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Marie Arleth Skov

Marie Arleth Skov

PhD fellow

I am a Danish Art Historian, Curator and Art Mediator based in Berlin since 1999. I studied Art History, Philosophy and Publication & Communication Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2009, I have worked project related with the communication of art exhibitions, among others for the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and Overgaden in Copenhagen. From December 2012 to September 2013, I co-curated the program of the project space REH Kunst in Berlin together with Valeska Hageney, among others the group exhibition “RE-MADE//RE-USED” and “I kill you before I leave” with works by Claus Larsen. In 2013, I received the Novo Nordisk Foundation Grant for Research in Art History for my PhD project “CHILDREN RUN RIOT. An analysis of the protagonists, work and impact of punk artist groups in Europe, using the examples of COUM Transmissions, Die Tödliche Doris, Zebrapanden and Værkstedet Værst”. The PhD is bi-nationally organized as a so-called co-tutelle de thèse (double degree) between the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Current research

In my PhD research, I examine the connection between the punk movement and artists groups in Europe around 1980. The main thesis is that the expression of punk was visual as much as it was musical and that the work of some of the most progressive artists groups at the time is related to punk. Intermediality and cross-over between music, poetry and art belong to the most interesting characteristics of the movement. A second focal thesis is that the punk artist groups place themselves as avant-garde artists in the tradition of dada and fluxus, and that it is rewarding to look at their work in an art avant-garde context, using art historical methods of describing, analyzing and placing a work. This also implies that the organization in more or less loosely structured groups is typical for the artists related to the punk scene. Third, the study is internationally positioned, but investigates the background of each group, the notion being that only by understanding the specifics of the social and (sub-)cultural regional situation, is a truly international outlook possible. The study focuses on the groups COUM Transmissions (London), Die Tödliche Doris (West Berlin), Zebrapanden (Amsterdam) and Værkstedet Værst (Copenhagen) who share common features in motivation and structure as well as regarding the aesthetics and themes of their art work.

Fields of interest

Art History, Contemporary Art, Modernism, Avant-garde, Intermediality, Intermedia, Transnational History, Crossover, Dada, Surrealism, Art and the Beats, Situationist International, Fluxus, Happenings, Performance Art, Viennese Actionism, Punk, Lowbrow Art, Body Art, Visual Culture, Subcultures, Counterculture, Queer Art, Mail Art, Zine Art, Staged Photography

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