Things Change Anyway
8/11/2022

I have been working together with Louise Wolthers on a book project called Things Change Anyway that (fingers crossed) will be coming out in early 2023.  

We have been invited by artist Henriette Heise to speak about the project in Copenhagen on Saturday 3 September, 4pm as part of her exhibition at Astrid Noacks Atelier - The Lunatic Future for the Depressed Planet and the Flanet (flat planet): Learning from the late work of artists – who figured out how on earth to keep going' 

We are excited about seeing this work by Henriette and about speaking publicly about the project for the first time.  
We would love to see you all there! 


EVENT: Things Change Anyway

Saturday 3 September at 4pm, MC Coble and Louise Wolthers:

Things Change Anyway is an ongoing collaborative project by artist MC Coble and art historian Louise Wolthers. Consisting of photographs from the couple’s shared image archive, montage drawings by Coble and essays by Wolthers, it revolves around various kinds of metamorphosis in bodies, relationships, nature, and life – in all its non-binary impermanence and imperfection. Both the image flow and Coble’s drawings, a series of which will be on display at ANA at the event, convey a deliberately ‘messy’ complexity of ephemeral, bodily, and imaginary temporalities and experiences – of gender transition, ageing, and being put on hold by the system, of life after depression and ways of gaining agency. At ANA, readings from the essays include excerpts that connect themes such as photo history, abjection, trans* theory, the non-human, adoption, desire, friendship – as well as pictures never taken.
The event will be held in English.

 
MORE ABOUT 
The Lunatic Future for the Depressed Planet and the Flanet (flat planet): Learning from the late work of artists – who figured out how on earth to keep going
 

Opening Wednesday 17 August, 4-7pm
ANA – Astrid Noacks Atelier – Rådmandsgade 34 – Copenhagen N

 
Open Saturdays 12-5pm or by appointment (e-mail: 
henrietteheise@gmail.com)
Last day Saturday 17 September


In this moment of multiple crises around the world, it seems impossible to conceive of a future. How do we find the incentive to go on? How can we think differently about our future? Perhaps precedent lies with the precarious lives of artists who have come before; those who have continued in their work in spite of crisis and resistance. Artists who didn’t give up or drop out, but who passed through years of precarity and invisibility and who continued working somehow undeterred.
 
In 1952 – two years before she died – Astrid Noack went on a long, final journey to various places in Italy. There are three sketchbooks from this last journey, but there is only one surviving drawing where Noack leaves a trace of her own presence, sitting outside a café in Italy, drinking a cup of coffee and observing life around her. Characteristically, this drawing is almost discarded, torn from the sketchbook, a piece of the page is missing, and there’s an unreadable address written on the back of the remaining piece. In the front of the drawing, a single cup of coffee on an otherwise empty circular tabletop, contrasting a busy table in the background where five men are preoccupied with a game of dice. Noack observes the dynamic between the men meticulously — their body language reveals exactly who and what each of them is focused on. The group clearly have no idea that they are being observed; Astrid Noack is invisible to them. She takes advantage of her invisibility and shares her receptivity — along with her perspective with us: the circular table she rests her sketchbook on takes up half of the drawing. The thin lines that suggest the table have been altered twice, each time enlarging the table. She drew one version, erased it, drew a larger one, only to erase this one too. The final version of the table is now so large that it almost exceeds the borders of the page.
 
Some years ago, two characters appeared in my work: The Depressed Planet and The Flanet. They emerged as a way of dealing with a state of increasing exhaustion, a sense of an encroaching future without a future. Since then, they’ve made increasingly weary appearances in films, paintings, drawings, texts and sculptures. The materials I have chosen to render these husked figures with, tend to dissolve between an idea of their traditional use and their appearance. Sometimes the materials perform like an invisibility cloak as if The Depressed Planet and The Flanetwere dressing up to disappear.

Tender Memories of Queer Affection
5/9/2022

More to come but for now we have some dates for a new dance by choreographer Dinis Machado called 'Tender Memories of Queer Affection' 

I along with 4 others have been invited by Dinis Machado to dance in this new work. For now check out their website https://dinismachado.com and we'll update you with details soon.

July 15, 2022 // MARC, Knislinge SE // Tender Memories of Queer Affection (Work in Progress)
 
July 28, 2022 // Citemor, Coimbra PT // Tender Memories of Queer Affection PREMIERE

October 27-29, 2022 // Dansens Hus, Stockholm SE // Tender Memories of Queer Affection

 

New Poster ' Movements Transitioning Between Bodies as part of the project 'The Door – The Visionary Void'
5/9/2022

May 6-29 2022
Gothenburg, Sweden





The Door – The Visionary Void is aimed at an audience that is interested in artistic methods that engage people and bring about change. The ”door” belongs to Vague Reseach Studios studio in Majorna, Gothenburg, Sweden and is passed daily by residents, craftsmen and dog owners, and many pass to and from the tram, school and pre-school. A small exhibition space that is accessible to a mixed audience at all hours of the day. 

The title ”The Door – The Visionary Void” describes the borderland between the public and the private that can give new impetus to visions that affect both the common and the personal. The exhibition space consists of the window in the door to the studio. In this window, we want to show and examine artists’ visions to be a part of creating change. As an artist, developing processes aimed at changes in society is an in-between position, between individual art making and activities in larger groups and associations with specific goals for change. This is a starting point for discussions, and you can listen to them here in the recorded talks with the artists.

ABOUT THE POSTER
Lke many other artists, my practice and scheduled activities were altered in 2020 due to the pandemic. Unable to perform live with collaborators and quickly exhausted by online platforms I focused on what had begun the year before as primarily a personal diary in the form of pencil drawings. Originally, they served as documentation and reflections on the process of coming out as a non-binary trans person at the age of 40, having top surgery and experimenting with testosterone.  Then as my transitional journey intersected with other experiences such as stress-related depression and the pandemic the drawings became a method of not only processing what was happening but a mode of connecting to others and of political protest.   
 
The sketches developed into a montage of daily life in a state of anticipation with comments on encounters with institutions like the health care system and migrationsverket – as well as alternative ways to cope and to maintain hope when the systems fail. The drawings can be seen as manual appropriations and scans of various communications, research and physical surroundings. Constantly growing in number, the archive testifies to a time-consuming and emotional labour, which in turn reflects the experience of various temporalities – of queer time, of anti-capitalist progress and of being put on hold.  
 
This specific poster Movement Transitioning Between Bodies that was created for The Door – The Visionary Void reflects the challenges I have making sense of our world in this moment.  How to think about the local and global violence and injustice we face? 
 
As I write in the poster: Lines of people waiting…for asylum from war, for trans* health care, for climate justice.  Bodies that are fleeing and bodies that are fighting. Bodies that are formed by the spaces between. Bodies of water, flesh, fur, bark, soil and wind.
 
The amazing complexities and interconnectivities around us can be both joyous and confusing. The lack of a black and white, of clear-cut and complete answers, of understandable explanations and instantly implementable solutions.







 

'Comforting the machine'
12/14/2021

'Comforting the machine'
MANY THANKS TO MALIN GRIFFITHS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPH OF ALL THE ARTISTS AND CURATORS AT THE OPENING
 
Charlotta Hammar
Dominika Kemilä
Kasra Seyed Alikhani
Klara Andersson
MC Coble
Mercè Torres Ràfols
Nina Mangalanayagam
Nontokozo Tshabalala
Shogo Hirata
Trinidad Carrillo
Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu

GIBCA Extended Regional Exhibition 2021 is the result of an open call to artists based in the region of West Sweden and is curated by Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.

´The exhibition, as reflected in its title, makes a comment on the machine that is present day. Like in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the decline of the body through interaction with the machine is inevitable. The artists show markings, sutures, reactions, and manifestations of these interactions. Surrounding them, Gothenburg presents itself as a contraption made of roads, bypasses, infinite passages, noisy cranes, segregation, forming the maze of contemporary society. Its roads and blockages go nowhere – there is, in a sense, nowhere to arrive. Its paths, like arms, cross through incessant scaffolding into the barren unknown of colonial history. What then? Does it demand comfort, or do you feel comforted by it as it stands and looks at you, washing away the secrets of its trading history, anachronistic yet completely powerful and veiled in indifference? To note, whilst walking through the exhibition remember that the machine should not be befriended as it might bite. ´
– 
Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.

A new set of drawings included in 'Comforting the machine', as part of GIBCA Extended, September 3–October 17 2021
12/4/2021

A new set of drawings included in 'Comforting the machine', as part of GIBCA Extended, September 3–October 17 2021
Comforting the machine

GIBCA Extended Regional Exhibition 2021 is the result of an open call to artists based in the region of West Sweden and is curated by Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.

´The exhibition, as reflected in its title, makes a comment on the machine that is present day. Like in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the decline of the body through interaction with the machine is inevitable. The artists show markings, sutures, reactions, and manifestations of these interactions. Surrounding them, Gothenburg presents itself as a contraption made of roads, bypasses, infinite passages, noisy cranes, segregation, forming the maze of contemporary society. Its roads and blockages go nowhere – there is, in a sense, nowhere to arrive. Its paths, like arms, cross through incessant scaffolding into the barren unknown of colonial history. What then? Does it demand comfort, or do you feel comforted by it as it stands and looks at you, washing away the secrets of its trading history, anachronistic yet completely powerful and veiled in indifference? To note, whilst walking through the exhibition remember that the machine should not be befriended as it might bite. ´
– 
Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.

New Performance for the Tiny Festival
5/31/2021

New Performance for the Tiny Festival
After an earlier Covid cancellation the The Tiny Festival is back...in an expanded form and is now 'a week of performance art, music, choreography, poetry, voice, sound, video and visual installations and interventions'.
 
I will be testing out a new performance on Thursday June 3rd at 17:00 and 19:00. My 22 year old self will be talking and moving with my 42 year old self. It's a gender adventure.
 
Everyone is welcome but you have to book a spot https://kulturpunkten.nu/arrangorer/tiny-festival-producers/

Medverkande/Participating artists: Annikki Wahlöö / Benedikte Esperi / Cia Runesson / Lars Bergström / Cha Blasco / Annika B. Lewis & Charlotta Grimfjord Cederblad / MC Coble / Virgil Dejarv / Anki Ebonsdotter / John Huntington / Anton Höber / Anna Koch / Lisa Larsdotter Petersson /Kennet Lundin / Olle Petersson / Birgitta Pettersson / Stollar som bollar – Petra Revenue, Björn Knutsson & Karin Blixt med gäster / Niklas Rydén med Konstkollektivet HÖGEN / David Sabel / Marika Schultze / Marcella Steen / Eva Svaneblom / Anna Svensdotter / Denis Romanovski & Elin Wikström / All our friends are stars'

 The festival is supported by the Swedish Art Council and the City of Gothenburg in collaboration with Teater Trixter. 

Group exhibition opening soon! CORPOREALITIES - CORPUS QUEER
5/6/2021

Group exhibition opening soon!  CORPOREALITIES - CORPUS QUEER
CORPOREALITIES - CORPUS QUEER
11/5-16/5 2021
 
What is a body? What does body mean and how does it feel?
Welcome to experience corporealities, interpreted through sculpture in various materials, figurative tapestry, drawing and painting, performance and installation.
 
We are 8 queer, trans- and non-binary artists who exhibit together at Vulkano, Fältspatsgatan 6, Högsbo. The nearest bus stop is Olof Asklunds gata. Parking spaces for Vulcano's visitors are located next to the building. The building is accessible.

Participating artists are: Ajami Solros, Bianca Casco, the performance group Degen utan Namn, Esse McChesney, Horatio Loo, Jo Öqvist, Lex Eliot Rose, Lisi Hulthén Olofsson, MC Coble
 
 
Degen utan Namn is going to do a performance, the times for this will be published here.
 
The exhibition is made with the support of the City of Gothenburg, Kultur Ungdom and Vulkano.
 

GET READY FOR....Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Act 11: The Musical
4/1/2021

GET READY FOR....Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Act 11: The Musical
Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Act 11: The Musical

Saturday 17 April, 19:00 CET.  Free online live performance and conversation. You must book a ticket in advance.  Do that now here! 
https://bit.ly/3smaeN4

19:00-20:45, Welcome by Lotte Juul Petersen, Director of Rønnebæksholm, followed by performance with a 15-minute intermission.
21:00, Q&A with P*D*A* moderated by curator Stine Hebert.

In April a new online performance by P*D*A*, commissioned by Rønnebæksholm in collaboration with freelance curator Stine Hebert, will launch on social-digital platforms. P*D*A* (Public* Display* of Actions*) is a collaboration between artists and educators Kjell Caminha, MC Coble, Andreas Engman and Jeuno Kim.

To develop the new online performance P*D*A* has collaborated with the following artistic partners: Anna Carlsson (musical theater/musical song composition), Dinis Machado (choreography), Sky Deep (soundtrack) and Inga Kolbrun Söring (stage/tech).

Taking its point of the departure in the musical genre, the new performance draws from the spirit of reform and education that defines Rønnebæksholm’s historical specificity, the serendipitous finding of singing collectively as a pedagogical strategy for raising awareness
and formation of a collective identity.

The new performance works within conditions of instability that compound the restrictions on movement and isolation from others, the anxiety and fear of illness, as well as the nationalisms and racism that rallies around the virus. Act 11: The Musical comes from the need to share vulnerabilities and coping strategies while aiming to be a space of both refuge and
action. Act 11: The Musical will rift on, borrow from, materialize, collage, and translate the social fabric around us during these precarious times. Woven in between narratives of personal reflections, institutional experiences, and public desires are ‘Public Service Announcements’. They serve as sonic beacons, urging vigilance when white supremacist powers and institutional violence amass in the wake of political instability fuelled by post truth politics, white fragility and entitlement during this raging pandemic.

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score is an ongoing project that, with each act introduced, seeks to find new tools of action and awareness. How can the visual and performative literacy of art be shared and used collectively among artists, activists, researchers, and the general public to navigate the swiftly changing social and political climate?

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Act 11: The Musical by P*D*A* is developed and commissioned by Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm in collaboration with freelance curator Stine Hebert. The work is part of Rønnebæksholm artistic program FællesRum supported by Det Obelske Familiefond and further support from the Danish Arts Foundation and Nordic Culture Point has enabled
this new work.

P*D*A* (Public* Display* of Actions*) is a collaboration, since 2017, between artists and educators Kjell Caminha, MC Coble, Andreas Engman and Jeuno Kim. They are informed by queer feminist performance art, street/guerilla theater, agitprop and Speakers’ Corners as well as by the differing contexts from which the members identify (Korea, USA, Brazil, Sweden and Denmark).

For questions, please contact: kjellcaminha@gmail.com

SAMMENSTØD: Group exhibition at the Ringsted Galleriet, DK
4/1/2021

SAMMENSTØD:  Group exhibition at the  Ringsted Galleriet, DK
SAMMENSTØD=a crash, to crash together, bumping into each other

I was invited to participate in a group exhibition by the Ringsted Galleriet, in Ringsted, Denmark.  The work was to be in public space with some remains in the gallery.  I had planned to collaborate on a perfomance PULSE however due to Covid-19 and not being able to travel I had to change my plans.  So for the first time I will debut a few drawings, made into posters that will be placed in the public and oversized postcards that can be taken from the gallery.

Here's a glimpse of them fresh off the press. 


Thanks to Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen for the invitation to participate in the show and for handling the printing and installation of the poster!

Ny kunstnerisk satsning finder i år sted i Ringsted, hvor Ringsted Galleriet med støtte fra en række fremtrædende fonde præsenterer en mere åben og pågående profil med udstillingsprogrammet, SAMMENSTØD. http://www.ringstedgalleriet.dk/program2021/

I 2021 vil Ringsted Galleriet lade kunsten træde ud af de vante galleri-rammer og ind i byrummet samtidig med, at der etableres en formidlingscentral på galleriet. Med den dikotomiske læresætning: Art is art. Everything else is everything else af Ad Reinhardt er ønsket at blande kunst og alt andet sammen. Ikke fordi der stræbes efter en harmonisering af kunst og ikke-kunst, men for at skabe et sammenstød mellem kunst og hverdag, hvor kunsten i højere grad vil forstyrre hverdagslivet og dukke op der, hvor folk færdes og der, hvor man mindst venter det.

 

Talk at Khartoum Contemporary Art Center: "Performing Queer Resistance".
11/16/2018

Talk at Khartoum Contemporary Art Center: "Performing Queer Resistance".
I am lucky enough to have been invited to speak on Monday Nov. 19th at "Open Forum", which is a student run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo that runs at Khartoum Contemporary Art Center (KCAC). If you're in the area we'd love to see you there. 

I'll be talking about "Performing Queer Resistance".
Thinking along with the social, artistic and political potential of queer performance art.

social (in) justice
mis (communication)
(in) action
in (ex) clusion
(sub) cultural mainstreaming 

Mary Coble is a gender queer artist and educator at Valand Art Academy who will discuss queer strategies of resistance through artistic practice and activism. The talk will include examples from Coble’s current research project Gestures of Defiance, which looks at symbols of protests such as the raised fist, as well as uses of tactical frivolity (such as glitter bombing or drag). Through live work and multimedia installations - including photography, video, sound and sculpture - Coble aims to manifest problems of bodily, societal and symbolic navigation particularly focusing on issues of injustice and normative boundaries. Recurrent themes in Coble’s work revolve around queer politics, poetics and histories, and the projects are often site-specific, research-based and - from time to time – collective and participatory.
www.marycoble.com

Free soup: 18:00
Talk: 19:00
Khartoum are open 18:00-01:00

Event image:
Performing Defiance (2016), Documentation from the live performance 
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Photo by Kerstin Bergendal