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Alt_Cph is an independent exhibition, with the purpose of gathering selected contemporary artist-driven and alternative exhibition spaces across Europe. Alt_Cph 18 will be dedicated to presenting new performance art.
Tripping over hences to create an ideal landscape of opportunities
Opportuning the ideal fan-scape
This other Eden, this demi-paradise;
Impersonating a political fiction
Impersonating Shania Twain?
Am i over-existing?
Performance art is blooming. While the entry of performance art into larger institutions is a fairly new and welcomed development on Danish ground, the discipline has always had a place in the smaller and artist-driven exhibitions spaces. Alt_Cph 18 will gather and strengthen the scattered movements already found in the artist-driven initiatives across Europe, and present a wide spectre of artists and platforms in the vast hall of Fabrikken for Kunst og Design.
Focus will be on the overlap of performance and installation art. The moment when an interaction sets material traces and becomes something else. Each performance presented during the exhibition will leave an artefact or mark formed by what happened. In this way the exhibition will be in constant development and only reach its final frozen form by its ending sunday evening.
The exhibition design will be the thread that binds the content of Alt_Cph 18 together. Creating a scenery of a giant metal grid and mountains of salt, which makes up the body of the large living sculpture.
Parallel with the physical and performative aspects of the exhibition, a discursive program will be conducted with talks, lectures and seminars with new theory presented by artists, curators and theorists in the field.
The program will be launched friday with a opening ceremony at 16 pm leading up to a major opening party performance friday night.
The exhibition will be open from friday 25th - sunday 27th.
Alt_Cph 18 Over-Existing is kindly supported by
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.
Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo founded in 2013, living in Basel and Athens. In their work they address feminist inspired theory and fiction, technology-driven emancipation and discursiveness of space. With YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP, Gawęda and Kulbokaitė investigate the act of reading as an intimate experience, holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words. Agatha Valkyrie Ice is a multi-platform, participatory, self-performance project and enquiry that functions as an artistic strategy to explore parallels in identity and artistic productio
Age of Aquarius is a collaboration between artists Nanna Starck and Uffe Isolotto, and manifests itself as both a curatorial exhibition and event platform in a rooftop garden, and as an internationally exhibiting collaborative. The thematic base for all of Age of Aquarius’ activities is the garden cycle, and the curating and the artworks reflect the pragmatics of the garden. Because of the nature of the space - an intimate open-air venue overlooking the Copenhagen skyline in a public health center with private penthouse apartments - notions of private and public space are part of the curating and experience of the artworks. The focus is mainly on intimate experiences through sculptures, performance, sound and video.
Creamy Gallery is a new inflatable, mobile exhibition platform in the form of a 4x5 pearl white clam. CG is bubbling with pre-crisis decadence – she is a millennium zombie opening her shell. Creamy Gallery is run by Anna Gunvor, Anna Walther & Mio Nordentoft.
Annual Reportt is an occasional exhibition platform and ad hoc laboratory for investigating the overlapping peripheries of various artistic disciplines, including design, art, architecture, music and performance. With a focus on language, transmission, mediation and translation within the arts, the platform seeks to facilitate a critical discourse within the field of contemporary cultural production. The platform is run by the office for graphic design, typography and research Alexis Mark, and was established during the summer of 2017.
THE FUTURE SUBURBAN CONTEMPORARY (FSC) is a exhibition platform based in Copenhagen, Denmark making collaborations and exhibiting emerging artists from everywhere and nowhere. Each show are planned as various forms of cooperation between FSC and the participators. A way to create group dynamics that fits to the format, space, time, mind and concept. To execute together and apart. The FSC is both a physical place, a virtual blog of process, a social experiment, a platform online/IRL, a fanzine publication, a brewery, a music collaborator ++++ FSC wants to take use of multiple ways of dealing with the forms of pre/representation of an exhibition/show. To be there in real life, virtually or in any other form. A process of the intertwined realities to open up the location and the access points of FSC. A physical, virtual, textual, content and contextual process of artistic communication and cooperation, both live and online.
heiwata is an international curatorial collective with members based between Mexico City, Paris and Toronto. As a mobile project-space, heiwata conceives exhibitions, events and texts crossing various disciplines.
heiwata was founded by Elsa Delage, Anaïs Lepage, Alma Saladin, and Aurélie Vandewynckele
Maria Metsalu, born in 1990, is an Estonian choreographer and performer. Her works express an ongoing interest in self-mythologization and autopoiesis via new, corporate technologies in an attempt to understand their unique terms of social exchange and transformation. Metsalu graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in 2016, and is one of the founding members of international performance group Young boy dancing group.
"We have put them up against the walls that they once built. Those who oppressed us can no longer reach us. Their world is unravelling. And we made it so. Now it is time for you - all our friends to claim what was denied us. Our time is now.”
Marronage is a collective of feminists that bring into focus narratives of resistance through editorial work, articles, and events. The journal Marronage was launched
on the occasion of the 2017 centennial of the sale of the former Danish West Indies and is dedicated to exposing the erasure of colonialism in the Nordic historical narrative. With contributions from artists, scholars, and activists, Marronage points to the colonial legacies of oppressive structures that we contend with today.
OK Corral is af artist driven project-space and studio-community on Frederiksberg. OK Corrals goal is to give younger artists and curators a professional and spacious platform to experiment and present solo- and group exhibitions, which can help their projects further out in the world. After three years with rooms in Carlsberg Byen, OK Corral resurrected last year at Frederiksberg and presents around ten exhibtions yearly, with both danish and international contemporary artists and curators.
Piscine is a hybrid exhibition-phenomenon whose core sucks its nourishments from the younger national and international contemporary art scene. Piscine is an executive as well as presenting body that handles solo, group and collaborative situations. Piscine started its activities at Møllegade 5 in Aarhus, but was later invited by Jacob Fabricius to act as an autonomous unit at Kunsthal Aarhus for a five month period, parallel to the other activities of the art gallery. Since then, the exhibition phenomenon has had a nomadic existence that constantly moves from place to place. For Alt_Cph18, Piscine will enter into collaboration with the Portland-based artist duo Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas.
Sensorisk Verden is a flexible umbrella-label which has functioned as music releaser, curator and showcase platform. Besides presenting music on traditional medias, Sensorisk Verden has put name to exhibitions, performances and concert nights, and released music as downloadcodes implemented in graphic works on posters and sometimes on a chunk of wood.
Posh Isolation is a record label and multimedia platform based in Copenhagen run by Christian Stadsgaard & Loke Rahbek. Started as an underground record label in 2009 and has since morphed into a pinnacle for contemporary scandinavian music with a back catalogue off more than 200 releases and editions and with forays into both exhibition design, performance and fashion.
Located in Copenhagen, Vermilion Sands is an exhibition space for local and international contemporary art with an emphasis on experimental strategies of curation, mediation and access. We aim to collaborate with artists and curators alongside practitioners from other fields with the intention to provide a supportive platform for cultural production. The intention is -by embracing a variety of voices, approaches and positions- to activate conversations in the liminal zones between conventional thinking and understanding. Vermilion Sands is run by Malene Dam, Kevin Malcolm & Nikolaj Stobbe
New Noveta is the collaborative project of London based artists Ellen Freed and Keira Fox. Their performances are multidisciplinary, combining sound recording and music production, props and costumes, installation building and live body action/dance. The work is engrossed in ideas of social and political conformity, and methods in which to channel day-to-day anxiety and mental and emotional struggle. Embodying vital expressions of corporately stigmatized emotions, New Noveta go through grueling choreographed tasks with a reactive fervent distress, in order to oppose a quotidian numbed repetition of patriarchal society.
Maja Malou Lyse (b.1993) is a artist and wannabe sexologist. She lives and works in Copenhagen, currently studying her masters program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She is obsessed with intersections of sex and technology, self-objectification and pleasure politics. Lyse has previously shown work at Tate Modern, Moderna Museet, The Victoria and Albert Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Charlottenborg Kunsthall, among others.
SØ is an artist-run non-commercial gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. We focus on emerging artists around Europe, creating a link between the local, Danish art-scene and practices from abroad.
SØ is run by Daniel Peder Askeland and Gisa Pantel in cooperation with Alexandra Jegerstedt and Röj-Forlag. For Alt_Cph 2018 they have invited Francis Patrick Brady and Vebjørn Guttomsgaard Møllberg.
SOUVENIR™ is a Berlin art label founded by Karin Oender and David Mallon.
We make products with a story, merging the ineffable effect of art with the commemorative value of souvenirs.
> from French: remembrance, reminder.
an object purchased or given as a memory
At Alt_Cph SOUVENIR™ will do a merchandise line for the exhibition as their piece.
KH7 artspace is a community of artists with an attached exhibition-space at the south harbour in Aarhus. The ambition with the artist run exhibition-space is a vibrating platform for artistic dialog and expression across generations and disciplines in Aarhus.
The exhibition-space Sydhavn Station is located at a S-train station in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The artist-driven exhibition-space displays contemporary art at the station, and has created a cultural meeting point at this everyday place, which would usually not contain artworks. It is important for us to show the wide breadth of contemporary art and to help open the art scene for both foreign artists, newly graduated and elderly artists. The exhibition venue was launched in 2012 by 10 artists and is now contains 12 members, some of which are graduated from academies around Europe.
Jade Fourès-Varnier and Vincent de Hoÿm consider art as an extension of life. They create atmospheres inspired by domesticity, where visitors are received as guests. Depending on the context, the country and the customs, the pair adapts its proposals which could be named as “total art”. A dinner, a fashion show, a hotel apartment, a bazaar, a nightclub... many proposals that address the concept of service, self-giving and generosity.
Jade Fourès-Varnier and Vincent de Hoÿm are the founders of TONUS, non for profit exhibition space since 2014, guest of the fair Paris Internationale 2017.
Ponzilla is a curatorcollective based in Copenhagen. In 2015 Ponzilla curated the group exhibition THE SMART HOME which explored the increasingly fluid boundaries between intimate spheres and public spheres in light of the new technologies and workforms. As curators they were themselves a kind of lab-rats for this investigation, due to the exhibition unfolding in their own private home which had video Surveillance 24 hours a day.
At Alt_Cph this year, Ponzilla will contribute with the performance I’m Such A Piece of Work.
1.1 is a non-commercial platform for a young practice in arts and music. It was founded in 2015, and is currently co-directed by Deborah Joyce Holman and Tuula Rasmussen.It defines itself through an output through various formats, rather than a overly formulated concept and is interested in creating a diverse and thus contemporary narrative.
The initiative DANSEatelier origins from a group of friends that felt a need for continuity, a place for sharing knowledge, as well as social and artistic support - to basically stand together in our relationship with dance, dancing and choreography. It is a group taking steps away from the strong individualization that marks our present time. A large part of our work consists in finding ways on how to deal with the thought-action of rhizomatic structuring and multiple hierarchies, a constant organizational research in collectivity and togetherness.
SixtyEight Art Institute is a non-profit art institute which focuses on giving artistic and curatorial talents the opportunity to imagine and present new exhibition-making possibilities, and asks how these can intersect with other institutions and organisations. The institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent and practical approach to artistic production through its programme and the events at our physical exhibition space for contemporary art in the centre of Copenhagen. SixtyEight Art Institute works primarly with artists and curators who base their practice on research. With this in mind (and at a fundamental level) SixtyEight Art Institute will be working as an independent space dedicated to making a difference to and having an impact on issues of diversity, creative exchange and artistic development.
SixtyEight is run by Iben Bach Elmstrøm and Christopher Sand-Iversen.
Warehouse9 is an artist-led venue for performance and media art, established in 2007. Warehouse9 primarily focuses on queer and feminist issues within a national and international context for performance, installation and site-specific art. We strive to create innovative artistic experiences, hybrid art practices as well as a creating conditions for safe and inclusive local community projects. We are open to new development in the performing arts and help to develop new talent.
Udsigt is several plays, which are written based on the same set of guidelines.
Four guidelines for the one or those, who are going to write a play. (1) The play is to take place at a location, which can act as the scenography for the play. There cannot be taken anything from the place, only added. (2) The play may not have an audience, the only way to experience the play, is by participating. The participants come as they are, and cannot be asked to bring anything, or have practiced or read anything beforehand. The roles in the play are given at random and all roles must be playable by everyone. When the play has begun, it must be able to complete without anybody else, but those who came unprepared, is present. (3) The one or those who have written the play, cannot be present, when the play is acted out. Therefore the play needs a gamemaster. The gamemaster is there to welcome and to be sure that everybody has come and are given a role. The gamemaster may participate in the play, but if the gamemaster does, then the gamemaster may not have a predetermined role, but have to be given one at random, like the rest of the group. (4) The play may not be documented by the one or those who have written the play. The line-up of the play (scenography, costumes, props, manuscripts) may be documented when the participants are not present. The participants may not be asked to document, but may take pictures and record during the play.
Udsigt have invited Selina Rom Andersen to write a play for Alt_Cph 2018. Udsigt is arranged by Aske Høier Olsen.
Tabita Rezaire (b.1989, Paris) is a French - of Guyanese and Danish descent - video artist, health-tech-politics practitioner and Kemetic/ Kundalini Yoga teacher based in Johannesburg. She holds a Bachelor in Economics (Paris) and a Master in Artist Moving Image from Central Saint Martins College (London). Rezaire’s practices unearth the possibilities of decolonial healing through the politics of technology. Navigating architectures of power - online and offline - her work tackles the pervasive matrix of coloniality and its affects on identity, technology, sexuality, health and spirituality.
Through screen interfaces, her digital healing activism offers substitute readings to dominant narratives decentering occidental authority, while her energy streams remind us to resist, (re)connect, and remember.
Andyxiety by proxy is a Copenhagen based artistic
collaboration between the drag performer andyxiety and
proxy_server. The duo works with the term 'drag' as a
political ever changing and self defining character.
aim: The duo aims to portray the ever reforming and ever
reshaping identity of the non-binary drag character -
protest // perversion // performance?
KNIPSU is an artist-run initiative from Bergen, Norway that functions as a nomadic art space. It provides an interdisciplinary meeting point for artists across national borders, producing exhibitions, events, screenings, concerts, workshops and publications. It is run within the framework of collaboration and DIY by artists Hilde Jørgensen and Maya Økland since August 2010. Knipsu til participate ind Alt_Cph with AKTION by Karen Nikgol with crew Born For Burning.
"Union for open vocalism an investigation of the voice through the voice. voice as sound, as common. skeptical towards one-voicedness, hoping for more-voicedness. at the moment a study/choir constellation exchanging voices, hoping to untie solo knots and weave new common fabric. for alt_cph, working on a piece for all voices in a field between vocal exercise, opera and community singing."
Is a creative platform, the foundation and core of which is to combine fashion and art, originally founded in January 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then Amaze has had four unique presentations in Stockholm, where in total more then 50 designers, artists, photographers, musicians and other creatives have participated. The last presentation took place at the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm during the official fashion week in Stockholm in August 2016. Amaze Sthlm was founded and is run by stylist Nicole Walker and stylist Sara Forsberg. Originally founded by Nicole Walker and Cornelia Blom.
Tools Forming, Under-Time: 07:00, 200 bpm Country Music is born on the factory floors of rural rust belts, in the bare dirt and stripped surpluses of anti-growth environments charged with visions of inflated simulation and toxic stimulation, in the corrosive regress of life and tempo in downgraded deindustrialized wastelands, and in the psychogeographies of the urban steel knit of precarious compositions. An alloy of work, speed and materials formed out of the potential energy of underused spaces to understand (club) music outside of high-pressure metropolitan milieus through the tools of duration and velocity. 8 minute blocks of benchmarked efficiency and efficacy, 40 hour terms of no service.