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. 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 is supported by
Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat
It’s still there. The sculpture studio in Rådmandsgade 34 on Outer Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The sculptor Astrid Noack (1888-1954) lived and worked here under very primitive conditions in the back building in the period 1936-1950. From here she fought her way up through the male-dominated art world of the time, and created some of her most significant works.
In 2010, the Foundation Rådmandsgade 34 was formed with the aim of gently restoring the studio. In September 2016, as the first important step in the Foundation’s work, the restoration of the part of the backyard where Astrid Noack lived and had a studio began. The restoration was realised with support from the New Carlsberg Foundation and was handled by architect Erik Brandt Dam.
Astrid Noack (1888-1954) is one of the twentieth century’s most significant Danish artists. As a sculptor she was inspired by the French tradition, which is characterised by frugality and scarcity of means, and by archaic sculpture. The figures stand in space and small displacements of movements gives life to the sculptures. The sculptures are built up from the inside, from where the displacements are propagated towards the surface and further into the room.
Astrid Noack’s Atelier is an association of which you can be a member. Members and the board are made up of all sorts of people; artists, art historians, cultural workers and everyone who has an interest in ANA’s activities and in the preservation of the old historic building.
The association’s overall purpose is partly to work for the preservation and reuse of Astrid Noack’s Atelier in Rådmandsgade 34, and partly to continuously develop the space into a living platform for artistic experimentation, critical discussion and knowledge sharing.