ASTRID NOACKS ATELIER

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    • Astrid Noacks Atelier
    • Rådmandsgade 34
    • 2200 København N
    • cp@astrid-noack.dk

Current

ANA Air

Åsa Sonjasdotter Cultivating Abundance

02.07.21 - 25.07.21

Images from the Svalöf Breeding Institiute’s archive in Sweden. Photographer and year unknown. Published with kind permission of Lantmannen. 

During her stay, the Swedish artist Åsa Sonjasdotter will continue her work with the interdisciplinary research and film project Cultivating Stories, which has been developed in dialogue with ANA since 2015. In connection with the residency, Sonjasdotter will conduct research on the work by the Danish botanist and geneticist Willhelm Johanssen, who at the beginning of the 20th century established the scientific basis for modern monocultural plant breeding. Willhelmsen’s method of ‘cleaning’ plants from their biological diversity, making them genetically ‘pure’, was central to the definition of a hierarchical view not only of plants, but of all living organisms, where some are considered more ‘pure’ than others.

In addition to research, Sonjasdotter will continue her work with part II of the film Unmaking Purity – Cultivating Abundance, which documents the Swedish plant breeder Hans Larsson’s extensive work to lift old cereal varieties out of the freezers at the Nordic Gene Bank and bring them back to cultivation. With this transition of the grains, the commercial seed industry’s hegemony based on the logic of ‘purity’ is circumscribed, allowing farmers to regain control of the breeding process again. The varieties Emmer and Ølandshvede, which are currently distributed in Danish grocery stores, are the result of such processes. While the preliminary research in July will be closed to the public, the second part in February 2022 will consist of two public events.

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ANA Air

Johan Tirén While the city grows

09.08.21 - 23.08.21

 

“I had an idea that my work at ANA would be about the city, and the change that is going on with a city that is growing, but which also seems to be more and more streamlined. Then came the pandemic. Moving around the city is associated with discomfort and meeting face to face is something we did before. Taking on the city in the way, I first thought is no longer possible, not now, but hopefully sometime in the future. Instead, I worked on another piece, less documentary, perhaps more a kind of sketch of a condition. Simple. Unfinished. A loop that we are stuck in. A room that we do not leave, and yet something is going on outside. Backyards are closed and privatized, buildings become more numerous, green areas fewer. Yes, the city is growing, but the rooms we share are getting tighter and tighter. We have to get out again.”

“While the city grows” is the second part of Johan Tirén’s stay at Astrid Noack’s Atelier. The first part took place in October 2020.

ANA Forum

Læsninger i ANA #16 Luka Ida Holmegaard og Deirdre J. Humphrys

15.08.21

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Søndag den 15. august kl. 15-17

Luka Ida Holmegaard (f. 1990) er forfatter og har blandt andet udgivet Look (Rosinante, 2020). Heri betragter Holmegaard, hvorledes klæder skaber og afgrænser kønsidentiter – hens egen blandt andet. Og hvorledes tekstil udgør en global politisk og økonomisk faktor, såvel som et intimt og taktilt rum. Holmegaards særlige blik for det taktile som politisk-poetisk rum er også til stede i essayformen f.eks. i hens skarpe anmeldelse af en stor retrospektiv udstilling af Anni Albers’ vævninger (Information, 2019). Helt ny-udkommet er How to be a man (2021), der er blevet til i samarbejde med illustrator C Clement.

Deirdre J. Humphrys (f. 1984, Irland) er billedkunstner med en bredspektret praksis, der blandt andet spænder over tekst og tekstil. De simultane og taktile handlinger: at læse og på samme tid skrive noter og på samme tid tegne er essentielle for Humphrys tekstpraksis. Denne praksis har blandt andet fundet form som broderede tekstilværker, plakater og grafiske værker – senest ved gruppeudstillingen Frog Chorus, Møstingshus (2021). Desuden har de skabt omslaget til Beklædning mod kvinder (OVO, 2020), den danske oversættelse af Anne Boyers centrale værk Garments against women.

Læsninger i ANA kurateres af billedkunstner Rasmus Brink Pedersen.

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ANA Forum

Læsninger i ANA #17 Jonas Eika og Jamal Bendahman

29.08.21

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Søndag den 29. august kl 15-17

Jonas Eika (f. 1991) er forfatter til to bøger, senest Efter Solen (Basilisk, 2018) en samling af fem lange noveller, der blander realisme med elementer af science fiction og mystisk litteratur. Novellerne handler om mennesker, der på meget forskellige måder er fanget i undertrykkende økonomier og magtforhold, mens de langsomt og smertefuldt leder efter en vej ud. Til denne læsning i ANA vil Eika præsentere og læse op fra et igangværende manuskript, en historisk roman om den religiøse kvindebevægelse “Beginerne,” som opstod i Europa i begyndelsen af 1200-tallet.
Jamal Bendahman (f. 1986) er født i Marokko og opvokset i Danmark på Vestegnen. Hans debutroman Vidnet blev udgivet på Forlaget Gladiator i 2019. Vidnet er en fortælling om fremmedgørelse og transcendering i nutidens København og udforsker temaer som rodløshed og religiøs søgen.

Læsninger i ANA kurateres af billedkunstner Rasmus Brink Pedersen.

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ANA Children

Pelle Brage The Border – a Social Sculpture Experiment

01.09.21 - 26.09.21

Pelle Brage has been invited to develop a new social art project in ANA’s mobile children’s studio at Den Bemandede Legeplads in Mimersparken on Nørrebro. Under the title “The Border. A Social Sculpture Experiment”, the project in a critically playful way invites children and young people to discuss our society and the world we live in.

With a focal point in a sculptural installation consisting of a fence and a border barrier, the project investigates and further develops this temporary border. It’s about rules – why some can get through and others not. Does a visa require any specific actions? Or are there any questions you need to answer to pass the border? Do you have to be approved by the children?

The idea of ​​”The Border. A Social Sculpture Experiment” is to bring together a group of children and young people in a creative activity where the content is developed at children’s level. This in a local area, where the children, in continuation of current initiatives and legislation (such as the ghetto law), are confronted on a daily basis with issues of discrimination and unequal access to common resources on the basis of ethnicity and nationality.

The project is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation

 

Past events

ANA Air

Åsa Sonjasdotter Cultivating Abundance

02.07.21 - 25.07.21

Images from the Svalöf Breeding Institiute’s archive in Sweden. Photographer and year unknown. Published with kind permission of Lantmannen. 

During her stay, the Swedish artist Åsa Sonjasdotter will continue her work with the interdisciplinary research and film project Cultivating Stories, which has been developed in dialogue with ANA since 2015. In connection with the residency, Sonjasdotter will conduct research on the work by the Danish botanist and geneticist Willhelm Johanssen, who at the beginning of the 20th century established the scientific basis for modern monocultural plant breeding. Willhelmsen’s method of ‘cleaning’ plants from their biological diversity, making them genetically ‘pure’, was central to the definition of a hierarchical view not only of plants, but of all living organisms, where some are considered more ‘pure’ than others.

In addition to research, Sonjasdotter will continue her work with part II of the film Unmaking Purity – Cultivating Abundance, which documents the Swedish plant breeder Hans Larsson’s extensive work to lift old cereal varieties out of the freezers at the Nordic Gene Bank and bring them back to cultivation. With this transition of the grains, the commercial seed industry’s hegemony based on the logic of ‘purity’ is circumscribed, allowing farmers to regain control of the breeding process again. The varieties Emmer and Ølandshvede, which are currently distributed in Danish grocery stores, are the result of such processes. While the preliminary research in July will be closed to the public, the second part in February 2022 will consist of two public events.

ANA Local

Sebastian Hedevang og Andreas Rønholt Sludge Cake

05.06.21 - 27.06.21

“Our time has produced a need for contrast. This has been achieved not only in the external appearance of plastic expressions of color and matter, but also, and chiefly, in the tempo of life and in the techniques related to the daily, mechanical functions of life; namely standing, walking, driving, to lying and sitting shitting in short, every action which determines the content of architecture.”                                           Theo van Doesburg

 

“Sludge Cake” is a continuation af Sebastian Hedevang and Andreas Rønholts shared project “The Chocolate Wagon”, which circles around themes of sanitation, sewers and their related histories and subjects.

For Astrid Noacks Atelier the artists will produce a series of works that departure from the short history of ‘the sludge cake’ (danglish for ‘night soil’) in a call response with Astrid Noacks relief “Oksekærren” (The Ox Cart) from 1953.

The term ‘sludge cake’ refers to a short experimental transition period from the manual emptying of the latrine to the establishment of the modern sewer system, when the latrine was transported to fields and molded into brick sized blocks left to lie and dry in the sun. The blocks was thereafter sold for use as fertilizer in farmning. In that context the sludge cakes was sometimes referred to with the more subtle euphemism “city manure”. The use of ‘sludge cakes’ ended i Denmark out of fear that German refugees from WW1 would bring diseases, that could spread through the “city manure”.

‘Sludge cake’ was reintroduced as a term in the Danish language, when the sewers stopped being led directly to bodies of water. It refers today to the dewatered settable solids from the primary clarifiers in modern wastewater treatment plants, but the residue in the form of compressed pucks from biofuel facilities are also called ‘sludge cakes’.

Overall the recycling of the ‘sludge cake’ has developed into high tech processes. Roughly sketched the sewage sludge is divided into 3 degrees of quality: A-sludge, which is used as fertilizer in farming with the more neutral sounding word ‘biosolids’, B-sludge, which has to be further treated before recycling, and C-sludge, which is deposited or burnt. Besides the recycling of sewage sludge as ‘biosolids’ it is also a component of such recycling as biogas, phosphorus recovery, bioplastics, biofuel and building materials. The continual challenges for the recycling of the sewage sludge are amounts of heavy metals, microplastics, hormones and pharmaceutical pollutions, as are avoiding emissions of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere while still producing useful energy from them.

The most recent utilization of waste water is monitoring Covid-19 on the sewer network, where it is possible to measure and locate outbreaks even before individuals in a given area experience any symptoms. This could become an important tool to overcome one of the biggest challenges of the present pandemic: the relatively long incubation period for the virus.

Opening: Saturday June 5th at 14

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday from 13-17

The exhibition is supported by:

The Danish Art Foundation, The Municipality of Copenhagen – Council for Visual Arts and Guldagergaard.

ANA Local

Sara Hamming LOST TITLE – a cycle of testemonies of waste

01.05.21 - 30.05.21

LOST TITLE is a performative work that places itself between visual art, performance, sound and use of the voice. It is created by performance artist Sara Hamming in collaboration with composer Anja Jacobsen – with choreographic research by Alice Martucci. The performance deals with waste as trauma; as something physical and psychological as well as as a political and environmental problem. The performance is inspired by the poetic and musical forms of the ancient Greek choir and by group therapy – where a group of people connect with each other through conversation to dissolve shame and taboos. The text for LOST TITLE is written by eight people who in different ways work with or have a special relationship with waste, eg garbage workers, environmental activists and people who “hoard”, ie. collects and does not throw out. These lyrics are performed by a choir. After the public performances in Astrid Noach’s Atelier, the work will tour around the country and the stage directions will then be passed on to local choirs.

Premiere in ANA:

Saturday May 29th at 15.00, at 15.40 and at 16.20

Sunday May 30th at 15.00, at 15.40 and at 16.20

There are a limited number of seats and registration is required at kbr@astrid-noack.dk.

We are of course following the governmental guidelines concerning COVID-19. Therefore visitors aged 15 or over must therefore bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test (rapid test or PCR test) taken no more than 72 hours prior to visiting. Fully vaccinated visitors (minimum 14 days after the last shot) can visit ANA without a negative test.

ANA Forum

Sara Hamming Artist talk – online streaming

21.01.21

Thursday 21th January from 17-18

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/167859695087439/

The performance journal bastard and Astrid Noacks Atelier has invited performance artist Sara Hamming for a conversation on the occasion of the premier of ENGLISH SPEAKERS – a sound- and music performance about English performed by nine loudspeakers – the 24th November at KUBE.

ENGLISH SPEAKERS is a performance about the English language, performed by nine loudspeakers. In etymological masturbation scenes and trance creating spelling séances you will hear English – a main character and a language in one and same voice. English tells her story, but gradually her story is interrupted by other voices. A rebellious girl choir, search engines language of algorithms and the holes, which appears in the narrator’s memory. What will become of the language of the world, which lives in the mouth of you and me? Is the imperialistic linguistic falling?

The artist talk at Astrid Noacks Atelier, which because of covid-19 is streamed online, will begin with a performative scene by Sara Hamming, but will apart from that take its’ starting point in the artist’s latest work. The conversation will continue around Sara Hamming’s art practice and earlier works.

Sara Hamming is a writing performance artist and stage director and creates works from the production platform Moribund, Sara Hamming works performatively and often audibly with the relation between language and history. Earlier works includes among others OUM – en iscenesættelse af stemmer in collaboration with composer Anja Jacobsen, Choreography on the Face in the series Whole Body Treatment and Bloody Mary d. 4., staged in her  childhood home – detached houses in Valby and Snekkersten.

The artist talk with Sara Hamming is organised by the editor of bastard, art critic and writer Mette Garfield.

The event is supported by the Danish Art Foundation.

ABOUT BASTARD
bastard.blog is a performance- and contemporary stage art, choreography and cross disciplinary art practises journal. The journal focuses on the performance genre, which rarely reaches the columns of daily magazines and art medias. Besides articles, reviews, interviews and artists’ contribution at the web platform, bastard arranges events such as talks and performance series in order to expand and create attention around the performance media and to reach a wider audience.

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About ANA

ANA is a cross-aesthetic space for artistic experiments, knowledge sharing and critical discussion at Ydre Nørrebro in Copenhagen. ANA is dedicated to the notion of art as a public sphere and as a collective reflection tool that can create forms and images making us see and sense, ask questions and think about the world and everyday life in new ways. ANA focuses with and through art on sharing knowledge, testing ideas and presenting alternative horizons of imagination and models of action.

ANA was established in 2009 and has a background in the activist artist collective YNKB (Ydre Nørrebro Culture Bureau). ANA’s program has four tracks: ANA Local, ANA Air, ANA Children and ANA Forum. These draw threads back to the Danish sculptor Astrid Noack’s everyday life and artistic work in the studio in the period 1936-1950, where social and professional exchanges with neighbors and artists from near and far were part of daily life. ANA’s cross-esthetic program links the history of the room with a desire to jointly develop the space, which, as a result of gentrification, is left isolated, cut off from its previous existence as part of a lively backyard environment with workshops and small industry.

Today, ANA stands on the shoulders of the many artists and actors who over the years have contributed to supporting and developing the space. ANA’s institutional modus operandi is rooted in a principle of repetition and slowness. In order to allow artists to develop projects over several years and to gain knowledge of the space and the surrounding rapidly gentrified area – which used to be a typical working class neighbourhood – we emphasize inviting artists on several occasions, so that over time they can continue investigations and conversations. Our desire is to keep things moving, to prioritize process over result and to act as an open, caring, generous and inclusive art space.

In the coming years, we will further try to emphasize values around slowness, contemplation, ‘commoning’ and collective (un)learning. A set of values that moves against the productivity- and efficiency-oriented structures that characterize the surrounding capitalist society and the art institution, and which often result in stress and exhaustion. We want, step by step, to slow the pace and focus on offering artists generous time for reflection and the opportunity to experiment and research in a context where knowledge sharing, negotiation and critical dialogue are at the center.

ANA’s program 2021 is supported by

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  • ANA Air
  • ANA AIR is a residency track for international artists who are invited to develop projects over time, often based on the physical and local context of Ydre Nørrebro.
  • ANA Children
  • ANA CHILDREN is a track for children and young people, where artists are invited to develop process- and dialogue-based works over time with children. The track is based in ANA's Mobile Children's Atelier in Mimersparken and is being run in close collaboration with The Staffed Playground.
  • ANA Forum
  • ANA FORUM is a track for knowledge sharing, contemplation, ‘commoning’ and critical discussion.
  • ANA Local
  • ANA LOCAL is a track meant for resident artists, which emphasizes process-oriented studies of historical as well as current societal questions and issues.

Preservation Work

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Det ligger der endnu. Billedhuggeratelieret i Rådmandsgade 34 på Ydre Nørrebro i København. Her boede og arbejdede billedhuggeren Astrid Noack (1888-1954) under meget primitive forhold i baghuset i perioden 1936-1950. Herfra kæmpede hun sin vej op gennem tidens mandsdominerende kunstverden, og skabte nogle af sine betydeligste værker.

I 2010 blev Fonden Rådmandsgade 34 dannet med det formål, nænsomt at restaurere atelieret. I September 2016 påbegyndtes, som det første vigtige skridt i Fondens arbejde, restaureringen af den del af baggården som Astrid Noack boede og havde atelier i. Restaureringen realiseres med støtte fra Ny Carlsbergfondet og varetages af arkitekt Erik Brandt Dam.

Astrid Noack

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Astrid Noack (1888-1954) er en af det tyvende århundredes betydeligste danske kunstnere, og som billedhugger var hun inspireret af den franske tradition, gennem sin lærer på Maison Watteau, Charles Despiau, som er karakteriseret ved nøjsomhed og knaphed i midlerne og med forbillede i den arkaiske skulptur. Figurerne står i rummet og med små bevægelser skabes forskydninger, der giver skulpturen liv. Skulpturerne er bygget op indefra, hvorfra forskydningerne forplantes ud mod overfladen og videre ud i rummet.

The association

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Astrid Noacks Atelier er en forening, som du kan blive medlem af. Medlemmer og bestyrelsen består af alle mulige folk; både af kunstnere, lokale beboere, kulturformidlere og alle der har en interesse i ANAs aktiviteter og bevarelse.

Foreningens overordnede formål er at arbejde for en bevarelse og genanvendelse af Astrid Noacks Atelier i Rådmandsgade 34 for på sigt at udvikle stedet til et nyt kunst- og kulturmiljø for og med lokale beboere.

 

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Personligt medlemskab: 150 kr.
Medlemskab for foreninger: 300 kr.
Medlemskab for firmaer/institutioner: 600 kr.

Der kan indbetales på: Reg. nr. 2109 og Konto nr. 6883606696

Husk at notere navn og email ved betaling. Og tilmeld jer Astrid Noacks Ateliers nyhedsbrev.

Contact

  • Astrid Noacks Atelier
  • Rådmandsgade 34
  • 2200 København N

  • Director & curator
  • Kathrine Bolt Rasmussen
  • 22 30 80 91
  • kbr@astrid-noack.dk

The Board

  • Chairman
  • Victor Réne Valqui Vidal
  • 43 64 78 49
  • rvvv@dtu.dk
  • Boardmember & artistic director
  • Kirsten Dufour
  • 20 61 31 73
  • saas.dufour.andersen@gmail.com
  • Boardmember
  • Finn Thybo Andersen
  • 60 81 02 18
  • finnthybo@gmail.com
  • Boardmember
  • Rikke Diemer
  • 40 38 94 29
  • rikke.diemer@gmail.com
  • Boardmember
  • Mie Lund Hansen
  • 27 28 15 29
  • mielun@gmail.com
  • Treasurer
  • Helle Westergaard
  • 42 46 09 54
  • helle.hik@gmail.com