The Embassy Reconstructed

Liv Strand | spoken versions 1, 2 + 3

(the Foyer, Felleshus)


Some years ago Liv Strand dedicated a period to studying the mechanisms involved in the building of nations, the outcome of the process was a sculptural installation. Here Liv Strand poses questions about the notion and meaning of the word 'internationalism' as a way to better understand how a nation reaches out beyond it’s territory. The answers help to shed light on the following issues: What are the structures of a nation and of its embassies? What are the administrative mechanisms on a global scale? How can structural frameworks transform?


Many thanks to the 5 participants, who have asked to remain anonymous, for sharing their thoughts and their time. Please take a CD of the interview pieces - spoken versions 1, 2 + 3 —for further listening!



Liv Strand is a one-year artist-in-residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Together with artist Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Liv initiated the knowledge-based process Salon Material two years ago, the aim of which is to explore academic theory from the perspective of artistic practices, and to materialise discussions. Liv Strand is an artist immersed in the practice of reshaping —reshaping so as to reflect definitions by translating them between medias. Information is transposed materially, or from one field of art to another, to propose gaps and cracks in disciplines and material as a space for ongoing negotiations. How can art carve woodiness out to become a table?