Conscience, Hospitality, and Civil Disobedience
29 Jan, 2003 -
29 Jan, 2003
Leif Bork Hansen
Foredrag og debat

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"We believe in hospitality as
a necessary act in a society
of social and political unbalance" rum46

Press Release - Welcome to an evening debate with Leif Bork Hansen
The exhibition site rum46 presents from December 2002 to October 2003 the international art project "Gæstebud" (Feast/Hospitality)
Approximately 30 artists are participating in the project. As an introduction to the project we are presenting a number of lectures and happenings to provoke a debate on the theme "hospitality".

For our second lecture we have invited the priest Leif Bork Hansen.

Conscience, Hospitality, and Civil Disobedience

Leif Bork Hansen spontanously welcomed a group of refugees from East Slovania to his home when they were denied asylum in 1998. He did this in the belief that the asylum seekers had received an unfair treatment: from the Danish authorities. In hiding the East Slovenians from the authorities Leif Bork Hansen violated the law.

Leif Bork Hansen has,on several occasions, on humanitarian grounds ,

demonstrated civil disobedience. In denying accepted laws and political decisions,, he is in a conflict zone between personal ethic and breaking the law.

The evenings lecture is an invitation to debate the coexistence between conscience, hospitality, and civil disobedience.

Where as  our first lecture,"Hospitality - an impossible necessity", presented a teoretical approach  to this subject,, this arrangement  is focused on taking an  active part and the necessity of disobedience in a democratic society.

Leif Bork Hansen has a Master in Theology and is a priest in Lyngby.

All are welcome in rum46 Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 pm in Studsgade 46, Århus
Coffee will be served and we look forward to a good discussion
Free admission

Best regards
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Gæstebud – Feast/Hospitality
Description of the project

The art project, Gæstebud/Hospitality will be shown in the center of the city of Århus and is based in the urban, social and political space. Feast/hospitality is the overlaying metaphor for the structure of the exhibition project, which will be divided into the three phases of the Feast: The invitation, the meal and the digestion/the thank you card. Our goal is to create a debate and focus on hospitality through artistic happenings, works and reflections. The project started in December 2002 and will continue until november 2003.

In different ways we have experienced a polarized debate on the theme "us and the strangers" in the public media as well as in the private forum. Rum46 will try with the projekt Gæstebud/Hospitality to create a comprehensive and varied dialogue in an area and with issues that concern us all.. We wish to focus on the significance of the feast and on hospitality through dialogues and specific actions. This project is about how we welcome people, not only the stranger, the one in a unfortunate social position, but also the 'neighbour'. With the title, Gæstebud/Hospitality we ask the artists and writers we have invited to take an anthropological, sociological, psychological,
political and aesthetic approach to the theme. The title is seen as an overlaying structure and narrative for the content in the project, whose intention is to open the receivers eyes and intellect for ethical and aesthetic reflection and action.

We have invited a number of Danish and foreign artists/groups of artists and writers who we find show a special interest in their practice and commitment concerning social and politcal problems. All are working with actual practices and are creating alternative spaces in life which show new ways to mix with and to take positions on the surrounding society. It is the human relations thatare in focus.

We hope to show statements covering philosophical reflection, the poetical and lyrical, the humoristic setting and the politically engaged with this varied group and with the different approaches to artistic intervention in the social field .

The project is divided into three modules:

April 2003
The city space can appear inviting and hospitable or rejecting and unapproachable to the visitor depending on its signs and urban structures. We will be using this space and the expressions and channels of the mass-communication with posters, billboards, and flyers to catch the attention of the passers-by through manifestations and statements which will set the theme in debate. Our purpose is to create reflection and wonder in displacing the content of well known commercial messages with surprising and critical expressions.

May/June 2003
Module II is about creating meetings by means of actions, which will involve the spectator and make him a participant. As opposed to module I which was concerned with the theme hospitality, communicated through words/pictures and where the spectator experiences the work of art at a distance, in module II there will be created an inter-human social gathering, as comparable with the meal. The theme is propagated through concrete bodily acts and the openness and eagerness of the spectator to participate.

September/October 2003
Module III will consist of a newspaper, and be seen as a "digestion" partly of the overlying problems on the theme hospitality and as a reflection over the executed works/happenings. We look at the paper as the philosophical and theoretical meeting point of the project and have invitede a number of Danish and foreign artists and writers to reflect critically on the different experiences of the feast/hospitality in our society. The newspaper will be printed in Danish and English, it will be available to the public and will also be shown on the internet.

We began Gæstebud/Hospitality in December 2002 with some lectures and public meetings based on a dialogue in our exhibition space, Studsgade 46 in Århus which in the coming year will hve the function as a public info-room, meeting room, and be the base for the invited artists, lecturers, and writers.

Studsgade 46
8000 Århus C
Tlf. +45 86208625
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