Thaddeus Mosley in “File Under Freedom” Group Show
at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
February 4, 2022 – March 27, 2022
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
In Spring 2022 Bergen Kunsthall presents an extensive thematic exhibition about improvisation in art and music. With recently produced and rarely shown historical works, as well as archive material, the exhibition explores ideas on freedom, expressed by improvising musicians and contemporary artists. The exhibition is accompanied by an active live program with music, talks and screenings.
Free improvisation involves both aesthetic and social imperatives in its striving towards freedom expressed both musically and politically. Improvised music is often seen as a Utopian space, a democratic place for collaboration and human interaction. Free jazz arose in the 1960s in the USA, among a generation of pioneering musicians who not only revolutionised jazz but whose art was also a search for identity among black musici¬ans and created space for opposition and protest. Other movements of free improvisation have tried to distance themselves from the traditions of jazz in the search for a broad philosophy of freedom.