Releaseparty: When the last story is told

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“When the last story is told, its absence rings with colour: Shapes & structure linger”–
Like the clap of thunder when the air rushes to fill the vacuum from a supersonic plane, Haverholm poses the question: When the last story is told, what fills the space it leaves?

Explore that space together with us at our releaseparty for this enigmatic new work by Allan Haverholm!

Friday, May 22, 17-21 @ Tusen Serier.
Claesgatan 8, Malmö.

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In the latest book by visual artist Allan Haverholm, narrative gives way to another order of meaning. Although the pages are divided into comic book grids there is nothing to constitute a traditional story, or even pictures in a sense that one would expect. The only text in the book, quoted above, frames the 60 pages of minimalist colour compositions alternatingly obscured with bold strokes of white paint and abstract, black textures.

The book questions one of the basic elements of our culture: storytelling and its underlying structures. Its very title suggests a potential end of narrative, but also that something else may fill the gap, a still-fluid substance or undefined fictional construct forming after this universal aphasia. Like a message from an alien mind, When the last story is told is loaded with meaning encoded in an undecipherable language.

Allan Haverholm (b.1976)
Since his 2006 book debut (the 300 pages Sortmund, hailed as Denmark’s first graphic novel), Allan Haverholm has stubbornly explored the comics medium for new approaches to the art form, changing effortlessly between a wide range of expressions to fit each new project. Persistent themes in his work include language and music, and their application in comics form.
When the last story is told is Haverholm’s eighth book as a single author; he has illustrated some fifty books, published several collaborations with likeminded artists, and appeared in more anthologies than he cares to think of or even count. His art has been exhibited internationally.

 

SIGNS AND SCIENCE

C’est Bon Kultur presents:
SIGNS AND SCIENCE
Release party for C’est Bon Anthology vol 28 & exhibition: “Space”.

When? Thursday, April 23 2015
Where? Tusen Serier at Mitt Möllan, Claesgatan 8, Malmö
Who? Frøydis Sollid Simonsen, Karoline Stjernfelt, Mari Ahokoivu
+ artists from CBA vol 28

Frøydis Sollid Simonsen, Karoline Stjernfelt and Mari Ahokoivu have made the exhibition Space which has been shown in Norway can soon be seen in Finland. Now it comes to Malmö in conjunction with the release of the new issue of C’est Bon Anthology, which has the theme Signs and science and contains some of the comics from the exhibition. To celebrate this coincidence, we have added some of the other comics to this edition of the exhibition and turned the whole thing into a combined release party and exhibition.

Signs of science? The science of signs? Or neither, or both. How about the sleep depriving thought of eternity when you turn off the lights at night. Of the ever reaching deepness of space, black holes and the creation of photons in the core of the sun. How about when you get lost in thought, staring at your thumb, thinking about how the cells in your skin work and work and work, divide and fall off. The molecules they are made of. The vanishing weight of the atoms.

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CBA vol 28 is also the last anthology issue from the former editorial crew. Since every other issue is a special graphic novel issue, vol 30 (September) will be the first issue from the (almost) completely new crew. In other words, this is the end of an era and at the same time the seed for what is to come, since it’s already the new crew organizing this event.

Comics creators in CBA vol 28:
Steve Nyberg [SE]
Jamil Mani [SE]
Maciej Kalymon [SE]
John Daily [SE]
Marine Schneider [BE]
Carolina Hicks [US/SE]
Mattias Elftorp [SE]
Mari Ahokoivu [FI]
Allan Haverholm [DK]
Ylva Oknelid [SE]
Christoffer Frostgård [SE]
Karoline Stjernfelt [SE]
Milena Simeonova [BG]
Cover: Christina Cromnow [SE]
Illustrations: Emei Burell [SE]

Sequential Investigations

Vernissage 12 juni 2014 kl. 16-21
Finissage 5 juli kl. 15-19

Sequential Investigations är en utställning som visar några av de starkaste drivkrafterna bakom experimentella serier idag. Utställningen visades under 2013 i Vancouver och består av original, konsttryck och väggprojektioner av skapare utspridda i Nordamerika och Europa.

Osamu Tezuka, den moderna mangans fader, har citerats med att säga att serier “bör vara som luft”. I många avseenden kan denna förutsägelse idag sägas ha förverkligats. Tecknade serier har blivit en naturlig form för många konstnärer att uttrycka sig genom, både för mer traditionella serieskapare som försöker ta sig in vad som löst kallas mainstreamserier, och för de serieskapare som applicerar seriens grammatik i nya och outforskade kontexter.

Den gemensamma nämnaren för konstnärerna i utställningen är kanske just att de använder sig av seriemediet lika naturligt som att andas. Deras verk är inte uttryck för hur serier har varit, utan är snarare en funktion av det syntax inneboende i seriegrammatikens hjärta, fritt översatt för deras eget bruk. De är fortfarande igenkännbara som serier, men inom det sekventiella ramverket ryms distinkta visioner och en vilja att kartlägga de perifera områdena av serietopografin.

Medverkande:

Dunja Jankovic, Sophie Yanow, Aidan Koch, Warren Craghead, Derik A. Badman, Alyssa Berg, Julie Delporte, Simon Moreton & Oliver East

Sånger om Björnar

2013 October

C’est Bon Kultur are proud to present a new exhibition, “Sånger om björnar” (“Songs of Bears”) at Biograf Spegeln!

Bears appear frequently and in many forms throughout history and are embedded symbolically in many narratives, from the Russian Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh and Smokey. In this exhibition, comics artists explore the world of the members of the family Ursidae. Delving deep into the mind of the animal, revealing playfulness as well as ferociousness.

“While we watch the animals in their joys of being, in their grace and ferociousness, a thought becomes more and more clear. That it is not so much a look at wild nature, as it is an insight into ourselves, our nature.”

Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man (2005)

Contributors: Henri Gylander, Allan Haverholm, Kolbeinn Karlsson, Karoline Stjernfelt, Mattias Elftorp, Christoffer Frostgård, Frøydis Sollid Simonsen, Bo Ashi, mf

IN BETWEEN

2012 November 7 – January 6
Part of AltCom 2012
Spegeln (Stortorget 29)
Opening Nov 7, 19-22

C’est Bon Kultur Presents: IN BETWEEN
(On November 7 of 2012, the intervals are revealed)

The comics collective C’est Bon Kultur take out the scalpel, cut along the lines of the thin sheets of reality, stepping into the borderlands between the panels. We try to exist between all the fabricated lines, created on paper by human hand. Precisely because they are created, designed, drawn in the sand, it is possible to look at them, to scrutinize their being, their silent division of the world. Surely there are stories there, in between other stories?

Seven artists take part in this exhibition:
One story, seven artists, six in betweens, seven stories.

C’EST BON KULTUR

Since 2001, C’est Bon Kultur has worked for a more varied and exciting comics culture in Sweden and on the international scene. The formal purpose of the organisation is to support, evolve and disseminate comics with higher artistic ambitions. The main vehicle for this purpose is the international comics art magazine, C’est Bon Anthology. We also arrange exhibitions of comics art, lectures and other cultural events.
The vision is to push the boundaries of what can be done in comics, to broaden the perspective of what the comics medium is and can be, both in relation to itself and to other art forms.

www.cestbonkultur.com
PHOTOS


Photo by Fredrik Strömberg


Photo by Komikaze


Photo by Stripburger

C’est Bon Panorama III: Super Mario

2010 November, part of AltCom 2010

C’est Bon Panorama III
Interpretations of the colorful world of the hero plumber
Exhibition November 12 – January 16 @ Biograf/galleri Spegeln
Opening: November 12 at 17:00
[Sofia Falkenhem, Martin Flink, Allan Haverholm, Cin Iwarsson, Sarah Kläpp, Jamil Mani & Elisabeth Nielsen]

Super Mario is the pixeled hero with the big moustache, eating mushrooms, travelling through pipes and throwing turtle shells. Mario started his carreer as part of the supporting cast of Donkey Kong but soon got a leading part. So far, he shown up in over 200 video games. Many of us remember the early Mario from when a Nintento was a rectangular brick and you had to blow air into the games to make them work.
The sequential artists of C’est Bon Kultur present the third Panorama exhibition in as many years. The suite interprets well-known stories that most of us know and have a relationship to. It started with the oral tradistion of the Little Red Riding Hood, went on to the modern novel with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and has now finally reached the beginnings of the digital age with Super Mario, the golden boy of Nintendo.
The participants are Sofia Falkenhem, Martin Flink, Allan Haverholm, Cin Iwarsson, Sarah Kläpp, Jamil Mani and Elisabeth Nielsen. Each artist makes their unique interpretation of Super Mario and his world. by breaking down and rebuilding, pixel by pixel.

C’est Bon Black Box

I utställningen C’est Bon BLACK BOX inverteras det traditionella utställningsrummet, ”den vita kuben”, och blir en levande utställning som skapas och förstörs om och om igen.

Narrativt, figurativt och nonfigurativt… med gästartister från olika konstformer. Publiken erbjuds också att gå loss på väggarna och aktivt delta i skapandet.

Ny vernissage varje torsdag under hela mars kl. 19-22!

BOX 1: Torsdag 04 mars – C’est Bon Kultur
BOX 2: Torsdag 11 mars – Hillboy, Magen, Kiddo, Falsk
BOX 3: Torsdag 18 mars – Dotterbolaget
BOX 4: Torsdag 25 mars – Wormgod

BOX 1: C’est Bon Kultur
Konstnärskollektivet C’est Bon Kultur (CBK) ger sedan 2001 ut den internationella seriekonstantologin C’est Bon Anthology och arrangerar utställningar med seriekonst. Under BOX 1 utgår vi från den senaste antologin med temat Entanglements, och tillsammans med musiker och poeter gör vi tolkningar från serie till text till musik till bild. Förenar konstformerna under ett och samma tak…

BOX 2: Hillboy, Magen, Kiddo, Falsk
En grupp serietecknare/graffitikonstnärer som arbetar med sin konst i både litet och stort format.

BOX 3: Dotterbolaget
Dotterbolaget är en feministisk serieskapargrupp som idag utgörs av ett trettiotal kvinnor som träffats genom Serieskolan i Malmö. Dotterbolaget fungerar både som en social arena för kvinnliga serieskapare, men är också ett professionellt nätverk. Gruppen ger ut ett fanzine, deltar i utställningar och arrangerar workshops i serieteckning. BOX 3 är Dotterbolagets.

BOX 4: Wormgod
Susanne Johansson och Mattias Elftorp, fd medlemmar i C’est Bon Kultur, driver konstprojektet Wormgod. Efter att ha fyllt 2009 med utställningar om atombomben och inlett 2010 med att producera ett antal nummer av den nya minialbumserien Dystopia kommer de nu att framföra verket Spiders, i samband med att Elftorps Piracy is Liberation bok 008: Spiders pt 2 kommer ut. BOX 4 blir en kombination av konstverk på temat cyberpunk/kosmisk fasa/spindlar och release för den åttonde boken i Piracy is Liberation-serien.

Panorama II: Frankenstein

2009 October – November: Biograf Spegeln, Malmö.
Another Panorama exhibition, where we take a well-known story and twist it and reinterpret it and let the audiences memories of the story meet the artists’ versions.
Read more at the workblog.
Exhibited:
Susanne Johansson, Jamil Mani, Mattias Elftorp, Allan Haverholm, Sofia Falkenhem, Oskar Aspman, Johan Jergner-Ekervik.
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Some samples:
Sofia Falkenhem:
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Oskar Aspman:
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Susanne Johansson:
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Mattias Elftorp:

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CBK on CRACK!

2009 June: Forte Prenestino, Rome.
Mini-exhibition at the Crack! festival in Rome. We only brought books this year, and didn’t realise that the festival is more about exhibiting comics-related art than just selling books, so we improvised a bit and tore up a copy of our latest issue to plaster the walls around our selling area. Our representatives at the site, Johan Jergner-Ekervik and Mattias Elftorp decided on site that it does count as an exhibition.
Exhibited:
All artists from C’est Bon Anthology vol. 7