arthemist statement

“Why create art that nobody asked for,” is a good question today when we’re constantly required to create and view pictures no one in particular has requested. Bjørn Venø’s black-and-white photography conveys “feelings of loneliness” of an “outsider” in search of togetherness with people and places. They express a new existential conundrum: How to be human in the presentation of images?

Hans-Georg Moeller
Professor of Philosophy, University of Macau

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Arthemist Statement 2.6

Why create art that nobody asked for?

The artist Bjørn Venø strives to see the world and dreams about what it could be, arguing for the importance of creating art irrelevant to success. Venø has developed the two words ‘Arthemist’ and ‘Arthemy’ to define ideas about life and art that do not fit in our world. The book reflects on happiness and how a shift in value can bring humanity to a new frontier. Venø may have accidentally written a self-help book, but for those who wish to fail. Using the ‘Licensed Fool’ methodology, Venø practices and embraces failure when creating photographs, video, drawings, music, performance art and texts, because perfection is reproducible and failure is human.

Published with support from BKH- produksjonsstipend 2021 awarded by SFKM, Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum.

Book launch September 2nd 2022. 

Arthemist Statement 2.6: Why create art that nobody asked for?
By Bjørn Venø
ISBN: 9788269279726 (hardback)
ISBN: 9788269279719 (eBook)
Publisher: Venø Gård KUNST
Copy-editing and proofreading by Cathy Johns and Molly Nadolski
Content warning: 3 images of male nudity.

Reading time: 1-2 h
Words: 24000
Pages: 166
Size: 8” x 10”
Images: 57 B&W hardback and 47 B&W eBook. Work by Bjørn Venø from 2006-2021

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arthemist statement

Arthemist Statement 2.6

Why create art that nobody asked for?

Discover the importance of creating art in a way in which success is irrelevant and learn how a shift in what we value can bring humanity to a new frontier.

Size: 8×10 in
Pages: 166
Publish Date: Sep 02, 2022
Language: English

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Venø Gård KUNST

International Performance Art festival 11-12 July 2015

On the 11-12 July 2015 the performance artists Claire Blundell Jones, John Court, Karianne Stensland, Katri Kainulainen and Maximilian Latva, Kurt Johannessen and Pavana Reid, Nigel Rolfe and Vincent Campos visited the small island Venøy in Norway to create live art.

Size: 7×7 in
Pages: 34
Publish Date: Aug 23, 2015
Language: English

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