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In 2016 Copenhagen's alternative art fair Alt_Cph will gather platforms and initiatives working beyond the scope of the conventional artist-run space. The invited participants share an artistic practice that is crosscutting with everyday systems and structures, making them products of their surroundings, and vice versa. They work with art as process rather than product, and with collective participation as a driving force in an ongoing attempt to make new realities. Alt_Cph 16 doesn’t consider the artist-run space as a stable form, but as a flexible hybrid, which is constantly shaping and being shaped by its context. The Factory of Art and Design, where the fair has been held every year since 2006, is a production and knowledge centre, where 53 artists produce art on a daily basis. Being given the opportunity to curate Alt_Cph 16 Raaderum has chosen to take this site- specific situation literally and also very seriously. We want to introduce a different fair format, investigating possible and impossible crosscuts between space, production and knowledge. A format that reflects reality, where contemporary art is not confined to concrete forms insides closed cubes but overlaps with a diverse range of spaces and zigzags between disciplines and methods. Therefor we encourage the invited participants to 'reproduce' rather than 'represent' their space and their practice. Detached from their usual environment, we don’t expect these reproductions to generate major changes, necessarily. By contrast, we expect a conglomerate of constantly changing forms crosscutting with each other to give a taste and a glimpse of contemporary art's ability to create all sorts of intersections. In line with this approach we will break down the walls of the production house to let fair and the space intervene with the local context around the Factory, Sundholmskvarteret. Alt_Cph16 is curated by Charlotte Bagger Brandt and Amalie Frederiksen from Raaderum. Since 2008 Raaderum has worked across spaces and challenged conventional formats for contemporary art. We prefer to work with open processes and flexible forms rather than done products. An important aspect of our work is to highlight the potential of art in various social contexts.
Alt_Cph 16 Crossscuts takes place 2 to 4 September 2016 at The Factory of Art & Design.
Trampoline House, formed in 2010, is an independent community center in Copenhagen that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose. The house offers different classes and activities with the aim of breaking the social isolation and sense of powerlessness that many refugees and asylum seekers experience. Trampoline House aims to bring together asylum seekers and Danish citizens to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. Everybody contributes to the daily life of Trampoline House - both asylum seekers and locals - with activities such as legal counseling, language classes, cooking, cleaning, child care, creative workshops, debates, public campaigns. Like a trampoline, the house is a space for refugees and asylum seekers to recharge and gather the energy and support needed to jump-start a better life, and for the Danish public to get motivated to reform the current refugee and asylum system.
Sigrids Stue, opened in august 2011, is a space for contemporary art in Gellerup, Aarhus. Sigrids Stue brings the professional art out of the established institutional settings, to engage in direct and close collaboration with local residents, and create innovative partnerships between local area residents and the professional arts. Sigrid Stue makes art projects wiith danish artists, and they invite international artists in residency. The artists create community-based art projects in collaboration with the residents. Sigrid's Space is also working to create a network of local artists, which can help to provide the artistic environment in Gellerup better opportunities for knowledge sharing , collaboration and advancement.
Utopia School is an ongoing, nomadic learning project that shares information about both failed and successful utopian projects and works to establish new ones. Utopia School defines utopias as spaces and initiatives that re-imagine the world in some crucial way. The school engages and connects people through conversations and workshops with the goal of exploring, archiving and distributing collective knowledge. Utopia School's topics of study include physical places, relationship dynamics, systems of organizing, political contexts, common roadblocks, and the methods used to create and sustain these projects. Anyone can get involved in any class, anyone can ask questions, discuss ideas, or help plan the class.
YNKB is an artist group founded in 2002. They are based on Ydre Nørrebro, the most densely populated area of Copenhagen and also the part of Copenhagen with the highest percentage of immigrants. YNKB wants to establish cultural and artistic activities where people live, they use dialogue and participation as a method to involve locals in their artistic processes. YNKB has a space on Baldersgade, Copenhagen, that is used for meetings, exhibitions, discussions, screenings and workshops. YNKB also participates in projects elsewhere in Denmark and abroad and cooperates with other artist groups - for example Palestinian artists and residents in the Palestinian village of Birzeit.
K-O-N-T-O studio is a danish collaboration between designer Elisabeth Kiss and artist Morten Benche. K-O-N-T-O is based in Copenhagen.
Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen has worked together as an artist duo since 2005. Their practice, which is often community based, aims at setting up new social ecosystems. By revolving around the mechanisms and context by which power creates systems of value, they seek to intervene on the border between art and current topics of contemporary life in order to bring about the proposition of the transitory and the utopian.
Through the ongoing series of gastronomic events as the common thread they are working with social interventions — that are at the same time a critical practice — operating via social research, site-specific installations and a series of social events and dialogues triggered by conviviality. They investigate our rooted social acts and habits, and question if we could act otherwise in social ways. Their goal is to create a platform where each participant can experience and live inside this social ecosystem we have created outside the consumeristic world, offering them services for free. A new economy is proposed and make tangible where the negotiation and social rituals revolving around food are given a face that speaks the language of gift, respect and responsibility.
PASAJ is a curatorial team, based in Istanbul. PASAJ consists of two artists, two cultural operators and one curator established in 2011. PASAJ works with non-commercial activities, and offers an alternative to the ongoing commercial systems in the art world. At PASAJ, the power belongs completely to the artist. PASAJ hosts socially engaged and participatory art projects by local and international artists. They focus on the value of the experience. The team transforms itself with the support and the creativity of artists and participators. PASAJ is taking part in the alternative economies and experiences, and they welcome everyone who wants to contribute in the organization.
Wooloo is an artist group based in Amager, Copenhagen. The group was founded by Sixten Kai Nielsen, Martin Rosengaard, and Russell Ratshin. The word "Wooloo" derives from an Indigenous Australian word meaning: "Where waters meet". The group’s first project, wooloo.org, was developed and launched in 2002. Wooloo’s practice focuses on social and artistic experiments, and Wooloo creates social programs concerning collaborative participation. Like the online community, many of Wooloo's other works explore strategies in which several people take part in the art-making process. During the UN climate conference in 2009 in Copenhagen, Wooloo has arranged for 3,000 activists to stay in the homes of private families with the hospitality-program Human Hotel.
Copenhagen Game Collective is a multi-gender, multi-national, non-profit game design collective based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collective comprises a network of people and companies interested in independent game culture. The collective members include creative individuals, small companies, non-commercial interest groups, and game communicators and disseminators. Copenhagen Game Collective play, exhibit, create, and care about games of all types – digital or otherwise – with a slant towards types of play that the game industry’s big boys can’t or won’t address. The diversity of the game projects reflects the belief that creativity breeds creativity. Anyone can get involved with the projects and help out.
The no border network is a tool for all groups and grass root organizations who work on the questions of migrants and asylum seekers in order to struggle alongside them for freedom of movement, for the freedom for all to stay in the place which they have chosen and against repression. The No Borders network is different from lobbying groups and NGOs because it is based on groups of grass root activists and intends to stay so. The website www.noborder.org was launched by The No Border network in 2000. The site was used to publish information about the activities and campaigns of The No Border network and to bundle information about migration related events. The main actions for No Borders is noborder-camps at the external borders of EU and anti-deportion-campaigns.
Kitchenlab is a project and a biochemical lab developed by TOP, a Berlin-based association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice. The purpose of the lab is to enhance the use of equipment available in the home kitchen. Kitchenlab unfolds through guest-hosted cooking sessions, workshops, and discussions in Berlin, Stockholm, Vilnius, Copenhagen and Helsinki. It explores possibilities of the societal shift towards the understanding and consciousness of human species as a balanced part of the ecosystem we live by and within. Kitchenlab aims to gather those interested in working between the studio, the kitchen and the laboratory, because food culture, experimental lab culture and artistic or creative practice overlap.
Kitchenlab at Alt_Cph16 Crosscuts is represented by Mindaugas Gapševičius, who is an artist, researcher and curator based in Berlin, Weimar and Vilnius. He will perform and present four workshops: "My collaboration with bacteria for paper production," "Mycorrhizal networks or how do I hack plant conversations," "Ultra low voltage survival kit," and "How do I prepare myself for being cloned."
Jatiwangi Art factory is an Indonesian artist collective founded in 2005. The artist group focuses on discourses of local rural life through arts and cultural activities such as performance, visual arts, video, ceramics and music. Jatiwangi Art Factory hosts a bi-annual Residency Festival and Ceramic Music Festival, where the idea is to create ceramic musical instruments in order to interact with the locals of Jatiwangi and perform together in the end of the festival. For the festival they invite people and artists from various backgrounds, disciplines and countries to live, interact, and cooperate with the local villagers.
Tools for Action is a Berlin-based community project that uses inflatable sculptures as a tool for political interventions all over the world. The inflatable sculptures are used to protest against injustice. In 2010 Tools for Action constructed a 12 meter inflatable hammer and shipped it to the United Nations Climate Conference in Cancun. The hammer was produced during a 10 days participatory workshop in Berlin. Anyone can build inflatable sculptures, and they demonstrate in a video on the website toolsforaction.net how to build the sculptures at home.
Jesper Aabille is a Danish artist working with different artistic and social projects, national and international since 2006, when he graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts. Aabille uses the process of cooking and sharing food as a central tool for activating his audiences. He has constructed a special outdoor mobile kitchen in multicolours for these food performances. Through his participatory food workshops, Jesper Aabille makes different people meet in new surrounding, and he contributes to new ways of socializing in different urban spaces.
The Factory of Art and Design is the home of Alt_Cph, but besides being the location of the art fair, The Factory function as an atelier and working space for approx. 50 artist and designers. The Factory of art and design also facilitate artist-in-residence programs and works with local schools on outreach projects. The Factory is currently facilitating two residency programs – World Wide Air and Fair. Once a year The Factory invites everyone to Open House, so that local people from the neighbourhood, art lovers and others who might be curious can look behind the scenes in the old factory building at Sundholmsvej.
B_Tour was established in 2013 as a curatorial platform for artistic urban tours. B_Tour invites local and international city inhabitants, artists, architects and activists to apply different methodologies of artistic research in order to reflect on current issues concerning urban life and public spaces. B_Tour has been working with approx. 100 projects in Berlin, Belgrade and Leipzig. B_tour also curated a series of panel discussions about current urban matters called B_Talks; a public screening program, workshops, networking events and special programs for young people.
Sujan Dangol is a Nepalese artist and a part of the Art Collective Guthi, based in Kathmandu. Sajun Dangol works with different artistic practises such as painting, sculpture, video, happenings and social interventions. Sujan Dangol focuses on participatory projects such as the project Book Bus, where Sujan Dangol and a small group of other artists drove around rural regions of Nepal with the aim of fulfilling art education in remote schools and communities. Thematically Sujan Dangol works with climate changes, production from waste, sustainable culture, utopian societies and alternative spaces.