Three quarks for muster Mark, alt_cph 10

Anna Ganslandt (SWE), Jan Pilgaard (DK)

This is the picture we are working with: A third-grade school classroom is positioned in the center of the art fair, and the lessons are the same as any school day; someone is reading out loud and someone else is not paying attention.

The teacher is standing by the blackboard on which figures explain basic mathematical concepts ― perhaps a multiplication table or groups of crude apples ― sketched by the sweet and gentle female teacher whom at least half of the children already have a crush on.

The first school years, filled with anticipation, expectation, impatience, nervousness, a first hint of responsibility. Crayons in a box, a ruler, a book of your own choice and borrowed ones with scribbles on some of the pages. The picture of a class room with small kids learning is an archetype on which society forms its idea about its collective knowledge.

Three quarks for muster Mark by Anna Ganslandt and Jan Pilgaard is the physical transportation of a number of grade-school kids from the Danish countryside to the Copenhagen alternative art fair. The move in itself is an act of switching places between the peripheral and the centre. It is to point out visually the predestined geography of a structure, manifested both social and politically in a western production system. The title is borrowed from Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce. The short passage about Muster mark, originally picked from an Irish folksong, sounds like one of those rhymes that children learn by heart and repeat while doing something else, or at least that is how we picture children playing. The natural sciences chose to name the quarks after this strange poem. The title is aiming to describe how a process manifests itself, how possible interpretations are both present and absent, both relevant and irrelevant for the piece itself

For several months Anna Ganslandt and Jan Pilgaard have been working on this piece with the school from Naur-Sir on presenting a site-specific installation at the art fair. Parallel to this process a documentary is being produced with the help of Photographers Jonas Isfällt and Mateusz Pozar. The film will be ready for screening late 2010.

Anna Ganslandt, (Sweden) and Jan Pilgaard (Denmark), visual artists, have their main practice in Gothenburg Sweden where they among other things run the non-profit organization Skup Palet, a collaboration with artists that aims to investigate structures of cultural production in a broader context. Skup Palet operates since a year back within a network of commercial practitioners located in an old carpentry workshop by the harbor, Hey it´s Enrico Pallazzo, where Ganslandt and Pilgaard are commissioned artistic producers of a large exhibition space.

Three quarks for muster Mark