Copenhagen Art Festival:

24. August 2012 to 21. October 2012

At Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, a number of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists focus on the communication between individual and community with the exhibition Conversations during the Copenhagen Art Festival.

Kutlug Ataman (TUR), Mohamed Bourouissa (F), Dias & Riedweg (BR/CH), Lise Harlev (DK), Otto Karvonen (FI), Katarzyna Kozyra (PL), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MEX/CAN), Manifest.AR (var. nationalities), and Superflex (DK).

How does the individual make himself or herself heard in the community? And how does the community impart its values to the individual?

At the group exhibition Conversations, nine international contemporary artists present works reflecting, subverting or pointing to alternatives to our usual ways of expressing ourselves and communicating with each other.

The exhibition can be found not only inside but also outside Nikolaj - for instance on the tall tower of the church building, on Strøget (the walking street) and in the digital sphere, through smartphones.

In a beautiful sound work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer we are invited to contribute to a cacophony of voices, shining brightly and replacing each other as time passes. In Turkish Kutlug Ataman's large video work Beggars we see them appealing to passers-by with silent gestures: a non-verbal appeal from individuals who find themselves outside the normal communities. French Mohamed Bourouissa also documents the nooks of community with his photos and experimental video works, while Katarzyna Kozyra in Summertale creates a subtle fairytale of mismatched individualists in a perfectionist community.

On Strøget in Copenhagen, the densely packed, hurrying crowd will enter into new temporary communities when Finnish Otto Karvonen's human fences create temporary spaces and bottlenecks on the way. While Otto Karvonen takes to the streets, Danish Lise Harlev's statement on the Nikolaj tower speaks out to the city from high above. Brazilian/Swiss artist duo Dias & Riedweg also focus on public statements and the impact of the individual - or lack of it - when they drive through Copenhagen on the opening night of the Festival while projecting a large video work on the back of a moving truck. The artist collective Manifest.AR employ augmented reality technology in order to open new cracks for public communication when they create virtual interventions in the streets of Copenhagen. The audience are invited to become a part of a series of virtual projects via smartphones, among these on the fronts of buildings around Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, and Amagertorv.
Last but not least, the Danish artists group SUPERFLEX presents a brand new work: "Mærsk - The Opera" - an opera in three acts about The Opera House in Copenhagen and the benefactor behind it, Mærsk McKinney Møller. The work will be presented as a national gift to the Opera and the Danish Minister for Culture on the opening day of the Festival, August 24 at 6 pm.

Read about Manifest.AR projects

Events at and around Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center:

Augsut 24 at 18:00: Presentation of SUPERFLEX's national gift
August 24 at 19:00: Street action: Moving Truck by Dias & Riedweg
August 25 at 13:00: Performance: Otto Karvonen: The Quest for a Border
August 25 at 15:00: Workshop: Manifest.AR: augmented reality workshop
August 30 from 17:00 to 18:00: Discussion with SUPERFLEX, Anders Monrad, Nikolaj Heltoft and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
August 31 from 17:00 to 20:00: POP-UP bar with FOS
September 6 from 17:00 to 18:00: Artst talk with Katarzyna Kozyra
September 7 from 17:00 to 20:00: POP-UP bar with Superflex
September 13 at 17:00: Manymade Meals
September 14 from 17:00 to 20:00: POP-UP bar with Mogens Jacobsen
September 27 from 17:00 to 18:00: Artist talk with Lise Harlev