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The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg
October 12, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Downstairs Galleries


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From the installation of The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Photos: Gene Pittman

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg
Oct 12, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
Downstairs Galleries

Swedish-born artist Nathalie Djurberg’s unsettling avian menagerie takes flight this fall at YBCA. In addition to the wild flock of more than eighty freestanding bird sculptures on view, the exhibition also includes five animated films, in which avian psychology is superimposed upon human behavior with extraordinary results. Using actual bird species as inspiration for her sometimes grotesque figures, Djurberg explores physical and psychological transformation as well as pageantry, perversion, and abjection. Her clay animations are set to music and sound effects by her partner and collaborator Hans Berg. Djurberg’s nightmarish cinematic tales depict the depths of jealousy, revenge, lust, submission, gluttony, and other primal emotions with an unblinking eye. This exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and curated by Eric Crosby and Dean Otto.

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  • The Parade
    October 12, 2012 – January 27, 2013
    Downstairs Galleries

  • Opening Night Party — Nathalie Djurberg & Nayland Blake
    Oct 12, 2012 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    Downstairs Galleries

    Step over to the dark side and join us in celebration of the openings of Nayland Blake: FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX! and The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg, two exhibitions that delight in dominance and submission, eroticism and power in distinct and provocative ways. Live music by L.A. based Nite Jewel (solo performance), local experimental sound artists Moira Scar as V.E.X. and Duchess Hotplate, and San Francisco's own DJ Primo. Delicious beverages provided by New Belgium Brewery and Blue Angel Vodka.


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    Moira Scar as V.E.X. and Duchess Hotplate »

    DJ Primo »
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October 12, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Downstairs Galleries

Nayland Blake, one of the pioneers of performance art in the Bay Area in the 1980s, creates spontaneous sculptures using his life as the catalyst, including a DJ booth stocked with Blake’s collection of LPs, which visitors will be invited to spin.

October 27, 2012 - February 17, 2013
Upstairs Galleries

YBCA presents A Mad Tea Party: Five Videos by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, a selection of important works where complex and twisted narratives are performed by molding clay figures in constructed environments.

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Curator Statement

About the Curators

Since joining the Walker Art Center in 2009, assistant curator of visual arts Eric Crosby has organized the group exhibition A Shot in the Dark, a permanent collection installation that investigates forms of material intuition, and Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS... (six performances, six films). Dean Otto, associate curator of film/video at the Walker, has been active in film and video programming since 1985.

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Artist Bio

Nathalie Djurberg

Nathalie Djurberg was born in Lysekil, Sweden, in 1978. She studied art at Folkuniversitetet (1994–1995) and Hovedskous Art School (1995–1997), both in Gothenburg, Sweden, before receiving her MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2002. She has honed a distinctive style of stop-motion animation since 1999, when she first taught herself how to make films. Using the pliability of clay, her handcrafted narratives explore the vicissitudes of revenge, lust, submission, gluttony, and other primal emotions, in wry allegories of human behavior and social taboo. Increasingly, her practice has blurred the cinematic and the sculptural in immersive environments that integrate moving images and sound with related set pieces. She currently lives and works with Hans Berg in Rättvik, Sweden.

Hans Berg

Born in Rättvik, Sweden, in 1978, Hans Berg works as a techno and house music producer. He is a self-taught musician who began playing the drums in punk and rock bands at the age of fourteen. A year later, he started creating electronic music — which he has made ever since — when he purchased his first synthesizer and sampler. In addition to his many live concerts, Berg also has an extensive discography with releases by Kant Recordings, Tsunami Productions, and other labels. He met Djurberg in Berlin in 2004, and since then he has composed the music for all of her films and installations.

The artists’ collaborations have been featured widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Most notably, in 2009, they presented their installation The Experiment in Making Worlds at the 53rd Venice Biennale, for which Djurberg was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist. They have had other solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London (2011); Museum Boijmans Van Beunjngen, Rotterdam (2011); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohion (2011); Natural History Museum, Basel (2010); kestnergesllschaft, Hannover (2010); OMA Prada Transformer, Seoul (2009); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2009); Hammer Museum, Los Angles (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2008); Kunsthalle Winter thur, Switzerland (2007); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2007); and Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2007).

YBCA's presentation of The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg is supported, in part, by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Lam Research

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Exhibitions 12-13 is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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