April 8 - June 4 2006

An exhibition which explores the concept of time through the widely different approaches of 30 artists
Through the past century, the means of communication have undergone drastic changes and with them our notion of time. The exhibition TIME presents time in art. Visual artist and curator Frank Franzen has put together a programme, including an exhibition and a series of films in which Danish and international contemporary artists explore the concept of time and organise their works according to their particular  approach. The exhibition furthermore sees the launching of the initiative Emergency Room in which artists will be given the opportunity to react on a day-to-day basis to events around the world while they are taking place.

Seize the unseizable
With TIME, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, wants to focus on a number of artistic approaches, all of them endeavouring to illuminate and seize aspects of the unseizability of the concept of time. Eight Danish artists have created new works specifically for the TIME exhibition, all of them concerned with a discussion of this concept. These works furthermore incorporate the concept of time in their physical form, and in this they engage the spectator actively in how the works are perceived. The artists employ a wide range of expressive modes, from video installations over photography to sculptural spaces.

The participating artists are: Jesper Fabricius & Karena Nomi, Frank Franzen, Søren Jensen, Marianne Jørgensen, Karin Lind, Tina Maria Nielsen and Jesper Rasmussen.

A tank wrapped in pink
Marianne Jørgensen exhibited a tank which during the exhibition continuously was wrapped in pink knitted patches which she had asked people from all over the world to send to her. Marianne Jørgensen has furthermore produced a video spanning a number of years in which she and her invited guests wear a path in a field spelling out the words "tiden går" ("time goes").


Giant steel construction
Tina Maria Nielsen installed a steel construction titled Lost Highway Hotel, a one-to-one building, eight by five metres. The spectator is forced through the sculpture in such a way that one is inside the actual sculpture while experiencing the work, and as one works one's way through the room, one is confronted with various elements and effects.

The spectator sets the work in motion
Karin Lind expresses herself in two sculptural works and a photo series which each revolve around enlargement and reduction. The sculptures are made as wooden stick constructions, ranging from the size of poles to thin sticks, and the different ways one places oneself in the room is what sets the lines in motion as figures repeat themselves and are replaced by alternatively sized versions. The photo series consists  of 10 photos in varying sizes in relation to each other, at the same time creating  motion in the subject matter.

Frank Franzen presents Time, a three by five metres video projection, bringing together memory, time and distance in a never-ending rhythmic motion, as well as the spatial installation Painters' Corridor which transforms time and place into an experience of the here and now.

After the exhibition it is no more
Søren Jensen contributes with a work especially designed for Nikolaj's entrance room, consisting of two elements: a canopy in an interplay with fluorescent strips, as well as two lamps, each consisting of 12 fluorescent strips placed in a circle slowly revolving around itself.

Emergency Room
Time in art not only means the time of the work or the time it takes for the spectator to create meaning of it; but time is also the frame of the work. This aspect is addressed in  the TIME exhibition in which the artists' initiative Emergency Room is launched. In the Tower Room, artists are given the opportunity, with 24 hours' notice, to create and install works which address and take as their starting point topical events within the last 24 hours. The work will be presented for 24 hours and will then be replaced by a new work by another artist. The politically motivated art is thus given the opportunity to respond with immediacy - and at the same fast pace as the news media - and in so doing, to make an artistic contribution to current social debates.

The Emergency Room is intended as an art project which will continue beyond the temporal limitation of the exhibition period to be presented in other big cities around the world. The project has been created as an initiative by visual artists Colonel, Frank Franzen and Jacob Hoff.
More about this project on www.emergencyrooms.blogspot.com where the day-to-day development can also be followed.

Time as an active effect
Nikolaj's cinema shows works by internationally acknowledged artists. A total of 10 works, they visually show a narrative course within the medium which emphatically changed 20th century art and introduced time as an active effect: the film. The film
assists in creating a unique experience of time through various processes and stories with a beginning, a middle and an ending. Frank Franzen has invited a selection of well-known artists within the international art scene who have rarely or never before been seen in Denmark. Now TIME provides the opportunity to see them, including four non-Danish films on the subject of time made especially for this exhibition.

The programme features works by: Carlos Amorales (MEX/NL), Jesper Fabricius (DK), Aldo Gianotti (I), Viktor Schaider (A), Jeroen Kooijmans (NL), Steen Møller Rasmussen (DK), Manuel Saiz (ES/GB) and Sergei Sviatchenko (DK).

As an experiment, the webpage www.tidspunkt.dk will be opened as the exhibition opens in an effort to try to discuss the various themes in relation to other art forms.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue to tie in with the opening in which the artists and their works will be presented and with an introduction by Frank Franzen and Jacob Hoff.

Friday April 7 2006 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For press photos and more information  - please contact Christina Helvad, t: (+45) 3393 1626, m: pr@nikolaj-ccac.dk.

The exhibition has received support from BG Fonden, The Danish Art Council, Montana, PS Logo and Senko.

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