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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!

’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.

Pecha Kucha rules


Nikkie of BunkerLove presented at Pecha Kucha arrangements in Mygdal and Aalborg in the previous weeks (video presentation in Danish). Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced format of 20 slides, each for 20 seconds of presentation, of projects and ideas. This sets the direction… forward. No time to dwell on scratches, cracks and uncertainties (BunkerLove has a small festival for this type of existential doubts, bring it to Furreby Beach instead). The speedy approach encourage clarity and force the participants to focus on ideas, visions, messages, contacts and dreams. Thank you Pecha Kucha, for your network of people who take action and who cares… And for sharpening our pens and thoughts.

Fonda Foto for BunkerLove

B for Bunker 1/5 - Fonda Foto

Picture 1 of 5

Janne Fonda of Fonda Foto graciously accepted a call for documentation of the BunkerLove project and we are delighted to have her gorgeous images to share. Why she cares?:

“I want to be a part of peeling the cultural banana and have a bite too! History and decay throw themselves at us in the bunkers –  and to a photographer and documentarist provides a constantly changing scenery around which the earth moves, the music plays and love walks in its own ways. And I have to focus! Because nothing looks as it did yesterday, when I passed by a bunker…”

Janne’s photos will also go into our Furreby bunker photo pool. THANK YOU Janne, from the bottom of our hearts.

BunkerLove for Livia

Livia Fonden på FacebookBunkerLove is a brand new association, counting a founding board of 3, thrilled that the first members tick in! The smallest challenge we have is to figure out ‘who gets the money’ in case we close up shop, as we barely got started yet and working on fundraising. As an association you need a statute for that though, and we quickly agreed that the Livia Fonden på Facebook in support of creative ways to solve conflicts would be a worthy taker. And the Livia foundation fortunately knows how to party:

Saturday, June 16th 2012 18.30 at Edison Stage in Betty Nansen Theatre, the Livia Foundation awards:

The prizes are awarded to spirited individuals, who pioneer new processes in conflicts and approach those peacefully and creatively by:

  • encouraging communication between opponents and adversaries
  • keeping in touch with the opponent and insisting on dialogue and negotiation
  • noticing an escalation early on and go to great lengths to ensure a détente
  • creating watersheds in escalated conflicts
  • fighting for ones conviction without the use of violence
  • supporting all parties after a given conflict to ensure a cordial cohabitation and the potential for a reconciliation
  • organising a concrete strategy for conflicts in local societies.

Livia Fonden på Facebook or join their party.

Lars Ditlev Johansen for BunkerLove

On track - by Lars Ditlev Johansen

“Sometimes we feel like corpses, washed up on a remote beach. Bodies feel like an unmanageable mass of deadweight and every step like an endless wandering through blame and self-loathing. We fucked up, a faceless demon forced us… With BunkerLove we turn around and face the beast. Together and separately, we rise towards the sun, with our shades intact. Seems to be worth a celebration. See you July 15.”

These are the voluptuous words of theater director, writer and actor Lars Ditlev Johansen. We are completely delighted that he has agreed to share his thoughts on facing one’s demons at our first BunkerLove Festival on July 15. Can’t wait!

Lars has been an actor and theater director since 1987 and recently made his debut as a playwright too. His well-received piece På sporet (On track) played at Nordkraft last fall and the image above is from the play. Photo by Anne Mette Welling. THANK YOU, Lars <3

Projections

We are soon able to shed more light on some of the artists involved in the first BunkerLove festival, and can’t wait to share with you. We have asked that the artists and performers incorporate the spirit of BunkerLove in their work through these concepts:

• Transformation from Unconscious to Conscious

• Transformation from Resistance to Liberation

• Transformation from Reluctance to Volunteerism

• From Conflict to (dis)Solution

• Projections

If you have ideas for musicians, performers or presenters or wish to take part yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us here or at info@bunkerlove.com . Kind regards Andi, Nikkie and Nanna

Mikael K for BunkerLove ♫

“I am sick and tired of hearing about the Danish outskirts as ‘a rotten banana’, if anything it’s a ‘cultural banana’, and Bunkerlove sets that image on fire! I shot a video in the Furreby area, this place must be visited and seen, and what better context than one that flips the gloomy images of the bunkers. I am on this bandwagon 100%”

says Danish singer and songwriter Mikael K of Klondyke. We are THRILLED that he will play at the Bunkerlove Festival chill on July 15… Mark your calendar, and stay tuned!

‘I mit Nirvana’ (My Nirvana) is the opening track on Mikael K & Klondyke‘s most recent album: Udkantsland – sange fra skæve Danmark vol.1 (Fringe country – songs from crooked Denmark vol.1). THANK YOU!

The Line – The Light

Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen in 95 exhibited The Line – The Light, a peace sculpture in the shape of an unbroken laser beam reaching from Sild in Germany to Skagen on the tip of Denmark. It was 5 years in the making, 2 hours in complete exhibition, and accompanied by loads of spectacle in the shape of musical compositions and art exhibitions with a great variety of international contributions, all nicely documented on Vimeo.

The landowners of Furreby would probably enthuse something like the untitled Dutch contribution from Giezen aiming at using the bunkers to defend the receeding shoreline. I also have a thing for the German Ape and the English Bunker Mules

Back in the day, The Line caused some controversy, which meant loads of publicity… The men of resistance didn’t like it, and the news papers didn’t like it, it was simply too strange at the time. Too expensive. Too Big. Can’t steal such an important date… Alas, Ejdrup cleverly incorporated the public debate into her Bunker piece.… and the project was said to bring half a million people to the west coast of Jutland on May 4, 1995. Bravo!

I wonder if The Line inspired the Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono from 2006, which is a laser with a 4 km reach upwards into the sky of a clear night in Reykjavik, where I currently reside. Peace lasers are unpredictable… I vaguely remember the not evenly visible laser line as a point of critique of Ejdrup Hansen’s project too. Maybe the green beam still exists and is up for grabs… though it looks as if Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen is keeping it busy

Time is ripe

The time is right to take a new look at the Bunkers, says Christian Skou, the director of Ringkøbing-Skjern museum in Western Jutland, quoted in Politiken today (En af Hitlers soldater sælger danske billetter/ One of Hitler’s soldiers is selling Danish tickets).

Skou believes that the reconciliation process after the Second World War has come so far that it is time to hear the story of what the article calls ‘hated’ bunkers from new angles, and so his museum made an exhibition around the effects and memories of an 85-year old, German war veteran, who rediscovers his reconstructed bunker.

The museum that averages 3-4000 visitors a year, was gobsmacked when the exhibition deluged 1500 guests during the first 10 opening days.

Bunkerlove applauds the initiative, and applauds Gerhard Saalfeld for sharing his story of trauma and healing. And trust us, we shall do our best to add to the angles.