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.

ALERT BunkerLove in Hirtshals is OPEN

Chris Brock photography, Cottage for Yemanja, flower bunker by Inge Tranter

Part of Chris Brock Photography‘s work for BunkerLove 2013, showing Gabriel Tranter in front of A Cottage for Yemanja, a flower bunker by Inge Tranter. This is part of ALERT BunkerLove July 7 in Hirtshals and still open. Next festival is CHILLED BunkerLove July 14 in Grønhøj and PEOPLE’S BunkerLove July 21 in Furreby, Løkken.

Throughout the BunkerLove festival series you can feel the magnificence of ALERT BunkerLove 2013, which opened in Hirtshals last Sunday. For a few weeks you can experience:

  • A Cottage for Yemanja – created by the coordinator for the festival Inge Tranter and already referred to as the flower bunker. 
  • 111 Buddhas by Meile Sposmanyte. For the festival she placed Buddhas on the beach and Tibetan prayers inside a bunker. The Buddhas are a beautiful vision as they decay on the beach.
  • Liden Karen – a video installation by Gabriel & Inge Tranter.
  • The Drama A Walk in the Dark by Lars Ditlev Johansen plays every night until Saturday at 21.30. You will be picked up by the parking lot to the left of the light house. The drama is based on Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology, and played in Danish by the creator Lars Ditlev Johansen with Marie Eriksen, Anita Holst Sørensen, Kaare Bjørn Vad, and Lars Olsen & Birthe Rosenfeldt from Åsen teater. App. 45 minutes.

The festival itself was a truly beautiful and overwhelming BunkerLove experience and we are trying to collect press clippings and photos on our Facebook page. We will work to nicely document all the highlights once we’re through the festival series. 

Sandro Masai who so beautifully orchestrated the Flowers for Yemanja ceremony to cleanse the bunkers with Semente do Samba will document all works of bunker transformations as Points of Interest using junaio for the Association’s new, virtual, Atlantic wall. And we’ll have more photos by Chris Brock and others to share.

The potency, the power of transforming bunkers into symbols of Love, Art and Transformation seemed apparant after our pilot project, but rolling through this festival series is… beyond words. Please share your  photos, thoughts and feelings about the festival freely… in the comments or on our Facebook page. Tagging yourself on photos or sharing media clippings is much appreciated. See you in Hirtshals for CHILLED BunkerLove in Grønhøj this Sunday or for PEOPLE’S BunkerLove in Furreby on the 21st of July. Or somewhere around here.

Invitation – BunkerLove 2013 – 3 stops on the Atlantic Wall

Højreklik på linket for at downloade invitation på dansk: BunkerLove2013_Da_web flyer 
Right-click the link to download invite in English: BunkerLove2013 En_web flyer 

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 Facebook invitations

July 7 Alert/ Årvågen BunkerLove 2013 in Hirtshals bunker museum and lighthouse

July 14 Chilled BunkerLove 2013 in Grønhøj

July 21 People’s/ Folkets BunkerLove 2013 in Furreby, Løkken

We hope you’ll help us share these invites and hope to see you for some genuine BunkerLove.

CHILLED it is

Part of Gregers Kirkegaard’s Soundscape installation: In a Silent Wave

A second dispensation for this year’s BunkerLove festivals has been granted by the Danish Nature Agency. Our middle festival will take place in GrønhøjWe’ll be giving it up for bunkers that have already been occupied by friendly forces and just feel chilled about the whole sacred affair for the time being. We are in fruitful collaboration with Jammerbugt municipality about smooth operations.

Grønhøj beach has no bunkers, but right next to the beach kiosk is a special one. It has been prepared and previously used for exhibitions by local artists. Andrew Zealey who was envisioned to transform the 3 bunkers at Kærsgård beach with bio-degradable paint will exhibit paintings there. A few bunker transformations further from the beach make surprises, we’ll arrange for walks.

Chill at the long-stretched beach between Blokhus and Løkken, In a Silent Wave like no one’s watching. And to a wind powered barrel organ, and to a chilled version of A Walk in the Dark and… more. The Festival is warmed up In A Silent Wave the night before in Karolinelund in Aalborg with Platform 4. It’s exciting.

On a parallel note, we are pursuing information about the bunker removals which the Danish state is scheduling. We hope the coastal directorate will collaborate to include some of the bunker demolitions into the Virtual Atlantic Wall of creative bunker transformations we start to build.

Method Freedom

BunkerLove sent an application in January to the Danish Nature Agency for dispensation to use Hirtshals, Kærsgård and Furreby beaches for festival venues. A week ago they sent us their decision:

  • Green light for our festivals in Hirtshals and Furreby at Løkken. The amazing participating artists can work with their chosen bunkers, and may be able to leave some transformations behind until September. YES!
  • Red light for Kærsgård, for fear that ‘foreign elements’ (“fremmed-elementer”) will spoil the experience of nature on the beach. The agency’s view of the bunkers appears to be radically different to ours…
kaersgaard-festivalplads

The preliminary layout for SACRED BunkerLove Festival, in between the more exuberant ones, ALERT BunkerLove in Hirtshals 7 July and PEOPLE’S BunkerLove in Furreby by Løkken 21 July.

We were planning to hold our SACRED BunkerLove at Kærsgård, but we don’t want to battle the authorities on this one. We believe that this beach will become available to us sometime in the future.

It has been tough to be informed with such short notice, particularly as there is a great deal of focus on us as a regional Kulturpunkt.

We currently have two possibilities for collaboration about the venue for our middle festival. One is “Chilled” and another is an exploration of the bunker removals, scheduled to commence in late July in collaboration with the coastal directorate and four Danish municipalities. The bunkers have been paid for twice and we would like to somehow make the most of that fact by including them in our planned Virtual Wall building using Augmented Reality and the Junaio application. Sandro Masai will, in addition to playing a key artistic role at the festival in Hirtshals, start constructing this virtual wall with Junaio “bricks” (also called “Points of Interest”) during all 3 BunkerLove Festivals.

We are also very curious to see the ‘method freedom’ being applied, which is the method that the bunker removal entrepreneurs have been granted (the video above shows a 10 years old bunker removal… it can be done with heavy machinery). It may be due to the fact that there is no method which makes much sense. We’ll just be sacred about it. No matter where we take the program on the 14th, we’ll be with Platform 4 on July 13 in Karolinelund, Aalborg, to start In A Silent Wave. And the whole Festival series kicks off on July 6 at a Pecha Kucha warm-up at Oceanarium, open and free for all. The bunker drama A Walk in the Dark will be performed at all festivals and further to be announced.

Volunteer art assistants needed

We need a lot of people to help create magnificent bunker art this summer. We will be back with more details, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have creative time to spare. THANK YOU to all artists and a wide range of participators, and thank you all. Feel free to share the beautiful banners made by Viola Heyn-Johnsen, the mother of our logo.

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Real world Bunker Drama – millions for bunker removals

Erik Peitersen speaking on May 1 - BunkerLove style

Erik Peitersen speaking on May 1 – BunkerLove style

 

5 Danish municipalities have made budgets to remove select WWII-bunkers which due to their decay and tilting under sea represent danger to people swimming in the ocean. A bunker removal is budgeted with app. 20.000 DKK per bunker, and the State (the Coast directorate) pays the rest, up to 100.000 DKK per bunker. With approximately 100 bunkers pointed out, this makes a total of 10 million DKK, app 1,34 million EURO, earmarked to blow up bunkers (in Jyllands-posten on print today or week-old on web).

In comparison, BunkerLove is paying 25.000 DKK (+ 25% VAT) to have Gold Tooth cleansed by Spray-Away at the moment. The bunkers are incredibly difficult to just blow up, they are build only to last, and even highly creative attempts in the past have failed.

Bunker artist and maker of Gold Tooth Erik Peitersen is being interviewed about his view on the bunkers in Kulturen at TV2 News 19.30 this evening and wish to stress the absurdity to the scenario of spending millions to protect potential swimmers unaware of the bunkers’ sometimes invisible presence… He does not believe the budget is a realistic one, yet even if the project is completed, he believes the money could be spend in far better ways, using the bunkers as a cultural mediator.

  • Allow ugliness… In our efforts to secure and make everything look pretty we make our biggest mistakes… Why not allow a bit of danger and ugliness, why so scared to put up a warning sign? Or just remove the metal parts.
  • Creatively transform rather than believe we can destroy the bunkers.
  • Raise awareness of what the bunkers represent – lack of rational thinking, war lead by fear-mongering (and now paying with tax money again). We need holistic solutions and we need to make conscious choices for how we deal with our cultural heirloom – to make a better future with less fear and greater equality.
  • Acknowledge the clash between cultural behaviour and Nature which the bunkers represent, and make the clash a fertile one, by applying rational thinking and interdisciplinarity.
  • It’s okay to spend some money on securing our lovely beaches, but could this be approached in a more meaningful manner, through cross-cultural collaboration in order to build a new wall? A wall to stand on to look further, rather than to divide or hide behind?
  • Suggest collaboration between Teknik- og Miljøudvalget and BunkerLove and others with a complimentary mission, to turn necessity into a cultural and artistic virtue.

From 1988-98 the Danish Nature Agency made a complete report for which bunkers to preserve and which to let loose, and for how to execute such registration and communication work and learn from bunker preservation projects in Norway, Finland, UK and Holland. It seems nothing happened since then… Facts remain: The bunkers are not officially registered and there is no principled position on the bunkers in Denmark, and no principled European position on the Atlantic Wall bunkers. No one wants to take responsibility? No one wants to take ownership?

What else could be done with some bunkers and 10 million DKK?
We love Erik Peitersen!

A Walk in the Dark – Warm-up # 6


Lars Olsen from Åsen Teater acting as the character ‘Ace’ Shaw in an interpretation of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. This 1 minute soul essence continues our series of warm-up sequences for A Walk in the Dark – a bunker drama by Lars Ditlev Johansen to be performed at 3 different venues in North Denmark in July, for BunkerLove 2013. At our alternative May 1 celebration, Lars tested the bunker facilities for dramatic purposes and we found it to work very well.

Let the Art speak

We’ve distributed a press release (in Danish only,’The gun is loaded with seawater’) about BunkerLove’s alternative May 1 celebration taking place in connection to the festive ‘dismantling’ of our precious Gold Tooth. At this occasion it will be possible for press and public to speak to some of the artists who will participate in the summer’s festivals:

  • Inge Tranter – multimedia artist and project manager for Alert BunkerLove in Hirthshals on July 7. She contributed to BunkerLove 2012 with Slow-Wave Sleep in collaboration with Meile Sposmanyte, and is a member of the board. (+45) 4215 2670 / inge@bunkerlove.com
  • Erik Peitersen – creator of Gold Tooth and this year participating with a bunker installation at People’s BunkerLove, envisioned in Furreby on July 21. Contact nanna@bunkerlove.com for appointment with Erik.
  • Sandro Masai – performer and dancer participating in Alert BunkerLove in collaboration with Inge Tranter. Sandro’s role is also to lead the documentation of the BunkerLove festivals with Augmented Reality (See Sandro’s PechaKucha presentation). sandro@bunkerlove.com
  • Lars Ditlev Johansen – maker of A Walk in the Dark – a bunker drama envisioned in different versions for all 3 BunkerLove Festivals. Lars was a speaker and painter for BunkerLove 2012 and is a member of the board. See his PechaKucha presentation about the bunker drama. (+45) 2536 2655 / lars@bunkerlove.com
  • Very likely there will be more artists represented.

Event with program on our Facebook Wall. We look forward to seeing new and recognisable faces. The weather forecast so far looks good, full sun and little wind.

On 1st of May we Spray it Away

Spray Away with BunkerLove :)Alternative May 1 with Bunker Love

Spray-Away removes Gold Tooth with sea water in the gun on May 1 at Furreby beach. The Spray cloud is quite a vision, and we would like to share that with you on the international labour day.

We meet by Gold Tooth on Wednesday May 1st at 13 (driving directions). Program is this:

There will be musical assistance (tba) and singing, and we will play with ‘reverse graffiti‘ …

Participating artist Sandro Masai will experiment with Augmented Reality and the junaio app. as preparations for the summer’s bunker transformations, so hopefully there will be an interesting sight to follow up with after the event, here too.

We hope to see you!

Smelly Bunker Holiday?

bunker-sommerhus
On our Facebook wall we received this clipping from a Danish magazine from 1949 – thank you, Louise! It shows a bunker located near (app. 10 km.) one of the BunkerLove venues in North Denmark, transformed into a summer home. It reads something along the lines of (the original is weird too):

A solid summer home for three quarters of a million

It is hard to find practical application for all the destructive toys made with costly money in the belligerent countries during WWII. A bombed battleship, which may have costed enough for the citizens of a capitol to ride the tram for free for at least one year, can now be acquired for 100.000, and a cannon position by the dunes of the west coast, on which the Germans spent three quarters of a million (of our) kroner. Boiler inspector A.C. Nielsen, Aalborg, who acquired the solid house is not worried that it will fall apart during the first seasons.

Your stories, knowledge or input about this or any other bunker transformation are most welcome on our wall or here.

A Walk in the Dark – Warm-up # 3


See Johanna Jakobsdottir as ‘Eugenia Todd’ in an interpretation of Spoon River Anthology for bunker landscapes by and warming up for Lars Ditlev Johansen for BunkerLove 2013.

I had the pleasure of assisting Lars by filming Johanna in a very funky little WWII watchpoint bunker in Seltjarnarnes at the edge of Reykjavik, the world’s smallest metropole. I am very grateful for this ‘souvenir’ and bunker bond to Iceland, thank you for this grace, Johanna. And Lars of course.

Read more about A Walk in the Dark and how to get involved.

Gold Tooth on Vimeo

The making and presentation of gilded WWII bunker Gold Tooth (Guldtand) by Erik Peitersen at BunkerLove’s pilot project festival in Furreby by the Danish West coast, July 2012.
Thank you Sadolin!
Material Sponsor: Sadolin – Let’s Colour
Co-painters: Lars Ditlev Johansen, Kaare Bjørn Vad, Marie Bjerg, Christina Roholm Bruun, Janne Fonda, Nikkie Breinholt Dahm, Nanna Thorhauge

Photos: Janne Fonda Graphics: Viola Heyn-Johnsen Production by me and set without rights to Savoy Truffle by the Beatles (wouldn’t mind a tailor-made, legal composition, if you have one, please!).

Identity Act

bunkerlove collage Inge Tranter
In working with our sales material, we are collecting feedback and ideas, and Steen Poulsen from the municipality of Hjørring suggested a visual comparison between bunker usage in war and peace time respectively. Inge Tranter with Jakob Stig Nielsen then made this. More ideas for how to visualise our act are always very welcome. info@bunkerlove.com

General Assembly 2013

BunkerLove Association is inviting for General Assembly on Wednesday March 20 at 19.30 (GMT +1).

Location

  • Løkken library, Nørregade 28, 9480 Løkken
  • Participation via Skype possible, please email info@bunkerlove.com and we’ll have a connection ready for you.

Agenda:

Annual Report from the board and others

  • BunkerLove’s purpose
  • Evaluation of the pilot project, BunkerLove 2012
  • Maintained and new collaborations
  • Plan for BunkerLove 2013
  • BunkerLove Bonus, May 1st
  • Communication

Budget, election of Auditor

Feedback and ideas welcome
We encourage our members to participate actively. Proposals, including changes to our statutes can be emailed to info@bunkerlove.com

Election of board
BunkerLove’s Board currently consists of the association’s 3 founders Andi Debel, Nikkie Breinholt Dahm and Nanna Thorhauge. All 3 wish to continue along with Ellen Raunsmed, AAU, Nordic Centre of Intuition, Lars Ditlev Johansen, dramatist, and multimedia artist Inge Tranter. We have asked Inge to be chairman.

We have also invited the municipality of Hjørring to suggest a representative, and ideas are welcome in general – and feel free to suggest yourself. Write info@bunkerlove.com

Questions
BunkerLove has had an explosive start. We hope many will help shape the association’s future activity. You can join for free which gives you a vote.

Feel free to write to us at info@bunkerlove.com if you have additions to the agenda, comments or suggestions.

We look forward to it all!

Air time for bunkers

Gold Tooth todayIt feels a bit windy with attention not only in regards to the Kulturpunkt competition we entered (feedback meeting with the judges on Tuesday), but also in respect to the cleaning of Erik Peitersens gilded bunker. Even though we made an appeal which was denied, we’d accepted to remove the paint right before we painted it, and will of course do so. We wish for this fact to stand clear. We took the risk involved of walking into new territory, not knowing exactly if anything could get out of hand. We are still happy we did and take full responsibility!

Local media interviewed Ole B. Sørensen, who is a member of Regionsrådet (V) and one of 7 judges in Kulturpunkt as well as Nikkie right by Gold Tooth today, as her photo shows. The news will be on print and ppv-tv. It will feature all on a sunny quiet day and include a positive vox pop.

We feel grateful. Thank you.

Kulturpunkt nominee

BunkerLove made it one step closer to a lot of money from the North Denmark Region. Along with 2 other projects, we have about a month to refine aspects based on feedback from the judges of the competition. The winner is announced March 23.

Help us by liking the BunkerLove idea at the Nature Agency’s new idea storm website, for another potential source for funding, not related to Kulturpunkt. Thank you!!

The bear is sleeping II

From Destory.dk with kind permission we bring you Louise Juhl‘s Danish reading and an English translation of her poem ‘Bjørnen sover II‘ (small differences between written and read versions):

The bear is sleeping II
I am not dangerous, I am so easy, I am the shy eyes, I am the tilted head, I am Miscellaneous on the agenda that you never reach, I am the one who can wait, I am brushed steel, I always have room for one more, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating – patiently, I am in favor of you, I am more in favor of you than of me, I am nice to animals, I am nice to people, I please the Lord, I have principles but none that can’t be broken, I am the face of compromise, I am the liberating laughter, the oil on the water, spawning, sleek, bountiful, I am the word of redemption, I am an individual for the common good, I am a lucky bag, a bonus package, an offer you can’t refuse, I am not dangerous, I am easy and give way to your glance, tilted head, I am more everything than I am nothing, I am organic and fair trade, I am exactly what you would have dreamed of, but didn’t dream, I am blissful like now a frosty Sunday morning is dark.



For more Louise Juhl, visit Destory.dk, Louise at forfatterstemmer.dk or listen to her sounds at SoundCloud (including ‘Bjørnen sover V‘).
‘Bjørnen sover’ is also the title of a widely known Norwegian children’s song and game.

 

Call for actors

Uplifting to see BunkerLove’s summer plans on print in Løkken Folkeblad. The main message, besides as the headline says: BunkerLove is going to happen in 2013, is that we’re looking for people with skills in theatre production – please read about and contact Lars Ditlev Johansen lars@bunkerlove.com if you’re interested!

BunkerLove 2013 in Løkken Folkeblad

What goes up

Our complaint about having to remove the paint from Gold Tooth was denied. We are yet to be informed by the Nature Agency as to when it has to go down… Deep breaths… We try to work with gravity in a constructive manner…

This particular bunker will just have to transform in a way that includes a little more force than we like… perhaps just like the rest of us.

The bunker needs sandblasting. Input for cost-efficient and environmentally friendly workarounds most welcomed… We’ve been through a few options including water blasting and high pressure washing, but seems bunkers need sand.

Binding a Bunker Bouquet

bunker by LøkkenVery happy to start sharing the work of these fine individuals, envisioned to take part in BunkerLove 2013:

Collecting to share more of their work, and will soon present further adventurous artists to these pages. For rough idea about BunkerLove 2013, please see newsletter.

Bite a bullet?

Tongue Eating Parasite That Becomes The Fish's Tongue. Treehugger.com

Our 5 bullets for participating artists are now elaborated.

  • Transformation from Unconscious to Conscious
  • Transformation from Resistance to Liberation
  • Transformation from Reluctance to
    Volunteerism
  • From Conflict to (dis)Solution
  • Projections

The artistic project is open to further evolve. Your input as an artist, contributor or spectator is most welcome, and we hope it holds useful hooks. Photo from  treehugger.

‘Thou shall not like thy own facebook status’

modvind-medvindMy favorite Bunkerlove press clipping is a small piece from a local newspaper that reads:

Art project in head winds
NORTHERN JUTLAND: Art openings are usually a peaceful affair. But when the art is right next to the North Sea and a fierce western wind is throwing sand around, the experience can be very different. It certainly wasn’t easy to attend the opening of art project BunkerLove, Sunday on the beach by Løkken. Both wind and water did theirs to limit the participants to the particularly dedicated and stubborn. For months a group of artists worked hard to create art here on Furreby beach: for example Gold Tooth, the gilded bunker by Erik Peitersen.

The image caption repeats that wind and water ‘teased’ us, which I find extra amusing, because we do feel the rage of the elements. I like that it compliments those who made it there, so do we! And although Inge and Meile took care of their own bunkers, and for Erik merely assisted for about a week, I think it’s very pleasant to think of ourselves as a group of artists.

We would like the actual artists to be the spokespeople for BunkerLove. Members of every kind most welcome too, but the participating artists in particular (no pressure of course). We strongly feel that the emotional response invoked by these buildings of craziness must be used for something immensely creative and purposeful. Seeing them in transformed ways work with no words. Not a lot of things do.

The head winds were true for the pilot project, the head winds are still very true. We want to use this wind and that teasing sea exactly. For renewable energy. For continuous self-leadership. For great art and experiences. To remind us.

The Power of We

Blog Action Day - The Power of We

Blog Action Day 2012 - The Power of We

Peter Bastian in a recent interview said that in order to move in a direction where we become more able to bear the weight of our own emotional life without trembling and bothering other people with it, we have to focus on what we want with each other, our lifes, ourselves, our children. Our routine dealings with each other are characterized by ideas of comfort and cosiness, we bow and speak nicely. A form that makes the whole lesser than the sum of its parts, and focusing on how I feel in this community, more so than on what we can do together. BunkerLove represents a move towards the unknown, a movement where we together are us. Different rules apply to such a move. Making an effort in this uncertainty means to be present. To make an effort is awareness.

Useful employees by noochiWith BunkerLove we are on an unknown road, and the road feels good. I feel challenged in all areas. With BunkerLove in the back, it is even possible for me to trust the fear of the unknown. My feeling is that we will make this grow. We have been heard, and we listen. There is a relation going on. The unpredictability makes it possible to listen – to be together. My own feeling is that I myself am larger than the sum of the parts, able to make results that are better than what I could achieve with just my own 2 arms, as illustrated by Nanna. When I work for BunkerLove I work with BunkerLove. We would love it if you want to Join our We.

Active citizens want change

Photographer and Nikkie, a day in the life of bunkerlove. Photo: Janne Fonda

Photo: Janne Fonda

Photographer Henning Bagger, see his Berlingske BunkerLove series, and I. July 12, 2012 

Through culture and community, we can turn liquidation to development.

The withering outskirts – more specifically Northern Jutland – is up for debate tonight at the main Library of Aalborg. Chairman of the Rural Action Group Jørgen Folkvang and I have been asked to represent ’active citizens’ and how to adress a negative development. Mikael K and Klondyke provide music, and so does Ole Berthelsen.

My presentation will fabulate and focus on the existential perspectives of life on the edge, the outskirts, the rotten banana, name it as you please.

  • How do we choose our mirrors?
  • What is our vision?
  • How do we tell the story?
  • How do we attack our vision?

BunkerLove, our precious case study, materialized thanks to

  • 28 private persons (and more!)
  • 24 businesses
  • = 52 ’external’ parties being most directly involved.

That is what I would like to debate with you. Hope to meet you there!

Active citizens on the way

Alex og Sean flankeret af Erik. Christina, Marie og Nikkie ovenpå bunkeren.

Godsend helpers Alex and Sean with Erik Peitersen. Saviours Marie, Nikkie and Christina in the background.

Only one time during the whole making of BunkerLove did I sense that Nikkie had serious doubts about the event. This was on July 15 at around 14… the day of the festival. There was a stiff breeze, the cars got stuck in the sand, the bar had gotten lost on it’s way from Aarhus and didn’t have 4 wheel-drive and the sand storm was seriously threatening to ruin the expensive music gear that we were borrowing. Despite delicious help, we couldn’t make the main generator work.

ONE time… I was on the beach running around. Nikkie was loading the car again and running around in Løkken. She called me and said that we shouldn’t force things, that it might not be sane to carry through. I sank. I knew she was right. Nature is powerful, this was a very risky affair. In some strange way I felt that we’d already succeeded… Being overpowered by Nature is really no shame. I took the weather conditions as a message… I called my mother and said she shouldn’t drive (she had Nikkie’s car while we took her 4WD to its max, and I knew it couldn’t make it through the sand), I knew there would be no time and 4WD to pick them up. I walked over to Mikael K,Klondyke in a sand storm he was a bit frustrated, rightfully worried about the gear, yet preparing the Klondyke concert, and I used Nikkie’s words: ‘you know we have no insurance’, I said, ‘nothing should be forced through…’. Mikael stared in disbelief and responded: ‘What do you mean?’. An answer that made me all warm and fuzzy inside. My mother made it there too.

Nikkie unloading my mum's 4wdI had doubts in my own ideas about what I can and can’t do on the first day of priming the bunker that became Gold Tooth. We had gathered a beautiful crew to assist Erik, and we had promised to get rid of some sand on the roof of the bunker ahead of that. I’d said to Nikkie that I’d easily remove the sand, which I thought of as an overgrown ant hill. She would fix other things and come back with the team when we were ready to paint. So, we brought the tools and a wheelbarrow and Nikkie left… When I got on top of the bunker with my shovel I quickly realized that this was a mountain of sand, not an ant hill. Sand is very heavy… And there was no way I could get the wheelbarrow up on the roof through the narrow staircase. After… I don’t know… an hour, perhaps only half, of invisible work, and me in disbelief with myself, 2 boys popped up asking what I was doing. I explained and they decided to help. They turned out to be scouts, and figured out a very clever way to make a hoist to get the wheelbarrow up on the roof. They also helped shovelling. In fact they were so eager that at some point I got worried they’d fall down (not rational, they were super capable, I know, but…) – again the lack of insurance made me suggest that they checked for stuff inside the bunker and we’d make an exhibit of what they found. Here it is.

As you can see on the picture it took even more help to fulfill the task. I could barely lift my arms as I photographed the incredibly sweet and Godsend boys, Alex and Sean with their findings, and a beautiful crew of active citizens, Marie, Nikkie, Christina, Janne, and Erik arrived to make everything great again.

Mikael K and Klondyke and Nikkie have life in the outskirts, ‘Northern Jutland on the edge / Nordjylland på (ud)kanten‘ up for debate tomorrow at Aalborg main Library. This makes me very happy.

For what?

Goldtooth vandalisedSomeone signing as NTD.C felt the need to spray a couple of comments and questions on Gold Tooth itself:

“For what?”

“Paint waste”

“Paint waste reason?”

Right question, wrong bunker? The vandal noted a couple of reasons on nearby bunkers, so we interpret the questions as rhetorical ones… We also realize that besides a large red/pink tag, we painted over another tag by… NTD.C… We hope this makes us even?

Or could this be… a bunker battle?

Heartstarter

Danish band Nephew made an ode to the North Sea named Hjertestarter (Vææææsterhav, kom nu og blæs mig i gang) and recorded their music video right where the BunkerLove festival was held (their mike). The song is about being deaf, dumb and blind and in need of the stormy ocean to get blown away. Tear down the old and useless to make room for more salt, more malt, more zest to the whole thing.

“Do you know a cure for me?”

“Why yes,” he said, “I know a cure for everything. Salt water.”

“Salt water?” I asked him.

“Yes,” he said, “in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”

/Karen Blixen, Seven Gothic Tales

The BunkerLove speech by Lars Ditlev Johansen

Playwright and actor Lars Ditlev Johansen’s exquisite BunkerLove speech in Danish. Thank you for caring and sharing, Lars!

The bunkers are nothing in themselves. We approach them with humble steps and reverence. Afraid to wake the monster, because what if we woke up the little man with the weird moustache and the uncontrollable urge to raise his right hand and name himself “der Führer”. The demons are there in our own lives, perhaps in other forms and they grow meaner from being ignored. Let spirituality move us into our collective darkness to pull out the monsters and smother them with love and light.

2 down, 13998 to go?

festival picturesWe did it while The Sea demonstrated its enormous powers in a crazy strong breeze. We’re at it! And happy to have drawn some attention to what we feel is great art: Gold Tooth by Erik Peitersen, in a beautiful collaboration with volunteers and Nature, and Slow-wave Sleep by Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte. Lars Ditlev Johansen, Klondyke and DJ Siri did wonders and rocked our world in the sand storm and we’re immensely grateful for the love and stamina demonstrated. So many people to thank

First portion of photos from BunkerLove festival 2012 – more soon.

Today’s program

We’ll be moving around some sand today, and testing some sound, and get all sweaty before our bunker beach party starts at 16.

Program starts strictly at 16
Bunkerloving Welcome
Speech by Lars Ditlev Johansen
Slow-wave Sleep – presentation by Inge Tranter & Meile Sposmanyte
Gold Tooth – presentation by Erik Peitersen

17.30 Klondyke

We leave the rest to
DJ Siri
Fairbar (cash and credit card accepted)

And you…

Weather
Supposively sunny all day with some wind, so bring your bathing suit, a sweater and hat, and blankets to sit on. We’ll treat you to the little drinks we have, Fairbar sells drinks and you are free to bring your own food and drinks.
Please note that nearest toilets are 800 m along the beach towards Løkken.

It’s great to park away from the beach, beware of the aesthetics and the tide.

Keep the beach completely clean
We will collect the thrash ourselves, so please make it easy by minimising trash and use the trash bins and blue bucket ashtrays that we’ve put up.

Directions: 
The Furreby bunkers are located a little North of Løkken and can be accessed through the Beach roads from Nordre Strandvej in Løkken (go right when facing sea). Furreby bunkers can also be reached from Nørre Lyngby and through stairs from Furreby if you’re walking (go left when facing sea). Driving directions in Danish

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Rain Rules – Our festival will be dry

When BunkerLove opens at 16 tomorrow, it will be with a freshly painted Gold Tooth by Erik Peitersen. The rain demonstrated its powers this week where Erik and a team of volunteer assistants witnessed how the shine of gold paint can be messed with by a couple of heavy showers. As opposed to the past week, tomorrow should be dry, sunny and windy, and so that’s when we paint. Just in time for the gold to harden, so the gilded bunker can be used as BunkerLovers see fit. Thank you again to Sadolin, for being a great material sponsor.

Gold Tooth by Erik Peitersen - the process

Gold Tooth in the making and rain

 

An army marches on its stomach…

.. claimed Napoleon Bonaparte, and we agree on more than one level. We are happy that Århus-based Fairbar supports BunkerLove, by driving their movable bar named Flytbar på Facebook (Move bar/ movable in Danish) to sell delicious organic beers, coffee and snacks from their pictoresque café on wheels for our pilot festival. Like Bunkerlove, Fairbar is based on volunteer work and profits go to international relief work. In other words, you can spend your money on drinks with a great conscience.

Gold Tooth – Erik Peitersen for BunkerLove

Erik Peitersen on the Gold Tooth to be

We are thrilled and excited to announce that Erik Peitersen will contribute to BunkerLove with a spectacular Gold Tooth. We are completely confident to promise a small miracle in the shape of a gilded bunker in between the rotten teeth of our joint history. In gums of sand it will rise as a subtle comment to the unconsciousness with which we accept symbols of war and irrational stupidity. Erik introduces a new way of landscape painting that changes expression as often as the light, the dark, the tide and the people surrounding it.

Peitersen brings to BunkerLove his wish to portray the constant change, beauty and brutality, the deconstructive powers’ symbiotic balance with the accidental sublimation and transformation. An attempt to capture the merging of before, now and after in one go.

Materials for Gold Tooth is generously sponsored by Sadolin (Let’s Colour), and Erik will introduce it his very own way at Bunkerlove’s first festival, this Sunday July 15. Thank you Sadolin, and THANK YOU Erik – your work is a dream come true for BunkerLove!