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April 14 - May 6
Opening reception: Saturday, April 14
Plex 13:00 Kronprinsensgade 7 Kbh K
YNKB 17:00 Baldersgade 70 st tv Kbh N
Performance: Sunday, April 15, 20:00 at LiteraturHaus
Møllegade 7 Kbh N
Octávio Camargo, Ken Ehrlich, Brandon LaBelle
Curated by Brandon LaBelle and Nis Rømer
Artists: Yvette Brackman (Denmark), Octávio
Camargo (Brazil), Ken Ehrlich (USA) Robin Wilson &
Nigel Green (England), Brandon LaBelle (Denmark), RACA
(Denmark) Nis Rømer (Denmark)
Surface Tension_Copenhagen brings together practitioners from varied
disciplines and geographies to undertake projects that seek
to engage the city of Copenhagen. Focusing on aspects of the built
environment, the exhibition aims to underscore the active systems,
structures, and local productions at work in and around the city. From
historical traces to urban infrastructures, the specifics and
modulations of language to communities and their rituals, these
investigations unfurl embedded features that inform and define the city
and our place in it.
The purpose with all design must be to make changes, solve problems and
to improve a specific state. Our projects do not necessarily relate to
terms like form, function and material, but consider a larger entirety.
RACA works with design based on its context, with the relation between
the recipient and the surrounding space. We believe that in order to
create design of importance we have to relate to the social systems
that we live in and are dependent on.
Venue: YNKB Baldersgade 70 st tv Kbh N, (open Saturdays
Yvette Brackman The Precise
Location: Kola - Central Sector The work was produced in a
demilitarized zone in the center of the Kola Peninsula, Russia, and
uses the camera as a scanning apparatus to record information through a
360 degree rotation. This landscape is not an instance of untouched
nature objectively observed by technology but a landscape disturbed by
technology. The work disorients the viewer through re-enacting the
rotating view by placing the projector on a similar rotating apparatus.
Venue: RACA window, Gl. Kongevej 37 st.th.
The work explores
the material forms of infrastructure by focusing on the
largest collection of off-shore wind farms, located in Denmark.
Investigating the complex aesthetic, infrastructural and social
dimensions of this emerging energy supply, the work draws
attention to the largely invisible network of energy infrastructure. As
producing energy become increasingly abstract and
globalized, the project playfully re-situates issues of expenditure
within a localized social and psychic context.
Venue: YNKB Baldersgade 70 st tv Kbh N
LaBelle dirty ear records
Recontextualizing found radio recordings of
street culture and noise,
the work is an audio montage amplified through a custom-built "sound
wagon" circulated through the city. The project seeks to make explicit
the ways in which sounds and streets intersect and give expression to a
multiplicity of social groups, cultural identities, personal stories
and histories, which make urban spaces profoundly reverberant.
Venue: PLEX Kronprinsensgade 7 Kbh K (Tuesday-Saturday 14.00-17.00)
& Nigel Green Dark Season Botany: A Voyage into
The project concerns the documentation and
Copenhagen's winter flora. Inspired by the findings and archival
notation system of the Danish botanist Pehr Forsskål's doomed
expedition to Egypt and the Yemen (1761-63), the project offers the
beginnings of a new set of criteria for an urban-specific system of
vegetal classification. Including field imagery, field notes, artefacts
and colour samples of isolated vegetal hues, the exhibition is a
fragment of the full archive of expedition findings currently in
storage in Southern England.
Venue: Botanisk Have, enter Oester Farimagsgade, Kbh K (08:30 - 16:00
Rømer Public Air Quality Indicator
The indicator opens and closes a window in the
Copenhagen City hall
(Rådhuset) according to the levels of air pollution on the
adjacent street:H.C. Andersens Boulevard. There are 5 levels, If the
window is closed it
indicates high levels of pollution. The indicator is updated 4 times a
day and is based on data made by the National Environmental Institute
(DMU). This relatively subtle alteration
makes it possible for the public to get information on air quality; one
of the most important but invisible elements in our daily environment.
At the same time it installs a mode of ventilation between the
political sphere and public space.
With Senior scientist: Jørgen Brandt,
installation: Kristian Fredslund.
Venue: Rådhuset Kbh V
Link to research and background here
in Politiken (in Danish)
ao redor da mesa (theatre action
for six players)
Working with the dynamics of speech and conversation, each performer
enacts two dialogues of different content. One with the partner to the
right and another with the partner to the left. The interactions during
the performance create polyphonic effects, sound textures, and
disturbances in speech patterns. The staging of the piece is preceded
by a 3-day workshop of performance and oral translations from
Portuguese to Danish.
Venue: LiteraturHaus, Møllegade 7 Kbh N (Sunday, April 15,
The project is supported