Kunsthal Aarhus at Roskilde Festival


Kunsthal Aarhus creates a total installation with works by six artists at Roskilde Festival and a debate on the project A Real Danish Family

Kunsthal Aarhus has been invited to make a total installation in the Gloria Foyer at Roskilde Festival 2017. This year, the festival is based on content with a focus on the themes of ’cultural equality’ and ’Human/Non-Human’. The Gloria Foyer is a 600 m2 seating area where the audience can relax and play some games between concerts and generally stay there when they need a break.

Kunsthal Aarhus has invited six artists: Richard John Jones (UK), Merete V. Slyngborg (DK), Barthélémy Toguo (CAM), Natsuko Uchino (JP), as well as the two young artists from Aarhus: Nat Bloch Gregersen & Mathilde Mørk (DK) to create artworks for the foyer, which in different ways will both fit and challenge the theme of the festival of ’Human/Non-Human’ and ’Cultural Equality’. The foyer is right next to the Gloria Stage with only a wall separating them. The Gloria Stage is one of the busiest stages, and because of that we expect the works to be seen by nearly 100,000 people in four days.

Jacob Fabricius, Artistic Director for Kunsthal Aarhus, comments:
”It’s incredible, exciting and a great challenge to work with the theme of the festival ’Human/Non-Human’ and ’Cultural Equality’. Gloria and Foodcourt are among the most visited areas of the Roskilde Festival. We therefore expect the works to receive a great deal of attention, and we hope that through this project we will reach a new and different audience than those who usually experience contemporary art.”

The English artist Richard John Jones creates gigantic dreamy embellishments of ceilings and walls, while the artist Barthélémy Toguo, who manufactures his own Fair-trade coffee in Cameroun, will create a coffee stall/meeting place with games and posters. Toguo employs and pays a fair wage, unlike many other international companies in his country of origin. The Japanese artist Natsuko Uchino works in ceramics, and is highly supportive of collective processes and share economy. For the foyer at Gloria, she will create 300 unique coffee mugs and ceramics to be used for the duration of the festival (and they will probably slowly disappear out into the festival area). In addition, Danish Merete V. Slyngborg will produce seating and furniture for 60 people, while Nat Bloch Gregersen & Mathilde Mørk will create neon works and performances in the ’Horseshoe’ between Gloria and Foodcourt.

The installation can be experienced at the Gloria Foyer at Roskilde Festival in the period 28 June–1 July 2017

A Real Danish Family

Debate with Marianne Torp, Statens Museum for Kunst, and Jacob Fabricius, Artistic Director at Kunsthal Aarhus
Moderator: Maria Bordorff

Hear about the project A Real Danish Family – a visionary project by acclaimed British artist Gillian Wearing, a collaboration by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), the City of Copenhagen and Kunsthal Aarhus.

29 June, Gloria Foyer