press release

Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, opened its doors to the artists group A Kassen's exhibition +40 degrees C, consisting of new site specific sculptures. This exhibition had come into being as a continuation of Nikolaj's annual exhibition for children and young persons; but as a new feature this exhibition could be experienced in parallel by both children and grownups. With its surprising aesthetics, A Kassen challengede both construction and consciousness in installations which interacted with the architecture of the Art Center and involved the use of extras. An old b/w film could be seen reconstructed as a sculpture distributed over the exhibition area. With its causal sequence, this work challengede the way guests read and perceive a work of art. Nikolaj's exhibition space had also been reduced by five cubic metres with the work Pigeons Portal, a glass corridor of 10.5 metres spanning the gallery, made for the use of the numerous pigeons living in the neigbourhood. Apart from these works, the exhibition included several other works such as prints, video and sculpture, all of them questioning the logic of perception.

A Kassen are: Søren Petersen, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Christian Bretton-Meyer and Tommy Petersen, all educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007.

As a part of this exhibition it was possible to participate in workshops, presenting the exhibition to children and young persons, as well as introducing them to the strategies and idiom of the most recent contemporary art. The Upper Side Gallery was put into use for a sound installation, recording the sonic expression of the exhibition and transmitting the soundtrack live at Nikolaj Plads. Visitors could here sample their own uniquely personal sound work.

Visitors at the exhibition could also take part in a mail art work aimed at children and young persons, with the emphasis on the potential of contemporary art to create an interaction and a dialogue between the works and the guests. Through the visitors, fragments of the mail art work was sent out into the world, only to return to the Art Center with one of the guests' added personal touch. Put together, all the many parts constituted a graphic whole, an op art work created by the guests themselves.

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