Title of the project:
Art Project Fusion
Art Project Fusion wants to create
a series of art happenings/events, such as: exhibitions, workshops, performances,
videos, installations and art conferences which explore the subject of "cultural fusion".
The Art Project Fusion is based on a cultural exchange between 28 artists
from 11 different countries. Fusion is about creating a series of art happenings
in Copenhagen and in the native countries of the participants. The project
starts in February 2004.
The project has an interactive character and consists of various forms of
artistic expression such as: painting, installations, video and internet art,
as well as art conferences, where lecturers from science, religion, literature,
music will be invited. Each of the participating lecturers will examine the
concept of 'fusion' and its implications in their subject areas.
The intention is to form a dynamic international and cosmo- political art
milieu which will contribute substantially to the cultural life of Copenhagen
and appeal to a wide range of the Copenhagen public.
With Art Project Fusion the goal is to contribute positively to aspects of
globalisation. We believe that this can be achieved by exploring different
forms of communication. Simultaneously the goal is to involve the Copenhagen
cultural landscape in an international perspective.
Gallery Katharsis, Nansensgade 16. 1366, Copenhagen, DK.
Background, idea and purpose.
The present is marked by a disintegration
of cultural values, which has influenced peoples' everyday lives for a thousand
years. The 'national' cultures are confronted by intervention from several
foreign cultures. The opportunities for fast communication and transport plus
extensive migration contribute to a global cultural confrontation. Globalization
is thus considered by many to be a negative process- leading us to a world
of different peoples bereft of culture.
The central idea behind the Art
Project Fusion is to contribute positively to the process of globalization
by showing how a meeting between artists from several countries can create
new idioms and expressions. This creates an opportunity for a new synthesis
of expression in the artists' native countries. The intention is to provide
a breeding ground for understanding and realization of each other's cultures,
enriching the artistic language by functioning as each other's eyes from the
outside; finding resemblances, which allow us to be able to position ourselves
between cultures and noting the differences which are enriching and inspiring.
The purpose with Art Project Fusion is to create a cultural space with art
as the basis by which to expand the concept "fusion" for art happenings
whereby we consider: exhibitions, workshops, performances, video installations
and art conferences- on the subject of "fusion". The art conferences
illustrate the subject of "fusion" by employing representatives
from science, religion, sociology, music etc.
The Art Project Fusion addresses a wide spectrum of different interests among
the public because of its intercultural and has interdisciplinary perspectives.
The Art Project Fusion is built
on the assumption that national characteristics can be traced in art and that
fusion between the national, cultural characteristics will be able to provide
a breeding ground for enrichment and renewal of the artistic and cultural
heritage. Therefore we will be working with the following question:
Is it possible that a lengthy
cooperation between artists from different countries and cultures can change
the artistic language in art?
We want to explore the changes
of the artistic language- these are linked to artistic expression- which is
based in our special form of communication.
Our hypothesis is that if it is possible to observe changes in art as product
of an intercultural cooperation then fusions will occur between the participating
people, including the public. Thus these fusions will contribute to the positive
aspects of globalization which is the fundamental idea behind Art Project
Methods and Goals
The Art Project Fusion wants to
create a series of art-happenings/events, such as: exhibitions, workshops,
performances, videos, installations and art-conferences on the subject of "fusion".
- Workshops containing demonstrations of various working methods, e.g. there
will be an opportunity to meet with a Japanese artist and see a presentation
of his working methods- influenced by the silence of meditation, concentration
- Performances consisting of, among other things, a bodily/visual execution
of a work of art which expresses a joining- a fusion- between art and the
- Video installations
- Art conferences which will contain lectures from representatives of e.g.
science, religion, sociology, music etc. Each of the lecturers will relate
to the subject/theme 'fusion' and its implication in their field.
In order to influence each other
artistically a part of the working method will involve the participating artists
visiting each others country/home and a compilation of the works from the
stay will be exhibited in Copenhagen and in the participating countries.
The Art Project Fusion means that in the interaction between the artists,
the public and the representatives of science, music, sociology, religion
etc. a forum is created, whereby there is a possibility for establishing (new)
connections or fusions between the different disciplines.
Furthermore, the artistic products and lectures which are created during Art
Project Fusion will be published, in book form, and can be used as teaching
materials or as an inspiration for executing intercultural projects in the
The Art Project Fusion involves
28 artists from 11 countries- including Denmark as both a participant and
the instigator of the project- who all have in common that they have an international
focus. With these artists as primus motor we will create a series of art events
in Denmark and in the participating artists' countries. Each art event is
part of a series containing diverse and new aspects and discoveries concerning
the concept of "fusion". The artists behind Art Project Fusion represent
many numerous ways of expression: painting, video art, performance, sculpture,
graphics, installation art, photography etc. This wide spectrum of artistic
communication will impregnate the individual art events and thereby conceive
a special visual story on the concept of "Fusion".
Art Project Fusion will be introduced
at Gallery Katharsis whereupon there will be a series of art events in Copenhagen
and the project will be introduced later in Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg all
in Denmark. Similar art events will take place in the participating countries
where the artists concerned are responsible for the arrangements in their