Every Ocean Hughes F.K.A. Emily Roysdon

Help the Dead

Kong Christian Fredriks plass, Bergen Map

Duration: Approximately 45 min
Free entry

With Colin Self og Geo Wyeth

Premiere of Help the Dead – a new live art project by the artist Every Ocean Hughes which addresses self-determination, accountability and the fantasy of continuity. Part concert, part theatre, Help the Dead draws inspiration from a series of workshops the artist attended over the last two years, where Ocean Hughes was learning how to be a death doula, to care for dead bodies and to perform home funerals. Help the Dead deals with ‘queer death’, mutual aid and the socialities of surviving and dying on the planet in contemporary times.

Every Ocean Hughes F.K.A. Emily Roysdon

Every Ocean Hughes (EOH), formerly known as Emily Roysdon is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Stockholm. EOH’s recent projects take the form of live art, photographic installations, print making, text, video, and curating. EOH was editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR. Her many collaborations include writing lyrics for The Knife, Colin Self, and JD Samson & MEN; and costume design for Levi Gonzalez, Vanessa Anspaugh, Faye Driscoll, and Le Tigre.

Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); Secession, Vienna (2015) and commissions for new work from Tate Modern, London (2012, 2017), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2013–14). EOH’s work was featured in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); the Biennale of Sydney (2014); Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and the Whitney Biennial (2010). EOH has participated in group exhibitions at Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Moderna Museet, Malmö, (2014).
2019–2020 EOH will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge (US).


Colin Self

Colin Self is a composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. He creates music, performance and environments for expanding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. His recent work, The Elation Series, is a six-part sequential opera about queer family and global transfiguration. In 2015 he released his debut solo record Elation and toured with Radiohead as 1/3 of the Holly Herndon trio. Self has presented work at The Dutch National Opera, HAU Berlin, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen NYC, Issue Project Room, as well as various other festivals and venues internationally.

Geo Wyeth

Geo Wyeth er en kunstner og pedagog, som jobber med musikk, performance, narrativ skulptur og video. Kunstnerens pågående prosjekt Muck Studies Dept, tar i bruk troper fra svart musikk, industristeder for råvareutvinning, og teknikker fra undersøkende journalistikk for å røre rundt i sumpvannet av amerikansk rasehistorie. Wyeth underviser i performance-praksis ved Dutch Art Institute (DAI), og komponerer musikk for film. Wyeth er en av grunnleggerne av Tender Center, et skeivt fellesskap med lokaler i Rotterdam, og veksler mellom å være basert i Rotterdam og New York City.

Performers: Colin Self and Geo Wyeth
Assistant: Tony Karlsson
Costume and textile fabrication: oni lem
Glass fabrication: Simon Klenell / STHLM Glas
Design: Bryce Wilner

Performers, Bergen:
Brita Grov, Yohei Hamada, Kaeto Kato, Hans Christian van Nijkerk and Nicolai Risbjerg

Technicians, Bergen:
Light design: Stephen Lunn
Sound: Snorre Rønning Mandal
Gabriel Johann Kvendseth

Help the Dead is commissioned by Volt. It will be presented on 24-25 August 2019 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

The project has received funding from the City of Bergen, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Volt’s programme in 2019 has received funding from Arts Council Norway, the City of Bergen, Hordaland County Council (KUP) and Public Art Norway (URO).

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

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