In the Demo Room - Mergel by Lise Haurum

On January 12, the exhibition Mergel by Lise Haurum (DK) opened in The Demo Room. The exhibition will continue until March 7.

Mergel is the Danish word for “marl” - a chalky, wet and lumpy clay historically used to fertilize farmlands. In the past marl was mined all over Denmark by digging pits, both large and small, deep into the ground. Once depleted, the pits were often abandoned. Over time many of these pits filled with rainwater and transformed into beautiful, but sometimes dangerous, pseudo-lakes that are now home to a wide variety of wildlife. However this wildlife is rapidly disappearing, as marl pits are increasingly viewed as obstacles in the agricultural landscape and actively destroyed.
The exhibition Mergel features a text by Danish artist Lise Haurum, written from the perspective of a marl pit - observing the growth and decay of surrounding wildlife over time. The exhibition also features clay samples excavated by Haurum from a former marl pit near her home on the east coast of Jutland. 

About the artist
Lise Haurum is a visual artist and writer who works with artist books, installations, and performances. She has published several books including the text collection HAND FOR THE SUN (2015) at Forlaget Virkelig and the concrete poetry book Rød (2016) at Forlaget H. She has also produced a number of handmade books in small editions since 2007.
Thematically Haurum is interested in nature. She is motivated by an urge to understand the complex relations between man and nature, and to shed light on natural phenomena. Haurum often conducts extensive surveys of natural landscapes as a starting point for her text-based and visual artworks.
Haurum studied visual art at Konstfack in Stockholm (2011) and writing at the literary school Litterär Gestaltning in Gothenburg (2010).  

Call & Response
Mergel is the fourth exhibition in Call & Response, an experimental project that activates two window galleries (The Demo Room in Aarhus, Denmark and AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, UK) as sites for collaborative exhibition-making. Call & Response is structured as a back-and-forth exhibition series, where one exhibition is made in direct response to another. Haurum developed Mergel in response to the previous exhibition in The Demo Room, Silo by Chris Woodvine (UK), which explored clay mines in England. Woodvine and Haurum will continue their visual dialogue with a duo exhibition in the window venue at AirSpace Gallery in April 2021.

Call & Response is curated by Pamela Grombacher, in collaboration with AirSpace Gallery and Galleri Image.

The project is supported by the Danish Art Foundation, the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), Arts Council England, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.