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Danger Museum | Miho Shimizu | Øyvind Renberg | Tomorrow & Yesterday | Davis Museum | Barcelona from Davis Museum on Vimeo.

Thanks to:
Àngels Casanovas and Sonia Blasco
Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya – Barcelona

Mar Gomila
Eurofitness Perill – Barcelona

JANUARY 1 – APRIL 30, 2013

(Tokyo, Japan, 1976 | Oslo, Norway, 1976)
Tomorrow & Yesterday, 2012, cylinder seal, polyurethane resin, 7.4 x 2.9 in.
Date of donation: November 6, 2012
Production supported by Ryohei Takahashi (Gelchop)

The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona
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Miho Shimizu and Øyvind Renberg’s Danger Museum started as a mobile exhibition space, travelling and adapting its structure to present the works of friends and colleagues. Over the years, the experience of travel, personal encounters and adaptation has encouraged the production of reflexive, visual works and objects by engaging the method of collage as a form of collecting, which recomposes experiences, mixing fiction and documentation.

Their interest in applied art and series production is reflected in projects that encompass multiples, furniture, posters, LPs and tableware. The change in meaning as the objects circulate within and outside the art context, is part of a dynamic that drives their practice.
Projects are conducted both under their own names and as Danger Museum and through the Peanut Circuit label.

Tomorrow & Yesterday, produced for Davis Museum, extends from a series of works inspired by the Japanese picture scroll. Shimizu and Renberg have already explored the scroll’s narrative possibilities in watercolours serializing a Norwegian fjord trip. Tomorrow & Yesterday is a cylinder seal, an engraved sculpture cylinder tool, originating in ancient Mesopotamia, that can roll a picture relief into wet clay. Their relief depicts an allegory on the relationship between man and woman: A man hunts a bird, whose egg hatches into a new bird that hunts the man. By continuous rolling, the relief proposes an endless cycle.