Deep time, Language, The We! Nordic and Baltic artists, writers, researchers and art organisations are coming together at the network seminar in Silkeborg Denmark.Read More
The Independent AIR is working to gather a Nordic/Baltic group of lens-based artist, writers, researchers and organisations who work with the theme of the Anthropocene; human influence on the planet, coexistence with other beings and other related themes. We hope to be able to facilitate a Nordic/Baltic seminar in Copenhagen in 2018 in order to create network, collaboration and exhibition concepts, to promote the influence of art on future development in a more sustainable direction and creation of new paradigms.
If you are working with these ore similar themes and could be interested in such a seminar and network, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
The Independent AIR has selected an artwork by each of the residency artists and made it available in a limited edition.
Editions of 12 + 2 AP at a price of 100€.
In case of interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent AIR har udvalgt et værk af hver af kunstnerne fra residenciet som vil være til rådighed i en begrænset edition.
Edition består af 12 + 2 AP til 750 ,- Kr.
Ved interesse i køb kontakt email@example.com
The Anthology: We can stay here while we wait - Voices in the Anthropocene
The Independent AIR has edited an anthology with poetic, literary, scientific and philosophical texts to accompany the artistic exploration of the Anthropocene. The book is conceived as a choir with different voices, that while singing in different tones and depths, comes together in unison to comment and expand on the Anthropocene as a living and critical subject.
The Anthology is divided into 5 chapters, each dealing with different elements that relate in a vital way to the way we interact with the planet. The Plasticsphere deals with plastic and its pervasive presence; Sentient Beings is a chapter about animism and the interconnected spirit. Seeds explores plants and trees as locations of ecological disruption, Political Ecology highlights the connections between economic development and marginalisation and lastly, Radium and Polonium is a chapter which crystallizes the philosophical weight and geopolitical importance of atomic power.
With contributions by among others Polly Higgins, Tim Jackson, Timothy Morton, Amartya Kumar Sen, William Wordsworth, Slavoj Zizek and many more.
You can purchase the book for 30€ by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Using the themes of the exhibition as point of departure musician Morten Svenstrup will facilitate a deep listening session in the form of musical meditation and collective concert. Through music and attentive listening you will be able to experience the Anthropocene with your body and senses when musician Morten Svenstrup guides the participants in a workshop where the relationship between man and nature is examined through a very special musical experience. We will become aware that we, as humans, are animals, too, that we are listening beings. We will become aware of the great acceleration, which is a part of our time, in our bodies, and we will rediscover a more balanced tempo.
Deep listening draws on religious and spiritual traditions and is in itself a powerful praxis based on the participants senses – listening, memories and presence. Come and experience how we as people are intertwined with the world around us and be introduced to Deep Listening exercises, that is inspired by traditions such as Qigong, Sonic Meditation and dream-work.
Morten Svenstrup is a practicing musician and holds a certificate in Deep Listening from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He has released a number of compositions and has amongst other things composed music for and played the cello in the internationally acclaimed band Under Byen.
The visitors gains access to the exhibition by ascending a
spiraling structure that leads to the second story entrance of the building,
though rather than terminating at the entrance, the structure continues
spiraling upward toward the sky, terminating in a unfinished manner in the
direction of the harbor.
The Babel Stair is meant to serve as a brief journey that entices the visitor to enter
the exhibition. The visitor approaches the structure facing the exhibition building
and the city. As the visitor ascends the structure to the top, s/he is turned
nearly 180 degrees and presented with a view out over Aarhus Harbor. The
contrasting perspectives may offer an introductory glimpse into man’s near total
influence over his environment, perhaps only the sight of the water serving as a
reminder of natures presence.
The upward spiraling and unfinished aesthetic of the structure is meant as a
visual reference to Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s famous depiction of the Tower
of Babel. The story and image of the Tower of Babel is one of the earliest and
most powerful accounts of man’s (unsuccessful) attempt to surpass nature. The
topics addressed in the exhibition beg the question as to whether man has now
succeeded in transcending nature, or, if there are –consequences still that lay
The Tower of Babel was built in bricks. Our tower is built in Euro pallets. Just
as bricks in the Tower of Babel were seen as a symbol of the industrious
nature of man, the 120x80cm Euro pallet assumes a particularly iconic role in
modern society as the nearly indispensable unit for global trade, production,
consumption and constant transit of goods. However, its reuse and application
as something new and entirely unintended to its original purpose may also
be taken as a sign of the changing consciousness of man in his own epocha
change that looks to re-establish a mutually beneficial relationship to the
On the ground, the structure forms a semi-circular space oriented toward the
harbor. Plants and seating are integrated into the structure which, as a whole,
serves as a gathering place and iconic backdrop for the exhibition