Feil Forlag presents Rønning / Reynolds ARMANI / dada

Feil Forlag presents Rønning / Reynolds – ARMANI / dada

W17, Kunstnernes Hus Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

Thursday, November 17, 7 PM


ARMANI / dada is a new tendency in art. Rub my ear with your wet finger; we amplify each other’s highs and lows.

How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying ARMANI / dada. How does one become famous? By saying ARMANI / dada. With a noble gesture and delicate propriety. Till one goes crazy. Till one loses consciousness. How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, europeanised, enervated? By saying ARMANI / dada. ARMANI / dada is the world soul, ARMANI / dada is the pawnshop. ARMANI / dada is the world’s best lily-milk soap. And in questions of aesthetics, the key is quality.

Like Kate Moss doing Ashtanga Yoga gigantically sculpted in marble. A line of poetry is a chance to get rid of all the filth that clings to this accursed language, as if put there by stockbrokers’ hands, hands worn smooth by coins. All the words are other people’s inventions. I want my own stuff, my own rhythm and all I can think of is Kate Moss’s enormous pussy.

The dadaist manifesto, is that the whole thing? I dunno, it was the first hit on Google.


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Halvor Rønning (NO) and Martyn Reynolds (NZ) have been working together since they first met in Vienna in 2010. Recent joint exhibitions include Das Kind, der Gangsta und die neuen Freiheiten, Former Bell Street project space, Vienna 2010, ACICS – pure affect, MFAPS, Oslo 2011 and PROPERTY PORN, Holodeck, Oslo 2011.

We are also proud to present Tahi Moore (NZ) and MouNTaiNMisT (NO) as text contributors for ARMANI / dada.

Feil Forlag is currently resident at W17 at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. During a period of four months they will commission three publications, produced and launched at W17. ARMANI / dada is the first publication in this series.

W17 is a residency program initiated and funded by the Visual Artists’ Assistance Fund. The program is run by Kunstnernes Hus, and runs from 2008 to 2014. W17 offers studios, production support and viewing opportunities for Norwegian artists or artists who are active in Norway. The studio program is offered to three artists at a time for a limited period of time.

Halvor Rønning
Martyn Reynolds