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 brought together a team of hosts and guests from Denmark and abroad, each of whom excels in his or her particular artistic field. The hosts and guests guided us through their cross-artform practices and methods. Together with the participants, they attempted to tackle the issue of the nature of modern times. No-one knew the answers in advance. That is the point of TRAVERS.
Discover all the hosts and guests from Camp 2 here.
Discover also our Bulletin Archive for interviews with the hosts and guests. More interviews will pop up a long the way.
Participants for the camp was 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. Disover the participants from Camp 2 here.