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AKT and MIACA opening @ZAIM




Date: 22nd August Tue 2006, 6:30 pm start (the venue opens for audience at 6pm)

At: ZAIM Annex 301
34 Nihon Odori, Nakaku Yokohama
(3minutes walk from MinatoMirai subway line, Nihon Odori exit#2)
Admission: 500yen

-AKT presentation and screening: 6:30-7:30
(screening program: Kentaro Taki, Masayuki Kawai)

-MIACA presentation and screening 7:30-8:30
(screening with lecture: Sara Vanagt, Alejandra Lunden etc.)

-Reception 8:30-


22nd Tue, 23rd Wed, 26th Sat August 2006
At ZAIM Annex 302

If you come on 23rd or 26th, please stop by MIACA office at ZAIM 203.

- 23rd August 1973, Stockholm-
An art exhibition on CD-ROM exploring the hostage syndrome in contemporary culture

Academy Training Group (Lithuania),
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland),
Chris Burden (USA),
Thomas Demand (Germany),
Stan Douglas (Canada),
Renée Green (USA),
Johan Grimonprez (USA),
Abigail Lane (Great Britain),
Shirin Neshat (Iran),
Ricardo de Oliveira (Brazil),
Julia Scher (USA),
Jögen Svensson (Sweden)
Knut《dam (Norway).

Essay by Joshua Decter (USA)
Curated by Mans Wrange

THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME is an art exhibition exploring the psychological term "the Stockholm syndrome," which describes the strong bond that sometimes develops between captor and captive, in particular between kidnapper and hostage, when those who are controlled begin to identify with their controllers.

The term stems from the case of four people held hostage by two bank robbers at a bank in Stockholm in 1973, when the hostages became sympathetic with their aggressors and instead looked upon the police as their enemy. A few years later, "the Stockholm Syndrome" became internationally renowned when Patty Hearst, the millionaire's daughter, was kidnapped by a terrorist group. After being psychologically brainwashed and sexually assaulted, Hearst began to identify with the terrorists to the extent that she even participated in their bank robberies

The introduction of the concept "the Stockholm Syndrome" explained some of the often irrational reactions to control and repression expressed by people in hostage situations. The exhibition examines what the implications of the psychological term "the Stockholm Syndrome" may be if applied to other structures of power, dependency and control.

The exhibition THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME exists only in the form of a CD-ROM. It is structured as a multi-layered narrative based on the hostage scenario in Stockholm which led to the coining of the term "the Stockholm Syndrome." The CD-ROM offers different ways to explore the exhibition as well as the hostage scenario: temporally, spatially and relationally. For example, you can enter the exhibition through a time line which presents the various events in the hostage scenario. Or, you can navigate spatially between the locations where the hostage scenario took place, and explore related art works. You can also investigate the exhibition through a sociogram showing the relationship between the agents in the drama: the hostages, the criminals, the police, the psychological advisor, the government, the media, and the public. Each of the art works in the exhibition are linked to an actual event, location and a sociological relationship from the hostage scenario. The contexts and the relationships between the art works change, depending on the way you choose to navigate.

With the corporation of Mr. Mans Wrange, this event is realized. In addition, this CD ROM was distributed and produced for the first issue of NU magazine.