SPRING is the Artists' Easter Exhibition talent show with a handful of artists who in recent seasons have made a strong impact on the juried exhibition KP.
It is KP's board that selects the artists for SPRING.
SPRING23 will be shown alongside KP23 in Kunsthal Aarhus 1 April - 21 May 2023.
Olivia Rode Hvass
The Warm Hands (Hot hands!)
Tapestry (1OO% cotton), burnt wood, natural stone, posca marker, spray paint, plants, sand.
The title “De varme hænder (Hot hands!)” – in English, “The warm hands (Hot hands!)” – refers to the media coverage of the striking nurses, where the nickname “The warm hands” was widely used by politicians, journalists, media personas etc. to describe them.
The warm hands are working hands.
The hands of physical work.
The supporting hands,
the caring hands,
the underpaid hands.
The hands have found each other.
They have become so warm now.
Lior Nønne Malue Hansen
ĀLAYA-VIJÑĀNA | MAYBE MY SANCTUARY FOR THE BENT AND THE BROKEN IS ACTUALLY A PENITENTIARY FOR THE DAMAGED AND THE DUMPED AND I NOT THE
WARDEN BUT JUST ANOTHER OBJECT IN THIS STOREHOUSE OF TRAUMA
They say care is heavy work.
Mine weighs a ton.
Ālaya-vijñāna (storehouse consciousness) is a term from Buddhism. It is the place in our (sub/un)consciousness where unprocessed trauma is stored throughout lifetime after lifetime, and from where our core behavioural patterns is shaped.
Materials: 1000kg mixed material from the artist’s own collection, (potentially misconceived) care, and a wish for second chances.
Programming: Søren Vøgg Lyster
Lighting: Jonas Jørgensen
Materials: LED-panels, found-footage video, sound.
Big Ear explores humans’ first potential encounter with intelligent life from outer space. The work takes its starting point in the powerful radio signal, “the Wow! signal,” first measured at Ohio State University’s observatory, Big Ear, on the 15 August 1977. The signal was more than 50,000 times stronger than anything previously recorded, leading scientists to wonder if it could be an actual message from aliens.
The artist’s installation features an interpretation of Big Ear’s “flat reflector” that captured signals from the furthest reaches of outer space. A 1:35 ratio LED-screen is programmed to glow at varying intensities based on data from the moment the “Wow!” signal measurement was first recorded.
The work also consists of a video comprising scenes from American sci-fi films released during the lifetime of the Big Ear Observatory (from 1963–1998). This video is edited using the same code as the light installation and depicts different fictional interpretations of a first encounter between humans and aliens.
The Institute of Emancipatory Science
(Asker Bryld Staunæs and Benjamin Krog Møller)
HIC RHODUS, HIC SALTUS:
Here is Rhodos, jump here!
Sand, video(AUTORHODICA), beach-television, the Library of Rhodes**, diverse materials.
The Institute of Emancipatory Science has operated beneathAarhus University for fifty years and was founded by Professor Swig. It is mostly driven by the artist group Asker Bryld Staunæs and Benjamin Krog Møller.
Its primary form of expression is installations of archival material from the student movement of its heyday in the 197Os, but also articles, dance, lectures and performances. In recent years, the Institute has exhibited its productions in various art spaces and journals such as Antipyrine, ARoS, ARK, Captive Portal, e-flux, Kunsthal Aarhus, MindFuture, Pròblema, Rum46 and Udstillingsstedet Spanien19C, and in 2O18 the project was awarded by Statens Kunstfond.
Its current research projects entail “Computer Lars”, “Larschive”, “Library of Rhodes”, “Paintings of Professor Swig”, “Spanien 1-1OO/A-Z” and “Organ for the Autonomous Sciences”, which are all student-driven and fully autonomous from the overall institutional bureaucracy. Studying at the Institute for Emancipatory Science is free of charge, and it is always welcoming to new students and project proposals.
The purpose of SPRING is
- to highlight significant artistic expressions and investigations that may otherwise have difficulty finding a public platform
- to support the individual artist in his/her career
- in a wider perspective, to strengthen the upcoming arts
SPRING has three major focus
- Care of talent: Early on in the process, the artists are assigned a qualified supervisor who advises on the individual works. Artists and supervisors collaborate on the overall exhibition and on the form and content of a catalogue.
- Exchange: A platform is created for new networks and collaborations artists in between.
- Communication: The relationship between works and the audience is developed by publishing catalogues, handouts, launching public talks, etc.