Alt_cph11 encounters: 16th – 18th of September 2011 (Copenhagen)
This time we’re located at Istedgade — a street mostly associated with cheap hotels, drugs and porn — where we’re about to see our very first Peep Show.
It’s sticky, moist, secret and dark — but indeed no ordinary Peep Show.
Christin Johansson established Window 107 in 2004, a gallery window on Istedgade that exhibits objects and projects by all kind of ceramists. Her initiate with the small-scale but wide-open gallery was to attract a wider audience and give random passersby the opportunity to experience new, contemporary ceramic arts. In addition, the project behind Window 107 takes an aim at getting rid of the old stereotypes of ceramics being bland, brown and boring.
At alt_cph11 encounters, these stereotypes were certainly proved wrong, as the gallery exhibited Denmark’s very first Clay Peep Show. A show that was in fact bold, brilliant and by all means amusing!
Presenting some of Denmark’s most prominent —but often shy— ceramists, the audience was given the opportunity to get a live insight into the “…otherwise secret, sticky, brown and moist universe of ceramics”. By drawing or writing down personal perception of the art form, the viewer could directly influence the characters and creative process of this spectacular show. Trough the small holes of the peep box, the audience was thereafter able to spy on each artist and closely observe the creation process — in an interesting combination with a discoball, music and some dancing!
Photographs by Konsthopp
Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries. On our trip to Copenhagen we were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists, ranging from sound artists and photographers, to of course — ceramists.
To see our latest workshop visit, click here