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Photograph: Julian Hughes

Marianne Heier: Late Night Bar/ Europa


Following a period of research Marianne Heier developed a new performative work that took its title from the light sign of a closed down bar. It took place unannounced on a late Friday night (2 to 3 o’clock Saturday morning) in three of the many empty shop spaces that are increasingly apparent within town centres across Europe. Each shop was lit with coloured lights so to stand out from the surrounding dark windows, and three couples, one in each space, danced slowly and silently in the empty but messy rooms, not engaging with passers by as they left the pubs and clubs.  The dance was the  ‘last dance’ at the end of a party,  and commented both on the concrete moment and context, and on the more general economic situation Europe is facing at the moment, which affects most of all its young population.

Following on from this initial performance Marianne has presented documentation of the work on a series of bus shelters along Leicester Road. The images, accompanied  by a text by the respected curator and critic Will Bradley, allow a wider engagement both with the work and the ideas behind it.  The accompanying text can be accessed here.


Marianne Heier, born 1969, lives and works in Oslo. She graduated in 1997 at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy). She is research fellow at the National Academy of Fine Arts (Oslo, Norway). By applying her work as gifts or services on everyday situations, Heier aims to challenge society's conventions on status and hierarchies. A gift can never be neutral, and therefore always works as a destabilising factor. Heier's art projects are intended to activate or charge already existing contexts by introducing new energy, which lead to a concrete physical change in pre-existing situations. By pointing to possible alternative interpretations of existing situations and power structures, she wants her projects to function as a constructive critique. More about Marianne Heier 

Will Bradley is an art critic and curator based in Oslo. His publications include the books Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader (editor, Tate Publishing and Afterall Books, 2007), Self-Organisation / Counter-economic Strategies (co-editor, Sternberg Press, 2007) and the essays The New New Monuments  (Metropolis M, 2008) and Dreaming of Dreaming  (for the 'Dream Politics' edition of UKS Forum, 2009). He has curated many exhibitions, including Forms of Resistance  (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2007, with Charles Esche and Phillip van den Bossche) and Radical Software , on the underground influences on Open Source culture (Wattis Institute, San Francisco, 2006).

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