The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros


Welcome to The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros - a lecture performance by Erik Bünger. The event is presented by «The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as A Whole», a series of interdisciplinary events at Kunstnernes Hus, organized by Ensayos.

The event is free and open to everyone!

About the event

A lecture performance that traces the footprints of wolves, elephant, bears and ravens as they move perpetually in and out of human language. A creature that does not speak, a creature you cannot speak of. An elephant in every room. A white bear, whose silhouette looms larger with every effort to keep it out of your mind.

"The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole" is a series of interdisciplinary events that has been named after Section 2 of the Norwegian Marine Resources Act. The project is organized by Geir Tore Holm, Søssa Jørgensen and Randi Nygård at Kunstnernes Hus. It relates to the aforementioned law not only in regard to the usual legal definitions, but also by including a more poetic and fundamental approach. The series examines different ideas about the environment and our role in nature, our management of natural resources, responsibilities, world views, language, and values.

About Erik Bünger

Erik Bünger is an artist, writer and composer, whose work investigates the relationship between language and concepts such as 'voice', 'body', 'image' and 'nature'. In performance lectures, videos, and texts he explores how such concepts, by referring to something mute and unspeakable beyond the reach of language, be­come central voids around which our reality is built up. His lecture performances have been presented around the world in venues such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Wellcome Collection in London, The Lincoln Center in New York, KW in Berlin and The Curitiba Biennial in Brazil. In 2018, his debut book The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros was published by the RpB Verlag (Cologne).