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 – 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 artist-initiated, non-profit organization that is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Den Jyske Kunstfond, North Denmark Region Culture Fund, Aalborg Municipality Culture Fund, UMMK, and Aalborg Municipality Arts Foundation as part of a new two-year program in the waterfront city.



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, Birmingham City University (BCU), GreenwayCasa Anne Maries vej, and Jubilee.
 

Wednesday, 5th February:  
A Modest Proposal – Rethinking Art, Law, and Urban Renewal
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:
The Radical Politics of Jorn - Artistic Reflections on Value, Economy, and Property
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 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.


18.11.– 23.11.2019
“Destination Aalborg”
Piscine (DK)
Destination Aalborg is a project consisting of speculative interventions initiated by the Danish artist group Piscine. The project takes on the guise of a travel agency and a hybrid think tank that presents the arrival of solutions for future tourism in Aalborg.

Piscine invites the audience to join them through public spaces, on a city bus ride, and arriving at Aalborg Airport as a final destination. Via these performative experiences, Destination Aalborg aims to advance the city's desires by asking several questions - how can we optimize a city for future tourism? How can we utilize the desires of a city to generate new architectural imaginaries?

Alternatively, another question is whether a trickster has crept into the machinery...

@destinationaalborg @destinationaa 

This project is made in collaboration with Aalborg University (Art & Technology) and Kunstpionererne. It is sponsored by North Jutland's Transport Company (NT) and Casa Anne Maries vej.
 

Saturday, 23rd November:
Introduction at 2:00 pm
Meeting point: VisitAalborg in Kedelhallen, Nordkraft
Kjellerups Torv 5, 9000 Aalborg

Bus Ride from 2:45 - 3:15 pm (NT Bus 12)
Ending point: Aalborg Airport

*normal admission price


Screening and Refreshments
from 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Aalborg Airport (balcony)
Ny Lufthavnsvej 100, 9400 Nørresundby

Piscine is a multi-dependent exhibition phenomenon that handles solo, group, and collaborative situations: a hybrid apparatus that sometimes acts as an artist group and at other times a curatorial unit. The group has a shifting cast of members, but at the time of Destination Aalborg consists of the artists Anna Ørberg, Jens Settergren, and Mark Tholander.




 


28.09.– 06.10.2019
“AAAA”
Lukas Heistinger (AT) and Bernhard Garnicnig (AT)
The project AAAA is an event-based public artwork initiated by Lukas Heistinger and Bernhard Garnicnig. AAAA seeks to encourage interactions between the artistic, public, corporate, and government interests surrounding Aalborg’s transformation from an industrial to a cultural city. Through a combination of private conversations and public events the artists’ aim is to rethink the parts art can play in the future contexts of the city.  By applying a macro-perspective on the artist’s role in social life they will introduce a roaming performative installation at locations such as a backyard villa house, a sailing club, harbor front lots, and a decommissioned watchtower. AAAA will invite local artists, developers, government officials, and publics into the project. Based on these interactions, the project is trying to structure and contextualize varying interests into art and culture.  After a collective sailboat voyage across the Limfjord, a final ‘Policy Transformation Proposal’ will be handed over to the local government in a ceremony at the Aalborg harbor front. The public will be invited to join this celebratory boat ride sailing toward Policy Transformation together.

AAAA (which stands for AAlborg Anti-Artwashing) is a project rooted in creating a responsible long-term vision for art and culture in the city of Aalborg.  AAAA seeks to explore how to (re)define the different roles of artistic practice for government, and how to best support, protect, and communicate them. By referring to the harbor history and local landmarks to help create new images and language, the artists are seeking to rethink the role art can play in cities, institutions, and urban transformation processes.

This project is kindly supported by Stigsborg P/S, Aalborg Port Logistics A/S, Aalborg Events, the schooner MAJA, and Casa Anne Maries vej.

Click here to download AAAA Press Package
 

Introductory Event
Saturday, 28th September:
Open Forum - Policy Transformation from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Casa Anne Maries Vej, Anne Maries vej 22, 9000 Aalborg

Main Event
Sunday, 6th October: 
Sailing Ceremony from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Stigsborg, Stigsborg Brygge 5, 9400 Nørresundby

*The Sailboat Ride is free of admission and open to the public (we board at Stigsborg at 2 pm and dock near the Utzon Center at 4 pm)
Lukas Heistinger (b. 1987, Vienna, Austria) and Bernhard Garnicnig (b.1983, Austria) live and work in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.  Since realizing a film project together in Brasilia in 2014, they continued collaborating on a number of projects. Using their association, the Artist Project Group - an allusion to the radical 1970s collective Artist Placement Group, operating in Britain during the mediated collapse of the National industries - as a production platform, they are spinning new and unexpected narratives on concepts like products & performance, culture & capital, and markets & merchandise. In 2015, they founded the artist label Supergood and began integrating corporate and commercial practices into their work. They ran a concept store in Vienna’s city centre for several months selling different interpretations of ‘superfood’ to hype audiences, while hosting other performers, artists, and researchers. In 2018, they fronted a major retrospective by Portuguese artist Ernesto de Sousa at the MAAT, Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon employing their brand image and picking up de Sousa’s use of posters to seed political unrest.  Now they are using their newly discovered roles as service providers for an ever-expanding industry of cultural institutions and are in the process of developing a mobile application called Artist Partner Service to expand practically into the quest of how artistic work can be newly interpreted and valorized.