a lot of action.

Five Get Into Trouble is an evening that indulges in all these outlaws, in all that is unrestrained, in politically activated bodies, and in orchestrating border crossings. Five Get Into Trouble wants to explore action and the actions of taking back what has been stolen, the making of noise and the creating of fractions; on a voyage for infinite radicalizations of our imaginations.


20.30 MALIN ARNELL »Something is missing, action, 2012«

Malin Arnell (*1970) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin. She was a founding member of the feminist artist and performance group High Heel Sisters (2002-2007). Since 2005 she is a co-founder and an art-worker in YES! Association/Föreningen JA! Currently she is part of the collective reading project ‘I want a president…’. Her work has been shown at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, KIASMA, Helsinki, Tramway, Glasgow, The Kitchen and CCS Bard, New York and September Gallery, Berlin. www.malinarnell.org

»Something is missing, action, 2012« Nothing is sufficiently stable. 
(There you are). 
A rope, maybe a rafter. 
Something is missing. 
The text. The roof. The ladder. 
Takes hold. 
Against the window. 
Forgives no one.


21.00 DYNASTY HANDBAG »Eternal Quadrangle«

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York. Her work as her alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen at international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “crackpot genius” by the Village Voice. She has received awards from Dance Theater Workshop (2008), Franklin Furnace (2008), Mondo Cane! (2010), and Kindle Project (2011, 2012). She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater studies at TISCH NYU. She is currently an associate performer with the Wooster Group. www.dynastyhandbag.com

»Eternal Quadrangle« (2012) is new video work by Jibz Cameron; a green screen adventure in with Dynasty Handbag on a dating game show where she must choose between 4 contestants vying for a spot in her vast cosmic emptiness. The bachelors are: an aggressively ambitious professional golfer, a hard-luck stray dog, a disembodied brain, and, of course, the grim reaper himself. All have attractive qualities and perhaps sustainable methodologies for dealing with life, but must she choose just one? And why are these her only choices?



Liz Rosenfeld (b.1979, New York, NY) is a Berlin-based artist utilizing modes of performance through live and recorded moving images, conjuring queer history and memory, while also questioning the use of nostalgia. Rosenfeld’s work has been shown internationally at venues including The C/O Gallery Berlin, The Tate Modern, The British Film Institute, The Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, and Rivington Place. Rosenfeld was profiled in the May 2011 edition of Art Review. www.lizrosenfeld.com

»BACKROOM« is a 20-minute performance, in which the artist is blindfolded in front of an audience, enacting an improvisational memory performance recalling past experiences from summer camp when she was 11, and cruising in backrooms of gay bars. As the performance unfolds, these juxtaposing memories reveal a mirroring into what it means to pass in different kinds of “backrooms.”


Following July 21st, The Famous Fem(inists) will take place on July 28th and August 4th. Each evening runs between 8pm to midnight. Besides performances and video works there will be a bar and DJs.
For more information, visit http://thefamousfem.tumblr.com/




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