• Anna Witt, Everything Can Happen Parade, 2013. Photo: Mikaela Krestesen
21 March 2013–30 June 2013

Anna Witt – Manifest

Manifesto

Anna Witt is a German artist (b. 1981) who often works in different local contexts with performative interventions in public space involving strangers, often passers-by. The works in the exhibition Manifesto are connected to a new site-specific work that the artist has been working on in Sundbyberg during the winter. A common theme of the new work and the works in the exhibition at Marabouparken art space is that they act as playfully staged situations where people can express their ideas about society – a characteristic feature of Anna Witt’s artistic practice.

Thinking seen as an action in itself is something that pervades Anna Witt’s artistic practice. For the work Radical Thinking (video installation, 2009), the artist spent two weeks in the shopping mall Lugner City in Vienna asking people to develop radical thoughts and if she could film them while they were thinking. “I feel that the action of thinking provides the person being portrayed with a certain power(scatch of an alternative realityattention ever connected to theirymtionding. n. You can observe somebody thinking but you can never catch up with their thoughts.” In this and other works the artist investigates ideas about who can be political and what the political means in everyday life. In Empower Me (video and cardboard signs, 2007), Anna Witt “kidnapped” random passers-by in the street and brought them into the exhibition space where she had built a small stage. Once in the room they were given the opportunity to define the demands for their release and act as hostages in a film. Anna Witt attempts, in different ways, to provoke confrontation between the individual and the surrounding world, whether in body language, text or via images. In The Eyewitness (video, 2012) we follow a group of children aged 8-10 who are discussing current news topics with each other in a room with blown-up images from the Reuters press archive. The children, reflecting the grown-up world with their mix of facts, misunderstandings, acquired opinions and their own ideas, allow us to take a closer look at how we actually handle these kinds of images.

Anna Witt, Empower Me, 2007
Anna Witt, Radical Thinking, 2009
Anna Witt, The Eyewitness, 2012
Anna Witt, Allt kan hända paraden (Everything Can Happen Parade), 2013

Together with the residents of Hallonbergen Anna Witt has composed a manifesto that will be conveyed in a parade during the spring, the so-called Everything Can Happen Parade, where the participants, using sculptural letters, will form the text as the parade moves along. Manifestoes are historically connected to a certain cultural scene or to a political agenda whereas the Hallonbergen manifesto will voice a multitude of perspectives and levels. Concrete topics in Hallonbergen, private matters and global concerns face each other and create a private but at the same universal agenda for the future.

The Everything Can Happen Parade has been commissioned by Marabouparken Lab.. Under this heading we initiate local, collaborative projects that develop through interaction between artist, commissioner, residents and stakeholders. As the name suggests these project are allowed to be experimental, open-ended and explorative and can be presented both in and outside the gallery space in Marabouparken and around Sundbyberg.

Anna Witt, Allt kan hända paraden (Everything Can Happen Parade), 2013
Anna Witt, Allt kan hända paraden (Everything Can Happen Parade), 2013

Anna Witt
In addition to her project in Sundbyberg she is currently working on an exhibition at the MOBY Museum of BAT YAM in Israel about resignation, corruption and conspiracy. At Emscherkunst in a former industrial area in Germany she is also collaborating with the Swedish design group Uglycute in creating a long-term performance with a “street gang” who will be transforming large amounts of bulky items in public space into new “shiny” street furniture. Anna Witt participated in the Hembyg(g)d exhibition at Marabouparken art space in 2012.