Njord Biennale – Colour of Sound

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  • 29th January 2016
  • Great news! After a very long Christmas break, Nordophile is back for 2016 and will continue to introduce to Nordophiles many different Nordic talents. But we aren’t the only ones who are are here! Last year in the summer we featured the up-and-coming Njord Biennale – Copenhagen Festival and in 2016 it’s arrived! From 28th January […]




    Great news! After a very long Christmas break, Nordophile is back for 2016 and will continue to introduce to Nordophiles many different Nordic talents.

    But we aren’t the only ones who are are here! Last year in the summer we featured the up-and-coming Njord Biennale – Copenhagen Festival and in 2016 it’s arrived!

    From 28th January to 1st February Copenhagen is going to explode with Colour & Sound from Nordic contemporary artists.

    “With a focus on timbre in music and color tones in the visual arts, the biennale brings together a number of cross cultured composers, visual artists, musicians, directors, etc. in Nordic collaboration on a number of cross artistic projects.”

     

     

    Programme

     

    NJORD Biennale has a clear aim to focus on the interaction between the tonal colors of music and colour tones of visual art. To live up to this aim, we have gathered a group of composers, artists, musicians, and directors etc. to create cross-artistic projects with a common Nordic tone.

    The festival´s programme offers five nights of concerts and three exhibits that will unfold the vision of this year´s theme. The programme is broad in scope  – both the well known and established as well as the new generation of composers are represented in NJORD´s diverse selection. Concert formats and content varies; from grand opera productions over experimental ensemble concerts with visuals, to intimate solo and duo performances.

     

    Featured Artists

     

     

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    Aliisa Neige Barrière (b. 1995) was born into a French-Finnish family in Paris, where her music studies have included violin, piano, chamber music and choral as well as orchestral conducting.

    The passionate chamber musician has participated in projects and master classes throughout Europe and America, and moving musical from the Baroque to the latest music.

    In Denmark Aliisa Neige Barrière helped to create the new Hindsgavl Nordic Chamber Orchestra and has participated in chamber music festival Open Strings.

    In the year 2011-2012 she studied violin with Renee Jolles in New York at the Preparatory Division of Mannes College of Music, as well as orchestral conducting and chamber music. As a winner of the Concerto Competition she played the first movement of the Khachaturian Concerto in March 2012 at Symphony Space, New York.

    After having received her Performance Diploma at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional, she returned to New York in 2013 where she was awarded a full scholarship for four years of studies at Mannes College of Music, where she studied for 2 years with Lewis Kaplan and Laurie Smukler (violin), Michael Adelson and David Hayes (conducting) playing also in the Mannes Baroque Players under the direction of Nancy Wilson.

    As a passionate chamber musician, Barrière has participated in a great variety of projects and masterclasses throughout Europe and the United States, and is interested in all music from baroque to contemporary.

    Her recent engagements have included solo, conducting and chamber music appearances. She most recently conducted Stravinky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at Mannes College and is also a founding member of the new Hindsgavl Nordic Chamber Orchestra in Denmark and has participated in the Open Strings Chamber Music Festival both as a performer and in assisting in artistic programming.

    Since her move to Norway, her projects have included taking part in the celebration of the 80th birthday of pianist Liv Glaser in an all Mozart program on period instruments, under the direction of Bjarte Eike, and also producing and leading a special project, For Peace We Stand meant to unite musicians against barbary in the world.

    Aliisa Neige Barrière plays a 1717 violin by Claude Pierray.

     

    Avanti! Photo: Marco Borggreve
    Avanti! Photo: Marco Borggreve

     

    Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra is a quite extraordinary artistic powerhouse! The ensemble was founded in 1983 on the initiative of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Olli Pohjola and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and since 1998 clarinettist Kari Kriikku has been artistic director.

    Today Avanti! is renowned as one of the best ensembles for new music in the world. The ensemble specializes in no particular genre; rather, it is proud to be a specialist in all styles with a strong sense of responsibility for the music of today.

    Avanti! works in close partnership with front-line international conductors, soloists and composers, and has won many prizes and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics all over the world.

    The concerts at NJORD Biennale 2016 are the first time ever Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will perform in Denmark.

     

    photo; Nikolaj Lund

    photo; Nikolaj Lund

     

    Bjarke Mogensen (b.1985) This Danish accordionist at the age of 13 made his debut as a soloist in a German TV broadcast with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2011, Bjarke Mogensen had his solo debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, and in 2012 he received 1st prize in the prestigious European Broadcast Unions “New Talent” competition in Bratislava.

    Bjarke Mogensen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a pupil of Geir Draugsvoll and today he teaches chamber music at the same place.

    He has given solo concerts all over the world from New York to Moscow, from Iceland to Turkey. He has performed chamber music with violinists Augustin Dumay and Gidon Kremer and cellist Andreas Brantelid. As a soloist he has worked with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tiroler Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, conducted by maestros such as John Storgårds, Francesco Angelico, Rafael Payare, Lan Shui, Rolf Gupta, Leos Svarovský, Beat Furrer and Vladimir Spivakov.

    A long succession of collaborations with prominent living composers has resulted in many new compositions – concertos, chamber music and solo works – dedicated to Bjarke Mogensen.

    Bjarke Mogensen’s repertoire is almost unlimited, with a span ranging from folk music and accordion classics over his own arrangements and transcriptions to brand new works for accordion.

     

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    Asa Gudjonsdottir from Reykjavik, Iceland, came into a family devoted to the arts. Beginning her studies at the age of 3, and instantly became mesmerized with the instrument. At the age of 12, Asa was admitted to the Reykjavik Conservatory, ultimately leading up to her acceptance at the prestigious Icelandic Academy of the Arts where she studied with Auður Hafsteinsdottir. Asa has cultivated her talent with wonderful musicians, of which includes Routa Kroumovitch at Stetson University, Boris Kuschnir, in Vienna, and Anton Miller at the Hartt School of Music where she graduated with Masters in violin performance.

    Asa regularly performs in concerts and music festivals in Europe and United States, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her recent performances have included appearances at Scandinavia House in New York, Lincoln Center in New York, Icelandic embassy in Berlin and Washington D.C. She is a recipient of the Visa cultural award in Iceland, Fulbright Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

    Asa’s latest concerts feature performances at the contemporary music festival, “Dark Music Days” in Reykjavik, Iceland, the “Mostly Nordic Concert Series” in Seattle in May with her duo, the Amaranth Duo, Mendelsohn Violin Concerto with the Icelandic Youth Orchestra and a premiere of Depo Flux, concerto grosso by Ken Steen at Lincoln Theater in Connecticut.

     

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    photo; Charlotta Miranda

     

    Jakob Kullberg has been praised internationally for his performances of the modern cello concerto,  living in Paris, he is one of the most active and diverse young Danish instrumentalists.

    Jakob studied in a.o. Amsterdam, London, Zagreb, Vienna and Copenhagen, with Harro Ruijsenaars, Dmitri Ferschtman, Valter Despalj, Mats Lidström, Morten Zeuthen and Anner Bylsma.

    Top prize winner at international solo and chamber music competitions, twice winner of the Danish Grammy, most recently in 2013 for his concerto CD ’Momentum’ which was also nominated for the coveted Gramophone Award in London and chosen for ’Album of the Week’ with Q2 Music, New York.

    In 2011 he was awarded the ’Gladsaxe Music Prize’ and has been artist in residence for, amongst others, the Tivoli Garden Concert Hall, the International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition and New Music Orchestra, Poland.

    Jakob’s recent debut with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London as well as with Ensemble Intercontemporain at one of their inter-sessions in Paris received excellent reviews, and he looks forward to concerto debuts with the Bergen Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. He is scheduled to record Per Nørgård’s Remembering Child with Sinfonia Varsovia in December 2014. In the 2016/17 seasons he will embark on a two-CD recording project with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds comprising concertos by Saariaho and Nørgård as well as the two cello concertos by Shostakovich.

    He has returned frequently to prestigious international festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Huddersfield Festival and Bergen International Festival.

    Jakob enjoys a unique working relationship with the Danish composer Per Nørgård, who has composed and dedicated numerous works for him; the two have developed a rare dialogical collaboration in which the composer utilises the creative potential of the cellist in an experimental composition process. He is also a notable interpreter of the work of Bent Sørensen and in 2011 he moved to Paris to focus on his collaboration with Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

    As a teacher Jakob has garnered attention giving masterclass internationally at for instance, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Poland, and has held a teaching position at the Royal Danish Academy of Music since 2005.

    In 2013, he was appointed to the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme and has been the artistic director of the Open Strings Cello Academy since 2004.

    For more information and other featured artists head over to njordbiennale.com

     

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    The Nordic Council Film Prize 2015

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  • 31st August 2015
  • The Nordic Council Film Prize nominations for 2015 are out. The purpose of The Nordic Council Film Prize is to support the production of Nordic films in order to strengthen the Nordic film industry, thereby in the long term contributing to the strengthening of Nordic films internationally.     The winner will be a feature […]




    The Nordic Council Film Prize nominations for 2015 are out.

    The purpose of The Nordic Council Film Prize is to support the production of Nordic films in order to strengthen the Nordic film industry, thereby in the long term contributing to the strengthening of Nordic films internationally.

     

     

    The winner will be a feature film that is rooted in Nordic culture, is of high artistic quality and stands out through its artistic originality to form a harmonious work. Innovation within the film genre will also be given positive consideration when comparing the nominated films. The films nominated must primarily be recorded in a Nordic language to be considered for the Film Prize.

    The prize was awarded for the first time on a trial basis in 2002 in connection with the Nordic Council’s 50th anniversary. It became permanent in 2005 and has since been awarded along with the Nordic Council’s other prizes for music, literature, and nature and the environment.

     

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    The Nordic Council Film Prize 2009 was awarded to the Danish film director and scriptwriter Lars von Trier and producer Meta Louise Foldager for the film ANTICHRIST.

     

    A member of the jury from every Nordic country

    Each Nordic country appoints one jury member and a substitute. These people are film connoisseurs but must be independent of the film industry in their home country and have no personal financial interest in the nominated films.

     

    Nordic Jury appoints the prize winner

    The national jury members form a Nordic Adjudication Committee. The national jury member proposes the nominations from his/her own country. The film nominations are made public at the beginning of September. After that it is the combined Nordic adjudication committee which decides which of the nominated films – one from each Nordic country – will win the prize.

    Films from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland are outside the countries quota of one film each. Nominated films from these countries must be submitted to the Nordic Adjudication Committee. When a Faroese, Greenlandic or Ålandic film has to be judged a jury member from that country is co-opted onto the committee.

     

     

    Film prize divided between three main functions

    The Nordic Council Film Prize is administered by the Nordic Film and TV Fund and is worth DKK 350,000 (approx. €47,000), and thus has the same value as the literature, nature and the environment, and music prizes. The prize money is to be shared between the scriptwriter, the director and the producer, which underlines that film as an art form is the result of close co-operation between these three main functions.

    The Film Prize is usually awarded with the other Nordic prizes for literature, music and nature and the environment during the Nordic Council’s Ordinary Session in the autumn at a special ceremony.

    Previous winners of the Film Prize include Danish Per Fly’s film ‘Drabet’ (‘Manslaughter’) and the film ‘Zozo’ by Josef Fares from Sweden.

     

    The Nordic Council Film Prize Nominations 2015

     

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    Stille hjerte (Silent Heart) – Denmark

     

    Masterfully crafted and played to perfection, director Bille August and screenwriter Christian Torpe tell a warm-hearted story about an unforgettable weekend where a family has to deal with a mother’s wish to die. In the typically Nordic tradition of exorcising all skeletons from the closet, the film dissects one of the most difficult challenges a family can face – saying goodbye to a loved one.

     

    He ovat paenneet (They Have Escaped) – Finland

     

    A gripping coming-of-age drama, a thrilling road movie, a drug-induced fantasy and then some! Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped flirts with genre characteristics only to rise above their respective dynamics and to metamorphose into an expressionistic, no holds barred adult fairytale. The exquisite cinematography combined with a thoughtful, multifaceted soundtrack adds to film’s strong, dreamlike ambiance.

     

    Fúsi (Virgin Mountain) – Iceland

     

    With a delicate touch, director Dagur Kári´s Virgin Mountain is a moving coming-of-age portrait of a gentle giant. In a skilfully nuanced way this humanistic film conveys both inner torment and offbeat charm, while its symbolic interaction of items big and small conveys such universal themes as goodness, giving and grace.

     

    Mot naturen (Out of Nature) – Norway

     

    In Out of Nature, Ole Giæver portrays a self-reflection of our modern lives and today’s Nordic man. A personal yet forthright narrative conveys a collage of mental imagery to express memories, hopes, dreams, and emotive atmospheres, yet all in a good humour that addresses embarrassment, shame and pain.

     

    Gentlemen- Sweden

     

    Gentlemen takes us on a winding journey of a story in which time perspectives and identities are as fluid as the boundary between dreams and fantasy. The attention to detail in the film’s various expressions culminates in a uniquely personal, playful and self-reflective work.

    Photos & text credited to Norden.org

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    NJORD Biennale – Copenhagen Festival

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  • Nordophile is pleased to present another Nordic culture event which brings together different genres into a celebrated collaboration. NJORD is Copenhagen´s innovative new biennale for new Nordic music, art and culture. It offers new music, electronics, visuals, dance, installations and workshops – all presented at untraditional venues all over Copenhagen. NJORD Biennale will have its […]




    Nordophile is pleased to present another Nordic culture event which brings together different genres into a celebrated collaboration.

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    NJORD is Copenhagen´s innovative new biennale for new Nordic music, art and culture.

    It offers new music, electronics, visuals, dance, installations and workshops – all presented at untraditional venues all over Copenhagen.

    NJORD Biennale will have its inaugural run from 28th of January – 1st of February 2016, where the meeting of music and visual art will be put under the microscope by a string of distinguished composers, musicians and artists.

    The relationship between the tonal colours of music and the colour tones of visual art are examined through concerts, exhibits, a separate children´s programme, seminars and lectures when NJORD 2016 takes centre stage in Copenhagen under the headline SOUND – COLOUR – MOTION.

     

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    Photo; Sakari Viika

     

    Composer in Residence

    The Finish composer Kaija Saariaho is this year’s Composer in Residence at NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale 2016 and her work will be presented to the audience in a series of concerts and exhibitions.

    Kaija Saariaho (born 1952) is one the most significant composers of our time. Her music is characterised by transparent, organic and expressive soundscapes – often created combining electronic compositions with acoustic music.

    At NJORD a number of Kaija Saariaho’s works will be performed and contextualised, using both the works of other composers as well as visual art and dance. Furthermore, NJORD has commissioned a completely new work by Saariaho, which will be presented for the first time during NJORD 2016. Saariaho herself will also play an active role in the development of the sound and art workshops for children that will be held during and after the Biennale.
    Thus, NJORD 2016 is the most comprehensive presentation of Kaija Saariaho’s work ever seen in Denmark, and as such NJORD Biennale affords Danish audiences a unique opportunity to experience this world-class composer in a variety of constellations and surroundings.

    NJORD 2016 is built upon the artistic idea of a convergence between music, colour and movement. A theme that proposes a cultural event of the senses, where the tonal colours of music and colour tones of visual art will saturate the historical as well as modern architecture of Copenhagen.
    For this purpose, Kaija Saariaho’s music is an obvious and most relevant choice. Saariaho is known for combining acoustic and electronic music focusing on sound and timbre, and her works reaches across genres into the visual arts, dance and theatre.

     

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    Photo; Priska Ketterer

    Before Saariaho became a composer she was a student of music and art. Hence, the intersection between these art forms has always been an important fixture in her oeuvre. Often she draws inspiration from outside the realm of music – be it in the night sky, nature, art or literature.

    ”While I sat there listening, I suddenly began to see colours and colour formations moving through the orchestra while they were playing – just as seeing the northern lights moving across the sky. Colours changing as great formations moves in gentle strokes across the horizon – this was how these colour formations moved through the orchestra as they were playing Saariaho’s music.”
    Organiser of NJORD Biennale, Jane Schwarz, about her first experience with Kaija Saariaho’s music.

    Kaija Saariaho studied composition by Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with Brian Ferneyhough at Freiburg Musikhochschule and at IRCAM in Paris, where she has been living since 1982.

     

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    Photo;Maarit Kytöharju

    Kaija Saariaho has received a number of awards and prizes for her music including the Nordic Counsel Music Prize in 2000, the American Grawemeyer Composition Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world, in 2003, Musical America Composer of the year 2008, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2011, awarded to her at a concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in 2013 the Polar Music Prize alongside Senegalese singer and politician Youssou N’Dour.

    For more information which is being released over the next few weeks, head to NjordBiennale.com

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    Kunsthal Aarhus – DUMP!

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  • 23rd August 2015
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    Nordophile is constantly searching for Nordic art centres/projects and festivals who work tirelessly to promote and showcase art, artists and their efforts to promote thought through their work. The collaborations that we have brought you all have a dedication to the art, fully. Sometimes unstructured, sometimes unrestrained but always fully committed. We encourage Nordophiles to combine their Nordic […]




    Nordophile is constantly searching for Nordic art centres/projects and festivals who work tirelessly to promote and showcase art, artists and their efforts to promote thought through their work. The collaborations that we have brought you all have a dedication to the art, fully. Sometimes unstructured, sometimes unrestrained but always fully committed. We encourage Nordophiles to combine their Nordic travels with some of these art exhibitions and festivals so you fully appreciate being in and part of the Nordics.

    Nordophile have come across Kunsthal Aarhus which is a contemporary art centre located at the heart of the city of Aarhus, Denmark: cutting edge art, landmark architecture, intimate atmosphere.

     

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    The institution initiates, commissions, produces and presents art at an international level to local, regional, and international audiences. Kunsthal Aarhus creates art in a broad context, connected to other fields of human activity, other disciplines, and to a wider society as part of a sustainable approach.

    It provides a research-based participatory, collaborative and transdisciplinary platform for artistic experimentation and critical engagement. Kunsthal Aarhus strives to be an inclusive, transparent, dynamic and flexible institution that fosters the culture of appreciation and values diversity of contributions.

     

    Shaped Canvas Track

    Come and try Kunsthal Aarhus’ running track.

    Shaped Canvas Track is designed by the Dutch artist/designer duo Jeroen Bouweriks & Linda Beumer and was selected from a Call for Ideas in the summer of 2013. The selected project is inspired by the American minimalist icon Frank Stella and the Danish middle distance runner Wilson Kipketer, and in this way it combines art and sport.

    With its red rubber surface the track is perfect for a 50 metre sprint from the J.M. Mørks Gade street to Kunsthal Aarhus’ new entrance. The stripes of the track wrap around the old building becoming a hybrid between landscape architecture, sport, design and art.

    This fascinates City Architect from Aarhus Municipality, Stephen Willacy:
    “The selected team has created a very inspiring project. They have been able to create a temporary artwork, which guides the visitors with humour and clear design, but also respects the existing architecture.”

    The artists, Jeroen Bouweriks & Linda Beumer say:
    “We believe in the unexpected combination of disciplines, and that this can result in interesting dynamics. The idea of walking, running with a certain goal – in this case to the entrance – can become a game or a challenge. Why not facilitate this motion with an unusual track in a contemporary art context. It’s the mixture of these two worlds that can appeal to different kind of visitors.”

    Lars Nielsen, Chief Coach for the National Athletics team who has been a consultant on Shaped Canvas Track explains his interest in the project:
    “It combines sports and arts, and for me these are two elements with a lot in common. Both demand the same to get you to the top level, and that is commitment. You have to think in new ways, seek inspiration and make use of other people’s ideas.”

    The project marks the start of the new phase of the transformation of Kunsthal Aarhus, connecting the development of its new artistic profile with its architectural features:
”With this project we are rethinking the idea of the future art institution, and how to transform Kunsthal Aarhus into a more open and accessible institution that is connected to the wider world. Imagine if people will literally be able to run in and out of Kunsthal Aarhus and merge the experience of the art programme inside with the outside” – add Joasia Krysa, Artistic Director and Iben Hofstede, Administrative Director of Kunsthal Aarhus.

    Shaped Canvas Track can be experienced until 2017 and is the first commissioned art project in Kunsthal Aarhus’ new public programme “Museum Without Walls” (2015-2017) comprising of a series of new artworks developed specifically for urban context and participatory projects developed through social media.

     

    Current Exhibition

    DUMP! 26.June.2015-20 Sept.2015

    Collective Making series at Kunsthal Aarhus presents a new exhibition curated by Elaine Gan, Steven Lam and Sarah Lookofsky.

    DUMP! gathers together artists, scientists and organisms to explore multispecies collaboration that reshapes the ruins of modernity and resists industrialized progress. Contesting the celebratory logics of invention and making that dominate contemporary discourse, DUMP! creates an arena for waste, obsolescence, and decomposition, where practices of nurturing and collective cultivation may begin, turning composts to compositions.

     

     

    DUMP! upends the division between nature and culture, while refusing separations between art and science; the art institution and the natural history museum; and wonder and comprehension. By presenting creations of humans and nonhumans alike, DUMP! calls out for new ways of seeing, describing, making, and living in unruly entanglement within contaminated worlds.

    Inspired by Lucy Lippard, a self-described “compiler” of exhibitions, and taking its cue from garbage heaps – and the multispecies life that ferments and flourishes in them – the exhibition will continue to grow throughout its duration.

    The exhibition is sited in and between two locations: Kunsthal Aarhus and Søby Brunkulslejerne – a post-mining landscape of contamination, garbage, and unruly multispecies transformation. Both places will host projects, proposals, artifacts, and concepts compiled along two strands of overlapping inquiry that constitute the DNA and organizing principles of the show:

     

     

    Unmaking Making:
    There is a utopian and almost naive celebration of the creative maker in this era of crisis and extinction – a heroic figure invoked as alibi for economic recovery and sustainability by policymakers and governments. DUMP! proposes that the seduction of making, which also often goes unexamined in the field of art, dangerously reinforces a techno-positivist neoliberal logic of accumulation, which has accelerated the ruinous buildup that is threatening the very possibilities of collective life.

     

    Multispecies Collaboration:
    The ecological crisis facing the planet evokes an apocalypse that can be rationalized and mapped. DUMP! proposes that its key challenge is messy: nature and culture, humans and nonhumans can no longer be taken apart. Plants, fungi, animals, microbes challenge us to reconsider the unruly, rogue, invasive, and unspectacular compilers that hold things together, in effect playing across difference. DUMP! challenges the story of human domestication and mastery with murky, multispecies heaps.

     

     

    Workshop

    Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) and Kunsthal Aarhus host a weekend workshop with creative methods and experimental genres for living in contaminated landscapes, garbage dumps, and compost heaps of the Anthropocene. Led by Niels Bohr Professor Anna Tsing and Professor Nils Bubandt of Aarhus University, Department of Culture & Society, AURA research combines the arts, sciences, and humanities to ask: how might humans and nonhumans continue to inhabit a damaged planet? How might “we” collectively make and unmake livable relations?

    The workshop is organized in conjunction with an exhibition currently on view at Kunsthal Aarhus, curated by Elaine Gan (AURA), Steven Lam (Purchase College, NY), and Sarah Lookofsky (Museum of Modern Art, NY). Over a weekend, the workshop will gather seven different artists-scientists from the exhibition in a series of performances, tastings, presentations, and roundtables. A short story by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction provides a rich conceptual framework. (Guests are invited to enjoy reading the short piece in advance.)

     

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    5 September, the workshop opens with a welcome at 10.30am, followed by a curatorial introduction to the exhibition. This will be followed by an AURA presentation on ongoing field research at the brown coal mining beds in Søby Brunkuslejerne. Around noon, Åsa Sonjasdotter (Sweden/Berlin) will lead a potato harvest and share insights on historical trajectories of potato varieties. In the afternoon, Cecilia Vicuña (Chile/NY) will talk about seed collecting and the beings of seeds in Chile and Denmark. This will be followed by Semiya 2015 town hall, an open celebration of seeds and stories. All guests are then invited to take a short break to eat Sonjasdotter’s potatoes harvested in the morning, along with some local beer brews. In late afternoon, Pawel Wojtasik (NY) will do a screening and open discussion on his experimental documentaries and works in progress.

     

    6 September, the workshop reconvenes at 13.00pm, with an open seminar by Etienne Turpin (Jakarta/Berlin) on postnatural histories. This will be followed by a short presentation by Amy Balkin, calling in from San Francisco, CA. At 15.00pm, roundtable discussion among all participants will be held. This roundtable will engage with Le Guin’s short story through three key themes: (a) the work of art and archives as carrier bags in a time of unprecedented environmental crises, (b) problems of scale and narrative, and (c) the representation of species temporalities and differential ontologies through various media (performance, poetry, film, writing). A tasting/cooking event by Spurs collective will be held in the early evening.

     

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    Invitation to become involved

    Collect seeds in late summer
    Examine the particularities and origin of the seeds you find
    Contemplate and love the seeds, share your notes, drawings or photos of them

    Saturday, September 5th at 3 pm at Kunsthal Aarhus, citizens are encouraged to bring their seeds as contributions to a realization of “Semiya”, a 1971 work by the artist Cecilia Vicuña during her visit to Aarhus. Citizens (including scientists and artists) will observe, present and discuss the seeds. Dinner will be served.

    In 1971, Cecilia Vicuña proposed the work “Semiya” to Salvador Allende, the socialist Chilean president who died in the military coup that deposed him two years later. The proposal involved the collection of seeds throughout the country for a gathering and nationwide celebration of seeds. Allende smiled and said the country was not prepared, but perhaps would be by the year 2000. Since the work was never realized at the time, the artist is calling for participation for a realization of the work in 2015 in Denmark in conjunction with the exhibition DUMP! at Kunsthal Aarhus:

    “My idea is very simple: To encourage people to gather seeds as an act of love and contemplation. The collection may be performed during the late summer (August). On the 6th, we will join with and meet others who have been gathering seeds, to engage in a collective conversation. I will contribute with poetry readings and researchers will talk about the current situation of seeds in a global perspective, their loss of habitat and freedom due to the interference of transgenic crops that disturb or contaminate wild and native species. The event will feel like a town hall with people of all ages.

     

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    Online
    Document your collection of seeds on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Vine) and use the hashtag #semiya2015. All these seed posts, if they are assigned as public, will automatically gather on the website; https://tagboard.com/semiya2015/231493

     

    At Kunsthal Aarhus
    For the exhibition DUMP! at Kunsthal Aarhus, the artist created the work “Seed Quipu” containing both seeds, recently collected by the artist in Chile, and seeds collected in Aarhus. New seeds will join the installation following the event. Both “Seed Quipu” and the Danish enactment of “Semiya” are created in close collaboration the researchers Meredith Root-Bernstein and Marilena Campos of AURA (Aarhus University Research on The Anthropocene).

     

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    About the artist:
    Cecilia Vicuña is a poet and multidisciplinary artist from Chile. Her work embodies the meeting point between art and poetry, text and textile, the body and the land. Her ritual performances/site specific installations bring together the oral traditions of the Andes, science and linguistics to meet the contemporary realities of ecological disaster. Vicuña’s art has been exhibited in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Chile, and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. Her most recent book is Spit Temple, 2013. Vicuña is a founding member of Artists for Democracy.

    Head to Kunsthalaarhus.dk for information on DUMP! and other exhibitions.

    Thank you to Kunsthal Aarhus for text and photos.

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    Sara Blaedel – Interview

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    Continuing our Nordic literature week, Nordophile has been speaking with the hugely successful Danish author, Sara Blaedel. Sara Blaedel’s interest in story, writing, and especially crime fiction was nurtured from a young age, long before Scandinavian crime fiction took the world by storm. Despite a struggle with dyslexia, books gave Sara a world in which to […]




    Continuing our Nordic literature week, Nordophile has been speaking with the hugely successful Danish author, Sara Blaedel.

    Sara Blaedel’s interest in story, writing, and especially crime fiction was nurtured from a young age, long before Scandinavian crime fiction took the world by storm.

    Despite a struggle with dyslexia, books gave Sara a world in which to escape when her introverted nature demanded an exit from the hustle and bustle of life.

    Publishing ultimately led Sara to journalism, and she covered a wide range of stories, from criminal trials to the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I. It was during this time—and while skiing in Norway—that Sara started brewing the ideas for her first novel. In 2004 Louise and Camilla were introduced in Grønt Støv (Green Dust), and Sara won the Danish Crime Academy’s debut prize.

    Sara’s writing process is intense and she swears, “I am absolutely not fun to be with. And therefore everyone is happiest if I get it over with somewhere else.” That somewhere else is a summer house with huge windows affording a panoramic view, white terrace furniture, and a gas barbecue. In this seemingly tranquil environment, Sara formulates her brutal literary murder mysteries.

     

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    Research also plays an important role in Sara’s writing process. She believes that the imagination has its best chance to thrive within the framework of reality. “I work tirelessly to learn all I can in order to create the settings.” So most of the geographical locations that constitute Louise Rick’s universe are imported from the real world. Her apartment is Sara’s old apartment in Copenhagen, and she frequents the same cafés that Sara does.

    An essential tool Sara uses for her research and preparation is a large whiteboard she’s named her “killing wall.” The killing wall is home to sketches of the story’s development, giving Sara the visual stimulation that best ignites her creativity. Sara also relies heavily on a host of experts who offer input and feedback on her novels. “I am so fortunate to have good helpers in those areas where I really need factual knowledge—whether in the Homicide Division, Forensics or Forensic Psychology.”

    Her hard work and determination have branded her the “Queen of Crime” in Denmark.

    Today, Sara lives north of Copenhagen with her family. She has always loved animals; she still enjoys horse riding and shares her home with her cat and Golden Retriever. When she isn’t busy committing brutal murders on the page, she is an ambassador with Save the Children and serves on the jury of a documentary film competition.

     

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    Interview

    Having two successful parents within acting and journalism, was there a reason that the pull to express yourself in writing rather than acting was greater?

    Actually neither occupied me to any great extent when I was a child. I was mainly interested in horses but it is clear that all the words that surrounded me in my childhood and all the drive towards artistic expression and the journalism had an influence on me. Both of my parents always told me stories. My upbringing was full of stories. Especially my mother used her imagination when making up the bedside stories that she told me. But it was only in my adult life, and through various roundabout ways that I found my own way back to storytelling and found the will to pass them on.

     

    Denmark seems to be a culture hub right now, have you always felt the support from Denmark within the arts?

    I have always felt an incredible support from my Danish readers, booksellers, people in publishing and journalists. In Denmark, luckily a lot of books are read, and support for writers both directly and indirectly is really good through public libraries etc.

     

    Nordic noir is a genre, which has become synonymous with the Nordics. You started writing crime novels before this explosion, what was your motivation to go down the crime route?

    An uncontrollable curiosity combined with a lively and murderous imagination made it natural for me to start writing crime fiction.

     

    What can we expect from your latest offering “The Forgotten Girls”?

    Hopefully an entertaining and touching although scary story that will engage the reader and make the reader feel that my characters make for good company.

     

    You’ve just come back from ThrillerFest in New York, can you tell us a bit about your experience there?

    It is always wonderful to meet your colleagues and people from the business. An event like this helps to widen your own horizon, because it is so exciting to hear about other people’s way of approaching writing, to hear what they think and to learn from their experiences.

     

    The Forgotten Girls

    We are very excited by the latest release “The Forgotten Girl’s” which has once again seen Sara Blaedel explode onto the crime fiction scene, regardless if it is Nordic Noir, crime sells, we know that but it takes a good writer to keep the reader committed to the end of the book. And this Danish literary artist does just that, time and time again.

    “In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed”.

     

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    Photos credited to: Steen Brogaard

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    Bora Bora

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    Nordophile on its discovery of the arts in the Nordics is excited to present Bora Bora, a production house of dance and visual theatre. Based in Aarhus Denmark, this is definitely a cultural experience which any Nordophile can enjoy without fear of a language barrier, because the presentation is different to regular theatre and is […]




    Nordophile on its discovery of the arts in the Nordics is excited to present Bora Bora, a production house of dance and visual theatre. Based in Aarhus Denmark, this is definitely a cultural experience which any Nordophile can enjoy without fear of a language barrier, because the presentation is different to regular theatre and is not done solely through dialogue but a very visual exploration of performing arts, which makes it perfect for an international audience (like expatriates in Aarhus). Bora Bora is key in promoting international exchange, with encouraging and obtaining foreign acts to their stage as well as sending the performances they help co-produce out into the world – all the while trying to help emerging artists. Bora Bora presents, produces and co-produces national and international performances, organizes festivals, conducts artistic experiments and initiates residencies and workshops.

     

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    Bora Bora as a house does not have its own dance company – as many other dance theaters have. They work with select groups, though, and co-produce their shows – among other things providing them much needed space to rehearse.

    They are involved with some international groups, but also have a handful of local groups connected. Among them the company Don*Gnu Physical Theatre – who will present their latest premiere “M.I.S. – All Night Long” this October. A good chance to see some uniquely Danish dance theater. Through exchanges with partners in different networks across Europe, Bora Bora wants to show the audience the newest and freshest in visual performing arts. They work together with partners to internationalise production possibilities for a wide range of artists locally and nationally. Facilitating contact between the Aarhus audience and European artists, and between the artists in general.

     

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    Festivals are an important part of Bora Bora. Through festivals – like artist residencies –  the audience meets artists from different countries, exchange views, experiences and sometimes begin long-lasting cooperations.

    There are some amazing productions coming up which we recommend you see. Aarhus as a city is a cultural hub and is worth combining your Nordic travel with this theatre that is raw and impassioned about producing and promoting visual theatre.

     

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    Sometimes words are not enough when it comes to the arts, so hereare some videos for you to hear & see a small glimpse into what Bora bora is really all about! vimeo.com  youtube.com

     

    Upcoming events

     

    Detour 16-17 Sept

    Detour is an urban dance festival with b-boying, house and hip hop poetry – dedicated to promoting and enhancing the quality of urban dance and its great choreographic potential in Denmark.

    The last three years the festival has been a great success in Copenhagen, where it has challenged both the audience and the Danish dance environment in their perception of urban dance and choreography. Now the festival comes to Aarhus for the first time.

    Detour festival is a celebration of the whole urban dance environment and is dedicated to further accelerate the meeting of urban dance and new audiences across cultures.

    The festival is for all ages, so come and join in when the year’s most extensive urban dance festival kicks off! Get carried away by the good mood when some of the best dancers on the urban dance take the stage. There is room for both clapping and cheering, be captivated and get up from the seats when the dancers interpret the classic hip hop in new ways that reach far beyond the stage.

    The festival includes short features from a mixture of the most renowned national and international choreographers on the urban dance scene.

    Featured artists on the programme:
    Tentical Tribe (CAN)
    CJM’s (FRA)
    Rico Coker (DK)
    Sara Jordan (DK)
    Anna Eileen & Marie Paldrup (DK)

     

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    Reptile Youth 3rd Oct

    Mercedes-Benz presents a unique concert with Reptile Youth with stage design and visuals by the American artist Abby Portner.

    This cooperation was first presented at CPH:PIX and later at SPOT Festival. This evening you will experience a fully developed version of this collaboration between Reptile Youth and Abby Portner with a full live band set-up. The band will perform the songs from the EP “Away” plus older material. For the concert, Abby Portner is building an entirely unique stage design with video as well. For many years she has worked closely with Animal Collective as well as worked with John Cale and Jim Henson Studios.

    Bora Bora presents this concert in cooperation with Fonden Voxhall.

     

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    Lost Memories 7-8 Oct

    Shaken, disoriented and without memory Mr. H arrives at a psychiatric emergency ward. The space, sounds and doors evoke glimpses of memories and the staff transforms into people from his past. Infinitely slowly he recalls: A woman is lost in the darkness.

    LOST MEMORIES recreates the feeling of inner chaos from a man who has lost his beloved to suicide, and the paralyzing despair that hits you when you see another human disintegrate. The performance shows in retrospect and in a backward manner the traumatic events which led to Mr. H’s amnesia.

    LOST MEMORIES is a tale of losing yourself when you lose someone else. About rediscovering yourselves and live in a moving narrative with dance, video, words and music.

    LOST MEMORIES is supported by the Danish Arts Council, Augustinus Fonden, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Denmark’ National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Konsul Georg og hustru Emma Jorcks fond and Copenhagen Performing Arts Committee.

    LOST MEMORIES on tour is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation Project Funding Committee for the Performing Arts.

     

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    DON*GNU 29 Oct-3 Nov

    M.I.S. ALL NIGHT LONG is a slapstick dance performance which kicks the balls in orbit and bang the heads together in pursuit of the cursed self-understanding.

    In the final part of the trilogy about MEN SANDALS which is about the man’s identity in modern society DON*GNU digs down in the subconscious. Four totally different dancing men stretch themselves to the breaking point and throw themselves against their self-inflated walled-up self. They explore the man‘s unexpected paths and hidden energies in his labyrinthine search for meaning and pathos.

    What are these mechanisms we start when we as men look inward to find the answer? And how do we meet those mechanisms again, when we look outwards and are confronted with ourselves? How do we act in this inferno of unintended consequences with guilt and remorse at one end and desperate rescue operations in the other?

    Supported by Danish Arts Foundation, Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus Municipality’s Cultural Development Fund

     

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    Bora Bora is supported by The Performing Arts Committee of the Danish Arts Council and The Municipality of Aarhus.

    We thank Lars Kjær Dideriksen who was only too happy to speak with us about Bora Bora

    Nordophiles should head to the site for the full programme with info and video trailers bora-bora.dk

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    Icelandic singer – DíSA

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  • 4th August 2015
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    Nordophile is featuring Icelandic singer/songwriter DíSA from Reykjavik. Bringing her Icelandic vibe to her adoptive country Denmark, DíSA combines all the Nordic qualities to mesmerise with her musical talent. Bio Icelandic born DíSA is a singer and songwriter based in Copenhagen, Denmark. DíSA’s music is about challenging and expanding the boundaries of modern pop music, and she […]




    Nordophile is featuring Icelandic singer/songwriter DíSA from Reykjavik. Bringing her Icelandic vibe to her adoptive country Denmark, DíSA combines all the Nordic qualities to mesmerise with her musical talent.

    Bio

    Icelandic born DíSA is a singer and songwriter based in Copenhagen, Denmark. DíSA’s music is about challenging and expanding the boundaries of modern pop music, and she finds inspiration in the wild, Scandinavian nature. DíSA’s Music shares the qualities of her native country – it is cold yet compelling and you always sense an underlying risk of eruption.

     

    DíSA debuted in 2013 with the single ‘Sun’ that premiered on the lifestyle magazine Nowness.com. Subsequent, it created a lot of blog attention, with a dark and beautiful video. The single was well received by the Danish press as well describing DíSA’s vocals as “unearthly” and “angelic”. With DíSA’s symphonic and picturesque compositions, she is the latest demonstration of Iceland’s enormous pool of talent.

    Photo Chris Calmer

    DíSA released her second single ‘Stones’ 3rd of February 2014 – the day after she played her debut concert as support act for Ellie Goulding.

    The song is produced by Brian Batz (Sleep Party People), and the video is made by Icelandic video artist Máni Sigfússon, who have made a perfect match between the Icelandic nature and the music of DíSA.

    Since then DíSA has been working with various songwriters in London, Gothenburg and Stockholm and is currently, and will be performing at this year’s Iceland Airwaves. Her debut EP, Sculpture, was released worldwide on March 24th, 2015.

     

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    DíSA has earned praise from Pigeons and Planes [“spooky but entirely compelling”], The Line Of Best Fit [“truly exciting”], Hilly Dilly [“if ‘enchanting-pop’ wasn’t a sub-genre before, it should be now”] and many others. She has played Scandinavian industry festivals Iceland Airways, by:Larm and Spot festival.

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    Poet’s justice to Nordophile

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  • 30th July 2015
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    A poet’s justice to Nordophile will be undertaken by Donna Sørensen who is taking over Nordophile’s Twitter this Friday 31st July – Monday 3rd Aug. Donna Sørensen is an English travel writer and poet, who has spent the last decade living in places as diverse as Canada, Ireland, France and Denmark. She’s lived in Copenhagen for 7 years and […]




    A poet’s justice to Nordophile will be undertaken by Donna Sørensen who is taking over Nordophile’s Twitter this Friday 31st July – Monday 3rd Aug.

    Donna Sørensen is an English travel writer and poet, who has spent the last decade living in places as diverse as Canada, Ireland, France and Denmark. She’s lived in Copenhagen for 7 years and writes about Denmark for a living, as Digital Content Manager at VisitDenmark. Her debut poetry collection, Dream Country, was published by New Island Books in 2013. Donna is the co-host of the weekly writing podcast Write for Your Life hosted on the 5by5 Network in the USA. Follow her on Twitter @theflyingpoet.

     

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    “I’ve moved around a lot this last decade and that’s inspired my début poetry collection, Dream Country (New Island Books 2013). I was born and raised in the UK, but I now live in Copenhagen with my Danish husband and my half-Viking, half-British children”.

     

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    Check out Donna’s tweets over the next few days where she’s going to introduce you to some new Nordic interests to watch out for! @Nordophile

     

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    Aarhus Festival

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  • 27th July 2015
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    Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected. Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national […]




    Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected.

    Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national and international artists. Through the years the Festival has been a great success and has grown into one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. From the beginning Aarhus Festival has been so lucky as to have HM Queen Margrethe ll as a patron, in 1965 as a crown princess and from 1970 as queen. Being the patron she officially opens the annual Festival.

     

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    Urban art, gastronomy and music

    Each year, the Festival has a new theme, serving as a frame for the more than 1000 different events. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture. Nowadays the main focus is urban space art and architecture, gastronomy and music events and concerts.

    A special event takes place during Aarhus Festival: the annual Food Festival, beautifully located by the seaside. Like Aarhus Festival, the Food Festival is a highly esteemed international event, gathering about 30.000 visitors and 250 participants each year. If you choose to visit, you can enjoy some of the finest and most innovative of Scandinavian cooking.

     

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    Unofficial opening – Down from the North

    Local singer/songwriter Tina Dickow will alongside musical acquaintances from both Iceland and Aarhus unofficially open Aarhus Festival 2015 with a grand show for 10.000 people. The show aims to bridge the gap between her current home Iceland and her birthplace Aarhus.

    Tina Dickow will invite artists from Iceland as well as local Aarhus-artists up on stage with her including Icelandic music’s hottest name right now, Ásgeir Trausti, and singer in the Danish group Folkeklubben, Kjartan Arngrim.

    The concert will showcase the best of both places according to Tina Dickow, who is delighted to share her view on Icelandic music with Aarhus in a great one-off show in beautiful surroundings.

    Aarhus Jazz Orchestra will team up with singer Michael Møller from the electropop trio The Mountains and do covers of indierock tracks arranged by Søren Møller as the supporting act before Tina and friends take the stage.

     

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    5.30 p.m.: Entry to the concert grounds
    7.00 p.m.: Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. Michael Møller
    7.45 p.m.: Intermission
    8.30 p.m.: Tina Dickow with friends
    10.30 p.m.: End of show

     

    Featured artists

    Diane Spencer

    We are happy to bring back the always popular Diane Spencer and also welcome new appearance at Aarhus Festival Bec Hill as part of this year’s comedy program.

    This will be Diane Spencer’s third visit to Aarhus Festival, where she on previous occasions has entertained audience with her sophisticated language and somewhat dirty mouth, whereas it will be Bec Hill’s first appearance at the festival. Her creative style has led to several awards and great reviews. It’s intelligent and personal comedy at its best with two shows that in Denmark only will be performed at Aarhus Festival.

    Diane Spencer (UK): ‘Power Tool’
    Flight turbulence, celebrities and the quest for the perfect home are some of the key issues when the British comedian returns to Aarhus Festival. This time with her new show ‘Power Tool’, which is the sixth from the award-winning redhead. She is known for her storytelling abilities with which she combines dark humour and a sharp intellect as she entertains and shocks the audience.

    ”Her wacky and irreverent storytelling will charm, shock and uplift you” – Three Weeks

     

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    Efterklang

    This innovative and modern opera is the result of the collaboration between Danish trio Efterklang and composer Karsten Fundal. Circling around a future universe where humankind as we know, is has seized to exist, the music consists of 11 melodic songs reflecting the different personalities of the composers. These songs will be performed live in concert form with eight musicians and five singers including famous opera singer Lisbeth Balslev and modern percussionist Ying Hsueh-Chen.

    Doors open at 19.30.

     

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    Intrude

    Five white rabbits are making The City Hall Park their home during Aarhus Festival. The up to seven-metre tall rabbits form the artwork ‘Intrude’

    Striking different poses and enjoying the surroundings in the park, the rabbits appeal to the playful inner child in the audience. Dressed as fairytale creatures they bring up memories from our childhood.

    Australian artist Amanda Parer created ‘Intrude’, which in line with this year’s theme ‘Light – more light’ will light up the park at night time.

     

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    Global Concert

    Last year Aarhus Festival conducted the streaming experiment ‘Death Lines’ where artists placed around the world performed together via digital technology. ‘Imagery of Perfection – A Global Concert’ builds on those experiences and adds artistic depth to the format. In Aarhus, the audience will be guided through a dystopian setting by playwright Christian Lollike with performances by Danish act Efterklang, throat singer Tanya Tagaq, opera singer Bae Il Dong and flamenco singer Carmen Linares. Connected via the internet and shown on big screens in Aarhus acts from Japan, Italy, Australia and USA will take part in this digitally interactive performance.

     

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    We look forward to welcoming you at Aarhus Festival!

    At this moment, we are busy preparing lots of fascinating events for the 51st edition, with the theme ‘Light, more light – into the darkness, out in the light.’  This year the Festival takes place from August the 28th to September the 6th.

     

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    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe

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  • 21st July 2015
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    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe was born and lives in one of Denmark’s culture cities, Copenhagen. Known for its embrace of artists, Claus has nurtured his career here to go on to specialise in Landscapes, which are shown through his solo exhibitions.       We spoke with Claus and asked him to take us through […]




    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe was born and lives in one of Denmark’s culture cities, Copenhagen. Known for its embrace of artists, Claus has nurtured his career here to go on to specialise in Landscapes, which are shown through his solo exhibitions.

     

     

     

    We spoke with Claus and asked him to take us through his history and how his talent has evolved.

     

    I have been creating art since 1983 when I started with collages of paper.
    1986 was the year I started painting. First on plates then on canvas in 1989. I have over the years made paintings inspired from the industrial environments, Japan, the Faroe Islands, natural landscapes cityscapes and people.

    Back 1987 I visited Israel for a month and spent my time sketching and drawing.

    After returning home, I was more focused on my style and used acrylic on masonite. This turned into a series of portraits.
    The following month I started painting with acrylic on canvas and depicted the industrial environment, sports, theater and other subjects under the title Figurative Cubism.

     

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    In 1991, I was in Japan for 3 months. There I was fascinated by the old Japanese woodcut prints Ukiyo-e. I visited many ukiyo-e exhibitions and decided to work with motifs from a Cubist perspective.

    I have now painted Cubist Ukiyo-e since 1990 and still enjoy it  to this day. I find it inspiring especially because I can see that my style evolves and the paintings change expression.

    In 2008, I was asked to illustrate children’s and workbook “Timo Moto adventure” with my Japanese paintings. This resulted in a series of paintings.

    In that period, I have also visited the Faroes several times and tried to express my experiences in my work. My Faroese paintings, allow me to show the magnificent natural scenery and the interaction between it and the man-made constructions upon it.
    In 2010, I began to combine the Japanese and Faroese landscape in a kind of “Landscape Fantasy”.

    In 2014, I visited New York and this inspired my work with cityscapes.

     

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    I then started to paint significantly different from my previous paintings where I previously had a far tightened control of painting. The new design choices challenge me with the many striking colour contrasts and the heavy brushstrokes. During the process, the paintings seem fairly chaotic for me, where I eventually tighten up the result. This appeals to me a lot.

    I try now to combine the old buildings with the modern buildings that are springing up everywhere these days. The urban skyline is changing forever these days.

    I’m very inspired by Copenhagen and other European medieval cities. Their random urban design with nice big beautiful buildings, where the atmosphere is reflected by colours. I portray but also depict the small streets and squares, and quirky spaces. The buildings dark windows capture the imagination and ask the question  “what happens there, what life is lived there”.

    I visited New York in 2014  and tried to capture the city’s historical ambience. The city is almost done on a drawing board, but despite its wide open streets and squares, there is a high degree of proximity. I made my Nordic comment to New York in 12 paintings.

    Early in 2015 I decided to try to illustrate through my paintings, the electronic sense and the electronic human in the digital age. The digital society today is very individual in all directions. This resulted in a series of paintings in which I plan to continue working within this style.

     

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    Exhibitions

    Denmark in Museums, exhibition halls, galleries and art fairs.
    Exhibitions in Norway, The Faroe Islands, Japan, USA.

    I have received a Danish scholarship “De Bielkeske Legater”.

    Check out ct-art.dk for more information

     

    Upcoming Exhibitions 

    Solo exhibition at Gentofte Townhall, Copenhagen. August 2015.
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    Exhibition in Gallery Habsø, Midtjyllands Kunst Center. October 2015
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    Christmas exhibition at The Peter Faber House, Copenhagen. December 2015

     

    Paintings 

    Gimignano” – 130 x 150 cm
    Inspired by San Gimignano, which is an Italian city located in Tuscany.
    San Gimignano was in 1990 UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s well-preserved and unique medieval architecture.

     

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    View from Brooklyn Bridge” – 80 x 80 cm
    Inspired of New York, when I was walking to Brooklyn on The Bridge.

     

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    Dome” – 60 x 80 cm
    Inspired of The Marble Church in Copenhagen. It was build 1749-1894 and is landmark for a part of Cph. called “Frederiksstaden” (Frederik City).

     

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    Night Fly” – 80 x 80 cm
    The digital human having an evening stroll in cyberspace

     

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    E-Links” – 80 x 80 cm
    The digital human creates connections crisscrossing

     

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    Watch a video about Claus https://vimeo.com/115210998

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