Opening: Sectioning: My Holy Nacho

Jamie Allen & Bernhard Garnicnig: “Sectioning: My Holy Nacho". Foto: Moritz Greiner-Petter

Join us for the opening of Jamie Allen & Bernhard Garnicnig’s art project “Sectioning: My Holy Nacho”. Archives curator Mela Dávila Freire, will give an evening lecture and Allen & Garnicnig will perform a special slicing performance.

The performance is the culmination of the two collaborating artists’ comprehensive work with an unknown object, created over the Internet. My Holy Nacho is a durational, transactional and transnational project that has been underway for over a year and a half. For My Holy Nacho, a single object has been sent to different manufacturers and workshops to have various ‘processes’ applied to it. In secret and in turn, the two collaborating artists chose each process and in this outsourced, remote controlled creative process of My Holy Nacho the final physical object has remained a mystery even to the two artists.

Now at Nikolaj Kunsthal the object will be ‘sectioned’, that is, sliced, in order to unravel the digital acts embodied in the layers of the object. In a special performance Allen and Garnicnig will use a large-scale band saw to slice the object into separate sections. The slices will then be frozen in resin and exhibited at Nikolaj Kunsthal along with project documentation.

Jamie Allen is an artist and researcher at Critical Media Lab, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures in Basel. He has exhibited, among other places, at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, FACT, Liverpool, Eyebeam, New York and Platoon Kunsthalle, Seoul.

Bernhard Garnicnig is a Vienna based artist. He is a so-called Very Artistic Director at Palais des Beaux Arts in Vienna, editor of the internet-based magazine Continent and founder of Bregenz Biennale. He has exhibited, among other places, at Culture Lab, Newcastle, ISEA, Dortmund, Lust Gallery, Vienna and Strelka, Moscow.

Mela Dávila Freire is Director of Public Activities at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and has formerly been in charge of the Publications Department as well as Director of the Study and Documentation Centre at MACBA, Barcelona.