Janus Høm

20/11 – 11/01/2015
Preview: Thursday 20/11 19:00

with Honza Hoeck as a curator.

 

 

 

Dear audience, we are proud to introduce Janus Høm, an artist and a human being.

Being human, Janus Høm has two arms and two legs, held together by a torso, with a head on top. Inside sits his brain, an organ that weighs a little over 1.3 kgs and contains billions of neurons. These nerve cells form the most basic signaling units of his brain, and use chemical and electromagnetic signals to transmit information.

A neuron is specialized to produce different actions because of its precise connections with other neurons, sensory receptors, and muscle cells. The interactions between neurons enable Janus Høm to think, move, breathe and feel –  they are the foundation of his artistic practice.

Each nerve cell connect with others through hundreds of synapses, which spark chemical reactions as the impulses spread across the nervous system. Our best estimates say there are more synapses in Janus Høm's brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. And much like the universe is expanding, the neurons constantly form new synapses and strengthen existing connections in response to his life experiences.

Inside Janus Høm's brain, every decision made, every inexplicable craving or mood swing, and every heartbeat, make the synapses flood with neurotransmitters. The brain reward system releases dopamine, which inhibits electrical signals in a pleasurable way. To aid learning and to memory glutamate excites the neurons. Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a major inhibitory transmitter and is important to induce sleep, reduce anxiety, and form memories. Mood, appetite and sensory perception are affected by serotonin, which also inhibits pain.

By monitoring his online presence during the first six months of 2014, Janus Høm has quantified his sleep cycles, exercise, irritation level, productivity – every aspect of his self. His purchases, work hours, binge viewing and ad history, every action has an internal reaction.

 

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Concurrent with the opening of Janus Høm's solo show at 1857, "JANUS HØM" – a video artist portrait by TOVES – will be screening at the Astrup-Fearnley Museum Thursday 20 Nov from 18:00.
 
 
 
 
 

 

About the artist:

Janus Høm (b. 1985), studied at The Royal Danish Art Academy, Akademie für Bildende Künste Wien, and Universität der Künste Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Palazzo Peckham, 55. Venice Biennale (2013), "Endless Scroll Deregulated Generation" at IMO, Copenhagen (2012), "Modeling Agency" at 68m2, Copenhagen (2011). Janus Høm has run the galleries Pleasant (2012) and Perfect Present (2013). This is his first solo exhibition.

 

 

 
 
The exhibition is supported by:
 

Janus Høm would like to thank Lene Larsen, Henrik Høm
and David Haack Monberg for their support.
 
 
 
 
1857 is supported by Arts Council Norway
 
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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, Checking my feed, an endless scroll, my index finger turns the wall monochrome, [2014]
Steel, concrete cast, wall
50 × 180 × 40 cm

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Janus Høm, 01.01.14 – 01.07.14 (… get up! It’s 7.45… Average pulse, 148! Congratulations, your heart rate recovery is improving. Time to set a new goal…), [2014]
Paper mache cast
29 × 21 × 7 cm

01.01.14 – 01.07.14 (… later that day I left Jägerstrasse to visit Martyn and Rose – mainly to see little Maud for the first time. Sara came along and we had lasagna for lunch. I was hoping my new Jawbone bracelet would ease the pressure of the whole baby-thing, and become a topic for conversation; there’s a limit to how much you can say about a newborn. I wanted to hear Martyn's thoughts on my interest in QS and tracking and all that. Instead, the bracelet lead to a recurring conversation Martyn and I have about "fashion anxiety". People without power cannot afford to look flamboyant, Martyn proclaimed (and I concurred, adding that it mostly applies to men). Rose and Sara disagreed – of course they did…) [2014]
Paper mache cast
29 × 21 × 7 cm

01.01.14 – 01.07.14 (… so then it was time to get rid of my history. But it was already out there: Threesome-hardcore-with-black-girl…) [2014]
Paper mache cast
29 × 21 × 7 cm

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, Required: Copy of Valid ID and Package #. Track and Trace Available (6), [2014]
Silicone casts, concrete mothermolds/casts
45,5 x 44,5 x 20 cm

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, installation view, main space, 1857

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Janus Høm, A Rapper Went To Jail For 5 Years And Here's The Technology He Couldn't Believe When He Got Out, McHome, mein Lieferservice, [2014]
Chicken wire, paper mache, acrylic lacquer, hydrographic print
45 × 35 × 25 cm

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Janus Høm, THE PERILS OF POST-INTERNET ART, Kvinden død, manden anholdt:♎ Selv om du løber ind i problemer, så giv ikke op - oplev en sommer i ægte HD, [2014]
Chicken wire, paper mache, acrylic lacquer, hydrographic print
90 × 40 × 40 cm

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Janus Høm, At First, I Thought It Was Cute. Then I Was Like, 'OK, This Is Weird.' Then, I Got It… It's Tough To Get Treated Like A Human Sometimes- uuh uuh uuh Sex Gangster Roleplay dot cum, [2014]
Chicken wire, paper mache, acrylic lacquer, hydrographic print
56 × 43 × 35 cm

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Janus Høm, Estimated Now or Later, [2014]
Long John freight bicycle
80 × 200 × 60 cm

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Janus Høm, Ever-Breaking Links, [2014]
Steel, wheels, MDF, newspapers
270 × 200 × 40 cm

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Janus Høm, Ever-Breaking Links, [2014]
Steel, wheels, MDF, newspapers
270 × 200 × 40 cm

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Janus Høm, Ever-Breaking Links, [2014]
Steel, wheels, MDF, newspapers
270 × 200 × 40 cm

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Body fat/Sleeping App/iMac – Bob/BlueBuds/Bauhaus [2014]
Cardboard, paper, plastic, styrofoam, packaging tape, PP strapping band
80 × 50 × 70 cm

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