From opposite corners of Europe the two Danish visual artists are approaching public space sideways and flaneuring. In her work Circling the City Mette Kit Jensen employs an obstruction strategy inspired by psychogeography. On selected days during Documenta 14 (“Learning from Athens”) she tried to break the visitors‘ mapped out movements through the Greek capital by having a morning drink and going on a “tipsy walk” determined by the ring that her glass had marked on the map: Walks that brought her across diverse environments and parallel realities.
C.Y. Frostholm‘s photo and text installation Model for a mobile library takes a cypress tree on a square in Lisbon as its starting point. The tree that is mentioned in a guidebook by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was once used as a public library, and threads are drawn between the city’s tradition for transportable libraries, Pessoa‘s many personas and addresses, and an attempt to do urban botanics.
While Jensen is meeting her surroundings spatially and performatively, Frostholm‘s approach is often via books and pictures. Both of the artists proceed step by step and with an eye for the absurd and the serendipity of the city space.
WRITING WHILE WALKING at SCOTTY is their first collaboration. A series of talks and walks will connect the show to surrounding Berlin streets. For more info on the artists check out www.mettekitjensen.dk and www.cyf.dk.