One of Morten Viskum’s projects in recent years has been to produce a series of large installations which involve self-staging. Every year on his birthday he goes to a workshop in Paris where a silicon cast is made of him in a particular pose. The cast then becomes part of an even larger installation where he presents himself in various contexts. Among other characters, he has posed as Jesus, a scientist, a devout Muslim and a financier. The project started in 2004 with Immortal – a staging of ‘the artist Viskum’. While some of these selfportraits are linked to the present, others are independent of it. The project will eventually include casts recalling years prior to 2004; based partly on photographic material, these will extend back to Viskum’s birth on February 2, 1965.
Viskum as a Bodybuilder is currently on display in a window gallery in Parkveien, Oslo.
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