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Old News #6

The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland, 10 July - 21 August 2010
Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8 Jan - 14 Feb 2010
CCA, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria, 5 Dec 2009 - 9 Jan 2010
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, 26 Sep - 9 Oct 2009

There is no news about old news

As soon as all the corrections, which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons, photographs – to every kind of literature or documentation, which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way, every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item in the news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.
The news ideology of the Party in the novel 1948 by George Orwell seems so tempting, scary and modern at the same time. Tempting to introduce, scary to introduce and modern because it happens daily and is already introduced. Imagine having all news articles, images, books, everything edited and altered so past, present and future melt and fit into one image? Imagine having only one voice, instead of many.
'Many' is one of the key words in the idea behind Old News. There are many voices in Old News #6. Together with Bisi Silva, I have curated Old News #6, but one could hardly call it curating because out of 62 artists we have only selected 2-4 artists. The curatorial idea behind Old News #6 was simple and functioned as a relay race. The curators (situated in Lagos, Nigeria, and Malmö, Sweden) selected one artist each to cut an article on the 1st of August, and after that the two artists selected two new artists to do clippings the following day, the 2nd of August. These artists then selected two new artists and so on.
Although Lagos and Malmö are not traditionally considered major centres of the world, one of the criteria was that the artists should have some relation to the regions, be it through studies, exhibitions, living, teaching, being born in the cities or regions, or having had a grandmother living there. The artists were also asked to select a word or write a statement about their choice of article. If the chain would break or if an artist selected a new artist, who had already chosen and cut an article previously, the selection had to be rebooted and the curator would select a new artist and start the race again. It would continue throughout August 2009.
The total straight-line flight ('as the crow flies') distance between Malmö, Sweden, and Lagos, Nigeria, is 5,517 kilometres. This is equivalent to 3,428 miles or 2,979 nautical miles. The cities and geographical regions are very different, so is the news. Old News #6 has many voices from two different regions. Their choices of news, their palimpsest has not been edited, altered, scraped clean, nor reinscribed.

- Copenhagen, September 1st 2009, Jacob Fabricius

PS. Old News is a project about information, the media and recycled, reprinted news. Old News is a non-profit newspaper presenting a selection of articles, images and words clipped from newspapers. The articles that appear in this newspaper were all cut by individual artists for the purpose of redistributing the news. Old News is a second-generation, free-copyright newspaper. The Old News newspaper is free.

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, 2010

CCA, Lagos, 2009

Participating artists for Old News #6 - 2 artists (1 Nigerian / 1 Swedish) every day during Aug 2009:
1 Aug --- Jude Anogwih / Annika Eriksson
2 Aug --- Emeka Ogboh / Tamar Guimarães
3 Aug --- Uchay Joel Chima / Olof Olsson
4 Aug --- Jelili Atiku / Janine Sack
5 Aug --- Washington Uba / Cornelia Sollfrank
6 Aug --- Soibifaa Dokubo / Ólafur Gíslason
7 Aug --- Ato Arinze / Unnar Örn Au∂arson
8 Aug --- Chiaka Nnodi / Karlotta Blöndal
9 Aug --- Ephraim Ugochukwu / Örn Alexander Ámundason
10 Aug -- Kola Kosoko / Annika Eriksson
11 Aug -- Adama Collins-Ibe / Johan Tirén
12 Aug -- Abdullateef Yussuf / Alexander Gutke
13 Aug -- Bolaji Ogunwo / Runo Lagomarsino
14 Aug -- Peju Layiwola / Dave Allen
15 Aug -- Victor Ehikhamenor / Terje Östling
16 Aug -- Richardson Ovbiebo / Kajsa Dahlberg
17 Aug -- Ndidi Dike / Imri Sandström
18 Aug -- Chinwe Uwatse / Nadia Mazzoni
19 Aug -- Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo / Beata Berggren
20 Aug -- Ibe Ananaba / Kristina Kvalvik
21 Aug -- David Bamishile Richards / Emma-Lina Ericson
22 Aug -- Kunle Adenmosun / Simon Möller
23 Aug -- Adolphus Opara / Jakob Eklund
24 Aug -- Tuoyo Omagba / Stina Wirfelt
25 Aug -- Israel Ophori / Anders Sletvold Moe
26 Aug -- Ete Ayida / Patrik Aarnivaara
27 Aug -- Folarin Shasanya / Johan Furåker
28 Aug -- Enimien Etomi / Cedric Bomford
29 Aug -- Azu Nwagbogu / Ditte Ejlerskov
30 Aug -- Bob Aiwerioba / Verena Kaminiarz
31 Aug -- Chinenye Olugazi / Eva Marie Lindahl

Go here for introduction by curator Bisi Silva >
Go here to see the newspaper from Old News #6 >
Go here to see the newspaper on display in Malmö >

Special thanks to the writers, photographers and news sources: Aftonbladet, berlingske.dk, Dagens Nyheter, Daily Independent, Daily Sun, Expressen, Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Guardian, Lokaltidningen, METRO Next on Sunday, Morgunblaðið, The Nation, The New York Times, Next on Sunday, The Punch, Saturday Punch, The Saturday Newspaper, Saturday Sun, Sunday Punch, Skånska Dagbladet, sueddetsche.de, Sydsvenskan, Sveriges Radio, Svenska Dagbladet, Toronto Globe and Mail, Vanguard, Sunday Vanguard / Vangauard Allure, Västerbottens Folkblad / folkbladet.nu and more

I am grateful for the artists’ engagement and participation. I would also like to thank CCA, Bisi Silva, Jude Anogwih, Malmö Konsthall, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg, Midway Conteporary, John Rasmussen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, cneai, Sylvie Boulanger, Vincent Romagny, Sophie Auger, Bengt Hall, Nancy, Michael Tauber, E-types, Jakob Jakobsen, Bo Walther Kampmann, Guy Schraenen, Karl Erikson, Rasmus Koch, Pernille Albrethsen, Sanne Kofod Olsen, Thomas Bayrle, Claus Carstensen, Jesper Fabricius, Bo Maltesen, Billy Bing Poulsen, Politiken, Tom Lehrer, Karl Bartos, Lev Manovich, and last but not least Nanna Grunnet

Dedicated to my grandfather Sven Otto Sørensen

Design: Jess Andersen
Text editing: Nancy Munford
Published by Pork Salad Press
Old News archives: Old News / Jacob Fabricius / Vester Farimagsgade 6, 5 / room 5432 / DK-1606 Copenhagen / Denmark

Old News is kindly supported by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts,
Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Art,
Danish Center for Culture & Development
and Nordic Culture Fund

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