f.eks. is a roaming exhibition platform for contemporary art that seeks to generate critical and speculative dialogues between audiences, artists, and broader publics.  f.eks. produces temporary art events that are located in and around the urban spaces of Aalborg and the Northern Jutland region – activating architecture, infrastructure, ecological sites, and public spaces through a series of live art engagements. These include performances, talks, workshops, readings, pop-ups, social installations, screenings, and many other forms of interactive and ephemeral art making.

f.eks. is an award-winning, non-profit organization supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Den Jyske Kunstfond, Det Obelske Familiefond, Ny Carlsbergfondet, Region Nordjyllands Kulturpulje, 15. Juni Fonden, Aalborg Kommune Kulturpulje, UMMK, Himmerland Boligforening, and Aalborg Kommunes Kunstfond as part of an ongoing artist-initiated program.



04.07.2022 - 29.07.2022
“Alt Skal Væk”
Hannibal Andersen (DK)

Alt Skal Væk (Everything Must Go) is a multi-layered temporary public artwork and social engagement by Hannibal Andersen. This project takes its point of departure in examining the effects of – as well as the resistance to – the commodification and financialization of housing under capitalism. By examining the history of common housing in Denmark (roughly twenty percent of the country's housing stock) as a model that arose out of necessity for affordable and decent homes, Andersen hopes to provoke a broader conversation about the spatial, social, and political implications of housing.

As one component of the project, during the month of July, Andersen will install a video work combining advertising motifs and historical images of housing resistance on the scrolling video board in the public square of John F Kennedy’s Plads. Additionally, a public discussion on housing politics will take place at the cultural house Trekanten in Aalborg East – an area that has a history of social housing as a working class neighborhood, but has previously been on Denmark’s controversial so-called “ghetto list”. By connecting these sites, contexts, and communities, the project will seek to bring together different locales and spatial topologies of realized value as focus points for dialogue. In doing so, the project ultimately asks - how can we think of housing as a common good outside of a capitalist framework?

This project is kindly supported by The Danish Arts Foundation and Trekanten bibliotek & kulturhus.
 
Thursday, July 7th:
Housing Commons - Then and Now from 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Starting point: Trekanten bibliotek & kulturhus, Sebersundvej 2A, 9220 Aalborg Øst
Ending Point: Kennedy Arkaden, John F. Kennedy Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg

Program:
3:30 pm Panel and Public Discussion - Featuring historian Jakob Ørnbjerg, chairperson of Alabu housing organization Laila Thomsen, and activist Ibrahim El-Hassan from Almen Modstand (Common Resistance)
5:30 pm Going from Aalborg East to John F. Kennedy Plads to view the video work Alt Skal Væk
6:30 pm Conclusion (with picnic dinner in Kildeparken)

July 4th – July 29th:
Public Installation of the video work Alt Skal Væk (accessible all hours)
Video board outside Kennedy Arkaden, John F. Kennedy Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg

Note: Language of the event will be in both Danish and English. Translation and interpretation will be provided along with free snacks and drinks.
Hannibal Andersen is a visual artist who works in the dynamic and speculative terrain where economics, politics, and ideology intersect. Andersen's work deals with themes such as (de)commodification, exploitation, branding, intellectual property, hegemony, agency, commonization and the implications of relentless privatization. As such, his practice seeks to give a glimpse into the clandestine political economic mechanisms at play in institutions of power. He captures and twists these notions to illuminate different relationships between economic entities, with ramifications on a global scale or as ubiquitous as advertisement. Andersen has exhibited, performed, and researched widely in Denmark and abroad and has a forthcoming residency at ISCP in New York in 2023, and a public mural installation in collaboration with Kunsthal Charlottenborg called The Abstract Expression of Privatisation which will also debut this summer in Copenhagen.


30.04.2022 - 14.05.2022
“Insider’s Guide - Speculative Wayfinding in Aalborg”
Anthony Carfello (US)

Insider’s Guide - Speculative Wayfinding in Aalborg by Anthony Carfello is a collaborative endeavor that will apply various forms of navigation and mobility to traverse Aalborg as part of a multi-week geographic performance and public project. By using the city as a case study, Insider’s Guide isolates and juxtaposes elements of the twenty-first century “reinvigorated city” in order to identify its conflicts and critique its discrepancies. Drawing on comparative methodologies honed through Carfello’s pedagogical practice in Los Angeles, this project realizes alternate approaches to spatial understanding that originate from familiar devices such as the tourist itinerary, Google Maps, and user-generated content. The project’s aim is to subtly reframe perception of the built environment and contribute to new forms of “grammar” for experiential learning about cities by tracing irregular paths between different typologies of space - from the banal to the trendy and from the common to the exclusive.

While public moments will be anchored by Aalborg’s “Mini-Manhattan” real estate development area, the dockside Streetfood Køkkenfabrikken, local outposts of global franchises, waterfront museums, and more, this is not a contribution to the region's tourist industry. Insider’s Guide is a public artwork that uses conventional tools of introduction to places - tours, maps, “must-see” lists, and guidebooks - to test and propose potential updates to historical processes of critical and political confrontation within cities such as the Situationist dérive. Carfello will chronicle his project activity in Aalborg and adapt these specific efforts into suggestions for users to apply anywhere.
 
Saturday, April 30th:
The Business of Vibrancy  (City Walk) from 2 - 5 pm
Starting point: Kedelhallen (Nordkraft),  Kjellerups Torv 1, 9000 Aalborg
Ending point: Aalborg Streetfood, Skudehavnsvej 35-37, 9000 Aalborg

Saturday, May 7th:
Three McDonald's Restaurants in Aalborg (Urban Exploration) from 12 - 5 pm
McDonald’s, Hobrovej 396, 9200 Aalborg SV

Program:
12:00 pm Introduction (w/Appetizers)
1:36 pm Bus no 1 to McDonald’s, Østerågade 17, 9000 Aalborg
2:00 pm Discussion (w/Burgers)
3:17 pm Bus no 1 to McDonald’s, Forbindelsesvejen 150, 9400 Nørresundby
3:30 pm Discussion (w/Dessert)
5:00 pm Conclusion

Saturday, May 14th:
How to Critically Scooter, Uber, or GoBoat (Collective Mobility Exercise) from 2 - 5 pm
Toldbod Plads, 9000 Aalborg

Note: the language of the presentations, workshops, and public discussion will be in English. Free drinks and snacks will be served at the events. Please be safe and sensible in relation to Covid-19.
Anthony Carfello is based in Southern California where he traces how buildings, communities, and places are experienced and controlled. Advertising, architecture, critical geography, housing justice, real estate, and tourism are all incorporated into the written, editorial, and artistic contributions he has made to institutional and independent projects since 2007. Carfello is an adjunct writing instructor for Temple University’s Los Angeles program and an editor for the online journal Georgia. He has received support from the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (with Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. At the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles - a satellite location of the Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK) in Vienna - he curated and managed exhibitions and ran the international MAK–Schindler residency program from 2009 to 2019. He holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied at the University of Iowa.


21.03.2022 - 29.03.2022
“A Foster Care Agreement for Artwork & the Search for New Legal Analogies”
TWIIID (BE)

A “Foster Care” Agreement for Artwork & the Search for New Legal Analogies by the Belgian art/law collective TWIIID made in association with artist Scott William Raby is a collaborative investigation that seeks to explore new pathways between the fields of art and law. 

Through different interactions across Aalborg and Copenhagen, the aim will be to examine legal conditions of artists, art workers, and art interest organizations toward the creation of legal models, commoning, and new forms of collective action for the contemporary art sector. In dialogue with local legal practitioners, artists, curators, and audiences, the project will explore the possibilities transdisciplinary artistic and legal collaboration can produce. By taking TWIIID’s collective “foster care” agreement for art created during the “Endless Exhibition” at Kunsthal Gent in 2021 as a point of departure, the aim will be to explore, contextualize, and experiment with new legal analogies in a Danish context.  

This investigation seeks to invoke conversation about the needs, responsibilities, and roles between artists, institutions, and the wider art field. Also, it examines the power legal frameworks have to affect economic, social, and political relations within artistic production, but also in relation to other creative disciplines and precarious working conditions more broadly. What new legal analogies can we envision for artistic production that are more accessible, democratic, and help us “common”  in our own localized context?  How can closer legal cooperation with the visual art sector support better, fairer, and more interesting conditions for art in Denmark and abroad?

This project is co-supported by UKK Organisation for Artists, Curators, and Art Mediators.
 
Saturday, March 26th:
Presentation & Collective Workshop w/Discussion* from 5 - 8 pm
Huset i Hasserisgade, Hasserisgade 10, 9000 Aalborg

Program:
5:00 pm Presentation
6:00 pm Collective Workshop
7:30 pm Public Discussion with TWIIID (moderated by Alexandra Jönsson)
8:00 pm Dinner & Drinks

Tuesday, March 29th:
Presentation & Public Discussion* (In cooperation with UKK) from 5:30 - 7 pm
National Workshops for Arts (svfk), Strandgade 27 b, 1401 Copenhagen

*Note: the language of the presentations, workshops, and public discussion will be in English. Please be safe and sensible in relation to covid-19.
TWIIID, or Twee-eiige Drieling (or the Two-Egged Triplets) is a legal sounding board in the arts based in Belgium. The collective consists of Tobias Van Royen, Jens Van Lathem, (and Robin Goossens). By experimenting with different media, methodologies, and pedagogical strategies, TWIIID seeks to find fair and sustainable solutions for legal issues within contemporary art practices, and provide the cultural sector as well as its advocacy organizations with inspiration and rationale for building solid artist’s statutes. TWIIID’s has recently utilized its “foster care” agreement for art at Kunsthal Gent in 2021, collaborated with the Belgian art/legal organization Cultuurloket on “reform and sustainability of the artist’s statute” in 2020, and took part in the RESHAPE initiative to reflect on crucial challenges related to contemporary art production, distribution, and presentation in 2019. Tobias Van Royen has a Master’s Degree in Law, Tax Law, and Cultural Management, and an MA in Cultural Management from the University of Antwerp and Jens Van Lathem has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Ghent.