Curator: Merzedes Sturm-Lie
The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (SE)
21 April - 27 April 2011


The exhibition catalogue was printed on A3 sheets and could be folded into 6 different paper cubes.
It consisted of the program and Intermezzo.

The exhibition was held in two adjoining rooms.
The first room was named White Zoo.
The second room was named Black Powers

White Zoo

The White Zoo was a wooden box with no roof (3m x 3m). The interior of the box was painted white. The building of the White Zoo was documented and shown on a small TV in the Black Powers / Blackbox.
Several performance artists where locked inside the White Zoo every day from 11h30 untill 14h30. There was no possibility to exit the White Zoo during these 3 hours. The artists didnt know in advance who they would be locked up with or what the other performance artist would do.
To see the performances, visitors had to go up to the balconies overlooking the exhibition space.


21 April:
Merzedes Sturm-Lie & Ingrid Jansson "Legitimisation" (SE, NO, BE)
Quinten Leon (BE)

22 April:
Playgroundsound "Untitled" (SE)
Markus Bowie "The Wedding Proposal" (SE, US)

25 April:
Sofia Karlsson "The Deerstalker and the territorial house." (SE)
J. S. Davis "0 through 9 (or Nine Lives)" (SE, US)

26 April:
Isabelle Gressel "Sandbox" (UK)

27 April:
Kamen Zlatev "I don't know/I don't want to know" (SE)
Fredrik Fermelin "Apple's" (SE)

Black Powers

Black Powers was a Blackbox in which several video's where screened.

Video's by:
Cecilie Meng Sørenson (DK)
Kamen Zlatev (SE)
Merzedes Sturm-Lie (BE, SE, NO)
Petr Davydtchenko (SE, RU)
Markus Bowie (SE, UK)


The White Zoo performances were live streamed on internet and live broadcasted in front of Moderna Museet / Museum of Modern art, Stockholm (SE).


When there were no performances visitors could listen to the audiopiece Intermezzo by Merzedes Sturm-Lie. Intermezzo deals with the white cube, it's history and it's consequences on today's art world. The text was also published in the exhibition catalogue.

intermezzo page 1 intermezzo page 3

Images from White Zoo

Day 1: Performances by Quinten Leon, Merzedes Sturm-Lie & Ingrid Jansson

day 2 performances

Day 2: Performances by Markus Bowie, Greta Weibull & Ingrid Jansson

Day 3: Performances by Sofia Karlsson, J.S. Davis

Day 4: Performance by Isabelle Gressel

Day 5: Performances by Fredrik Fermelin, Kamen Zlatev

Images from Black Powers

Documentation of the building of the White Zoo. Monitor was placed in Black Powers.

Video by Cecilie Meng Sørensen

Video by Petr Davydtchenko

Video by Markus Bowie

Video by Merzedes Sturm-Lie


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