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, Region Nordjyllands Kulturpulje, 15. Juni Fonden, Aalborg Kommune Kulturpulje, UMMK, and Aalborg Kommunes Kunstfond as part of an ongoing artist-initiated program.

18.12.2020 - 25.06.2021
“Hand of Inanna”
Nanna Lysholt Hansen (DK)

Hand of Inanna by Nanna Lysholt Hansen is a performative, filmic, and dialogical artistic engagement. The project seeks to confront the interconnected pandemic, ecological, and economic crises, by utilizing imaginative and utopian strategies as initial points of departure. Lysholt Hansen is particularly interested in exploring the moods, feelings, and needs necessary for the creation of sustainable futures. Through embodying a cyborg mother goddess, the artist invokes sci-fi and speculative fiction motifs combined with vivid references such as the Sumerian poet Enheduanna and NASA recordings of the planet Venus, to meditative gestures and her own vocal presence. By positioning the body and voice as tools of resistance, via eco-feminist questions related to solidarity, care, family, and community, Lysholt Hansen asks - how can we more clearly listen and live together in times of crisis and in the future?

Identifying the need to address topics such as climate change, spirituality, healing, and a broader relationship to ecology, Lysholt Hansen’s practice employs different forms and formats. The work consists of a vocal workshop, film screening, performance, and public dialogue taking place within the architecture of Aalborg’s Utzon Center. The project will unfold over the course of a two-day choreography within the sweeping, lofty interior as an artistic journey into the underworld and back - to create knowledge sharing, build trust and strength, and inspire new forms of community building.

This project is generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundation. The video work Dear Daughter / Sen_sing_inannainanna (2019) is made in collaboration with artist Stathis Tsemberlidis
Thursday, 24th June:  
Workshop - Voice of Nammu from 4 - 5 pm
Film screening and public discussion from 5 - 7 pm
Utzon Center, Slotspladsen 4, 9000 Aalborg

Friday, 25th June:
Performance - Sen_sing_inannainanna #3 from 3 - 4 pm
Utzon Center, Slotspladsen 4, 9000 Aalborg

*All Covid-19 health and safety guidelines as suggested by the Danish Government will be followed.
Nanna Lysholt Hansen is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In her practice she investigates relationships between the body, language, gender, and technology. Using her own personal experiences of the female body, sexuality, pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, she draws attention to the body as a technological and biological intergenerational mediator of knowledge, voice, and memory. Her artwork can be experienced as live performance or as the body manifests itself through hybrid technological forms where aspects of history and narratives are challenged in relation to the gaze on the body over time. Lysholt Hansen holds a MFA degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen, Denmark (2011) and a BFA degree from Kingston University, Faculty of Art, Design & Music, London, United Kingdom (2005).

26.06.– 19.09.2020
“Alternative Limfjord Ecologies”
The Nomadic Platform for Eco-Economic Futures (DK/US)

Alternative Limfjord Ecologies is a public art project created by the Nomadic Platform for Eco-Economic Futures. The project consists of a series of site and context specific performances, temporary installations, and dialogues in different outdoor public spaces on the Aalborg harbor front. By activating seaside camping shelters, city overlooks, and unused boat docks, the project will reframe the natural and urban spaces of Aalborg’s Limfjord to rethink socio-economic exchanges in relation to local ecology. Through reinterpreting back to nature motifs as seen on television, youtube, and the D.I.Y. ethos of bushcraft, vanlife, and minimal living, a critical artistic lens will be deployed to unpack these relationships as a point of departure. In doing so, broader questions about the changing relationship to ecosystems in the 21st century will be examined.

While referring to local history and culture, different scales in which nature is understood from a micro-political level of self-experience to theoretical questions related to Capitalocene dialogues will be explored. How do we interpret the spectrum of value and accessibility to an ecosystem? This can range from a deep connection, to a recreational space, or a spiritual relationship to abstraction, survival, or a site of destitution. What does this tell us about how we interact with ecological space in the context of national and global scales of planetary consumption? Alternative Limfjord Ecologies seeks to connect ecology, value, labor, and expanded artistic practice through collective and critical thinking to generate new interactions in relation to eco-economic connections.

This project is generously supported by The Danish Arts Foundation and KulturKANten, and made in collaboration with Stigsborg P/S, Trekanten, Miladan, Hal9k, Nordjyllands Windsurfingklub, Lille Nyhavn NørresundbySpejdersport AalborgGreenway Denmark, and outdoor guide Ib Hansen.

Friday, 26th June:  
Back to Nature
Performance and Community Meal (with music by Oskar Krusell Sørensen) from 5 - 8 pm
Bejlerholm 1 (Shelter E 585 - Lindholm Fjordpark), 9400 Nørresundby

Saturday, 1st August:
Reproducing an Economy of Leisure
Performative Lecture & Workshop with bushcraft chair making from 2 - 5 pm
Skansevej (Skanseparken by the fire pits east of the Herbaceous Garden), 9400 Nørresundby

Saturday, 19th September:
Pavilion no. II
Brolandingerne, Havnegade 5, 9400 Nørresundby

*Due to Covid-19 the events will host a maximum of 50 participants we encourage you to utilize social distancing - all activities are held outdoors, therefore please make sure to dress accordingly
The Nomadic Platform for Eco-Economic Futures is a context specific engagement of multiple forms, formats, and iterations. Its aim is to experiment with new socio-political, imaginative, and utopian strategies in relationship to pressing interconnected ecological and economic crises. It seeks to create dialogue, action, and organization through pedagogical and discursive interactions while prototyping new engagements through collective exchange.  It is initiated by Danish-American artist, organizer, and researcher Scott William Raby. His artistic practice engages the socio-economic and geopolitical forces that shape the dynamics between art and broader spatial, cultural, and institutional frameworks. Urbanization processes, environmental commons, judicial and financial infrastructures, micro-politics, and mass-communication systems are common sites and subjects of inquiry. His aim is to reframe and reconfigure relationships between labor, value, spatial politics, legality, and power dynamics through expanded notions of artistic practice. He has recently performed, exhibited, or presented at several art and academic institutions including Performance Protocols and Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg (DK) c4 projects, Copenhagen (DK), ARGOS, Brussels (BE), I:projects Space, Beijing (CN), M_HKA, Antwerp (BE), and Goldsmiths, London, (UK), among others.
05.02.– 19.02.2020
“7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø”
Vermeir & Heiremans (BE) and Luke Mason (UK)
7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø is an event-based public artwork initiated by the Belgian artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans in collaboration with legal philosopher Luke Mason. The project consists of a combination of presentations, workshops, and public discussions at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg as well as a walking event at the Asger Jorn House on Læsø. For the walk on Læsø, a diverse group of experts and publics will come together around the practices and political beliefs of artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973). Jorn had outspoken ideas about property as reflected in his writings on value, his role in co-founding collective movements like Situationist International and Cobra, and his practice of urban walking, which he saw as a potential revolution in daily life. Vermeir & Heiremans will focus on the property relations of Jorn’s studios in Albisola, Italy and Læsø, and ‘re-enact’ Jorn’s walking on the island to further unravel connections between art, law, property, finance, and natural environments. These themes will be further explored through two events by the artists with Kunsten’s new program Open - featuring their project A Modest Proposal and a performative lecture interpreting archival Jorn material as mutual points of departure. 

7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø is a transdisciplinary and research-based art project. The project questions if (re)thinking legal concepts and contesting the absoluteness of property ownership can contribute to more sustainable and equitable governing practices regarding natural and artistic resources. By examining property relations in a more layered way, Vermeir & Heiremans and Mason argue both natural and social commons could be better protected. As a site-specific methodology for both contemplation and a clashing of the minds, the project also investigates walking. The dialogues their project generates highlight art’s social urgency in relationship to the creation and distribution of value, spatial dynamics, commoning approaches, and the discursive potential of expanded (artistic) practices.

Read more about 7 walks
Read more about A Modest proposal

This project is made in collaboration with Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Kunstpionererne, Gallery Tom Christoffersen, Nordoplyst, Flanders State of the ArtBirmingham City University (BCU), GreenwayCasa Anne Maries vej, and Jubilee.

Wednesday, 5th February:  
Open: Is Art Profitable?
Film screening and panel discussion from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Auditorium - free admission)
Kong Christians Alle 50, 9000 Aalborg

Sunday, 9th February:
From Albisola To Læsø - A Re-enactment of a Historical Walk to Asger Jorn’s House
Public presentation and walking workshop
from 8:00 am -5:30 pm
Asger Jorn’s House (Free transportation and lunch - see day itinerary*)
Lille Strandgårdsvej 28, 9940 Læsø

Wednesday, 19th February:
Open: Was Asger Jorn an Activist?
Performative lecture from 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Aalto Conference Room - free admission)
Kong Christians Alle 50, 9000 Aalborg

*Day Itinerary: You are welcome to join the free bus and ferry ride to the Asger Jorn House from Aalborg Station (return trip). Seating is limited - please reserve a seat by e-mailing f.eks.contact@gmail.com (for private transportation see Læsøfærgen)

8:00 am Transportation to Asger Jorn’s House from Aalborg Station (bus terminal C)
11:15 am Walking Workshop
12:15 am Lunch – Soup, bread, and drinks
12:45 am Presentation by Vermeir & Heiremans
1:30 pm Discussion in collaboration with Nordoplyst
2:30 pm Transportation to Aalborg st. from Asger Jorn’s House
5:30 pm Arrive at Aalborg st.

Vermeir & Heiremans are a Brussels-based artist duo consisting of Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans. Their practice investigates the complex relationship between art, economy, and the built environment in today’s highly globalized world. The artists define their own house as an artwork itself, which functions as a framing device that zooms in on the role the arts play between finance, urban development, and governing. Their practice employs financial tools, historical references, technology, and cinematic language to reflect on social codes as well as on the production of value in today’s artistic and non-artistic realms. Vermeir & Heiremans have exhibited their work internationally in the Istanbul Biennial; Manifesta 9, Limburg; Argos, Brussels; Shenzhen Biennial; Trienniale Bruges; Dojima River Biennial, Osaka; Bucharest Biennial 7, and Pump House Gallery, London among many others. They have also presented their multi-disciplinary practice recently in academic conferences such as at Finance & Society, Edinburgh & London at The Royal College of Art, London, Critical Finance Studies, Birmingham among others. They also co-organize the artistic research platform Jubilee as well as its related legal/financial project Caveat.

Luke Mason is a British philosopher and academic lawyer. Much of his published work focuses on labour law and social policy. His work often focuses on the social function of legal forms and how these can be modified and revisited to achieve more creative uses of legal concepts. He has taught and researched at Universities across Europe, including in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, and is part of numerous international research networks in his fields of interest. He is currently Head of the School of Law at BCU, Birmingham and also teaches law at the Sorbonne Law School and ICP in Paris.