12. January 2019 to 27. January 2019

Video Video

At Nikolaj Kunsthal we are happy to present a collaboration with the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, as we will be showcasing works by eight prominent Nordic video artists.

Video is derived from the Latin term videre, meaning ‘to see’, and the common denominator for the works on show this winter is that they all address ‘seeing’ in some form. However, they are not just about what we see, but how we see, about the gaze, and about the interplay between seeing and being seen.

Video art emerged in the 1960s when video recording equipment became more widely available, cheaper and easier to use. This coincided with a shift in the focus of visual arts from object to concept. Several trends influenced video art at its inception, including the notion that art should reach more people, the move to merge mass culture, politics and art, the idea of removing the individual from the art and instead create works together, as well as the desire to free art from market forces. It was the art form that could do it all. And it still can.

Since its beginnings video art has shown that it can blur the boundaries between art forms marrying visual art, performance, film, dance, sculpture, music, theatre, poetry and finding new forms and expressions, which enables it to serve as a foundation for experiments across genres, as well as to foster new technological and artistic hybrids. As an art form in time, video art has proven capable of expanding the possibilities of narratives by playing freely with linear and non-linear storylines. It can capture time, manipulate it, turn it back and erase it, and it can dissolve the divides between past, present and future. Video art has demonstrated that it is not just an excellent instrument for examining identity, body, soul, political systems and mass media, but that it also allows us to share these discoveries through unique, direct and spontaneous communication.

Video Video is curated by Inger Smærup Sørensen. The exhibition is also showcased in the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands during this period.


Johanna Billing (S)

Titel: Pulheim

Johanna Billing (1973) is a conceptual artist from Sweden, working mainly with video. She deals with issues related to learning and how time plays a key role in this process. The films often focus on groups of young people engaged in participatory activities or individual and more or less passive people. Through this dialogue between the individual and the collective and between participation and apathy, she examines complex questions relating to the politics of interaction between humans in general and the Swedish Folkhem ideals in particular.


Jacob Tækker (DK)

Titel: Satellite

Jacob Tækker (1977) completed a degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2006. He creates video art that addresses emotional states, the routines that shape our existence, as well as human notions of and motivations for action. Jacob Tækker always performs in his own videos, which often leave viewers unsure whether to laugh or cry. His works comprise elements of both comedy and tragedy, and one often wonders whether they are entirely fictional or actually real.


The Icelandic Love Corporation (IS)

Titel: Aqua Maria

The Icelandic Love Corporation is a group of three artists: Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir (1973), Jóní Jónsdóttir (1972) and Eirún Sigurðardóttir (1971). They have worked together since graduating from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1996. Using nearly all possible media— including performance, video, photography, and installation—the ILC confronts the seriousness of the art world with works that blend playfulness, humour and spectacle with refreshing genuineness and subtle social critique.


Jóhan Martin Christiansen (FO)

Titel: Hidden Faces

Jóhan Martin Christiansen (1987) is a visual artist who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Malmö Art Academy (2014). He works mainly with sculpture and video examining the interplay between subjects such as materiality, tactility, nature, body and poetry. His latest solo exhibitions include Lonely Hearts at Listahøllin in Tórshavn with Hansina Iversen (2018), and TRACES at North Atlantic House, Copenhagen (2017). He has participated in exhibitions in the Faroe Island, Denmark, Sweden, San Marino, Iceland, Latvia, Greece and Japan.


Eija-Liisa Ahtila (FI)

Titel: Fishermen

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (1959) is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she dealt with the unresolved human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, examining, for example, teenage sexuality, family relations, mental unravelling and death. Her later works deal with more profound and fundamental artistic questions. She investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of broader cultural and existential themes like colonialism, faith and posthumanism. 


Tone Kristin Bjordam (N)

Titel: The Doomsday Tune

Norwegian artist Tone Bjordam (1975) makes projects that relate to nature, perception and science. Bjordam works with video, animation, nature photography, abstract and nature-inspired paintings, intricate detailed drawings and sculpture installations. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and her work has been on display in numerous countries around the world. Bjordam is particularly interested in finding ways to communicate science through art. 


Erkka Nissinen (FI)

Titel: Rigid Regime

Erkka Nissinen (1975) is a Finnish artist with an intuitive, do-it-yourself attitude to digital animation and a penchant for naïve musicality. Erkka Nissinen studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. His works have been exhibited internationally and he has received several acclaimed art prizes. Along with Nathaniel Mellors, Nissinen represented Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017. The artists share an interest in narrative fiction, and employ an irreverent and often transgressive form of satire to critique power structures, morality and the status quo.


Mariken Kramer (N)

Titel: Patterns of Inclusion

Mariken Kramer (1972) has a degree from The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway. Her works, whether photo, sound pieces or video, are linked thematically and take on social or personal issues relating to being human among other humans. She has an interest in underlying mechanisms of interpersonal encounters and relationships, as well as the vulnerability of the individual within the social group. She is concerned with the psychological and social aspects that constitute the individual, as well as with how we as individuals perceive and (re)present our identities in relation to the collective that we are part of (or excluded from).