Flower Bunker 2017 – A union of single socks

ChrisBrockPhotography_1838-Tranter1400pxInge 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.

Inge’s work for BunkerLove and the Nature Meeting is artistically supported by Andrew Zealey, Slavomir Baca, the historical museum of Vendsyssel and others and is financially supported by the municipality of Hjørring, BMMK and KulturKANten.

A union of single socks – Is there a sock monster in your washer?

bunkerstroempeSchool children will be given the opportunity to contribute any single socks that they have, and assisted by Inge, to plant and nurture flowers for the new bunker garden.

It is estimated that every Dane loses 1.3 socks every month, and why would this be different in any other sock-wearing nation?

Inge will be touring a few schools to engage the children in the creation of the artwork. In the week before the Nature Meeting the socks will be collected for plantation in the special bunker.

See the amazing flower bunker for Bunkerlove Festival 2013 (video)

 

Bunker # 59 in the 10th battery, bunker museum of Hirtshals

bunker59-hirtshalsThe 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.

Chris Brock photography, Cottage for Yemanja, flower bunker by Inge TranterGabriel Tranter facing A Cottage for Yemanja for the BunkerLove Festival 2013. Photo by Chris Brock

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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.

anja-bunkerlove2014 Mads Mouritz - BunkerLove 2014, foto af Chris Brock firebreak

 

  • 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

Backfire – The Firebreak

A performance by Inge Tranter

in collaboration with BunkerLove

For the Landshape Festival in Hanstholm – June 6 at 21.30 by the Light house

 

Background

This work examines the crucial role of fire in nature, touching on broader themes of destruction and regeneration. It is a test piece for a larger work intended for the BunkerLove Festival in 2016.

Forest fires are uncontrolled fires in forests. In Denmark, these are often in fir tree or heath plantations close to dunes and are often the result of carelessness with fire combined with dry conditions. Forest areas that are particularly vulnerable to this kind of fire often have a series of firebreaks / fire lines and observation towers to prevent forest fires.

Preventing forest fires is often achieved by attempting first and foremost to prevent the uncontrolled spread of flames by establishing vegetation-free lines in front of the fire (in the direction of the wind). This is done by chopping down or controlled burning of the forest ahead of the oncoming fire.

In some forest types, forest fires are a natural part of the dynamic of the ecosystem, often caused by lightning strikes or in periods of extreme drought and heat. Vegetation is partly or wholly destroyed to allow the regeneration of new vegetation. The frequency of these fires can vary from between 80 – 120 years and in the case of eucalyptus forests, can occur as frequently as every 10 years.

Fires can trigger seed germination and the growth of seedlings, and in some systems, with ”fire dependent” species of trees, fire may actually be a prerequisite for the germination of seedlings. Fire causes many changes in the environment that improve site quality; removal of vegetation (creating gaps), increased heat at ground level, and a reduction in competition for water.

Source: J.E. Keeley and C.J. Fotheringham

The Holocaust Cloak

A holocaust* cloak is another name for a cloak of flames. The term originates from William Goldman’s book and film The Princess Bride.

The work

My work for Landshape will consist of a performance at dusk where I will create a firebreak using a holocaust cloak created with materials sourced from the forest floor in our local pine tree plantation in Tversted (pine cones, twigs, grass, etc.). The performance will take place on an open piece of land covered with bark chippings. At the one end of the field will be a fire dug into a pit, which will be the source of the fire. I will be dressed in the cloak and will take a walk across the pit, allowing the end of the cloak to catch fire, which will spread slowly upwards and outwards onto the bark chipping surface, creating a line of fire, which will function as a firebreak. The work explores themes of destruction and regeneration, fragility and resilience.

 

* “The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστος holókaustos: hólos, “whole” and kaustós, “burnt”). The word “holocaust” just means “a burnt offering [to God] in which the entire creature is offered and burnt completely.” This is as opposed to offerings in which the inedible parts were offered and the edible parts were kept and eaten by people. Elie Wiesel referred to the killings of six million European Jews (⅔ of Jews residing in Europe were killed by the Nazis) as “the holocaust,” and the term stuck. But its original meaning continues to exist.” (Wikipedia)

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

’Slow-wave Sleep’ – Inge Tranter & Meile Sposmanyte for BunkerLove

Inge Tranter in a bunker tunnelWe are pleased to announce that multimedia artists Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte have responded to the small niches in the bunkers, the tunnels, holes, nooks and crannies and the dark, secret spaces contained within the imposing solidity of the constructions.

”In these small, crooked spaces, some of which have become squeezed and diminished by the sinking and tilting of the bunkers as they descend into the sand, there is a vulnerability, and the dimensions of the human being.

This tilting is like the tilting of the body in the sleep process. Somewhere between the states of wakefulness and sleep, between the conscious and the unconscious. The state of sleep is akin to the state of occupation, where the mind and body are no longer completely in control. They function, but on a very limited, impotent level, dreaming of action, but unable to effect it. This is much like the state of a country under occupation, where the day to day activities still take place, but in the control of an occupying force. The bunkers are a potent symbol of this occupying force.

The title refers to the deep sleep stage of the sleep cycle as well as to the waves that lap around the bunkers and move them inexorably into the ocean and towards their obliteration.”

Their work for the bunker will consist of a projection of a person in a state of restless sleep. This will be projected onto the far wall of a small tunnel which was once part of one of the bunkers, but which has become slightly detached from the bunker itself.

We are very grateful to Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte for participating in BunkerLove 2012… THANK YOU.