New artwork by SUPERFLEX at DIAS
In September, SUPERFLEX will take over Vallensbæk Station and present a new video installation commissioned by DIAS.The work ‘Den Grønne Ø i det Røde Hav’ (‘The Green Island in the Red Ocean’) is a narrative story based on Vallensbæk, and deals with a fictional strategy about robot’s rights that SUPERFLEX imagines was set afloat by Vallensbæk Municipality back in the 1960’s. The premise of this exhibition is thus to look into the future by looking back into the past.
The exhibition is part of ‘The Machinery Series’ that has the machine as its focus of attention.
DIAS and ARKEN in a new collaboration.
The first part of the collaboration between DIAS and ARKEN are two video installations displayed in relation to the exhibition NATUR/RETUR, now to be experienced at ARKEN in Ishøj. The art works initiate dialogue with the idea of the Anthropocene, and investigate the relationship between human and nature. The displaying artists Nanna Debois Buhl (born 1975) and Tue Greenfort (born 1973) have created these pieces exclusively for the artificial scenery at ARKEN.
The Anthropocene is a new term for our current geological epoch, where human’s imprint on earth are so massive that it will be measurable in the actual layers of the earth in the future. Throughout time, man has been considered as separate from nature, but with the knowledge of human’s impact on the globe the distinction between nature and culture seize to exist.
Digital and technological approaches are applied to investigate the conditions of the Anthropocene. Art and science melts together in this field, offering new perspectives on how we treat our globe and how the future looks. Art is used as an instrument to verbalize the Anthropocene and portray the impacts we have on our surroundings.
Copenhagen Photo Festival
1. -11. of June
DIAS displays different works that play with the genre of photography. The media-specific limits are dissolving in both digital and photographical art. At Vallensbæk Station we display a video installation from our collection of the American artist Ryn Wilson. In Copenhagen, we launch our new collaboration with The Isreali Center for Digital Art by a screening of the work Ephiphany on Vacation by the artist duo Effi & Amir in the festival’s Photo-City. Read more and find out when you can watch the film HER
Check out the festival's programme HER
Effi & Amir
Epiphany on Vacation, 2010, video, 24:25 min
Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles
This movie introduces the audience to Epiphany, a secret agent living in a luxury hotel in Basel. She is assigned the exact same room that housed the founder of political Zionism Theodor Herzl, during the first Zionistic congress for more than 100 years ago. Herzl takes part in formulating the vision of an independent Jewish state. We watch while Epiphany inspects the room, prepares and waits, while reality changes. Fantasy and reality merges, and reality seems to be a possibility rather than a definite truth. By this approach, the movie questions Israel as a realized fantasy – a non-possibility becoming real.
Effi & Amir is an artist duo, existing of Effi Weiss and Amir Borenstein. They are settled in Brussels and have been working together since 1998. They engage in film, photography, installations and performances. Through their art practice they question and discuss reality. The duo has displayed in numerous places of the world, but this is their first exhibition in Denmark. HER
The Israeli Center for Digital Art
In collaboration with The Israeli Center for Digital Art’s archive, DIAS displays video installations with a focus on media based art from the Middle east, Europe and the Balkans. The Israeli Center for Digital Art is a dynamic platform for contemporary art, and a gathering point for current artists, curators, critics and the public. The non-profit center was established in 2001 in a deserted school building in Holon’s industrial area. As a public art space, the center consequently investigates and tests the role and position of the art institution in society. Concurrently, it dedicates a considerable amount of its efforts on art projects that raise questions of identity, ethnicity, nationalism and cultural exchanges. olonHolon
April 6th – June 21st 2017
Lars Arrhenius (se), Mikkel Meyer (dk), Patrick Jarnfeldt og Andrea Brasch (dk), Wayne Siegel (us)
Visit DIAS and explore the new exhibition play· station where playful and humorous artworks investigate how we act when away from home and in the public space. The train station is a junction of our daily lives, and filled with social norms and invisible codes guiding us through the day. Just like a game or a machine, we are programmed to act and interact in a certain way when we are in a public space. But what happens when you hack the rules of the game and challenge the norms using art and the possibilities brought to us by the machine? With artwork that encourages us to show emotions, compose music and even dance and play in public play· station seeks to answer that question. Through play and absorption, the art activates us in new ways, making us more aware of what controls us in the public space – and who knows, maybe it even increases our presence and curiosity in relation to each other and our surroundings.
In connection to the exhibition play·station, DIAS has commisioned site-specific works by af Mikkel Meyer, Patrick Jarnfeldt & Andrea Brasch og Wayne Siegel. All of the works are interactive, and along with the audience they investigate the public space and DIAS' unique platform.
Følg med her på siden - der kommer løbende fortællinger om de tre værker, som du kan opleve helt frem til 21. juni på DIAS.
Wayne Siegel, Troldspejl
Interactive sound and video installation, 2017.
Composer and sound artist Wayne Siegel’s new installation ’Troldspejl’ (’Magic Mirror’) has been created specifically for DIAS' platform in the public space – a place where you are in movement but also in a waiting position. The interactive work reacts directly on the presence of the spectator, and the movements of by-passers generate synthetical sound images. The computer-generated sounds balances between a singing voice and a more discordant sound universe. The work changes the sound environment including the visual image and appearance of the spectator – the mirror presents a distorted, colorful and almost anonymous version of the self. It resembles a technological hall of mirrors that, like in Tivoli, distorts the reflection for the amusement of the spectator who will see an alien version of himself.
The work draws attention to how we are watched in the public space and breaks with the invisible codes that define how we move in public: a playful dimension is added to our linear A and B pattern. However, it is not only the spectator’s body that is changing – even the surroundings are marked by the work’s production of sounds and images. The space of everyday life are filled with visual expressions (commercials, signs, objects and bodies) and sounds (traffic noise, intercom systems and human voices) that we barely notice. The image and sound universe of ‘Troldspejlet’ distinguishes itself radically from the well-known expressions of the daily life, and thus establishes a creative and playful disturbance in the daily life.
‘Troldspejl’ is Wayne Siegel’s first work that includes both image and sound. A unique work where Siegel expands his practice to include the digital image, and employs the immediate force of attraction in the sounds and visuals.
Come and experience the magic mirror at DIAS and leave your mark on the history of both the work and the exhibition.