Copenhagen Art Festival takes art to the streets
Press preview on August 23, 2012, 12-6:30 PM.
Copenhagen Art Festival will be open for the public from 24. August - 2. September 2012.
More information: www.cph-artfestival.org
Copenhagen’s upcoming festival for international contemporary art is literally taking art to the streets. With the clear ambition to blur boundaries between art institutions and public space, the festival will present an obvious transformation of Copenhagen’s inner city and invite the local population and visitors to renegotiate familiar city spaces. The festival opens 24 August, 4-8pm, and the press are invited to a press preview on Thursday, 23 August.
Major contributions to the cityscape includes LiseHarlev’s (DK) large-scale installation on the faces of a 13th century former church tower, visible from most of Copenhagen, and a thick scented fog will fill the open arcades of a well-known renaissance building in a piece by Yuan Gong (CH). In Copenhagen’s very centre on the HøjbroPlads square the internationally celebrated artist Jeppe Hein (DK) functions as artistic director for a large new public art project, featuring more than 20 invited artists, architects, designers and students who collaborates on a large scale public art project.
Underlying the festival is an exploration of the theme of ’communities’, and more specifically the notion of social communities and the social ties connecting people. Globalisation, political uprising and changes all over the world, environmental challenges and economic crises, new communication technologies and production methods, all of theseimpact our sense of belonging and contribute to forming new communities. Contemporary artists have been quick to respond to the shifting nature of communities in our times, and at the festival the participating artists give theirdifferent takes onthe conditions, challenges and opportunitiesthat exist forcommunitiestoday.
With seven exhibitions at the five Copenhagen art centres, the indoor exhibitions are just as riveting as the outdoor features. The Copenhagen Art Festival launches with an ambitious programme of international contemporary art, with works by more than 50 emerging and established artists from countries around the world, including Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroun, China, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The festival launches on 24 August with a packed, ten-day opening programme of events including performances, workshops, artists' talks, seminars, film screenings, and much more. The exhibitions will continue throughout the autumn.
Invitation to the press preview on August 23, 2012, 12-6:30 PM
The international press is invited to a special preview programme introducing the exhibitions in the art centres as well as the public space. Exhibitions will be introduced by directors. Curators and selected artists will be available for interviews.
Individual interviews with directors, curators, and artists should be scheduled in advance with Head of Communications, Niels Jarler, by email
Jananne Al-Ani (IR), Kutlug Ataman (TR), YtoBarrada (MA/FR), Mohamed Bourouissa (FR), RejaneCantoni Leonardo Crescenti (BR), Dias &Riedweg (BR/CH), Song Dong (CN) LatifaEckakhch (FR/MA), Klas Eriksson (SE), Ruth Ewan (UK), SørenThilo Funder (DK), Yuan Gong (CN), LiseHarlev (DK), Jeanne Van
Heeswijk (NL), Jeppe Hein (DK), SofieHesselholdt&VibekeMejlvang (DK), Invisible Playground (DE), Isaac Julien (UK), J&K (DK/DE), Otto Karvonen (FI), Joachim Koester (DK), KatarzynaKozyra (PL), MagnúsLogiKristinsson (IS), les gens d'Uterpan (FR), Ann Lislegaard (DK), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MX/CA), Manifest.AR (various nationalities), Marcello Maloberti (IT), Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth (DE), Carsten Nicolai (DE), Damián Ortega (MX), Lea Porsager (DK), ArturasRaila (LI), Joanna Rajkowska (PL), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Yorgos Sapountzis (GR), Kimsooja (KR/ US), Hito Steyerl (DE), Superflex (DK), Pascale MarthineTayou (CM/BE), Vladimir Tomić (BA/DK), Georg Weckwerth (DE), and Wooloo (DK).
Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Kunstforeningen GL STRAND
Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center
Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art
+public spaces and various venues in the inner city and the region
Copenhagen Art Festival is an international festival for contemporary art organised and curated by Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, and Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art together with the festival office.
A number of institutional partners have developed new projects with Copenhagen Art Festival, in a collaborative venture across disciplines.
The partners include: Danish Film Institute, Danish Architecture Centre, Loppen, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, SNYK, Fabrikken for Kunstog Design and Arken Museum of Modern Art.
Public Contributors: The Danish Arts Council, the City of Copenhagen – the Culture and Leisure Committee, the Capital Region of Denmark, the Ministry of Culture Denmark
Official Partners and Contributors: Nordea-fonden, the Obel Family Foundation, the Danish Art Workshops, the Pools and Lottery Funds of the Danish Ministry of Children and Education, Nykredit Foundation, the George Jorck and Emma Jorck Foundation, Nordic Culture Point, Creative Scotland, the Beckett Foundation, the International Press Initiative Denmark, the Danish Composers' Society's Production Pool and KODA's Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, Ellen og Knud Dalhoff Larsens Fond, Goethe-Institut Denmark, British Council Denmark, InstitutFrançais Denmark and Cph Air.
More information - please contact:
Niels Jarler, Head of Communication
+45 26 11 89 97
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