CIVIC VIRTUE was a collective, which had its roots in Amsterdam. CIVIC VIRTUE formed in 2010 around a shared interest in social communities, their organizational structures, and their symbols of power and virtue. Its core members Geirthrudur Finnbogadottir Hjorvar, Ruchama Noorda, Gijsbert Wouter Wahl, and Brian McKenna, drew upon the continually re-emerging symbolism and allegories of specific historico-political moments for rumination and recuperation of the call to virtue in contemporary society. It was an aesthetic experiment positioned at the crux of revolt and revival, renewal and conservation. CIVIC VIRTUE was on a Grand Tour around Europe (Europe as a Cow PDF), through the entrails of history and past important monuments of revival. The “Grand Tour 2012” departed from the neo-classical tradition in which Northern European aristocrats travelled south for their cultural education. CIVIC VIRTUE made a similar journey, starting from an interest in the signs and symbols that define our surroundings and the power structures that shape(d) it. CIVIC VIRTUE then moved on to create new metaphors and new structures of meaning in their quest for contemporary, utopian ideals.
Artist Collective, 2009 - 2014