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The ongoing project 'The Licensed Fool' is a workshop with Bjørn Venø where you are taken on a short journey that supports creative thinking, problem solving, idea development and bonding.

  • Performance by Bjørn
  • Talk: Paradigm Shift, The Fool and Free Association
  • Group exercise in automated writing
  • Lunch
  • Group exercise in automated performance

 

AIM

To give the participants the means to use the Fool's tools for creative thinking, problem solving and idea development. Encourage to push one's personal limitations and exploration of identity. Help improve confidence and the ability to communicate. I believe with every fibre of my heart that the artist has something important he can contribute to society and I hope this project can help prove that. The workshop is suitable for everyone from businessmen/women to creatives and students.

 

THE LICENSED FOOL

In ancient times the Fool was seen as a person connected to the divine, but he did not have the language to communicate the knowledge he found there. Hence the Licensed Fool was created, someone who took on the characteristics of the Fool to access the divine, but retained the language to communicate what he experienced. The technique I use to conect to the fool is free association, which works with anything from writing to performance. The idea is that you write or act without censoring.

 

TESTIMONIALS

"I have an easier access to my ideas, making me more productive"
Julia Kröner, Fashion Designer

"I loved the fools work shop, I feel like a fool most of the time in life regardless but in a way that asks me to be inhibited and to bury my foolishness, the fools workshop celebrated the inner fool we all know we have but want to deny. Liberating stuff."
Vivienne Griffin, Artist

 

Upcoming Workshops

Monthly Workshops at "Standart Thinking" in Rotherhithe, London. Contact for more info.

2014 Royal College of Art

Past Workshops

2013 DigitaLive, China

2013 Sapient Nitro

2013 Emmanuel College

2013 TENDERPIXEL

2013 University for the Creative Arts

2012 Royal College of Art

 

5:34 min extract of the video "Licensed Fools Workshop IV"

'A workshop in how to be a fool' Curated by: Mette kjaergaard Praest and Egle Kulbokaite. Video by: Julia Kröner

 Performed: 'The Father and his three sons' Curated by: Jack Tan and Nigel Rolfe Video by: Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc

Documentation: Licensed Fool Workshop at Sapient NItro, Boston, USA

Documentation: Licensed Fool Workshop at Sapient NItro, Boston, USA

Documentation: Licensed Fool Workshop at Sapient NItro, Boston, USA

Documentation: Licensed Fool Workshop at Sapient NItro, Boston, USA

Documentation: Licensed Fool Workshop at Emmanuel College, Boston, USA

Workshop IV 2846

Workshop IV 3526

Workshop IV 4433

Workshop IV 3204

Workshop IV 2035

Workshop IV 1332

Workshop IV 0957

Workshop IV 0410

Workshop IV 010829

Workshop IV 2832

Instalation Documentation Tender Pixel, London 2013, 'Licensed Fools Workshop IV', looped video and props. Curated by: Bori Soos and Joseph Liam Murtaugh

Instalation Documentation Tender Pixel, London 2013. Curated by: Bori Soos and Joseph Liam Murtaugh

Instalation Documentation Tender Pixel, London 2013. Curated by: Bori Soos and Joseph Liam Murtaugh

Instalation Documentation Tender Pixel, London 2013. Curated by: Bori Soos and Joseph Liam Murtaugh

 
Licensed Fools Workshop IV

All work: 2013, Camera Operator: Rikard Österlund. Edition of 7.
All images: Giclee print, Mounted on aluminium
Workshop IV 0410. Telent: Olga. 13x13 cm. £250
Workshop IV 0957. Talent: Sarah and Olga. 110x195 cm. £2500
Workshop IV 1332. Talent: Marinda and Bjørn. 13x13 cm. £250
Workshop IV 2035. Talent: Sebastian. 13x13 cm. £250
Workshop IV 2832. Talent: Bori & Marinda. 80x45 cm. £700
Workshop IV 3204. Talent: Sebastian & Bjørn. 80x45 cm. £700
Workshop IV 3526. Talent: Elisabeth. 15x15 cm. £300
Workshop IV 4433. Talent: Patrick. 13x13 cm. £250
Workshop IV 010829. Talent: Patrick. 13x13 cm. £250
Workshop IV 2846. Talent: Patrick and Bjørn. 80x45 cm. £700
Video

Licensed Fools Workshop IV. Talent: Olga, Sarah, Marinda, Sebastian, Bori, Patrick, Elisabeth and Bjørn..01:10:09 hours. £2000
Workshop TALK. 16:12 min. £2000
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