What's the charisma, the mystique that draws people to the subject of Danskebåten? Some say it's the ship herself, some say it's the people. Whatever the reasons, on the 16th August we invite you to a social and artistic experiment with artists from all over Scandinavia on the transit from Oslo to Copenhagen.
Our distinguised artists are Vilde Tuv, Håkon Hoffart, Selma Sjöstedt, Arash Shahali, Hugo Hedberg, Erla Silfá Thorgrimsdottir and Eirik Hunnes – who will share works from different disciplines and with different backgrounds.
The journey will open up for the unpredictable and spontaneous encounters between the people involved, the audience and the concept. Our wish is that the journey will create a meeting point that plays with elements of time, space and interactivity. We look at it as an opportunity for the artist to be spontaneous and interact with themselves and the audience, in a new arena.
An expedition over the sea.
We are leaving Thursday 16th August spending the day, evening and night making and showing artworks. Before we are leaving Oslo we invite you to a Bingo Show hosted by Arash and Vilde at Ingensteds, Wednesday 15th August. Contributions from the rest of the artists might appear on this lovely evening in Oslo, where we are opening and celebrating the trip we are about to embark on.
On board at Danskebåten we are inviting the audience to come visit us and hang out during day time to follow the artists' work in progress. This is happening in the conference auditorium, deck 10.
In the evening we are hosting a concert with Vilde Tuv at the Sky Club. Through the dome in the ceiling you can see the stars, and as the party night progresses it may be more to experience from the artists on board, and of course, some dancing under the starry sky.
We are arriving Copenhagen Friday 17th August, don’t miss the exhibition of the artworks at Kvit Galleri! There it will also be a new round of Bingo with Arash.
There are butterflies all over, we are looking so much forward!
It is possible to be a part of the trip, but you have to book a ticket from DFDS Seaways yourself! Follow the link: https://www.dfdsseaways.no. We would love for you to join us, gather some friends and share a cabin, then it shouldn't be that expensive. Anyhow, we hope we will see you at least at one of the evenings, Oslo, Danskebåten or Cophenhagen, or all of them:)
Wednesday 15. August 20:00 Ingensteds, Oslo Bingo Show
Thursday 16. August 16:00 Danskebåten, Auditorium Work in progress
Thursday 16. August 20:00 Danskebåten, Sky Club Concert Vilde Tuv
Friday 17. August 19:00 Kvit Galleri, Copenhagen Exhibition
Saturday 18. August 20:00 Kvit Galleri, Copenhagen Bingo Show
This project is initiated by artist, teacher and founder of former Felt galleri Hedvig Heggem Nergaard, and coordinator of Prøverommet, theatre scholar and performance artist Kristina Melbø Valvik.
Kvit galleri is an artist run gallery in Copenhagen, run by Ingjerd Heggem Nergaard and Astri Styrkestad Haukaas.
Vilde Tuv (f.1986) is a singer / songwriter out of the ordinary. With guitar and bass drum as main instruments, she has stood alone on scenes around Scandinavia in recent years, drawing people into her open, minimalist expression. The music mixes elements from swedish folk songs, eurotrance and chinese folk music, and is inspired by her interest in people and nature, and sufipoesi. She is a one-woman band, and unique in what she does.
Håkon Hoffart (born 1984) has been an artist on the internet since he was 13 years old. During the 20 years ago, he has made things that have been seen by over half a billion people. He has also made comics, been a radio journalist, computer game analyst and a permanent member of the artist collective Kunsthaus Kule in Berlin. Now he is also debuting as a novelist. Ruller nedover skråningen i en tønne av gull is a restless story about dealing with living. An excessive book, about saving both yourself and others.
Eirik Hunnes (born 1987) is a VJ and video artist based in Bergen. His expression is characterized by detail, rhythm and a unexpected freedom. He has a peculiarity that has made him much sought after in Bergen, and eventually Scandinavia. Eirik Hunnes makes visuals for, among others, the Bergen based rapper Store P.
Selma Sjöstedt (born 1985) focuses her artistic practice on painting. Her way to the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts started in Gothenburg, via Borups Højskole and the Picture School in Copenhagen and Gerlesborgs school in Bohuslän. In spring 2014 she was an exchange student at Die Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig (under Professor Heribert C. Ottersbach). www.selmasjostedt.se
Arash Shahali is a freelance curator and writer born in Antwerp, Belgium. He has worked for Bergen Assembly 2013, Contemporary Art Stavanger, PRAKSIS Oslo and documenta 14. He also organizes the Mystery Box art bingos in Bergen, Norway, where participants can win art works and up-and-coming artists get the option to show new performances to the public. Mystery Box Bingo is a meeting space for artists, gamblers, performers, comedians, winners and losers alike. Shahali has written several texts on digital immortality and web culture. In 2016, he curated an international art exhibition called PLEASE LET ME DIE ALREADY at KVIT Galleri in Copenhagen, based on findings from his research. Shahali is currently employed at interdisciplinary art and performance festival steirischer herbst in Graz, Austria.
Hugo Hedberg is an artist and dancer based in Stockholm. His work is often interdisciplinary and explores choreography, identity, routines and somatic processes. He is currently working on investigating links between fiction - action - reaction - abstraction. Hugo is educated at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts.
Erla Silfá (b.1983) had her very first exhibition at the age of 16 in a bathroom at Vågå Hotel, after attending a Morten Krogvold course, level 1. There she exhibited a series of self-portraits while the music of Jaga Jazzist came out of a “ladies’ trashbincan”. Morten predicted she was going to become something great, mainly because she had seen “Cinema Paradiso” at an early age and name-dropped some cool things at the workshop. That's not how things turned out. But still she keeps the engine going, trying to figure out life, because she is curious at heart and she likes to use art as goggles to see the world. The art genre she operates in is called “not-ironic existential art” and she has uses many different techniques to express that genre. But her favourites are sound, text and textiles, and she works happily with them in combination. When they are all mixed together it becomes an installation! “What are you living for?” an Iranian intellectual asked her. After much deliberation with herself, she has decided she´s a people person. Human relations, friends and family are what give Erla Silfá meaning. If she had chosen a different life, it would be as Ferdinand the Bull, or perhaps as a superhero who could make a real difference? It may not be too late to change direction, like choosing to be passive or active in life? This lady is full of contradictions and not easy to grasp, neither for her nor for others. The name of the contribution to Prøverommet is (probably) “Do Not Flip Me, I'm Not a Burger”. Meanwhile she has obtained a student loan of 555,555 from the following institutions: Glasgow School of Art (2007), Iceland Academy of the Arts (2009), and Konstfack (2012) where she received an MFA.