Ceremony for bunkers – Photos by Andrea Valentini

BunkerLove wish to thank all the participants at our Ceremony for bunkers which took place on the 29th of October as a warm-up to the KK44 Festival in Silkeborg, Central Denmark. Special thanks to KK44 Festival, The Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg Bunkermuseum and the Nordea Foundation. Everyone exceeded all expectations.

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.

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Radio bunker, photo by Per Breindahl

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.

Photo courtesy by Per Breindahl.

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Ceremony for bunkers

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We wish for peace, inside and around us.

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.

Two artworks for bunkers, namely the shooting star radio ‘äther’ by Lydlandskab.dk and ‘Be yond guilt’ by Anja Korsgaard will be tied together by the sounds of flute playing by Birgit Sofia Kjær.

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.

silkyBadWe 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. Tema RUM for KK44 Festival 2016

The ceremony is part of the warm-up for the well-established KK44 Festival 2016 working with the theme Space or Room. Next year the theme is Rethink. It is arranged by BunkerLove in friendly collaboration with Silkeborg Bunker museum and Art Centre Silkeborg Bad. The KK44 Festival program is quite extensive and in Danish, available at KK44festival.dk

Silkeborg Bunker museum is open on Sundays from 13-16 and on October 19th from 13-16. More info on Bumus event page.

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.

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Member survey result

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.

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Beach trip/ MEETUP Saturday July 16 at 15 o’clock

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!

BunkerLove closes as an association and opens as an art project

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.

Reality

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.

Reality check through questionnaire

Dear friends of BunkerLove

The board of BunkerLove on May 5 made a decision to close down our association as a legal entity, and to rather continue as an art project on a person to person-basis.

We’ll have to change our statutes etc. to no longer reflect that there’s a group of coordinators to handle any administration and collective fundraising etc..

One week ago we asked our members for their opinion on our future direction and we are happy to now share the response and to also ask for everyone’s opinion.

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Click here to see members’ response

Click here to start the questionnaire, please

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 info@bunkerlove.com

We’ll try to incorporate the input into direction and communication in the near future.

THANK YOU
With BunkerLove

Invitation to Extraordinary General Assembly

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.

Agenda:
Proposal to close the association

  • Reasons for decision
  • Status on financial support
  • Cancellation process/-group
  • Vote

Any other business

After the meeting, Nanna will briefly share some thoughts about BunkerLove as a movement.

Info meeting CANCELLED

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.

Invitation for Annual General Assembly

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The BunkerLove Association would like to invite you to the Annual General Assembly of 2016

Time and place

Thursday, March 17 at 17-19 (GMT +1)

Platform4, Karolinelundsvej 38-40, 9000 Aalborg

Agenda:

  • Annual Report from the board and others

-> Activities in 2015

-> New and continued collaborations

-> Walkthrough and approval of accounts

  • Changes to statutes and other incoming suggestions
  • Status on BunkerLove Festival 2016
  • Election of board and auditor.
  • Feedback, questions and ideas welcome

Proposals, including changes to our statutes, artistic project, or other input or suggestions for the agenda or beyond, can be emailed to info@bunkerlove.com. 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.

With Love,

BunkerLove

Musical BunkerLove Festival 2016 – Mark the dates

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:

 

Statens Kunstfond

  • 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.

Hjørring kommune

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.

BunkerLove wish you a happy new year with this teaser from the BunkerLove festivals in 2014. The video is created by Miko Lewandowski and the Furreby part is filmed by Trevor Jensen. It has music by The Liberty Balance: Calling on Rebels.

To a 2016 filled with bunkers of love! Sweet sixteen!

Bouldering in Furreby near Løkken

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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.

The event is supported by the Municipality of Hjørring and carried out in collaboration with Vestevent.

We hope to see you there!

Shaping the Land

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.

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  • Anja Korsgaard – Ondskyld/ Be yond guilt
  • Meile Sposmanyte – 111 Buddhaer –  audio installation in a  bunker
  • 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.
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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.

The films can also be viewed here: www.vimeo.com/bunkerlove

More about Landshape

The Future

Dear friends

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.

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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.

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From left: Anja, Inge, Nanna, Niels Peter, Nikkie

 

Best wishes

The board of BunkerLove

General assembly on Skype

If you wish to participate in the general assembly from afar then please write your skype address in an email to info@bunkerlove.com or as a comment, and we will call you on Saturday, 21 February at 13 (GMT+1) from Platform 4.

We are looking forward

Annual General Meeting 2015

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Peter Max-Jakobsen on his work ‘Chronometer’ in the Hirtshals bunkers, 2014. Photo by Chris Brock

The BunkerLove Association would like to invite you to the Annual General Assembly

Time and place

Saturday February 21 at 13-15 (GMT +1)

Platform4, Karolinelundsvej 38-40, 9000 Aalborg

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Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft dancing for Ruth, Hirtshals 2014. Photo by Chris Brock

Agenda:

1) Annual Report from the board and others

2) Evaluation of BunkerLove 2014

3) New and existing collaborations

4) BunkerLove’s purpose

5) Plan for BunkerLove 2015 (2016)

  • 6 present of a board of 9 at our last meeting decided to suggest that 2015 is for organisation and that the festival becomes bi-annual, biennale.
  • We’ve talked about work groups and more task-oriented collaboration, we’ve talked about alternatives to being an association.
  • Means of communication, what is it we want?

6) Approval of accounts. Election of board and auditor.

7) Feedback, questions and ideas welcome

Proposals, including changes to our statutes, input or suggestions for the agenda or beyond, can be emailed to info@bunkerlove.com

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.

With Love,
BunkerLove

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Author Louise Kristensen after the BunkerLove Festival in Furreby near Løkken, 2014. Photo by Chris Brock

With some glimpses of the past

Anja Korsgaard Ondskyld/ Be yond guilt
Dominik Blasko playing piano in bunker 52
Sandro MasaiMy Body Your Room
Transcendens Dilettante – Frühstück Für Vögeln (the making of)
Christian Skjødt – Encapsulation
Edit Vizer – Woods
Chris Brock – photo report on Facebook

The Past


Lars Ditlev Johansen in performance in relation to Erik Peitersens floating bunker, Furreby. Photo by Chris Brock

Participating video artists Miko Lewandowski with help from Trevor Jensen are creating the festival documentation for 2014, which can be experienced on Vimeo.

From ‘Together in small spaces‘ in the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, experience

Follow vimeo.com/bunkerlove for more videos.

Chris Brock‘s photo report on Facebook


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

Together in small spaces

Sandro Masai at BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Furreby

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.

 

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BunkerLove exhibition in the Dome of Visions, Copenhagen, August 16-18

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.

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Thank you to Hjørring Municipality for making the event possible and thank you to Dome of visions for allowing us to use their premises.

 

Inge Tranter with boots made for walking. Portrayed by Chris Brock

Inge Tranter with boots from the work ‘Walk the mile’, portrayed by Chris Brock at the BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Hirtshals

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 Landshape, KulturKANten and Hjørring Municipality for making our participation possible.

Learn more about Kulturmødet

 

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The Liberty Balance in concert for the BunkerLove Festival 2014 in Furreby – also check out Mads Mouritz who gave a concert too. Photo: Cathrine Ertmann

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.

With gratitude

 

BunkerLove Free Festival Sunday 13 July 2014 15.00-22.00

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.

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Louise Kristensen

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For BunkerLove 2014 Louise Kristensen wrote Leviathans Ryttere (Riders of Leviathan) which was published in web magazine (april 2014) Reflex p. 12 (and p.13-14), by poetklubben 57º Nord.

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 mummiland@gmail.com. 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)

Louise Kristensen, b. 1974 in Himmerland, now lives in Copenhagen. Writes poetry and prose. Published: “Syltede små skorpioner” (small pickled scorpions) (Jorinde & Joringel). Novels “Mod solnedgangen” (against the sunset) (Det Poetiske Bureaus Forlag, 2014). Publishes in Danish at www.kraniemaelk.blogspot.com.

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highlights (life’s a beach)

lifes-a-beach-azby Andrew Zealey for the Free BunkerLove festival 13th july 2014:

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.

SAY NO TO SKIFER GAS IN DYBVÅD!

Rainbow BunkerLove in Hirtshals Sunday 6 July 2014

BunkerLove Hirtshals is upon us, and we have an action-packed line-up of works and events:
Here is our program for the day:

15:00 Welcome from BunkerLove

15.05 Opening speech by Else Marie Bukdahl

15.40 “Ruth” dance with Sigrid Norheim – on top of Bunker 42

16.30 Piano concert with Dominik Blasko Bunker 62

17.00 Guided tour with Vendsyssel Historiske Museum*

18.00 “Ruth” dance with Sigrid Norheim – on top of Bunker 42

18.30 Guitar performance by Ole Tersløse Jensen Madpakkehuset

19.00 Guided tour with Vendsyssel Historisk Museum*

19.10 Piano concert with Dominik Blasko Bunker 62
19.30 “Ruth” dance with Sigrid Norheim – on top of Bunker 42

21.00 Guided tour by lamplight with Vendsyssel Historiske Museum*

21.20 Piano concert with Dominik Blasko

19-22 DJ Bjarke Rønnow at madpakkehuset

All events are free

Platform 4 will be serving drinks from their scaffolding bar.

Thomas Abildgaard will be serving gourmet coffees and teas.

Cafe Fisk from Tversted will be serving fish frikadelles with bread.

The cafe at the lighthouse is also open for light refreshments and ice cream.

* Guided tours start at the parking lot.

 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Lighthouse, Fyret 2, 9850  Hirtshals. Map

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Rainbow BunkerLove Festival

Bunkerlove14_Flyer_ENRainbow 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.

Festival flyer, the program page here and the Facebook event.

BunkerLove Festival 2014 is financed by KulturKANten & Hjørring municipality

Thomas Dahl – Sine Qua Non

Thomas-SineQuaNonHow 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.

Thomas Dahl was born in 1973 in Aalborg, Denmark, works daily helping retired citizens and others, that for various reasons can’t themselves, with cleaning and doing their laundry. This is his first attempt at a public art project, and it will be at Free BunkerLove Festival in Furreby 13 July, 2014. It will be located in the former Gold Tooth by Erik Peitersen. The sand in the bunker needs some moving around ahead of the festival, and you are welcome to contact thomadahl@hotmail.com or info@bunkerlove.com, if you’d like to help out.

BunkerLove in Hanstholm

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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.

Place and time: Museum center Hanstholm from 24 June – 31 July
Vernissage: 24 June at 16.00
Directions to the museum.

Walk The Mile – Workshop at Om:Form culture ferry

Aalborg Regatta Plakat_red 2The production of Inge Tranter’s collaborative art work Walk the Mile starts today at Culture ferry Om:Form, which is located near the Utzon center during Aalborg Regatta. BunkerLove’s benefactor KulturKANten supports the project, and Enggaard is contributing a lot of sand, which is a part of the art work.

Inge’s text about Walk The Mile.

Anja Korsgaard bidrager her til Den Ekstra Mil på kulturfærgen om:form

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.

Walk the Mile – by Inge Tranter

Inge Tranter with boots made for walking. Portrayed by Chris Brock

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.

More about Inge here and www.ingetranter.com

The BunkerLove Summer

Hi everyone

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.

See the programs for

Hirtshals 6 JulyRAINBOW BunkerLove Festival

Furreby 13 July FREE BunkerLove Festival

 

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.

Best wishes

BunkerLove

Thank you KulturKANten & Hjørring Municipality

KulturKANten Hjørring Kommune

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 municipality of Hjørring further supports us with DKK 100.000 for project-related expenses – we are very grateful.

You are very welcome to sign up for our newsletter here.

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark – Hjørring

Chris Brock Exhibition, Hjørring Library

Information på dansk om udstillingen på Hjørring Biblioteks hjemmeside. Her ses Chris Brocks portrætter af Erik Peitersen, Edit E. Vizer & Christian Skjødt.

Our Chris Brock Photo exhibition with portraits from BunkerLove 2013 is on display at Hjørring Library in February, Monday-Friday from 9-18 and Saturday from 9-15.

The 10 portraits which Andrew Zealey selected are placed in a circle (inside/ outside) connected to remains from Inge Tranter’s lovely ‘Cottage for Yemanja’, something extra to remember the flower bunker and festival series by. Inside it is our presentation film and guestbook.

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 info@bunkerlove.com or here.

Don’t forget to follow Chris Brock’s blog, everything looks better with him.

From the Foxholes

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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

See you on Instagram!

When a bunker dreams

It is an honour to share A Mare – a new short film created by Marcelo Felix. We hope you enjoy it. The film experiments with a certain mood and language and is connected to When a Bunker Dreams…

Marcelo Felix inspired BunkerLove’s art project and A Mare is a follow-up to his short film Ein Stern. See film notes for more details.

Vimeo.com/bunkerlove/amare

Marcelo Felix lives and works in Lisbon. See the trailer for his award-winning film Eden’s Ark (A Arca Do Éden) or read more about the film.

A Mare and Ein Stern were created for the BunkerLove 2013 festival series, and more films will follow. Do enjoy.

The Guru

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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!trine-chrisbrockworkshop

See you tomorrow

nordkraft-CB-posterWith the Region of North Denmark we’ve sent out a press release and we’ve notified a few journalists that some of our favorite Bunker artistes will be present at our photo exhibition vernissage tomorrow. Chris Brock will be there, Inge Tranter will be there, Lars Ditlev Johansen will be there, Andrew Zealey will be there, Dominik Blasko will be there, and many other participants too! We’re opening at 15.

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.

Photos from 3 stops by the Atlantic Wall of North Denmark

BunkerLove 2013 – 3 stop i Nordjylland from BunkerLove on Vimeo. The 6 minutes video presents photos from this year’s 3 BunkerLove festivals in Hirtshals, Grønhøj and Furreby. They are set to music by Gregers Kirkegaard (‘Jeg drømte mig en drøm’ & ‘By this river’) and Natmandskomplottet (‘Drømme af sten’). The program is shown in the corresponding English flyer here.

Thank you doesn’t cover the depth of our gratitude, and so we hope this report will assist the BunkerLove.

Photos: Chris Brock
Additional photos: Jakob Stig Nielsen, Janne Fonda, Thomas Andersen, Jens Astrup

Music:
Hirtshals (Alert) – Drømte mig en drøm, Gregers Kirkegaard, BunkerLove 2013 edit
Grønhøj (Chilled) – By this river, Gregers Kirkegaard, BunkerLove 2013 edit
Furreby (People’s) – Drømme af sten, Natmandskomplottet for BunkerLove 2013

Nordkraft made a poster for our Chris Brock exhibition. Feel free to share or print your own posters – the pdf from Nordkraft is here: bunkerlove – nordkraft – chris brock_poster

Chris Brock Exhibition tour: Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

 

See some of Chris Brock’s photos from BunkerLove 2013 on our website – or visit his blog or follow Chris Brock Photography on Facebook to get really excited about this event series. We certainly are. Thank you, Chris!
♫ Here is your musical preview: Syrian oud player Maher Mahmoud.
Hope to see you all on the Chris Brock Exhibition tour. Or elsewhere.

Recreating BunkerLove Festival 2013 – videos

BunkerLove created an incredible body of material this summer. We have a lot of beautifully edited videos and a whole lot more unedited material. We want to save the best bits of the visualizations and will work on making the material available to you.

BunkerLove 2013 YouTube channel – which Sandro Masai is using to gather material for the Atlantic BunkerLove Wall which will be channeled via the Junaio app and other media. More video, edited and unedited, will follow.

BunkerLove Vimeo. With the exception of our film artwork(s), you can download the videos and detach the soundtracks for creative use.

Inge Tranter’s videos from BunkerLove are on her BunkerLove playlist

Music: Drømme af sten is here for download in high res, and you may use it with link to Natmandskomplottet.

Please credit and link to photographers etc. when you use any material. And please link to BunkerLove when applicable.  

Our favorite so far is this ode to Erik Peitersen’s Floating Bunker by Michael Nørlev, bunkerfotos.dk

Closer to the sun

Artist Christian Skjødt has documented his solar powered audio installation at People’s BunkerLove Festival in Furreby by now including a short video. It gives a rich idea of the experience of Inversion and of the sound of the sun inside a most fortunate bunker. Thank you Christian. http://skjodt.net/inversion/
vimeo.com/christianskjodt/inversion

Christian Skjødt by his work Inversion, a solar powered sound installation translating sun beams into audio. Portrayed by Chris Brock

Christian Skjødt by his work Inversion, a solar powered sound installation translating sun beams into audio. Portrayed by Chris Brock

On bunkers and safety

It is a great privilege and joy to share a new short film for BunkerLove 2013 made by filmmaker Marcelo Felix. His extended film work inspired our artistic project. The film is titled Ein Stern. It will be followed by another film this autumn. See film notes.

Vimeo.com/bunkerlove/einstern

Marcelo Felix is a filmmaker, author, writer and translator working from Lisbon. His film Eden’s Ark (A Arca Do Éden) won awards for ‘Best film about art’ at Festival Temps d’Images (Portugal, 2011) and ‘Best Film’ at Festival Move Cine Arte (Brazil, 2012). Eden’s Ark is shown in Cinemateket in Copenhagen on August 28, at 16.30 as part of Copenhagen Art week. Watch Eden’s Ark trailer or read more about the film

Ein Stern is created for the BunkerLove 2013 festival series.

Enjoy.

Floating Festival

Erik Peitersen’s Floating bunker on August 19 floated less than 5 kilometres North up the coast to Nr. Lyngby and located itself nicely on the ramp to the beach. We of course apologise for the accident to the beach authorities and are having the bunker removed and placed in a dry dock for safety reasons.

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Thank you, Floating bunker. What a journey, what a sight. The image links to more photos on Facebook.

BunkerLove 2013 – Still to be experienced

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Artist Inge Tranter inside her Flower bunker – A Cottage for Yemanja – Chris Brock Photography for BunkerLove

Artist Erik Peitersen with his Floating bunker

Artist Erik Peitersen with his Floating bunker – Chris Brock Photography for BunkerLove

Elin Strand Ruin & Klas Ruin inside Heart of Darkness - Chris Brock Photography for People's BunkerLove

Artists Elin Strand Ruin & Klas Ruin inside Heart of Darkness – Chris Brock Photography for BunkerLove

Following this year’s three blessed BunkerLove festivals, three stunning bunker transformations are still standing:

  • Inge Tranter‘s Flower bunker – A Cottage for Yemanja – can be experienced in the Hirtshals bunkers
  • Erik Peitersen‘s Floating bunker – currently on land (we will explore options to make it float again) – can be experienced on the beach in Furreby
  • Elin Strand Ruin & SpriddHeart of Darkness – a representation of the interior of a cannon bunker – can be experienced on the beach in Furreby

Chris Brock‘s amazing artist portraits for BunkerLove 2013 are dripping in on our Facebook wall, and we are yet to present one more bunker artiste… not at all done with BunkerLove 2013…

We’ll meet again

Michael Nørlev – www.bunkerfotos.dk – captured a great festival view of Erik Peitersen’s Floating Bunker with lovely people and Elin Strand Ruin & Spridd’s Heart of Darkness in the foreground. People’s BunkerLove, July 21st.