Ray Langenbach & David A.R. Ross

Ray Langenbach

Installation of Habes Corpus, Mänttä Art Festival, 2015

Ray LangenbachInstallation of Habes Corpus, Mänttä Art Festival, 2015

Habeas Corpus is the second collaborative work between Ray Langenbach and David Ross. The performance concerns the nation state (Finland, the USA), law, economics (corruption, trafficking, sexploitation), the rights of the whistleblower and the political refugee.

Ray Langenbach and David Ross invite you into an Orwellian paradox. Ross resides in Finland but lives without passport, bank account, medical coverage, home, job, professional license or civil rights. Virtually every official signifier of Ross’ identity has been erased.  He is under constant threat of arrest and deportation. Collapsing the fourth wall, we are instrumentally using this performance festival as a leverage to provide Dr. Ross with a new identity as an artista, so he may then obtain identity papers and a work permit in Finland. The performance raises questions of representation, belief, certainty, epistemology and the power to convince: How do you know what you know? How do you come to trust what you hear or read? What leads you to believe or disbelieve Ross’ story, and to act in accordance with your beliefs?

Ray Langenbach (b. 1948, USA, resides in Helsinki & Kuala Lumpur) works at interface of propaganda and contemporary art. Langenbach performs, designs installations, curates exhibitions, writes theory and South East Asian art history. His works have been presented at Whitney Museum of Art, National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, Asia Pacific Triennale in Australia, 3rd Werkleitz Biennial in Germany, Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Malaysia National Art Gallery and in Kiasma Museum. He is currently professor of performance art and theory and the head of  Live Art and Performance Studies MA Programme at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

David A.R. Ross (b. USA, resides in Helsinki) holds a Juris Doctorate and LLM from Georgetown, with the focus on prosecuting financial crimes. He holds M.A in Economics, specialized in transfer pricing, from Antioch University and B.S.B.A. from American University. For the past 29 years, he has assisted various anti-public corruption prosecutions concerning human rights cases, written articles, and assisted in the delivery of US foreign aid. The Russian Duma distinguished Ross for helping to guarantee delivery of USA Foreign Aid to Dagestan/Chechen Refugees.

Habeas Corpus / Video installation Tuesday 29.9.2015 – Sunday 4.10.2015, Library opening hours, Turku City Library, Tietotori, 2nd floor

Habeas Corpus / Discussion Wednesday 3o.9.2015 – Sunday 4.10.2015 at 3-4pm, Turku City Library, Rotunda

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