This image, a child safely tucked up in a chair in a modern apartement, could be said to sum up the aim of the then first social housing projects. This is Jette Svane, current chairwoman of the local department of a social housing company to the right of the park, as a child.
This image, a child safely tucked up in a chair in a modern apartement, could be said to sum up the aim of the then first social housing projects. This is Jette Svane, current chairwoman of the local department of a social housing company to the right of the park, as a child.

A Meta Group

 

During  late fall of 2020, a group of researchers / practitioners have been invited by the artist to follow and critically respond to the project as it develops, with the aim to produce collaborative research, co-production of text, events and public seminars with the point of departure in the case of the reorganized park in Copenhagen North West.

The number of researchers is not fixed, and the group has until now met twice.

Current members of the group are:

 

Christian Sandbjerg Hansen,

researcher and professor of social pedagogy and educational sociology at the Department of Educational Sociology, DPU, Aarhus University in Denmark. His research focusses on the social and historical formation of welfare structures in a changing Scandinavian welfare state. He has conducted an historical-sociological research of a working-class neighbourhood in Copenhagen from the 1900s onwards, focusing on place as pedagogical object and subject, and on the transforming relations between state, place, class, and pedagogy. This research studied the exact same area that the park, Grønningen, is located in.

 

Sara Katrine Nissen

geographer and anthropologist with an extensive experience from strategical planning for and the realization of municipal urban development projects in relation to the public and to publics. Currently, Sara heads the urban renewal project of Grønningen for Copenhagen City within a specific municipal format of urban reorganization – a so called Area Renewal Project recurrently realised by the municipality in different areas of the city as a strategy for continued maintenance and social development. With departure in her vast experience in rethinking cross-professional collaborations, generating public civic engagement in relation to urban development projects, Sara contributes with a deepened critical analysis regarding the RL testing / teasing out of new methods for addressing and implementing the knowledge of the public in realtion to reorganization of public space.

 

Ulrikke Neergaard

art historian, researcher, critic based in Copenhagen and currently director of KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces in Køge. She has an extensive experience in facilitating, mediating and curating contemporary public art in  urban context, architectural context and landscape context. In addition, Ulrikke is one of the first curators in Denmark to engage in, discuss and mediate a social or interventionist art practice and in collaboration with a multitude of different institutions and agencies within visual art in analysing, promoting and researching conditions for social artforms. Until a few years ago, Ulrikke co-headed Somewhere, a public art agency curating artworks for public raum. In this role, she co-developed municipal strategies for introducing new possible roles for contemporary public art in Danish cities.  Being the only museum in Denmark dedicated to visual art appearing outside of the gallery or museum format, the KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces is today contributing to the redefinition of the possible role visual artists can play in relation to the public, generating publicness rather than only decorating physical public spaces.

 

Fulya Erdemci

curator and writer, based in Copehagen and currently working at KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces in Køge. Fulya draws on a long experience from collaborations with international art institutions such as Urbane Künste Ruhr, MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Berlin Biennale, the Sonsbeek International, and “The International Award for Excellence in Public Art.  She was among the first directors of the Istanbul Biennial, curated the Pavilion of Turkey at the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, and initiated the Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibitions in 2002, the first urban public space exhibition in Turkey.  During four years Fulya was the director of SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain in Amsterdam,  and curated the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Mom, am I barbarian? In connection to this Biennal, she co-produced a book entitled Social Housing—Housing the Social Art, Property and Spatial Justice. with Dr Andrea Philips (UK) The book questions the politics of urban practice from a variety of geopolitical and disciplinary viewpoints, from liberal private initiatives to the Occupy movement, from Almere to Ramallah, mixing artistic and architectural contributions with those of sociologists, urban historians, philosophers and activists examining ongoing transformations in social housing and enquiring how these transformations are reflected in the aspirations and practices of artists.

 

Ann-Charlotte Glasberg Blomqvist

Junior Lecturer in Art Theory BA and MA level of the Fine Art Program at HDK Valand Gothenburg University in Gothenburg Sweden.  With a departure in journalistic training, a BA in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Gothenburg, as well as studies in the History of Ideas and Sciences, Ann Charlotte has worked as an art critic, writer, editor, gallery curator, educator, editorial secretary and research assistant. Both as critic and as teacher, Ann-Charlotte has a particular focus on participatory art, art and feminism from the late 1960s until today, with reference to photo-based art, photography history and artist writing. She sees a general lack of method for any art critic precisely concerning the social turn. How could a methodology for the critique be further developed?

 

Åse Eg Jørgensen 

visual artist, graphic designer, editor, curator and author based in Copenhagen working in the hybrid space between design and art. Her practice revolves around language – a particular and deep search around the almost subconscious aspects of matter, materials, nature. Åse is also one of Denmark’s most respected graphic designers, constantly reconsidering and playing with the basic aspects of what is known as a book. She has designed a vast number of Danish artists books and printed matters. And she is the co-editor and producer of the longest and still living art journal Pist Protta, published by several issues each year since 1981  – but actually never ever using the same layout twice.

In addition to her contribution to the Meta Group, Åse is also invited by Kerstin to act as co-editor of the particular part of the project entitled the Potting Shed / Drivhus. This role comprises both in the design and gradual development of the home page,  and accomplice in RL acts physically addressing the public in the park.