TO ALL FORRIGEN GUESTS AND ProKK MEMBERS
AN EXPERMENTAL VISUAL
ART EXHIBITION - WHICH EXPLORES THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF A STAGED AND INTENDED TRANGRESSIVE
COLABORATION BETWEEN PRACTICES RELATED
PERIODE: Saturday d.
CURATOR: Trine Rytter Andersen
Trough a transparent workshop structure
the participants wish to:
Explore the transgressive potentials of
an intended and directed professional and interdisciplinary
collaboration between related practices
Create specific frameworks and spaces which
can catalyze change and the finding of new grounds both
in a personal and artistic cense.
Open up to the possibility of transformation
and to give it an artistic and aesthetic expression.
Permit the public access to an intimate
view on the character and development of these collaborative
meetings throughout the time of exhibition.
Elaborate the theme through tours and Artist
Talks free to the public during the time of exhibition.
Sell Multiples: little art works, which
are produced by the artist and copied in small numbered
series. All Multiples must relate to the theme TRANSFORMATION
/ CHANGE / TRANSGRESSIVENESS
On an annual basis the association of professional
visual artists and craftsmen ProKK, in Aarhus, invites its
members to participate in the making of a common artistic
manifestation open to the public. Last year this effort
resulted in the successfully delivered exhibition INTERFERENS
situated in the old main office building of the Ceres Breweries
in the centre of Aarhus. ProKK represents approximately
WITH A STARTINGPOINT WITHIN DIFFERENT PRACISES
IN VISUAL ART TRANSFORM WILL ADRESS THE THINGS WE DO TO
COLABORATE AND WHAT WE BECOME BY THE GIVING US SELF OVER
TO THE COLABORATION.
TRNANSFORM is the title of this year's manifestation
and it expresses the wish amongst the ProKK-members to explore
the possibilities of collaboration within their own personal
network. It is essential that, the kind of relationships,
which are at stake, must be grounded in an urge reciprocal
to all parts involved. It can be love, admiration, grace,
anger, lust, fear, hope, abomination, addiction etc.
The individual efforts must aim towards a deeper understanding
of and commitment to the transformative potential of the
collaborative situation. The product of the collaboration
is pieces of art which peeresses the essence of the interdisciplinary
process and expresses the transformation of the individuals
and the relation that has taken place.
The art must not just be an illustration of how important
a network is - it must on the contrary show something that
can reveal the emotions and the relations as they unfold
under such artistically directed circumstances and such
reciprocal wish to invest oneself. The framing within the
field of visual art helps the participants to meet in a
manner more intimate and tactilely more challenging.
This way the possibility, that this collaborative meeting
eventually becoming futile in the sense of transformation,
The possibility of TRANSFORMATION and how
to describe and express it is the core issue of the exhibition.
Therefore the exhibition will take place as a workshop during
First the participants will work intensively together for
5 days. Next the public is invited to closely observe the
character of the different collaborative relations while
they are still under development and the transformations
manifest themselves as more and more art works applied to
the entire volume of the TRANSFORM exhibition.
We believe that this format is appealing
to the viewers, because it is always interesting to see
and to discover how people meet with one another in a relationship
where both parts are prepared to challenge one another and
ready to invite transgression and to welcome transformation
- by doing that in a 10 days workshop the possibility of
transformation is intensified every day the exhibition lingers
In connection with TRANSFORM and the exhibition
'EGO' in the Aarhus Art Building next year undersigned,
Trine Rytter Andersen, is employed as curator. My role is
to direct the overall artistic framework around the two
exhibitions; to help develop individual ideas and competences
within each cooperative relationship towards a qualitative
fulfilment of the artistic and aesthetic goals of the exhibition.
I have coached individual artists on their practices over
the last 10 years and I will unfold this competence in the
dialogue with the artists participating in TRANSFORM and
EGO as well.
My opinion is that different people and different circumstances
ask for different challenges and options. As curator I will
challenge the artists along the way and my 'tripping' must
be a natural extension to the kind of contact and exchange
which I have with each of the participants in connection
with their processes and finally their pieces of art.
In order to prepare one self for the TRANSFORM-task
I have suggested the participants to do as follows:
1. To step out of your comfort zone = don't
do as you usually do - try to surprise your self!
2. To expect what seems impossible to you = be open and
3. To integrate what seems difficult = accept and exploit
the possibility of change and transformation
As a structural frame of the TRANSFORM-exhibition
the artists must submit to the following rules:
1. Each group can produce 1 piece of art.
The piece can consist of more parts but they must be connected
and recognised as one entity. Installations are also welcome
as are films and other media.
2. The piece must be created in close collaboration with
a person in your own network. It can be an artist as it
can be someone from a different background than art.
3. The curator invites to an ongoing dialogue with each
individual group in order to help clarifying and upgrading
4. The groups are incurraged to keep a kind of a dairy and
to create mind maps, which describes the phases and the
development of the collaborative processes. This material
will be at use for a publication on TRANSFORM, which we
wish to publish during fall 2011. (Cf. DOKKUMENTATION /
5. Each group must create a little text about their collaboration/product
(about 10 lines) for the exhibitions catalogue on ProKK's
website. (Cf. PR & COMMUNICATION below) The text must
communicate the idea behind the work and describe the background
and the character of the collaboration as well. (Fascination
6. There are no limits to how big a piece can be - BUT everybody
must strive to present their work at its best within the
given physical frame, and at the same time be ready to meet
with needs and demands from other participants. The total
impression and appearance of the exhibition is most important
and must be a concern to everybody involved. The collaboration
in this phase will increase and as the exhibition lingers
on and the volume to be displayed grows, everybody's collaborative
skills will be put to the test.
7. Curator can decide in quarrels between participants over
how to display their work.
8. The artists must acknowledge that the clashes between
their works are also an important part of the transformative
character of the exhibition.
MULTIBLES - THE SHOP
In connection with TRANSFORM there will be established a
shop for display and sale of handmade MULTIPLES. (little
numbered series of original artworks sold at a low price)
All ProKK-menbers and TRANSFORM-guests are invited to create
and sell MULTIPLES, which are made specially for this location
and are observant to and investigating the theme of transformation/change
As originally intended by the idea behind MULTIPLES they
are at sale at a low price in order to democratise the sale
of art Therefore MULTIPLES at TRANFORM must not cost more
than 1000,00 DK.KR . Each artist must sell maximum 5 series
of MULTIPLES in limited editions at a max of: 3 - 5 - 7
- 9 or 13 uniform items in each collection.
The intention behind the shop has different aims:
To extend the thematical exploration of TRANSFORM into an
individual arts sphere.
To enlarge the interactivity of TRANSFORM - due to the fact
that the exhibition won't physically be at its climax until
the day it ends. Inside the shop the visitors will be able
to involve with all the little art pieces, which are also
addressing the overall theme but in a more clear and finished
fashion. This way it is the intention that the collaborative
processes, which can be observed in the workshops, will
be even more interesting and mind opening to the public.
Finally the MULTIPLES at sale, serves as a thematical fix
point and souvenirs for our guests to purchase and bring
GUIDED TOURS AND ARTIST TALKS
Twice a day during the open hours of TRANSFORM there will
be tours around the workshop area conducted by the curator.
Artists and other workshop participants must be ready to
involve with the guests and to communicate their practise
and works of art.
Tree nights will be reserved for Artist Talks, which are
moderated by the curator, who can also invite guests from
outside to elaborate on certain subjects in accordance to
the topics, which are at stake
DOKKUMENTATION / REFLEKTION
In order to describe and reflect the dynamics
and evolutions of the collaborative meetings we have decided
to make a publication on TRANSFORM after the workshops have
taken place. We try to finance the publication via national
founding from the Danish Arts Council. The publication will
be lounged fall/winter 2011, if sufficient founding is successfully
PR & COMUNICATION
Curator and a PR-group are in charge of
PR and communication of TRANSFORM. A low Tec web catalogue
will be produced on ProKKs Website and flyers and ads in
different media will refer to that. TRANSFORM will also
be communicated via Face book and other social digital media.
ProKKs 180 members and their network provide a large group
of interest and guests at the exhibition. Most of the participants
are teachers and therefore we expect to see a lot of students
at the exhibition too.
TRANSFORM will take place in two huge film
studies in Aarhus Filmby (1000 square meters)
Like in the movie 'Dog Ville' by Lars Von Trier, we will
create a transparent 'City' where each group will 'inhabit'
a space with their own furniture, lamps and other devices
suitable for their work over the 10 days the workshop takes
place. The total of the scenery will create a unique scenography
and ad both wideness and intimacy too the appearance of
the entire exhibition. Light will lead the viewer to the
action and darkness will blur, what is not yet to be seen
and discovered. TRANSFORM is unfolding inside a black box,
which is also adequate to the nature of a workshop which
is open to the public. This demands another kind of appearance
and performance by the participants different from what
they normally do inside the white cube.
The Film City is situated in the centre of Aarhus next to
parking spaces and public transportation this is an absolute
advantage to the successfulness of TRANSFORM.
By the closing of The Aarhus Artists House
the majority of ProKK-members lost a rare exhibiting venue.
Since it has become still more difficult to access the cultural
institutions for locally based visual artists and craftsmen
without a highly recognized international profile. Also
the old artists groups, which many of ProKKs members are
connected to, are challenged far over their means in order
to stay visible on the scene of art.
Thus since 2006 ProKK has arranged an annual manifestation
in which members are invited to participate. These exhibitions
are curated and they follow a concept and are conducted
as experimental exhibiting formats, as well as they serve
as an upgrading forum for the participants. Also visibility
of ProKK is important as well as is the increasing network
Over the last years the exhibitions have become even more
'atavistic' an thereby still more challenging to the ProKK-members
who join the projects
The strategy is to make exhibitions of increasing
quality - exhibitions which show the participants at their
very best in a setting, which is both interesting and challenging
to the artists and to the public. Trough the content of
the exhibitions and by staging them still more experimentally,
ProKK wishes to become an active part of the ongoing debate
on art quality and art making. ProKK also wishes to enlarge
its numbers of viewers and to meet with the expectations
of a multicultural public. ProKK has learned so far, that
its manifestations can attract many young visitors searching
for new contents and meaning. ProKK interpret this as a
evidential opportunity to recognise the artists as a role
model in society. This is why ProKK also wishes to become
still more involved with the debate of cultural politics
in Aarhus too.
Regards and welcome
Trine Rytter Andersen