The Memory Group
Peter Brandt and I met each other for the first time in 1994. It was autumn and the wind tasted of hope and frost. It was in Galleri Projekt on Stenosgade, that gallerist and set designer Ann Susan had set us to rally, because she sensed that we could compliment each other. Peter Brandt was exhibiting over the winter and Ann Susan wanted me to perform on Thursdays. We said yes.
Mutual for our work processes is, that we always collect material and elements from many genres and designations. Though Peter Brandt back then attended The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and I Gøglerskolen (The Performing School), Peter was interested in theatre, dance and performing and I was fascinated by installations, scenographic objects abandoned in vulnerable places lacking history. We both used our own experiences and our own histories. But we also used the histories of others.
And made them our own.
When you meet like that, big ideas, thoughts and visions take form, because you are dreaming together. But because you cannot share dreams, big holes also form. It may possibly be in the holes, in the gaps, we operate, because we hold so many things that neither can nor shall be united. It is in the dissimilarity, you find our strength as a group.
Neither Peter Brandt nor I are coloured by the customary logic of thinking within the framework of the system, which has already given the target of the bullet and displayed an extant cohesion of what art is. To us, art is everything, many things and nothing. But there is no need to encase it in sceneries without identities and stalls to be able to maintain the outwardly familiarity. Luckily, you do not have to recognise the art as art.
Peter Brandt and I wish to encounter what we do not know, what we must get acquainted with. The friendship will be constructed with humanity, love and respect for everything, that wants to be told. By itself. And by others.
We remember each of our dreams.
We remember each of our voices.
Together we create a choir, which may not sound like anything you have heard before.
But you can get used to the sound.
Exactly like you can get used to dandelions.
Tomas Lagermand Lundme, May 2013.