MEET THE PRESENT AT DOKK1
6 – 11 MAY 2019
The two-year TRAVERS journey started in 2018 at the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. The title was FACE THE PAST. The thematic focus for the interdisciplinary exploration was taking a look at the past: how we understand the past and history – and what happens when we re-tell it?
The next stop on the journey was at Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark, where we took on modern times and explored what characterises the age in which we live. Is our understanding and interpretation of our own age mostly based on the past? Or is it perhaps a dream of the future? At Dokk1 TRAVERS used interdisciplinary practices to explore the characteristics of modern times in terms of culture, technology, political trends and existing phenomena such as sensory perception.
TRAVERS sat up camp at Dokk1 – an interactive building that is in close contact to the people of the city, providing a dynamic haven for anyone in quest of knowledge, inspiration and personal growth. In the form of a site-specific laboratory, TRAVERS explored the life of the building and examined what happens when artistic processes and ideas are expressed in interaction with the physical and social spaces of Dokk1. Though TRAVERS was based at Dokk1, via the building’s wide-ranging interface the camp also moved out into the city’s hugely diverse environments for a close encounter with the local communities which add to the overall contemporary picture, for example the Gellerupparken in the west of Aarhus.
TRAVERS is a journey into the practice of the artists taking part: an encounter with their strengths and weaknesses. The week at Dokk1 examined their habits and turned them inside out. In TRAVERS, the journey is the goal, and the journey features a cornucopia of meetings, surprises, shocks and challenges. With luck, we will lose our way and discover new travelling companions in a totally unfamiliar landscape.
TRAVERS brings together a team of hosts from Denmark and abroad, each of whom excels in his or her particular artistic field. The hosts will guide us through their cross-artform practices and methods. So far we have invited the German dramaturgs Dorothea Hartmann and Sebastian Hanusa; the Icelandic multidisciplinary artist Magrét Bjarnadóttir; the Danish visual artist Tanja Nellemann Poulsen; the German curator Matthias Mohr , the Danish author of graphic novels Halfdan Pisket and the Swiss professor in transdisciplinarity Patrick Müller. German composer Helmut Oehring will together with director Stefanie Wördemann also be hosting a session as well as Henrik Jøker Bjerre and Brian Benjamin Hansen from Center for Vild Analyse.
Hosts from camp 1 will also be joining us at Dokk1: the Argentine writer, theatre and film director Lola Arias; the Czech dramaturg and set designer Aljoscha Begrich and the Norwegian composer, vocalist and performer Trond Reinholdtsen.
Together with the participants, they will attempt to tackle the issue of the nature of modern times. No-one knows the answers in advance. That is the point of TRAVERS.
Participants for the camp has been selected by means of an Open Call. We received just under 100 applicants from all over the world and from many different artistic backgrounds all curious about how to meet the present. Here you can see the artists selected for the camp.