Champagne Polka

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Tower, 2011 Super16mm Transfer 03:52 Min © Courtesy of the Artist and Gaudel de Stampa
Champagne Polka

49, Quai des Grands Augustins
75006 Paris
June 24th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011

6th Arrondissement
+33 1 40 21 37 38
Tue-Sat 2-7


The uncorking of Champagne bottles, an endless flow of champagne, chatter, a stroll along an endless balustrade - turning into balconies, twisting into stairs, leading to the tower - wearing a damp hat of clouds.

H.C. Lumbye and Johann Strauss II compositions, present timely percussion and gesture in their Champagne Gallop and Champagne Polka.

Placing your face close enough to the Champagne Flute you feel its drops gently raining upwards. Tapping your feet to ¾ beat.

A portrait of the instrument dubbed the Champagne Flute will once again become the prime lens for projecting the opening of a champagne bottle.

At the opening evening a short recital of the Champagne Polka opus 211. by Johann Strauss II, will be performed to accompany an installation of recent works including:
Costume for Paper (Champagne Polka – Hook), 2011; Costume for Paper (Champagne
Polka - Vista), 2011
Charcoal on paper coated with acrylic varnish, wood.
Tower, 2011 (super 16mm); Triangle, 2010 (video)
Champagne Flute, 2010, black and white photographic print
Endless Balustrade, 2011, black card, attaches parisiennes
Chrome of the Wind, 2011, three black and white photographic prints. Installed overlapping
Landscape Portrait Landscape, 2011, plotter print
Record Table, record player, two unique vinyl records, headphones, felt, table.
Record 1, Side A: Portrait of instrument Champagne Flute, 2010
Side B: Richard Foreman reading fragments of his texts, 2010
Fragments recorded, read and written by Richard Forman*
Record 2, Side A: Portrait of instrument (Chrome of the Wind), 2011
Side B Collection of three Champagne Polka tracks, 2011
* Richard Foreman b.1937 is an American playwright and avant-garde theater pioneer. He
is the founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.

Morten Norbye Halvorsen b.1980 Stavanger, Norway, currently lives and works in Paris.

Recent exhibitions and performances include: Costume Tracks and Handclaps, collaboration with Benjamin Seror, Lithuanian Pavillion, opening event for the Venice Biennale; L'allouette collaboration with Jessica Warboys, Le Magasin, Grenoble; Token Took, 2011, Chert gallery, Berlin; Clifford Irving Show, 2010, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Repetition Island, 2010, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Ballad of the Green Hoop, collaboration with Jessica Warboys, South London Gallery, London; Paper Exhibition, 2009, Artist Space, New York; Clifford Irving Show, 2009, Cine 13, Paris.

Morten just ended the 2010-2011 Pavillon residency at Palais de Tokyo and will this summer be in residency at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerpen.