wednesday 26 april – 5>10pm


Mette Edvardsen (N/B)

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (re-writing)

performance, italian première, production Xing/Live Arts Week

wednesday 26 april – 6>10pm


Mette Edvardsen (N/B)

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (publishing house)

books exhibition, italian première

For the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people dedicate themselves to memorizing a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living booksIn 2014, Live Arts Week III hosted in the city library, Salaborsa, this special project by Mette Edvardsen together with a Bologna section of the whole collection of living books that spent their time in the library waiting to be ‘picked up’. After years of learning by heart and reciting for readers, some of the books have now been written down from memory – back to paper. These books are re-written versions, altered by the process of memory, the practice of learning by heart, numerous recitations for different readers, and time. Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine has become a publishing house for these editions. As an ongoing durational activity during the opening of Live Arts Week, at P420 art gallery Mette Edvardsen will be writing down from memory the book she has learned by heart. While at LocaleDue there will be the printed editions from the re-writing on display together with other materials from this process of reading and writing.

concept Mette Edvardsen
title ‘Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine’ is a sentence from a book by Alexander Smith appearing in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
presented with the support of Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia

Mette Edvardsen, norwegian artist living in Brussels and Oslo. Her work is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects. Since 2002 she develops her own work and presents her performances internationally. Recent productions of hers include No Title (2014), We to be (2015), oslo (2017). A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015. In 2010 she initiated the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine to develop learning by heart as a practice, a process which is still ongoing today. The project has been performed in 28 cities around the world (ranging from the Sidney Biennale to Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels), producing an international moving and living library of 68 book titles in English, Dutch, Arabic, Norwegian, Greek, French, German, Polish, Italian, Estonian and Swedish. She is currently a research fellow at Oslo Arts Academy.