Nordic Outbreak at Katuaq the Cultural Centre of Greenland


Nordic Outbreak opens in Nuuk at Katuaq the Cultural Centre of Greenland with “Measuring Peripheries” December 10, 4pm, opening talk by Tanya Toft . Exhibition December 10-22, 2013, daily 10am-10pm . The artworks are installed in the striking foyer of Katuaq and can be seen indoors and from the street through large window facades. The Centre draws its inspiration from Greenland’s dramatic and breathtaking arctic scenery, hallmarked by mountains, ice and low-angled light. . The theme “Measuring Peripheries” reflects perspectives on what defines the periphery and it’s meaning – how we “measure” it. The ice in the Arctic is melting. This is changing the meaning of an area, which up until recently has been considered a landscape in the periphery difficult to access. The Arctic has now become a center for global questions relating to economy, security and energy policy. It has become an object of measuring – the assigning of spatial values, classification and systematization principles – and thus an object of a changed spatial politics. Nordic Outbreak: Measuring Peripheries considers the ontological implications founded in the measuring of space whereby a special perspective on the world is established. The selected artworks raise questions about the classification of the periphery. They reflect “images” of peripheries, such as the tundra, frozen rivers in the Nordics, Denmark’s west coast or rails vanishing in the horizon –  that challenge spatial politics. The artworks map out urban and natural spaces through bodily movement and human relations, relating to how the body and the experience of time, space, landscape and aesthetics systematizes our understanding and imagination of the meaning of space. . The exhibited works include: Jette Ellgaard, West Coast (2009), Ken Are Bongo, The wind whispers there is someone behind the tundra (2006), Jeannette Ehlers, Black Bullets (2009), Sigurdur Gudjonsson, Balance (2013), Styrmir Örn Gudmundsson, First Level (2012) og Second Level (2013), Mogens Jacobsen, Landskaber (2009), and Dan Lestander, Dreams and Wishes (2009). The installation at Katuaq is curated by Tanya Toft. . Nordic Outbreak website

Nordic Outbreak at Katuaq’s website (in Danish) . NORDIC OUTBREAK is an internationally touring exhibition of over 30 moving image artworks by established and emerging contemporary Nordic artists curated for screens and projections in public space. Organized by curators Tanya Toft and Nina Colosi, Nordic Outbreak and its accompanying public programs at cultural centers, launched in New York City in March 1 – April 6, 2013, opening with Björk’s Mutual Core featured across the synchronized electronic billboards in Times Square’s Midnight Moment. Nordic Outbreak has been produced in collaboration with guest curators Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen and Jacob Lillemose. .

CALENDAR for Nordic tour

HELSINKI, FINLAND Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Media Facades Festival Helsinki August 21 – September 1, 2013

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Danish Architecture Center October 10-20, 2013

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND Reykjavik Art Museum October 25-27, 2013

STAVANGER, NORWAY Screen City Festival October 26-27, 2013

NUUK, GREENLAND Katuaq The Cultural Centre of Greenland December 10-22, 2013

UMEÅ, SWEDEN At the inauguration of Umeå as European Capital of Culture 2014 January 31, 2013 – February 2, 2014 NORDIC OUTBREAK has also been presented in: New York City (launch); Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong; 21 BBC Big Screens throughout the UK; Bucharest, Romania; Antarctica; Tenerife Canary Island, Spain

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