One Two Three Swing! installed permanently in the DMZ
SUPERFLEX is excited to announce that One Two Three Swing! has been installed at Dorasan Station, in the DMZ border area that divides Korea. The swings act as a human-powered pendulum, converting potential energy into shared movement. Swings are ordinarily meant for individual use, but in this work each swing can seat three people.
In 2019, SUPERFLEX was invited by the Real DMZ Project to install One Two Three Swing! at the Dora Observatory in South Korea, overlooking the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea. Now, the work will be permanently installed at Dorasan Station, within the DMZ itself. At the moment, the area is currently closed to the public. The accessibility of the area has alternated over the years, and may change again as the political situation changes, potentially opening it up to the public.
“Swinging together involves sitting close to strangers, trying to synchronize your body to their bodies. One Two Three Swing! offers visitors the chance to experience the social awkwardness and vulnerability of collective play, and to connect with others. When we first installed the work at Tate, the swings stretched from inside the building to the outside, so that they would link themuseum to the surrounding neighborhoods. It has always been our intention to keep going, to build more swings in various places, connecting people across countries, oceans, and cultures.”
Because it requires each visitor to find two other people to swing with, One Two Three Swing! is an invitation for people to do something together, even if the social interactions and physical movements are awkward at first. When it is in full motion, those on the swing experience brief moments of weightlessness together, temporarily losing their sense of gravity. By swinging together, you can swing higher than you could by yourself.
One Two Three Swing! has been installed in multiple places in the world, from the UK to Denmark to Saudi Arabia, and now to South Korea. Wherever it is installed, it encourages social interaction, even in situations where interaction seems unlikely or impossible.
“One Two Three Swing! only moves when three people cooperate with each other. Right now, the inter-Korean relationship is struggling because of continued nuclear development and ICBM launches by North Korea, but if the two Koreas and the international community, including Denmark, cooperate, the swing of peace will begin to move again. In the hopes that the freedom and peace we defended with much sacrifice can reach North Korea soon, I hope that One Two Three Swing! can also be installed in Panmun Station across the DMZ one day, to symbolize cooperation and harmony.”
— Chu Seok-yong, the Director-General of the Inter-Korean Transit Office of the Ministry of Unification
The Real DMZ Project explores the borders of the DMZ through the critical lens of contemporary art to raise awareness about the division of Korea. Through collaborations with artists and experts in other fields, the Real DMZ Project has been conducting research and producing exhibitions and publications that examine not only geographical borders but also invisible borders such as ideological and psychological divides.
At the same time as One Two Three Swing! will be installed, the Real DMZ Project will be opening an exhibit entitled Checkpoint which will be on view at multiple nearby locations, showcasing new works that explore the division of Korea and the border area through the perspective of contemporary art, in order to diversify viewpoints on the area.
One Two Three Swing! has been donated to the care of the Ministry of Unification by the Jamil Collection, Jacob Wandt, Christian Just Linde, Lars-Erik Houmann Christensen, and Steen Bakmann.
One Two Three Swing! by SUPERFLEX was originally conceived for Hyundai Commission 2017, Tate Modern Turbine Hall. Developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio; structural engineering by Betar; technical design and production by Nupergo; graphic design by Rasmus Koch studio. This installation would not have been possible without the unconditional support of Real DMZ Project, The Embassy of Denmark in Korea, The Danish Culture Agency, The New Carlsberg Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Paju City and Gwangju Biennale Foundation.
Interface Brick – A limited edition in partnership with VogelART
We’re thrilled to announce our limited edition artwork, Interface Brick, realized in collaboration with VogelART.
Interface Brick is a serie of sculptures for humans which can also be used as a building block for underwater construction. Designed to meet the needs and preferences of marine life, the work is made of glazed ceramics and features a labyrinth of cracks and holes, creating pathways and allowing for the circulation of air and water. The surface almost appears organic, and the glaze is glossy, so that it looks as if it’s just come out of water. The porous form is suited for microorganisms – a universe of creatures that inhabit the crevices of underwater structures. Many of these creatures, like plankton, are so small that they are imperceptible to the human eye, but they are crucial for healthy ecosystems. Produced in an series of 30, each Interface Brick is in a different shade of pink, a color which is scientifically known to propagate coral polyp growth. Coral polyps are some of the greatest architects of the ocean, building complex underwater cities that become home for fish, algae, and other creatures.
Interface Brick is part of SUPERFLEX’s vision for a sculptural infrastructure that fosters biodiversity and acknowledges the interdependency of all species. Surfaces are interfaces, places for encounters between species.
VogelART represents and publishes limited art editions from leading and living artists, providing art enthusiasts the possibility to purchase their own piece from their curated website.The edition will be presented exclusively on March 24, 2023 in Nice, France in VogelART pop-up gallery LE PARADIS EN ROSE.
WWF Verdensnaturfonden and SUPERFLEX announce partnership on Super Reef
Art and nature restoration meet in a visionary new partnership between WWF Verdensnaturfonden and the artist group SUPERFLEX, which will restore a minimum of 55 square kilometers of lost reefs in the Danish ocean.
WWF Verdensnaturfonden and the artist collective SUPERFLEX join forces for Super Reef, a plan to restore a minimum of 55 square kilometers of reef which has been removed from Danish waters in just one century. Super Reef will create habitats for marine life and art for humans.
The partnership between WWF Verdensnaturfonden and SUPERFLEX combines nature restoration and art in order to build a bridge between life above and below the surface of the sea.
“When we place art on the reefs, it is to invite people into the life of the sea. Most of us never experience life below the surface. If we are to understand what happens in the sea, we have to bring the sea to us humans — and art can do that," says Rasmus Rosengren Nielsen, co-founder of SUPERFLEX.
The project aims to create awareness about the state of the Danish ocean while bringing people closer to the sea — both physically and mentally.
"Super Reef is a completely new way of approaching nature restoration. Art will create awareness of nature in the sea, and at the same time it will be a concrete effort to protect and restore marine nature. We want to remind the Danes of all the life that exists in the ocean: what we have lost as well as what we need to take much better care of," says Bo Øksnebjerg, secretary general of the WWF Verdensnaturfonden.
Super Reef gives back to nature
Right up until the 1990s, stone reefs were removed from the Danish sea to be used as building materials for human construction, for example, piers and harbours. Many animal and plant species live on and around the reefs, so as they have disappeared, the biodiversity in Danish waters has decreased significantly. When reefs disappear, habitats for many species of fish and marine life also disappear.
In other words, the seabed has been left as empty and barren as a desert, and this has worsened biodiversity, which is now struggling: seven out of eight of Denmark's most important ocean ecosystems are in bad condition. Species such as the eel and the cod are critically endangered and threatened, and the number of eelgrass beds has been greatly reduced. Super Reef will help change all that.
"Unfortunately, the nature of the sea tends to be forgotten because it hides beneath the surface. But marine nature is just as important as nature on land, and is also in poor condition," says Bo Øksnebjerg. He continues: "Super Reef gives something back to our marine ecosystems."
The reefs will be placed close to the Danish coasts, where they will create fertile ground for biodiversity. Reefs form cities for life under the sea surface, where fish can breed, mussels can attach to surfaces, and eelgrass can grow. Species such as cod, critically endangered eel, nudibranch, and blue whiting can benefit from the reefs.
A sustainable and inclusive partnership
The vision of the partnership between WWF Verdensnaturfonden and SUPERFLEX to restore a minimum of 55 square kilometers of lost Danish reefs will be done in collaboration with municipalities, companies, foundations, and local communities who want to help marine nature in their particular areas.
The combination of nature restoration, art, and architecture will include researchers, marine biologists, political decision-makers, and local residents. The design of the reefs will therefore vary according to the area where they are placed.
The partnership between WWF Verdensnaturfonden and SUPERFLEX was announced on the 5th of November at the awarding of the Crown Prince Couple's Culture Prize, which SUPERFLEX was awarded last year.
About the partnership:
WWF Verdensnaturfonden and SUPERFLEX combine nature restoration, art and architecture in a new and innovative partnership called Super Reef, which connects life in the sea to life on land.
The partnership is based on a vision to restore a minimum of 55 square kilometers of lost reefs in Danish waters in cooperation with the local communities where the reefs are located.
The specific location and financing of Super Reef will be developed by involving local stakeholders, companies, and researchers.
Reefs are essential for biodiversity and the health of the sea. They can increase the amount of fish, seaweed and eelgrass. Seaweed forests and eelgrass are habitats for many species and can contribute to an increased uptake of nutrients and oxygen, which improves water quality. At the same time, eelgrass can remove CO2 from the atmosphere more effectively than forests on land. In other words, reefs are crucial allies in the fight to create healthy oceans.
Life in the sea requires variety and complexity. Therefore, Super Reef will try to mix different structures and materials so that they best suit the local species in different areas.
About the WWF Verdensnaturfonden:
WWF Verdensnaturfonden work to protect and restore nature on land and at sea. In addition to the partnership with SUPERFLEX, WWF is working, among other things, with the energy group Ørsted to restore marine nature with 3D-printed reefs in the Anholt offshore wind farm. In addition, WWF, in collaboration with By & Havn, has set a world record in biohuts – also called fish nurseries – in the harbour of Copenhagen.
Read more about how WWF Verdensnaturfonden works to protect and restore Danish seas here.
Group exhibition at Kunsten in Aalborg, Denmark March 4 to August 21
The exhibition MARMOR (marble) spotlights how the material is processed, understood and interpreted in contemporary art, and the significance of marble as a material in terms of the content a work of art projects to the world. Featuring Interspecies Assembly and Vertical Migration.
This is the third iteration of "Interspecies Assembly" by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030, which includes the works Vertical Migration developed in close collaboration with Kollision and Interspecies Assembly, developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio.
Group exhibition at Art Sonje Center in Seoul, South Korea March 17 to April 24
Minimalism-Maximalism-Mechanissmmm Act 1–Act 4 examines how artists use materials to tell stories about their surroundings and daily life. The exhibition creates connections between the artworks and the observer, and examines how the curator can affect the aforementioned relationship between works and audiences. Featuring Free Beer. Supported by Kukje GalleryArt Hub Copenhagen, Art Hub Copenhagen, ASJ C, Brewey 304 and Kunsthal Aarhus.
Group exhibition at Jut Foundation for Arts and Architecture in Taipei, Taiwan March 19 to July 31
In the face of an uncertain global future, LIVES—the 5th anniversary exhibition of the Jut Art Museum—attempts to re-contemplate and interrogate the most fundamental yet radical issues of “life,” “survival,” and “living.” In futures projected at different time scales: whether 10,000 years hence or one second from now, will we remain who we are? Featuring Hunga Tonga and Every End Is A New Beginning.
Solo exhibition at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany March 31 to September 30
The Sea Is Not An Abyss presents three SUPERFLEX works in the context of the Bauhaus Dessau and the Bauhaus Museum. Resonant with the Bauhaus’s inventive use of industrial materials toward egalitarian and ecologically-responsible construction, these works propose a future in which humans design, build, and live in collaboration with other species. As sea levels continue to rise, human constructions will soon be underwater—fish are our future neighbors and occupants of our houses. Featuring As Close As We Get, Vertical Migration, and We Are All In The Same Boat.
This book has a cheap price of €9 This book has a market price of €28 This book has an honest price of €150
Publication on the occasion of the exhibition Sometimes As A Fog, Sometimes As A Tsunami at Kunsthaus Graz
How much are you willing to pay for this book? € 9, € 28 or € 150? The buyers of the book become part of a process of value and value generation: Do they choose the bargain with the evaluative addition "cheap" on the cover, do they buy the book at the (subsidised) market price, or do they pay the honest price of its socially and ecologically fair production?
The exhibition Sometimes As A Fog, Sometimes As A Tsunami by SUPERFLEX at Kunsthaus Graz focuses on the speculative nature of financial markets and instruments. The illustrated book places the works on display in a larger discursive context and locates them in SUPERFLEX's artistic practice from its earliest works to the present. With texts by Barbara Steiner, Martin Grabner, Dirk Raith and Steven Zultanski. Designed by Rasmus Koch Studio. Published by VfmK Verlag für Moderne Kunst.
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There Is An Elephant In The Room at von Bartha Gallery
How can those of us on land respond to a message from the ocean below? There Is An Elephant In The Room brings together multiple works that address the need for humans to find ways to co-exist with other species in this watery new world. The works range from prophetic warnings to proposals for new forms of interspecies infrastructure.
Underlining the exhibition’s focus on a world altered by climate change, there’s a gas station directly in front of the gallery. As customers fill their tanks and smell the petrol fumes, they’ll be looking in at the text-based installation There is an Elephant in the Room, which gives the exhibition its title. The work use the aesthetics of commercial signage to address the impending consequences of human consumerism. It addresses, without naming it, what we are all witnessing, but seem unable to act against.
Après vous, Le Déluge (“After Me, the Flood”) consists of blue sculptures forming a dashed line on the walls, indicating an invisible yet probable limit: the estimated rise of sea level as a consequence of climate change according to the predictions of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
As Close As We Get is a series of sculptures that function as art for humans and as potential homes for fish. As Close As We Get is part of SUPERFLEX’s open-ended research examining the relationship between humans and other species, proposing a new kind of urbanism that reimagines how we live together.
The exhibition will also feature works from the Bankrupt Banks series. Originally designed to convey strength, authority and confidence, these now defunct symbols become portraits of failed power structures.
There is An Elephant In The Room at von Bartha Gallery, opens today at 18:00. The exhibition will be on show from November 13, 2021 – January 29, 2022 in Von Bartha Gallery, located in Kannenfeldplatz 6, CH-4056 Basel.
Interspecies Assembly in Copenhagen during November
Following its debut in New York's United Nations Headquarters and Central Park during the 76th UN General Assembly, Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 will travel to Copenhagen for a month-long exhibition at BLOX and the Danish Architecture Center (DAC).
Every night for a month, audiences are invited to meet a sea creature in the interactive filmwork Vertical Migration. It will be screened in DAC Passage, on a wall that serves as a barrier, holding back the water of the canal. At the same time, the Interspecies Assembly sculptural installation, on Bryghuspladsen, invites humans and non-humans alike to gather in a space for listening and interspecies dialogue.
After encountering siphonophores—relatives of jellyfish—while blackwater diving in the Coral Sea, SUPERFLEX designed a computer-generated siphonophore and trained it to respond to motion using AI. The result is a film that’s alive. Employing a censor to track the viewer’s movements, Vertical Migration continually reacts to the audience’s behavior. If one moves abruptly, the siphonophore will warily retreat. But if one remains calm, it will cautiously approach, potentially coming so close that the perspective shifts and the viewer sees the world from its point of view.
Interspecies Assembly is a series of pink stone sculptures, arranged in a broken circle, that demarcates a space in which humans must temporarily slow down and become active listeners to their co-species. With the aim of enforcing a state of idleness on humans so that other species can flourish, an “Interspecies Contract” is carved into one of the sculptures, encouraging visitors to change their behaviour.
INTERSPECIES ASSEMBLY BY SUPERFLEX for ART2030 Danish Architecture Center/BLOX, Bryghuspladsen 10.
Vertical Migration at DAC Passage, from sunset until sunrise Interspecies Assembly at Bryghuspladsen, all day. Exhibition period: 28th of October – 28th of November, 2021
SUPPORTERS Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 is a project that features two artworks: Interspecies Assembly and Vertical Migration. It is generously supported by New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden, and Danish Arts Foundation. Vertical Migration was co-commissioned by ART 2030 and TBA21-Academy. Interspecies Assembly was developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio and Kollision.
With warm thanks to BLOX, Danish Architecture Center, Rasss Consult & Events, Cipex, Shanee Stopnitsky, Daniel McClean and Rasmus Koch.
The project Interspecies Assembly by artist group SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 opens during the United Nations General Assembly, seeking to draw attention to biodiversity and the critical role of the ocean—particularly to the region known as the twilight zone—to the global climate.
Interspecies Assembly will feature two public works: a nightly projection of the filmwork Vertical Migration onto the façade of the United Nations’ signature glass and marble tower in New York, and the sculptural installation Interspecies Assembly in Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell.
The project Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 brings together leading partners from art, science, and policy, including TBA21—Academy, The United Nations, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Google Arts & Culture
Biodiversity is collapsing, sea levels are rising, marine life is threatened, and the weather is becoming more extreme. Human activity, as reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is now unequivocally linked to climate change. In the face of this crisis, the artist group SUPERFLEX has created the project Interspecies Assembly, comprised of a film and a sculptural installation that will be shared with the public from September 21st to 24th, coinciding with the UN’s General Debate.
Interspecies Assembly emerges from SUPERFLEX's in-depth research into the deep sea, climate, and biodiversity. The project will feature two artworks: a projection of the video Vertical Migration onto the United Nations Secretariat Building, and the participatory installation Interspecies Assembly near Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell. This project has been commissioned by ART 2030, a non-profit organization uniting art with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and supported by TBA21—Academy, the leading art organization dedicated to ocean advocacy.
Vertical Migration is a dramatic, 505-foot (154-meter) video installation that draws attention to the role that the ocean plays in sustaining the world’s biodiversity and climate. From 8-11 pm EST every night from September 21st to 24th, a representative from the animal world will travel up from the deep sea to visit the UN. The filmwork will cover the entire north-facing marble façade of the United Nations signature 39-story tower, inviting humans to meet one of the many species we share our planet with.
Vertical Migration focuses on a siphonophore: a symbol of the many working as one. A siphonophore is not a single animal but a colony of specialized marine organisms that work together to enhance group survival. These amazing colonies can grow to immense sizes: some longer than the largest blue whale. This particular siphonophore is a creature of the ocean twilight zone, the “mesopelagic” or midwater region just below the ocean’s sunlit surface zone. This global swath of water extends hundreds of meters into the deep and plays a critical role in the ocean’s web of life.
Vertical Migration is commissioned by ART 2030 and TBA21–Academy, and is supported by Avatar Alliance Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies and OceanX, in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden, and Danish Arts Foundation. WHOI and its partners are investigating the role of the twilight zone in the ocean’s biological carbon pump: a massive, planet-scale process that captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and moves it down to the deep ocean, keeping it out of the atmosphere for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Vertical Migration is developed in close collaboration with Kollision.
The sculptural installation Interspecies Assembly will be a physical gathering site to nurture dialogue between species. It will be situated under the protected Elm trees by Central Parks’s Naumburg Bandshell. Manhattan’s largest green space is also home to an array of flora and fauna: turtles, ducks, chipmunks, fish, as well as over 230 species of birds and many thousands of trees. Open to the public from September 21st-24th, a series of pink marble sculptures will demarcate a space in which humans must temporarily slow down and actively listen to their co-species.
The architecture of the artwork arises from SUPERFLEX’s ongoing investigation into interspecies living. Exploring the shift towards a more symbiotic relationship with other species, the gathering site responds to sea-level rise across our planet. The pink coral sculptures incorporate the textures, colors, and forms that will best support a thriving and biodiverse aquatic life in a possible underwater future, while the arrangement of the sculptures in a broken circle evokes the feeling of circularity without the comforting completeness of a ring, implying the need for both consensus and disagreement. The Interspecies Assembly is a porous meeting place where visitors of all species can enter and exit from any direction.
Collaboration with Google Arts & Culture
Experience it online! A digital exhibition developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture—bringing together contributions from partner institutions and experts on oceans, biodiversity, climate change, and more—is launching alongside the opening of Interspecies Assembly:g.co/siphonophore
Use your phone to bring an Augmented Reality siphonophore — the central figure of Vertical Migration— into your living room, learn about what makes this creature so special and about the importance of biodiversity, alongside the story of the work’s artistic development. Furthermore, don’t miss a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Interspecies Assembly sculpture and a recorded conversation between Professor Carsten Rahbek (GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen) and SUPERFLEX. The collaboration provides a wealth of educational resources and explorations into the topics of biodiversity thanks to contributions from Google Arts & Culture partners, including: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, Underwater Earth, Berenice Pauahi Bishop Museum, The United Nations, and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
SUPPORTERS OF INTERSPECIES ASSEMBLY
Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 is a project that features the works Interspecies Assembly and Vertical Migration. The project is generously supported by New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, The Ministry of Culture Denmark, Beckett Fonden, and The Danish Arts Foundation.
Vertical Migration is commissioned by ART 2030 and TBA21–Academy, and supported by Avatar Alliance Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, OceanX, in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden, and Danish Arts Foundation.
The Interspecies Assembly project was developed in close collaboration with Kollision and KWY.studio.
ART 2030’s Biodiversity Focus is generously supported by the Hempel Foundation.
With thanks to the United Nations Department of Global Communications and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York.
Currently on show
Like A Force Of Nature 25.08.21-16.10.21 Solo exhibition at Nils Stærk Copenhagen, Denmark
The exhibition Like a Force Of Nature features two artworks, Like a Force Of Nature and Investment Bank Flowerpots, that explore the almost ecstatic disorientation produced by the intricacy of the natural world and dizzying economic systems.
Like a Force Of Nature is on show at gallery Nils Stærk, Glentevej 49, 2400 Copenhagen.
Hummings 14.08.21-26.9.21 Group exhibition at KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces Køge, Denmark
Last chance to see the Dive-In featured in the exhibition Hummings at the KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces in Køge, Denmark, which is closing on the 26th of September. Juxtaposing fiction and poetry with the urban and rural geography of Køge, Hummings presents 17 art projects by national and international artists, writers, and thinkers. The Dive-In film is screened every night between 20:00-23:00.
On Wednesday the 22nd of September 18:30-20:30 there will be an on-site conversation in Danish between SUPERFLEX artist Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and curator and KØS director Ulrikke Neergaard, followed by a screening of the film. See more details on the event here. To see the full program please visit koes.dk.
Hummings is on show at Søndre Havn, Køge Marina, and the city centre, Køge, Denmark.
Naturen Taler 03.09.2021-02.01.2022 Group Exhibition at Sorø Kunstmuseum Sorø, Denmark
Two works by SUPERFLEX, Every End is a New Beginning IV and Hunga Tonga, are featured in the exhibition Naturen Taler at Sorø Kunstmuseum, which opened on the 3rd of September 2021. The exhibition is the first of a series of exhibitions regarding communication between plants and animals, visualized through the artworks of both Danish and international artists.
Naturen Taler is on show at Sorø Kunstmuseum, Storgade 9, 4180 Sorø.
Being Human Permanent exhibition Exhibition at Wellcome Collection London, UK
SUPERFLEX’ film Flooded McDonald’s can be seen in the permanent exhibition Being Human at Wellcome Collection in London. The exhibition explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. It reflects our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge, and our changing relationships with ourselves, each other, and the world.
Flooded McDonald’s is on show at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW 2BE.
It is not the End of the World 27.06.2021-24.10.2021 Group Exhibition at Fundazain Nairs Nairs, Switzerland
SUPERFLEX’ work It Is Not The End Of The World is a part of the group exhibition by the same name at Fundazain Nairs in Switzerland, which examines a possible future without the human species inhabiting planet earth.
It is Not the End of the World is on show at Fundazain Nairs, Nairs 509 PF 71, 7550 Scoul.
Dive-In in KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces
The Dive-In is being featured in the exhibition Hummings, opening the 14th August at the KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces in Køge, Denmark. The word "humming" can refer to a wide range of phenomena: from the noise produced by machines to the sound of gas oozing through the tectonic layers of the Earth to the mating call of a midshipman fish in the ocean. Hummings offers us a chance to imagine a language connecting all beings, animate or inanimate.
SUPERFLEX’s Dive-In is an installation that functions as a drive-in cinema for humans, but will become infrastructure for marine life when sea levels rise.
The Dive-In film will be screened at 20:00.
The Humming is on show from 14th of August to 30th September 2021 in Søndre Havn, Køge Marina and the city centre, Køge, Denmark.
Exhibition dates: 14th August – 30th September 2021 To see the full program please visit koes.dk
Dive-In was originally commissioned by Desert X in collaboration TBA21–Academy with music composed by Dark Morph (Jónsi and Carl Michael von Hausswolff).
Developed in close collaboration with KWY.studio.
Amidst a global pandemic and growing environmental concerns, it is clear that our human existence is fragile and deeply dependent on the common ecosystem we share with all species on Earth. Interspecies Café is an extension of SUPERFLEX’s artistic practice that aims to explore our symbiotic relationship with the natural world to address the pressing challenges of our time.
SUPERFLEX recognizes the power of the collective and, with this, the need for a radically deeper understanding and internalization of multifaceted perspectives. Collaboration and knowledge-sharing play a foundational role in the development of SUPERFLEX’s recent works, where specialists across the fields of marine biology, conservation and art have joined forces in order to imagine a future world fit for submersion.
These collaborations have and continue to play a pivotal role in developing SUPERFLEX’s interest in Interspecies Living. Interspecies Café thus extends the invitation for engagement at the crossroads between science and art. Through podcast conversations with selected experts: Dr. Alex Jordan, Professor Rikke Andreassen, PhD Fellow Katarina Hovden and certified hypnotherapist Tommy Rosenkilde, SUPERFLEX hopes to encourage dialogue which ponders the possibilities for coexistence in a world that is fit for us all to thrive.
Interspecies Café is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Bygningsstyrelsen, and Roskilde University.
Sound engineer: Kruzh'em
Super Reef: A New Kind of Urbanism
Sometimes, the best way to care for other species is to collaborate with them on new projects. In that spirit, SUPERFLEX is working on a master plan to build at least 55 km2 of reef along the coast of Denmark. Super Reef is a large-scale collective undertaking involving scientists, fish, marine biologists, policy makers, local communities, and seagrasses. Together we can increase biodiversity, clean the air, boost the fish population, make art, and imagine forms of symbiotic living.
Over the last century, Denmark has lost huge areas of stone reef. Humans have extracted tons of stone for construction and coastal protection, decreasing biodiversity and leaving parts of the seabed as empty as a desert. Reefs are crucial partners in a flourishing world: not only do coastal ecosystems help prevent erosion, they have the potential to remove carbon dioxide from the air even more efficiently than terrestrial forests.
Because underwater creatures like variety, just as humans do, Super Reef will be constructed from a range of materials, from repurposed stones to specially-designed fish-friendly pink bricks. Acknowledging the importance of an interspecies perspective, SUPERFLEX is including marine life in both scientific and aesthetic decisions. Perhaps algae can tell us what they want, if only we learned to listen.
Humans built our cities with material taken from the ocean, and now we are developing a sculptural infrastructure to build cities for fish. Super Reef is a new kind of urbanism, premised on an expanded notion of collaboration and knowledge-sharing: between humans as well as between species.
Super Reef is a project derived from the Deep Sea Minding research which was originally supported by TBA21-Academy.
Vertical Migration and Pink Elements in MAAT, Lisbon
The works Pink Element no. 1/Revolving Corner, Pink Element no. 4/Penthouse, Pink Element no. 7/Corner District and Vertical Migration are currently part of the exhibition Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea. The exhibition will open to the public in MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology until September 6th 2021.
Aquaria is an exhibition that looks at how the ocean has washed up inside our cities, homes and cultural institutions, and questions how we have interiorised the notion of an ocean kingdom. Invented in the Victorian age, the aquarium as object embodies the nature/culture divide, and continues to constitute an ocean diorama, a self-contained world and a techno-natural assemblage, home to a living collection mirroring our own personal yet fictional marine world.
Curated by Angela Rui, the exhibition path unfolds through 11 installations by artists, designers, filmmakers, composers and researchers, each offering different points of view to emphasise how the ways of understanding the marine environment were once envisaged and how they should be reconsidered today.
Pink Elements consists of varying sculptural configurations of pink, coral-friendly bricks. The bricks are materially aligned with the needs of underwater creatures, and their pink colour is scientifically known to propagate coral polyp growth. Though angular in shape, each brick houses more organic forms within, porous enough for fish and other aquatic species to burrow.
The bricks are thus a work of architecture in their own right, but hold the potential to be reconfigured to suit human habitation. When presented on dry land in human spaces, the elements appear as stand-alone sculptural objects, or as structural fragments of existing human architecture – such as a corner or column. But when submerged in an aquatic environment, these structures will be repurposed by marine creatures. A pillar for humans today is a future penthouse for fish.
Pink Elements are based on the Deep Sea Minding research, supported by TBA21–Academy.
Interspecies Assembly SUPERFLEX x ART 2030
On World Wildlife Day, we are delighted to announce our upcoming collaboration with ART 2030: Interspecies Assembly
Against the backdrop of this critical moment of time – in which humans are waging war on nature, biodiversity is collapsing, and human activity is at the root of Earth’s descent towards chaos - Interspecies Assembly will mark the very first gathering of human and other species on earth, to address the future of our planet and promote interspecies dialogue and cooperation. The mission of Interspecies Assembly: to urgently lay the foundation for peace, harmony, and the right to a strong and sustainable future for all species on planet Earth. The project addresses today’s most urgent issue of protecting the diverse ecosystems and many forms of life across the planet, that are fundamental to global progress and achieving all Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Further details of Interspecies Assembly to be announced.
Interspecies Assembly is supported by New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, TBA21– Academy, Beckett Fonden, and Danish Arts Foundation.
Our Relationship with this planet has had an enormous impact on its ecosystem, to the extent that we may soon reach the end of our journey. But this also means growth, new exchanges, and, with rising sea levels, the vertical migration of different and new life forms. Perhaps we should see this as an opportunity to reimagine one end as a new beginning.
Engagement with planetary challenges such as biodiversity loss goes beyond a scientific understanding of the phenomena; it requires a cultivation of care and an emotional connection. Great art can make us feel and connect to these complex issues: it can be the agency of change. Great art can affect course of history for all lives. And the time is now.
– Luise Faurschou, Founder and Director of ART 2030