Wish Boats is a performance by the artist trio P.S. which will take place at the Danish Culture Summit 2018, on the night of the 24th/ at 01-03 in the morning of Saturday 25th August in Klosterbugten, Nykøbing Mors aka the Culture Fjord. See details about the Wish Boats event on Facebook
The Performance group P.S. (Post Scriptum) work site-specific on the fjord in a long duration performance, which will have a ritual quality. Small paper boats with wishes and lights are released into the fjord from wooden boats that parade slowly through the black water. A man in a citrinitas robe and two scarlet figurines will light and release the boats that have been created and filled with wishes and dreams by passers-by.
Morsø Hegn, Kulturmødet Mors, Flemming Korsgaard, Typographic, Morsømaling.dk, Mors Gebrugsplads. TAK til Iris Nielsen, Daniel, Mie & Laura Hansen, Helle Brunse, Charlotte Heide-Kristensen, Jonas Jensen, Owen Henderson, Jais Hammerlund, Will Whelan, Nanna Thorhauge, Jenz Møller, Suzette Gemzøe. And more.
At the Danish Nature Meeting taking place in Hirtshals on May 24-26 visitors can experience Sub created by sound artist Morten Poulsen for bunker # 42 in the Hirtshals bunker battery. Artists Inge Tranter and Morten Poulsen are available at the Nature Meeting:
Come and explore the strange-sounding plant names that we have in Denmark and listen to the nature in Hirtshals. We will be in tent number 34 in The Village and at the Lunchpack Room at the Hirtshals Lighthouse up the hill. We will alternate during the Nature Meeting, so when Morten is in the tent, Inge will be in the Lunchpack Room. You can go on a Sound Walk with Morten or imagine and draw a flower with Inge. Both Inge and Morten will be around for the whole of the Nature Meeting, where they will be able to tell you more about the bunker project.
Children are asked to imagine and draw the flowers based on their names.
The drawings will be used for a series of porcelain sculptures to be created by ceramist artist Janice Anee Hunter and artist Inge Tranter. The sculptures will interpret the children’s ideas.
We often think of the ocean as a silent place, but it can actually be quite a noisy environment. The sounds used in Sub were recorded with underwater microphones at a depth of approximately 8 meters, about 900 meters off the coast of Hirtshals, where the ferries and fishing boats are sailing. While we can choose to enter and leave this noisy environment as we wish, creatures in the sea have no choice but to live in it.
Sub will exhibited in bunker # 42 in the Hirtshals bunker museum throughout the Nature Meeting taking place May 24-26 in Hirtshals, North Denmark.
The sound installation, Sub is a precursor to the collaborative project The Re-Occupied Bunker, created by artists Inge Tranter, Janice Hunter and Morten Poulsen, which will be presented at Hirtshals City Anniversary 2019.
The Re-Occupied Bunker is supported by Hjørring Municipality, Vendsyssel Historical Museum, The Bunker Museum, Hjørring Education Authority, BMMK and Hirtshals Lighthouse.
Learn more at www.morten-poulsen.dk/sub
Sub was created with support from KODA Culture and UdOverKanten-Puljen
Participants on the Pentecost pilgrimage on the North Danish island Mors will experience the Magic Mandorla performance when they reach Årbæk Mølle in the afternoon on Friday, May 25. EVERYONE is welcome to join, you just have to head towards the beach in the end ofÅrbækmøllevej by Ørding on Mors.
Anja Korsgaard in 2017 co-created the Magic Mandorla performance along with visual artist Andrew Zealey and dancer Rikke Steen Mapstone for the Culture Summit 2017, and it is the same group of performers who will be at it for Pilgrim Mors. Artist Malene Bang Zealey will further participate as a documentarist.
“The point of departure is the WW2 bunkers of the West Coast but the energy of the Mandorla remains relevant in relation to the contrasts and conflicts that are part of our time and are constantly messing with our balance and in demand of attention.
Magic Mandorla – Where We Create is a performance, a journey, a dream, a Jungian exploration of the Prima Materia.”
Everyone is welcome, the Magic Mandorla is not exclusive to pilgrims. The time of the arrival of the wanderers to Ørding determines the start time, probably around 16 o’clock. The full pilgrimage with overnight stays is fully booked, but you can still join individual days.
Anja Korsgaard is orchestrating the participation of BunkerLove at the Danish Cultural Summit 2017 which is taking place in Mors, August 24-26. During the three days of the event she will be working with others at Kulturfjorden (point 53 in the program) to build the stage for a performance involving three performers. Bypassers and people with interest in BunkerLove are welcome to participate in the creation on the 24th starting at 16 o’clock, on the 25th at 14 o’clock and finally the performance takes place on the 26th at 10. Feel free to contact Anja in advance if you wish for an active role.
Andrew Zealey and Rikke Steen Mapstone will be the performers along with Anja.
“The point of departure is the WW2 bunkers of the West Coast but the energy of the Mandorla remains relevant in relation to the contrasts and conflicts that are part of our time and are constantly messing with our balance and in demand of attention.
”No (wo)man is an island”, nothing comes out of nothing. Creative urges will never transform or materialize without action. We have to believe, to dare, to sacrifice a bit of heart and soul, to be vulnerable, brave, helpless, reach out, open up and let in.
Mandorla – Where We Create pans out over three days, where the pieces of the puzzle are molded, shaped, planted and finally manifesting in a performance, a journey, a dream, a Jungian exploration of the Prima Materia.”
The main theme for The Cultural Summit 2017 is To open up…
We are looking forward to it.
Inge Tranter is taking care of her garden in bunker no. 59 in the Hirtshals battery. The Flower Bunker was created for the Nature meeting in May and is constantly evolving. It can be experienced all summer, until September, in the Hirtshals bunker battery, get directions.
Inge Tranter in her flower bunker, A Cottage for Yemanja, BunkerLove Festival in Hirtshals 2013. Photo by Chris Brock
For the first BunkerLove Festival in Hirtshals in 2013, Inge Tranter transformed a bunker in Hirtshals into a fantastic garden filled with flowers and plants. For the Nature Meeting 2017 in May 18-20, the artist will recreate a flowering oasis in the midst of the bunker landscape, this time assisted by school children in the municipality of Hjørring.
Bunker # 59 in the 10th battery, bunker museum of Hirtshals
The bunker which will be used for the garden will be the same as in 2013 and has the number 59. It was built in 1944 and is of the type Regelbau 671. It is a so-called ‘closed cannon position’ for a French 10.5 cm cannon. It is the northernmost of four cannon bunkers in the battery.
The French 10.5 cm cannons were moved from open to closed positions which caused a limited firing range of 120 degrees. In turn, the cannon had better protection from attacks. At this stage in the world war II, the Germans preferred a cannon with limited firing range over one which risked being destroyed during an attack.
Gabriel Tranter facing A Cottage for Yemanja for the BunkerLove Festival 2013. Photo by Chris Brock
Below are the official photos by Italian Andrea Valentini, who is also working on a video which will give an even better impression of atmosphere and of the radio bunker which housed äther as a most important part of the ceremony.
Thank you to OFF TRACK 2017 for supporting äther by Lydlandskab.dk, thank you Hans Pape, thank you Independent Air for the contact to Andrea Valentini. Thank you Borkes Entreprenør, Allans Auto, and thank you Jean, Nikkie and Lars for wonderful support at the event.
The radio bunker in the Art Centre Silkeborg Bad that housed äther by lydlandskab.dk for our Ceremony for bunkers is unique to the Atlantic Wall. Thanks to Hans Pape we were able to make a floor in part of the bunker, and thanks to the Silkeborg Bunker Museum the floor is still there, making the bunker accessible to the public without getting their feet wet… We will share the transformed inside too, the light in the dark, as soon as possible.
The bunkers testify that war has been present even here. War is very present for the refugees for whom Europe share a responsibility. With this ceremony we will accept the bunkers and transform their function.
The ceremony celebrates that we have Room to live in peace, freedom, love and harmony and reaches for the grandeur of the universe to be closer to the bunkers.
We will meet by the Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, by the blue sculpture Vann Mann, on the 29th of October at 16.30. The ceremony is a walking and standing one, and takes about an hour. It is practical to wear warm clothes and rubber boots. We have some torches and you are also welcome to bring your own lantern.
In the art centre you can experience the sensual exhibition ”In the silent forest’ until December 11. For BunkerLove it’s a highlight that Suzette Gemzøe’s ‘Blue explosion in bunker’ is exhibited in the large room of the museum. Suzette participated with Transcendens Dilettante in BunkerLove Festival 2014.
The ceremony is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
In June we asked BunkerLove’s 88 members and then newsletter subscribers to fill out a questionnaire. It was made in an attempt to create a shared point of departure for BunkerLove’s transformation into an art project. Thank you for the 17 responses which are briefly commented in this PDF. The responses kick off a few new ‘to do’s’ which are collected at bunkerlove.com/tasks for those who wish to dive in. As with the artistic project the list is meant only as a guide.
The BunkerLove Festival is CANCELLED but we would still like to meet by the bunkers in Furreby on (one of) the scheduled date(s), July 16, Saturday afternoon at 15. We will be around the middle of the battery. There will NOT be a program, but an opportunity to dip in the ocean, admire the bunkers, and to chat about the past, present and future of BunkerLove or to simply HANG OUT.
Andrew Zealey will bring some leftover paint from his work for BunkerLove in 2014 ‘life’s a beach/ highlights’, so we can play with that, and we will bring chalk and you are in general welcome to bring stuff that assist creativity. Children are of course very welcome too…
Anja Korsgaard and Nanna Thorhauge have opted to continue to work with the BunkerLove web site to express the new reality as an art project and will be present and open to input in regard to this task.
We will bring some drinks but please bring food and drinks for yourself if you wish to be on the safe side.
Hope to see you on the beach!
Since 2012 the BunkerLove Association hosted 6 festivals in Furreby, Hirtshals and Grønhøj, and many more events and openings in North Denmark. The Chris Brock Photography series from 2013 entitled ‘Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark’ was at 4 very nice locations; Nordkraft, Jammerbugt city hall, Hjørring Library and Museum center Hanstholm. Material sponsorships and cash for a million Danish kroner from Kulturpunkt 2013, Kulturkanten, Hjørring Kommune, Jammerbugt kommune, Aalborg University, Cembrit, Sadolin and many more, have been split into countless small chunks and into a lot of interesting work for a lot of people.
The artworks and performances created for the BunkerLove festivals have been incredible and make representatives stand very strong.
One of the major challenges for BunkerLove’s board has been and is to use our own as well as the forces of members and of good ideas, in a sustainable way.
We have decided to cancel this year’s festival, pay back the contribution from Hjørring municipality, Mads Mouritz is in a dialogue with the Danish Arts Foundation in regards to the concert means he’s obtained, and instead we will just meet and say hello on July 16 at 15 o’clock in the approximate middle of the bunker battery in Furreby…
The transformation of BunkerLove is to work through cells and representatives and to not have a coordinating board. BunkerLove will no longer hold a VAT number and a bank account. There is still plenty of opportunity to cooperate, to be a team and to work with professional financing, only it will not be the association but the parties involved who share and bear responsibility. Planning of BunkerLove Festivals can be done single-handed (with or without money), as well as with culture partners in the local community, region or state, or possibly more likely with established museums and associations who may even handle finances as part of their acts.
Looking ahead, ‘members’ can be representatives of BunkerLove in different contexts, areas or places. There are no requirements other than a common goal to transform the bunkers into works of art in the name of peace and love. Representatives have no obligations other than to invite each other through Facebook and/or website for public events which BunkerLove is part of, preferably in a reasonable time frame.
We will gather at least once a year to value and evaluate the condition of BunkerLove and to set a date and place of the next meetup. Statutes and framework will be changed to the new agreement and together with the artistic project will form the base of our meetups. The first meetup will be July 16 at 15 o’clock in the middle of the bunker battery in Furreby near Løkken, where everyone is welcome.
We welcome transformation and look forward to the beach trip on July 16 at 15 o’clock.
Please note: the questionnaire is in English but feel free to answer in any language. A gmail or google account is needed to complete the survey, if you don’t have one but would like to be part of the survey you are welcome to answer these questions and email your input to [email protected]
We’ll try to incorporate the input into direction and communication in the near future.
On April 9 the board unanimously decided to invite to an extraordinary general assembly to decide on the chairman’s suggestion to close the association. The needed energy and motivation to work with BunkerLove as a legal entity, and to be responsible for the festival that was scheduled for mid July 2016, is no longer there.
The meeting is Thursday May 5 at 14 at Platform 4.
Proposal to close the association
Reasons for decision
Status on financial support
Any other business
After the meeting, Nanna will briefly share some thoughts about BunkerLove as a movement.
It is with regret that we have to cancel the previously announced info meeting which was scheduled to take place in Aalborg tomorrow evening. We still don’t have an overview of resources. We will return with new info.
The report from the general assembly is available in Danish in the previous blog post.
Proposals, including changes to our statutes, artistic project, or other input or suggestions for the agenda or beyond, can be emailed to [email protected]. If you wish to be a part of the board we also welcome an email from you ahead of the meeting.
We hope you will help shape the association’s future activity. It is free to join, please forward this invite if you know of people who might wish to participate.
We will be meeting again at Platform 4 on March 30 for a fully future-oriented meeting at 19 and we aim at having an overview of format and finances at this point.
It is a pleasure to share some good news about the BunkerLove Festival 2016:
The musical program for BunkerLove Festival 2016 has amazingly been secured by the association’s music booker Mads Mouritz! He has been granted support from the Danish Arts Foundation, to finance a minimum of 4 concerts. The support is conditioned by a payment option, which we expect to be volunteer, as we are in public space. Your ideas for a creative format are welcome. THANKS:
To our great liking the municipality of Hjørring continues the support of the BunkerLove Festival and further encourages collaboration with other events, which we will elaborate when we can.
The board works to make clear and to communicate the framework for participation. A discussion about the format, finances and the roles of artists, volunteers and visitors are also on the agenda for the general assembly on March 17th at 17-19 and at an Info meeting for all interested parties on March 30 from 19-21. Both meetings are held at Platform 4 in Aalborg. We hope you’ll note the dates and also note
BunkerLove Festival 2016 is to be held in Furreby on July 15-16
These are a Friday and a Saturday, and we expect that Friday and the week up until the festival there will be working artists on the beach and full-blown festival come Saturday.
SATURDAY EVENT: Aalborg Klatreklub, Platform 4 and BunkerLove celebrate the bunkers with some bouldering.
Aalborg Klatreklub, Platform 4 and BunkerLove present ’Løkken Boulders’ – a climbing competition on the old bunkers in Furreby, Løkken. The discipline is called bouldering and takes place up to 4-5 meters up in the air.
Bunkerlove will contribute to the event in the form of sound/ light art, particularly by Inge Tranter. During the day you can enjoy food and drinks and when the competition ends around 17:00, there will be a bonfire and soup until the sun sets.
BunkerLove and Platform 4 will be participating in the LandShape Festival in Hanstholm from 4 – 6 June, 2015
Bunkerlove is a series of festivals taking place in the bunkers along the Atlantic Wall. Our first festival, which took place in 2012, was in the bunkers on the beach in Furreby near Løkken in North Denmark and included a gilded bunker by Erik Peitersen. In 2013, Bunkerlove won the North Denmark Region’s Kulturpunkt award, and held festivals in Furreby, Grønhøj and Hirtshals. In 2014, Hirtshals and Furreby became established venues for the festival and we held additional events at a series of venues around the country: Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, Hanstholm Bunker Museum, as well as a touring exhibition of the photographic series “Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark” by British photographer Chris Brock.
Bunkerlove will be providing a series of works for the Landshape festival from pre-existing and new works created for the festivals. Bunkerlove will be in a teepee kindly loaned to us by VestEvent/ Safe In Water. All the works will be presented in collaboration with Platform 4.
Sandro Masai – My Body your room – interactive installation & dance, Thursday at 14.30
Meetup Friday at noon by the teepee in the camping area
Mads Mouritz – concert with Platform 4 visuals – friday at 21 by Fyrgården
Inge Tranter – Backfire – The Firebreak, performance, saturday at 21.30 by the light house
BunkerLove Film & Images – There will be images by Chris Brock and films from the festivals.
Films with music by The Liberty Balance and the song Calling on rebels from the BunkerLove festival in 2014 in Hirtshals and Furreby, filmed and edited by Mikolaj Lewandowski and Trevor Jensen. Also showing individual films with works/performances by Anja Korsgaard, Dominik Blasko, Sigrid Ørntoft Norheim and Sandro Masai.
We will also be showing a series of photographs from the BunkerLove festival in 2013, as well as two short films by Marcelo Felix: ein stern & a mare. A series of monologues from the theatre piece A Walk in The Dark by Lars Ditlev Johansen, based on the Spoon River anthology, will also be shown.
A short film of the festival in 2012 with a more in-depth film about Guldtand by Erik Peitersen and Slow-Wave Sleep by Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte.
As you may have noticed, we have been rather quiet of late. We apologise for our silence and the delay in providing the minutes of our AGM, which can be now be found in Danish only. We have held two meetings since then, where a major point of discussion has been the creation of a cell structure for the future organisation of BunkerLove.
We have welcomed Niels Peter as a new member of the board of BunkerLove. Niels Peter, one of two managers at Platform 4 in Aalborg, is new to the board as our treasurer, but has been our amazingly practical and creative partner from the beginning of 2014. He has created the sketches above for a structure of BunkerLove in the future.
Our new board consists of Nikkie Dahm as chairperson, Inge Tranter as vice chairperson, Nanna Thorhauge and Anja Korsgaard as board members. Louise Kristensen and Lars Ditlev Johansen as substitutes and still curators for respectively the literary and drama parts of the festival in North Jutland. Of our outgoing boards members, Andi Debel and Gregers Kierkegaard are still our ambassadors in Copenhagen and Ellen Raunsmed in North Jutland. Thank you for the time and energy you have put into the board during your time with us.
BunkerLove will not be holding a festival in 2015, but we are planning a bumper festival in 2016. The break will provide time for us to organise and plan something more spectacular than our bunkers have ever seen before. Our forthcoming newsletters will be all about this in the coming year.
In the meantime, BunkerLove has been invited to participate in Region Nordjylland’s Land-Shape pilot festival in Hanstholm from 4-6 June. We are working on a program and more information will follow.
We would like to thank KulturKANten, Hjørring Municipality, LandShape and not least the many wonderful artists, members and individuals that have made BunkerLove possible. Thanks for all your help. We look forward to future collaborations and sharing more together.
If you wish to participate in the general assembly from afar then please write your skype address in an email to [email protected] or as a comment, and we will call you on Saturday, 21 February at 13 (GMT+1) from Platform 4.
Transcendens Dilettante, Furreby. Photo by Chris Brock
A deepfelt thank you very much to all artists and participants and helpers in every shape and form! Thanks for the beautiful works and original performances and for sharing yourselves with the bunkers in this truly unique way.
The Annual General Assembly for BunkerLove 2015 will be at Platform4 in Karolinelund, Aalborg on Saturday, February 21. We will be back with time and agenda. Your thoughts and words are welcome ♫
Happy New Year
BunkerLove Andrew Zealey working on ‘highlights/ life’s a beach’, Furreby. Photo by Chris Brock
Sandro Masai performing ‘My Body Your Room’ for the BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Furreby. Sandro will be dancing in the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen this Saturday (around 22 in the evening)!Portrayed by Chris Brock.
Please join the opening of ‘Together in small spaces’ which will feature My Body Your Room, a dance performance by Sandro Masai, which was created for the searchlight bunker at Furreby beach for BunkerLove Festival 2014. Christian Skjødt who created Inversion for the same bunker last year will create soundscapes and Edit Vizer whose work Tilted was presented in Furreby last year will present her new interactive installation. There will also be a book show, poetry, photography and perhaps magic..
The exhibit opens on Saturday 16 August at 17:00 and will be running until 23:00.
It will be open until Monday the 18th from 10:00 – 16:00. Admission is free. Address: next to the Black Diamond library, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1016 København K
‘Together in small spaces’ is curated and coordinated by Aga and Miko who participated in the BunkerLove festival in 2013 with their collaborative video installation Akurat.
Thank you to Hjørring Municipality for making the event possible and thank you to Dome of visions for allowing us to use their premises.
BunkerLove at the Culture Meeting
BunkerLove will also be present at the public event arranged by the Region of North Denmark ‘Kulturmødet’, which will be held in Nykøbing Mors on the island of Mors from 21-23 August starting at 14:00. BunkerLove will be showing the following artworks:
THANK YOU ALL
A huge and heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful artists and partners and volunteers who created and still create beautiful, thought-provoking and original artworks for the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall, and who contributed to unforgettable festivals in sunny Hirtshals and rainy Furreby. You are amazing!
The BunkerLove board will be meeting up in the early autumn to discuss current resources and decide what is next. We would like to thank those of you who have written to us with ideas and offers of help and we will endeavour to include your input and to respond appropriately.
On Sunday 13th July 2014 BunkerLove will be holding the BunkerLove Free Festival on the beach in Furreby near Løkken. All events are free and everyone is welcome.
There will be transport from the boat rescue station (where there are also toilet facilities 800m from the festival area) at the end of Nordre Strandvej at 14.45 and 17.00. Attached are our map and program for the day.
The text was the point of departure for her performance at the BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Furreby. Since march 2014 Louise Kristensen has been a part of the BunkerLove board and can be reached at [email protected] She collected the poets, authors and musical sidekicks for the grande poetic program of BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Furreby.
The essay ”Om at hele såret efter Anden Verdenskrig med kunst og kærlighed” (About healing the wound from WWII with art and love) was the result of Louise’s visit to the BunkerLove Festival 2013 in Hirtshals. Essay: Om at hele såret (pdf)
After 70 years of lashings from the harsh north sea, howling winds and rain and sand – like a million cat-o-nine-tails – these bunkers have paid their price. They are no longer the sentinals of evil. They are the reminders of an evil regime where one man’s madness can take over the world. This MUST not EVER happen again. We MUST work together. Stand side by side. For no one is better or worse than the next, and we need to try to understand our enemies.
Today these bunkers are oozing out white calcium deposits from deep witin their core. They are being cleansed by nature from within their own building blocks. These white deposits have created patterns that somehow remind me of my paintings. I aim to ‘highlight’ these purgings with organic paint mixed with buttermilk and eggs. These ‘highlights’ will disappear gradually, depending on the weather and mother nature. My mark making aims to enlighten the healing process already taking place.
Nature’s power can heal all wounds of war and oppression given enough time but only if we nurture and not abuse her.
Rainbow BunkerLove Festival is the first festival in the BunkerLove season this year and it is filled to the brim with art, music and all kinds of surprises. All events are free and everyone is welcome to join us.
Vendsyssel Historical Museum will be providing tours of the bunkers and the artworks at 17.00, 19.00 and 21.00 (the last tour is by lantern light) but you are also free to walk around the bunker complex and discover the works for yourselves.
There will be a dance performance by Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft in collaboration with Marit Benthe Norheim for her work “Ruth“, a woman who experienced first hand the cruelty of the Nazi regime as a child of a German policeman. Marit Benthe Norheim will occupy the interior of the same bunker with her figurehead and film about Ruth. The piece is part of the Life-Boats project.
Dominik Blasko will be in another bunker with a piano concert. Meile Sposmanyte‘s powerful sound installation from 2013, 111 Buddhas can be experienced again in the ammunition bunker. Cathrine Ertmann will be turning the world outside her bunker upside down. And Anja Korsgaard will provide a tree for sinners to hang their penance on in the form of apples and hearts made of bunker concrete.
There will also be an opportunity to go down to the beach below the bunkers and Walk the Mile with Inge Tranter’s public participation piece involving 100 pairs of customised military boots. You can also make your own pair of boots and take them down to the beach to try them out.
Peter Max-Jakobsen‘s work Chronometer transforms a bunker into a porcupine-like structure, using the shifting coastal light to create a play of light and shadow.
Also cleared out and rediscovered is the Bunker Secret Site, which, although damaged, can now be viewed again. The work dates from 1995 and contains a secret chamber with something inside. All will be revealed in 2045, one hundred years after the end of WWII, but for now we will just have to keep guessing.
British photographer Chris Brock, who documented the festival last year with some unforgettable images, will be joining us again this year.
If you want to try your hand at a little photography yourself, poet and artist Kasper Anthoni will be supplying a DIY hole in the head board that you can take photos of yourself and friends in.
As the sun starts to wane there will be music from Ole Tersløse and Bjarke Rønnow from Platform 4 will be our DJ until the festival closes at 22.00.
Cafe Fisk in Tversted will be supplying fishcakes and rye bread from their “dellevogn” and Thomas Abildgaard will be there with his gourmet coffee stand where you can purchase coffee, tea, and cakes. Platform 4 will be supplying drinks from their scaffolding bar and the lighthouse cafe will be also be open during the day for refreshments and ice cream.
Please join us for another wonderful day transforming the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall.
How differerent are we from one another when it comes down to it?
The German soldiers manning the bunkers on the Danish north sea coast during WW II must have missed their loved ones, their friends and all those they cared about just as we do when separated from them for more than a few days. Can we find the common human traits that connect those soldiers and ourselves?
Explore the bunker to find out!
Sine Qua Non is a work that challenges and requires the audience to explore the depths of a bunker and their own inner self in order to put pictures, experiences and names on those that matters the most to us and for whom without life would be dull and meaningless and then try to take those emotions created therein and connect them to the past by imagining what it must have been like to be a german soldier far away from home, friends, family and loved ones. A guestbook for those who wants to share their thoughts on the subject will be present in the bunker and its content will later be published.
Tuesday 24 June there will be a BunkerLove opening at the Museum Center Hanstholm where ten of Chris Brock’s portraits from BunkerLove 2013 will be on show until 31 July.
At the opening, which starts 24 June at 16.00, there will be free entry to the museum and we will continue to work on Inge Tranter’s military boot installation, “Walk the Mile”, which will be a part of the ongoing festival series in Hirtshals 6 July and Furreby 13 July. We will also be showing “Ein Stern” and “A Mare” by Marcelo Felix in the cinema of the museum, and dramatist Marie Vibe will hold a bonfire speech without a bonfire, to celebrate Midsummer Nights Eve.
Anja Korsgaard yesterday started transforming the boots at the culture ferry in Aalborg. Anja is a part of BunkerLoves board and participates with the work Ondskyld/ Be yond guilt in Hirtshals on 6 July, where you can also Walk the Mile on the Hirtshals beach.
Inge Tranter with boots made for walking an extra mile. Portrayed by Chris Brock
In English, the expression “to go the extra mile” means to go above and beyond the call of duty, to make an extra effort to ensure that something succeeds. The expression comes from the Sermon on the Mount in the bible, where Jesus says to his followers: “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” In biblical times, Roman law stipulated that soldiers were allowed to force civilians into carrying their (very heavy) equipment for one Roman mile (81.473 metres). This practice was called “impressment” and was originally practiced in Persia before being adopted by the Romans. The expression is also closely related to the concept of “don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” to develop and cultivate empathy and understanding. Empathy is the ability to literally experience the world from another person’s perspective; to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living conditions and to feel what it feels like to be that person.
Jesus’s message was one of peace and reconciliation in the service of the fellow man, regardless of whether the relationship was one of friend or foe. The project taps into processes such as the Peace and Reconciliation process in South Africa in the wake of the ending of Apartheid and similar processes designed to promote transition from societies with internal conflicts and injustices to stable democracies. These processes are attempts to resolve conflicts left over from the past and break the cycle of former enmities in societies, undertaking a process of transitional justice which strives to address human rights abuses, establish reparations, create memorials and settle past accounts without derailing the establishment of a stable and democratic society, allowing former enemies to live in peace together.
The project is a collaborative process. Members of the public are invited to create their own design on the soles of a pair of used military boots. Linoleum, glue and tools to cut and carve will be provided so that participants can customise their own pair of boots. This took place on board the cultural ferry OM:FORM in the afternoon of 21 June during the Aalborg Regatta and at the Museum Center Hanstholm at 16 on 24 June. These customised boots were then moved to the beaches of the BunkerLove festivals in Hirtshals, 6 July and Furreby, 13 July and participants there were invited to put on a pair of boots and walk two Roman miles (which is roughly one mile by today’s definition of a mile – 1.63 km). The soles of the boots will “impress” the message of the creators of the boots in the sand of the beach, creating a mile of land art messages of peace and reconciliation created by strangers. The artwork is a part of our ongoing “Peace Army” project.” The boots are also part of BunkerLove’s exhibition at Kulturmødet Mors, taking place in Nykøbing Mors, August 21-23, and supported by the Land Art project Landshape.
We are very pleased to be able to offer 5 BunkerLove events in collaboration with a wide range of partners:
On Saturday 21 June on the OM:FORM Cultural Ferry there will be a workshop with military boots – Walk the Mile – by Inge Tranter as well as an exhibition of Chris Brock’s portrait series, “Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark”, from the 2013 BunkerLove festival. The exhibition is staged in collaboration with a major North Denmark regional land art initiative LAND SHAPE, in connection with the Aalborg Regatta (16-22 June). Come and join us in making footprints in the sand. Marie Bjerg will be there as a voluntary assistant at the festival.
Tuesday 24 June there will be a BunkerLove opening at the Museum Center Hanstholm where Chris Brock’s portraits from BunkerLove 2013 will be on show until 31 July. At the opening, which starts at 16.00, there will be free entry to the museum and we will continue to work on Inge Tranter’s military boot installation, “Walk the Mile”, which will be a part of the ongoing festival series. We will also be showing “Ein Stern” and “A Mare” by Marcelo Felix, and dramatist Marie Vibe will hold a bonfire speech without a bonfire, to celebrate Midsummer Nights Eve.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum Center Hanstholm – and is a replacement for the planned Diaspora festival, which we were planning to hold on 20 July, but were unfortunately forced to cancel. We are, however, very pleased with the programs that have materialised for the festivals in Hirtshals and Furreby and that KulturKanten and Hjørring municipality are supporting the activities there.
In mid-August BunkerLove will also be coming to Copenhagen in the Dome of Visions with the title “Together in Small Spaces”. Aga P. Mlynczak will be curating a BunkerLove exhibition there.
We hope that you enjoy the activities and we look forward to hearing from you.
We also attach the minutes of our AGM in March here (Danish) and apologise for the delay in getting them out to everyone. We are also sorry about a mess with our BunkerLove emails, we have dropped them in favour of individual email addresses now. Our Articles of Association and the contact details of the members of the board are on the website and we will be updating a list of press contacts.
We have flyers and posters on the way, which Mikolaj Lewandowski and Viola Heyn-Johnsen have been responsible for. The image on the poster is from the series “Rainbow People”, a collaboration between Michael Richardt Petersen and Chris Brock. We look forward to sharing them with you.
Thank you very much to our benefactor KulturKANten, which is a collaboration between the 11 North Denmark municipalities, the North Denmark Region and the Danish Culture Agency. KulturKANten is supporting BunkerLove 2014 with DKK 190.000, and with those we can invite you to very promising festivals in the Hirtshals bunkers and in Furreby ved Løkken.
The Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark photo exhibition will move to exciting (floating?) venues in Aalborg and Hanstholm in June and July. We have ideas for spring time too, but it’s more fun with collaborators, so don’t hesitate if you have ideas for where to take the exhibition next. Please write [email protected] or here.
Our newest member, Mikkel Fox has offered to help us to build our Instagram following so that we can attract a younger target audience.
Mikkel Fox attended the beach party at the People’s BunkerLove festival in 2013 and wondered why there weren’t more people present who fell into his age group. So he has volunteered his services to expand our following on Instagram, an image-sharing application which has a younger audience. We are delighted to have him as a friend and spokesperson and we are really thrilled with his initiative in contacting us!
Mikkel Fox reporting from Løkken, North Denmark
If you have an Instagram account, please be sure to welcome Mikkel Fox as our BunkerLove editor. Mikkel is in his final year of high school in Brønderslev, and has interesting plans afoot for travel and study… Like BunkerLove, he is not a fan of well-trodden paths… He’s adventurous and did his year 10 in Japan….. in Japanese! へようこそ
In extension of the opening of the BunkerLove 2013 Chris Brock photo exhibition in Turbinegalleriet in Nordkraft, Aalborg, ‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’, Chris Brock hosted an inspiring workshop in KULcaféen about taking portraits in a creative manner. In small groups we instructed and photographed each other, and in the end recreated our ‘poses’ into the above ‘group portrait’, which Chris created. He titled it ‘The Guru‘ and explains:
The en-lightened one surrounded by the worries, dramas and happinesses of the world. The politics, the sciences (that’s the astronaut), the love, the sadnesses and the worries. And all the time he shines a light on their concerns!
Below is a group shot from the workshop taken by participant Trine Bang Pedersen. A fine day!
If you wish to invite somebody, or if you can think of people who might be interested in the project, then please forward our invitation, on facebook or pdf, or just the poster above as an image. Thanks :) Hope to see you there! Or elsewhere.