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AUTUMN ASSEMBLY IN AUGUST

Flavor of the month: Watershed

After a long and “oh-so-wanted” summer break — witch passed by “oh-so-amazingly-fast” — I can finally welcome my favorite season. The fall.

Although it´s sunny and over 20 °C outside my window (it doesn´t get any warmer here in Iceland) — all I can think about is misty days, multicolored leaves and my new umbrella.

Photos taken from google and pinterest

Watershed, a turning point or — a milestone are typical for this time of the year. Exciting assignments are coming up. Accordingly — the editors of Konsthopp are back to school, trying new exciting education. And I will finally move to my own “oh-so-wanted” apartment, with my “oh-so-fat” newborn.

Despite days loading work and other ethical obligations (e.g; changing diapers and doing boring housework!) — Konsthopp will try to keep on track, reporting live from the Nordic alternative art scene!

Happy fall everyone!

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UN_CURATE_ABLE

On-going: 30th of June – 2nd of September 2012, Toves Galleri (Copenhagen)

Un_Curate_Able is an exhibition project in three parts, organized, curated and produced by the artists at Tove’s Gallery. The project unfolds over the summer of 2012 in the following stages:

1. An uncurated group exhibition in Tove’s own premises, which examines and presents the current interests of Tove’s artists.

2. A re-curating of the exhibition in Fatforms space, an artist and curator-collective in Amsterdam. In this exhibition, Tove’s artists mix the roles of artist and curator, and thus renegotiate the initial positions of the first exhibition.

3. And finally, a contribution to the art fair during Copenhagen Art Festival, in which the three stages of Un_Curate_Able are documented in a live editing and production process, that results in a publication presented on a finissage at Tove’s Gallery.

Photographs and text by Amir Zainorin

Artists: Christian Jeppsson (SE), Hannah Heilmann (DK), Simon Damkjær (DK), Pind (DK), Jacob Jessen (DK), Honza Hoeck (DK), Uffe Holm (DK), Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO), Rasmus Høj Mygind (DK)

Date: 30th of June – 2nd of September 2012

Place: Toves Galleri, Vesterbrogade 97, Copenhagen

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LIFE CLOCK

Vernissage: 22nd of June 2012, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen)

Every summer, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art invites artists to curate an exhibition with a focus on the latest tendencies in contemporary art. This year the art group A Kassen, curates the show and present their own view of interesting art right now, inviting 12 Danish and International artists to take part in the exhibition. The title of the show, Life Clock, is taken from one of the works by French artist Bertrand Planes. The piece consist of a clock that does not record time as normally — in hours and minutes — but instead counts years and age approximated from the average lifespan of a Frenchman. The clock is adjusted so that it’s 54.800 times slower than a normal clock and keeps time with the artists’ actual age. With this simple gesture, Bertrand Planes changes our perception of time from anonymous, collective and perhaps meaningless — to an image of personal vanity and a reminder of the transience of life.

One of Konsthopp’s good friend in Copenhagen, Amir Zainorin, was present at the opening night and took some shots. Enjoy!

Photographs by Amir Zainorin

Date: 23rd of June – 12th of August 2012

Artists: Honey Biba Beckerlee (DK), Julius Von Bismarck (DE) and Julian Charriere (FR/CH), Torben Christensen (DK), Cyprien Gaillard (FR), Robin Gommel (DE), Anna Molska (PL), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Bertrand Planes (FR), Att Poomtangon (TH), Wilfredo Prieto (CU), Troels Sandegaard and Ebbe Stub Wittrup (DK), From The Confected Video Archive of Kling & Bang Gallerí: Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Loji Höskuldsson and Úlfur Grönvold (IS).

Curator: A Kassen art group

Place: Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Oslo Plats 1, Copenhagen


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PAVILION FOR REVOLUTIONARY FREE SPEECH

Vernissage: 25th of May 2012, Kunsthall Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

This exhibition, a major installation by German artist Thomas Kilpper was originally created for the group exhibition Speech Matters at the Danish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The work took the form of a raised wooden platform attached to the exhibition building and into the wooden floor where the artist carved 33 portraits of leading figures around the world. These are the people Kilpper believes have been directly or indirectly responsible for promoting censorship, social exclusion or intolerance. His main focus is freedom of speech and censorship, but which is also extended to the freedom of travel and migration.

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Kilpper said that doing the printing of woodcarving technic forces you to go slowly, through the need to cut into this material — the block of wood — before you are able to make a print from the wooden template as opposed to the digital printing which pretty much sums up of the current lifestyle with its extremely accelerated levels of production and consumption.

In Charlottenborg the visitor can stand on the floor between the negative images in the matrix, whilst seeing the positive counterpoint of these images in the actual prints installed in the space and be presented with the choice to chart between these positions.

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Photographs by Amir Zainorin

Thomas Kilpper was born in 1956 in Stuttgart and lives and works in Berlin. He was trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. His work has consistently investigated the relationship between history, politics and collective memory, often taking the form of large-scale site-specific installations and floor carvings. Kilpper has exhibited both across Europe and America and has since 2006 run the Berlin-based project space After The Butcher.

Date: 25th of May – 5th of August 2012

Artist: Thomas Klipper

Place: Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, Copenhagen

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THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF CREATIVE MINDS

Net stroll: 4th of April 2012, Hvass & Hannibal (Denmark)

Hvass & Hannibal is a Copenhagen based multi-disciplinary arts and design studio founded in 2006 by Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal. Their work is highly imaginative as it creates alternate environments featuring multitudes of patterns paired with geometric shapes, colorful forms and enchanting creatures.

In 2010, the design duo were invited to visit LAFA, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts — one of the top art academies in China. These colorful and resourceful work are the result of their one-week workshop with 80 undergraduate students from the school.

Photographs are taken from Hvass & Hannibal website

The dynamic duo designed an event — based on the concept of the meal. Or as they have described:

” … Considering the cultural diversity in table setting and culinary traditions, we felt that the meal as a theme could serve as a huge resource of visual inspiration: Anywhere in the world, visual presentation of food is an important part of serving a meal – both with regards to the food itself but also to the decoration of the table. We asked the students to let go of convention and imagine what a meal can be. So the assignment was to create a plate of food made out of only paper. The result was a huge paper dinner feast at a table with seats for all 80. A banquet meant to mimic the symbolic meals we know from milestones in life and in history …”

Read the full description here!

Although their roots are in illustration, Hvass & Hannibal does not only creates illustrations and graphics. They absorb in assorted mediums; ranging from three-dimensional work, interior and set design — to intricate artworks made up of varied materials.

I encourage all of you to dig deeper into the hidden secret world of these creative souls!

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“NEVER STOP TO DARE”

Artist talk: Kristine Tillge Lund (Denmark)

“Until now it has been my masters degree in London. It started an important intellectual path that I am still exploring,” says the Danish ceramist; Kristine Tillge Lund about her most memorable moment as an artist.

Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries lately. We were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists and ceramists, including Kristine Tillge Lund on our impressive trip to Copenhagen last September. She kindly introduced us to Mayhem, an art community based in east Nørrebro. If you want to meet Mayhem and get closer to the Danish grass root, please check out our second workshop visit.

And to be honest I have to admit that I somehow always connect something sexy to ceramics. D0 you remember the scene in Ghost, starring Demi Moore and the departed Patrick Swayze?

Learn more about Kristine Tillge Lund and ceramic in our latest artist talk here!

An installation by Kristine Tillge Lund

Photograph by Konsthopp

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CLAY PEEP SHOW (WINDOW 107)

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

The show must go on!

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