Knitted nature

 

Netmaskerne
SIDESHOW in Skovvilla 20 August - 20 November 2022

Netmaskerne are a group of artisans gathered in a community of interest around experimental knitting designs. This is the second time Netmaskerne exhibits under the auspices of KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad. The first time was in 2012 where they showed their 10 year anniversary exhibition "From Queen to Femme Fatale - knitting art from Netmaskerne through 10 years." Through the choice of challenging themes, they each create designs that together form exhibitions, and provide insight into the many possibilities for variation and interpretation that are found in knitwear and design. This time they have chosen nature as the theme - and that is obvious. Every day, nature has inspired patterns in human home textiles and clothes, we borrow with beaks and claws, are inspired and interpret. Nature has historically also concretely given colors to yarns and textiles, extracted from plants, soil, etc. In "Knitted Nature", the audience sees the different designs and suits, mounted on giner. Each design is accompanied by a small text and perhaps a few photos about the creation process and the artist's own considerations in relation to theme and design. More than 20 of the group's members contribute to the current exhibition, including several members from Norway. Represented at the exhibition are: Ritta Balleby, Anne Bendixen, Gitte Carstens, Mette Albæk Christensen, Eva Folke, Lis Fristed, Bodil Zahl Grytten, Elsebeth Houmand, Marianne Isager, Helene Jensen, Tove Møller Jensen, Lotte Kjær, Susanne Larsen, Dorte Ballisager Pedersen, Tove Pedersen, Annette Ross, Else Schjellerup, Rikke Amilde Seehuus, Margit Meier Svendsen, Geske Svensson, Hege Samuelsen Søberg and Vibeke Warthoe.

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WHAT CAN THE LANDSCAPE TELL ABOUT OURSELVES?

Documentation exhibition for the art project Walking Landscapes in Silkeborg Municipality
1 April - 30 October 2022

In July 2021, a dozen artists added new perspectives on the relationship between man and nature through a series of ‘dogma walks’ in the landscapes around Silkeborg. The contributions ranged widely in expression due to artists' different forms of expression, including performance, poetry, visual art etc. Overall, one can see their walks as an alternative catalog of points of attention for the Silkeborg region landscapes and coexistence with the surroundings in general. Some themes that the 10 artists seemed to be particularly preoccupied with are 1) Landscapes as the key to identity and history; 2) Change of landscapes; 3) Human connection with landscape and nature.

Where?

Together, they also traveled geographically. One walked from Laven towards Silkeborg, another between villages just south of Kjellerup, a third and fourth where the motorway cuts through the border between town and countryside both east and west of Silkeborg. Several walked close to the city from the railway station to parts of the Silk Route, some at the water's edge and swampy terrains with traces of past fish farms. There was a hike in the southern part of the municipality from Tømmerup to the east over field boundaries and heath, where Tatars in ancient times lived. And the area where a new district will eventually grow - Eriksborg - had its own wanderer.

The relationship between man and nature - reflection
Silkeborg Municipality is currently developing the vision of being Denmark's Outdoor Capital. Therefore, it is relevant that the art project Walking Landscapes has visited the Silkeborg area, and as an "artistic think tank" has reflected on relationships between man, nature and cultural history. As a society, we have a common interest in developing a good relationship with nature, and Walking Landscapes has presented a number of artistic statements for reflection for the individual.

What was the framework for the art project?
All artists were selected through a large field of applicants. The dogma was fixed, so that each artist had to be and walk 12 hours in a row in a self-chosen area somewhere in Silkeborg Municipality's many landscapes.
From here, they had to stream live every hour to Metropolis' Facebook page for a few minutes. Thus, over the given walking day, a lived art experience was digitally created, which the audience could follow digitally.
All hikes took place in the period 11.-20. July 2021. One artist each day. The individual artist was typically alone out there in the terrain, and there were a few who met other people along the way, who therefore also became a kind of participants in the project.

Documentary exhibition

The documentary exhibition consists of condensed videos from nine of the artists' walks, a flip book with still images and collages from the walks as well as inspiration (tool-kit) for how the audience can walk in the landscape in new ways.

Artists were: Landscape architect Sofie Frydenrejn Johansen, art theorist and communicator Mathias Sæderup, visual artist Jacob Juhl, singer and performer Nanna Bech, dancer and performer Signe Errboe, visual artist Lotte Fløe Christensen, performance and visual artist Felis Dos, performer and choreographer Tora Balslev and visual artist Line Sandvad Mengers.

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KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad is in Silkeborg municipality the local coordinating host for Metropolis Landscapes, a nationwide performative art project in the period 2021-2023.

There is free access to the Orangery with the documentation exhibition.
It can be seen in the period 9.4. - 30.10.2022 and the doors are open during the day.

 

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