The Spirit Comes from Above

Detail: Cocktail in a tube circling a litography by Asger Jorn and running along a tree branch

Once again Tony Christian Norum invited me to participate in a group exhibition. This time at the actual Munch Museum! The reason I got invited, is that he got invited to have an Late Night exhibition within the Jorn + Munch exhibition. He called it Chanting, all clamoring, chirping (Chiroptera), blaring elevator stops. Dings Tony is special in the way that he usually brings along an army of friends for his exhibitions. So was the case this time also. Since we had had so much fun making the drink-canon in Zurich, He suggested that I do something similar. I came out with this improved drink canon where the cocktail actually flies one and a half meters through the air inside the museum. I call it The Spirit Comes from Above.

The cocktail starts on top of a scaffolding four meters above ground. The scaffolding suspends a huge painting by Tony Norum. We start by pouring the cocktail inside the tube. This is like putting a bullet in a gun. Then we connect tho airpumps to the tube, count to three and pump real fast. The drink travels around the litography, out on the branch and jumps to a plastic container before trinkeling down the same tube that we used in Cabaret Volaire. The audience holds up a glass filled with ice and gets the lovely chili and ginger infused vodka sour in their glass. Lovely!

Video by Lars Toft Eriksen

Robert Connolly performing with us in the background. Photo by Lars Toft Eriksen

The set up.

We served 170 drinks, all in close proximity to fine art. To achieve this crazy work, there was A LOT of trial and error. Luckily I was assisted by my nephew and collaborator, Kristian Castro. Together we made a bunch of tests using scientific method.

Photo by Lars Toft Eriksen
Petter Ballo was also a great help, as he was serving wine out of his totally badass aluminium bear head, he hung around and lended us tools and tips. I guess that, together, we were the most radical bartenders you have ever seen.

Photo: Mariann Enge
Click here to read Mariann Enge’s review of the exhibition in