JUNE 2018 – JUNE 2020
For the two-year journey that TRAVERS entails, we have defined three big camps, where we invite artists and scholars from all over the world to assemble and camp in a specific time zone to explore how the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE can form the starting point of an artistic adventure and lead to a fresh vision.
- We start off by inviting the travellers to FACE THE PAST at Glyptoteket from 26 November to 1 December 2018.
- Then we continue to Aarhus, where we MEET THE PRESENT, while camping at Dokk1 from 6 to 11 May 2019.
- We round off our journey in June 2020, in Copenhagen, where we will CONFRONT THE FUTURE.
The dramaturgical structure of the three time zones is not linear. Instead, it defines a range of conceptual frames, in which we can focus on specific mind-sets and themes, which are all related to the complexity of human identity. The outcome of the three big camps will be laboratorial installations, which will present how very different orientation points can pave the way for new, radical, interdisciplinary collaboration. For the last camp in June 2020, we will be inviting a delegation of buyers, festivals, producers and art institutions to come and see what we have been doing over the last two years.
FACE THE PAST AT GLYPTOTEKET
26 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2018
At Glyptoteket, we sat up camp 1 of TRAVERS among the finest collection of ancient art, portraying both the horrors and the heroes of the past. This impressive collection is a representation of power, depicting characters who made history, or at least – one way or another – accomplished something in their lives that led to them occupying a pedestal in this acclaimed gallery. They all made it. Or are they just a set of random figures, residing here because they were on the market when the collection was established? How is history told?
At Glyptoteket we faced our ancestors and reviewed the subjectivity of history. We discussed what it means to succeed and examined our own concept of pasts. We reopened our incomplete projects, reflected on our own practice and shared artistic strategies. We crossed disciplines and methods, expanded our mindset to discover what happens when we invite other practising artists in to our workspace. In the interface between artistic ideas we generated an open laboratorial installation representing and retelling the un-succeeded ventures of our past.
In order to structure the camp, TRAVERS invited a group of artists and scholars from very different background to host rooms in Glyptoteket. The hosts sat agendas and tasks, and together we discovered new perspectives while we sat fresh agendas in the open and egalitarian workshops during the week.
The hosts were all intrigued by the notion of how and why we re-tell or re-enact stories, and how we can re-compose images of who we are by facing where we have come from. The hosts were the British sound and performance artist Tris Vonna-Michell; the Danish visual artist Jens Haaning; the Danish theatre director and writer Tue Biering; the Norwegian composer, vocalist and performer Trond Reinholdtsen; the Czech dramaturg and set designer Aljoscha Begrich; and the Argentine writer, theatre and film director Lola Arias.
The TRAVERS artists that participated in the camp at Glyptoteket in November 2018 came from all over the world and from many different backgrounds in terms of artistic practice. What they had in common was the desire and urge to challenge their practice and the field between the art forms.