Established in 1917, Kunsthal Aarhus is a contemporary art institution located in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Kunsthal Aarhus provides a collaborative and transdisciplinary platform for artistic experimentation and critical engagement. Since 2012, Kunsthal Aarhus has initiated an artistic programme based on two year research themes. Its first iteration - SYSTEMICS - explored the intersections of contemporary art and media technologies, through the historical influence of cybernetics and network theory. Taking this as a point of departure – especially the last exhibition that unfolded through multiple collaborative platforms – the new programme for 2015-2016 explores the notion of COLLECTIVE MAKING. During the two-year period, Kunsthal Aarhus turns its attention to collective processes of production by exploring the practices of historical artist associations and contemporary art collectives.
The new programme unfolds through parallel formats - exhibitions, open calls, online art commissions, public art commissions, critical writing, and a public programme of talks and discussions. The core exhibition programme explores the following subthemes: the radical sharing practices encouraged by open source principles (Extreme Sharing); the transformation of the DIY ethos into a collective form (Do It / With Others); engagement with globalised flows of objects and collective labour (Worldly Subjects); and finally, through practices that extend human agency to include the nonhuman (Forensic Imagination). In a new dedicated space, the programme is anchored around PrayWay - a work by the collective Slavs and Tatars - providing an ongoing platform for hospitality, conviviality, conversations, talks, and other collective activities (see image).
The COLLECTIVE MAKING exhibition programme launches with Extreme Sharing featuring the Danish collective N55. Kunsthal Aarhus is transformed into XYZ OPEN CITY - an open source, modular, low cost system that persons in local communities can use as a tool to implement a wide range of shared functions in public space as an alternative to state or private ownership regimes. XYZ OPEN CITY can plug into existing infrastructures and change the functions of existing instiutions, or it can be used to build a new city from scratch as a do-it-yourself urban planning tool. N55 encourage persons to build their own XYZ OPEN CITIES. The manual for XYZ OPEN CITY, and other open source manuals for works by N55, can be found at www.n55.dk
N55 is a collective platform for persons who want to work together, share places to live, economy, and means of production. N55 things are implemented in various situations around the world, initiated by the collective and/or in collaboration with different persons and institutions. All N55 works are Open Source provided under the rules of Creative Commons. N55 is based both in Copenhagen, and in LAND (www.n55.dk/land.html).
COLLECTIVE MAKING series is developed by Joasia Krysa, Artistic Director at Kunsthal Aarhus, and is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Aarhus Kommune, the Obel Family Foundation and Goethe-Institut Dänemark.
Image: PrayWay by Slavs and Tatars (2012). Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Berlin, Angela Staffa and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.