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December in the arts dept.

5 Jan

Happy New Year!! (still goes right?)
Hope you’ve all been well and had the joyest of joyfullnesses!

Pulled the plug on a lot of things during December, so I haven’t shared this with you yet.

As a part of the StreetHeart Christmas Calender 24 artist were asked to create a piece between the 1st and 24th of December, making Copenhagen just a little more Christmasie and giving the guys and girls of the city something to do while waiting for A: Christmas B: The sun to come back. (Which eventually IT WILL!)

SO! tons of fun in the streets and a lot of great stuff this year.

For some reason I really wanted to wrap something. I decided to do a huge Christmas present, wrapping this otherwise grey, sad and pretty much lame concrete bench.

I wanted to make it useful for the locals, so I decided that the gift should serve as a heated bench, covering it with isolating flamingo squares before wrapping it.
Hence I called it “Bænkevarmer”. Which directly translated means “Bench-heater” which is funny-ha-ha (ha-ha) in Danish, but not really worth explaining …

Using 6 meters of oilcloth, 30 meters of red tape, 7 meters of green gift ribbon, 4 pieces of flamingo, an obscene amount of tape – and the help of some good friends – this is what the huge gift looked like.

Comfy, right?
I really enjoy the whole process of a project like this, but maybe my favourite part is when realising that it actually worked as I intended and that people get it! When I was unwrapping it the other day, one of the local dog-walkers passed by and said thanks, because he’d used it quite a deal during december and really enjoyed the warmth of the pop-up-heated-bench. Awwww … Mission accomplished.

//Ida

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The Karaoke-tree plays on!

9 Nov

When I first started working on the idea of the Karaoke-tree I hoped that it would be an installation that people would play with.

Something that the festival-goers would enjoy with their friends, take pictures and share with even more friends. Something to make people smile and help spread the smile.

During the festival I saw that it worked just as I had hoped, and that people gladly used it and interacted as I thought, but somehow it still surprises me, that it actually DID work! (Silly artistic insecure-ness, I guess).

AND now, a friend of mine from Norway just sent me this picture. She found it in one of her friends photo stream, and it shows this girl totally rockin’ both guitar and mic.

I love it. Thanks for sharing Ellisiv.

Model : Susanne Holtedahl.

We’re you at the Trailerpark festival this year and saw the guitars?
If you have any pictures I’d love to see them.

Thanks!

//Ida

:)

Close, but no cake …

20 Oct

Ah … darn it! 11 more votes and I would’ve been all wopee-deedle-doo on your asses and of to Hamburg!
Bugger.

There were only room for 3 european artist and I needed just 11 more votes to get more than Swiss artist TIKA. When you lose it’s really far nicer to really LOSE than to lose with 11 votes … Oh well. I’m glad to have been nominated. And next time I wont let my modesty prevent me from gathering more votes … I’m gonna spam you down and be all vote! vote! vote! VOTE DAMMIT!!!
Untill then … :)

Thanks to everyone who did actually vote.
I really appreciate it.

//Ida

Uh uh uh! Nominated to join WASHfestival!

11 Oct

WOHOOOOO!! :)

I’ve just learned that I’m one of the nominees who might get to join the WASHfestival in Hamburg!!

WASHfestival is a social arts festival (Water Sanitation Hygiene) that gathers funding for specific water projects from Viva con Agua and Welthungerhilfe in Ethiopia.

A jury has picked out 22 artist as the nominees (thank you!) and now it’s up to you to cut it down to the 11 final participants!

Exciting!!

I would really like to join the art camp of this very first social arts festival, so if you like what I’ve done on other projects and would like to see me interpret the topic of WASH? – please put down a vote for “Ida Kinch” at the voting site

Now please go check out the other great finalist and vote!

I’d REALLY like the chance to join the WASHfestival, so if you like what I do please tick that pretty little box for “Ida Kinch” here.

Thanks! :)

If you’d like to know more about the projects and see more pictures, please visit these posts

//Ida

Speech bubble up!

21 Sep

Sunday after noon I went to Amager to install the speech bubble extravaganza. The weather was quite grey and windy, so I’m hoping for sunny-times all weekend so that I can get some even greater shots. Untill then, here you go – hope you like it :)

Early preparations.

Ready to hang.

Hahaha … My sister’s doing the modelling on this last picture. LOVE it! :)

Sad thing is that on Monday morning both the heart and the bone for the dogs was gone … and by Tuesday morning the shit was taken as well. Really sad about that, but I guess that’s what can happen when you hang things in public spaces. I’m working out of Copenhagen this week, but I’ve been told the installation still looks good, so I’m glad about that. And happy that I got some good shots of the shit while it was still there.

And all though I’m sad people stole the stuff, it helps a little to know, that I (in order to attract the local dogs) dipped the dog-bone in a big pile of dog shit before we hung it up …

All the street art projects in the AMAR TAR ORDET treasure hunt will be up until late Sunday, so please do stop by if you’re in or around Copenhagen.
Any of you been there already? And if so, what did you think? :)

//Ida

Speech bubble frenzy, part II

18 Sep

So! – the painting is done, and I’d like to show you just a bit from the process.

8 speech bubbles and some different filling, almost ready to take over Amager!
Read my prior post on the project, if I’ve totally lost you already. It’s right here.

1. step, base painting all the speech bubbles.

Step 2, hanging ’em makes the painting less messy. (Or at least that was the intention …)

One down. LOVE that colour!

And three down.

All the filling for the speech bubbles.

Now also base painted.

The first layer of detailed paint.

Hearts and cakes go hand in hand.

Ahead awaits some pretty serious drying hours and then the practical issue of getting the thing up in the air! I’ll keep you posted.

If you’re in Copenhagen, have you decided which day you’re gonna go treasure hunting? It’s looking good out there already! :)

//Ida

Right now I am …

17 Sep

… working on a fun art project with my street art blogging friends at STREETHEART.

Next week the part of Copenhagen called “Amager” has a cultural festival, this year focussing on art in public space. Within that week there’s going to be a street art treasure hunt, and I’m making one of the post.

BRILLIANT treasure map made by Bacso5. Love it! :)

The festival is entitled “AMAR TAR ORDET” which translates into something like “Amager speaks up”. I’ve taken that quite literally and worked up an idea focusing on speaking, talking and (day)dreaming.

Here is some of the initial sketches.

My older brother’s the best fine cutting carpenter there is! (I do the drawing and then he takes over :)

My younger brother totally working that dream-bubble.

Let’s give ’em something to talk about.

1. step of the process is done!

Ahead lies a looooooot of painting hours. I’ll keep you posted!
If you’re in or around Copenhagen next week, then drop by the AMAR TAR ORDET facebook page to get information on treasure map pick up and all the other fun things going on.

Cheers!

//Ida

Pictures of the Karaoke-tree ™

1 Sep


So … The StreetHeart/Trailerpark/karaoke-tree extravaganza worked like an absolute charm! Loved working with my wooden guitars and had a ton of fun watching people use them.
Here’s some pictures for you to see, from initial sketches to the final Karaoke-tree.

Enjoy! (I know, I did! :)

Photo : StreetHeart

Photo : Kenneth Nguyen

Photo : Nicolai Levin

Photo : Kenneth Nguyen

Photo : StreetHeart

The Karaoke-tree ™

28 Jul

Busy busy busy! (and totally doing nothing + holidaying to).

These days I’m working on an installation at this years Trailerpark festival in Copenhagen.

Curated by Streetheart a lot of different street artists join forces with Trailerpark booked artists to make the festival an even more fun place to be.

I wanted to make something that people could interact with and something FUN! – so I’ve been working on my karaoke-tree the last couple of weeks. Compliments of my big brother, the carpenter, I’ve got some totally cool guitars and killer-ass microphones.


So the last days I’ve been painting, drying, painting, drying and then taping things up and painting some more. And it’s been a total slice of heaven! Here’s some pictures from the preparation/painting extravaganza.








I’ve been a little nervous about this, because you just never know if people react to your things the way you intended. But when the karaoke-tree was done, late last night, it just felt totally right and people started playing with the installation just as I had hoped! It was to dark for proper pictures in use, so they’ll tick in later this week.


Yai!

The festival’s opening today (with a lot of great music I might add) so I’m really excited to see how people will respond to the Karaoke-tree. (Which is not really a ™, it just looked kinda cool. Right?:)

//Ida

DISTORTION!!!!

27 Apr

My favourite time of year is almost here!
Summer!

If you haven’t ever been to Copenhagen in the summertime, then maybe this is the year to go?
And maybe you should make sure to visit in the beginning of June, as it is here the infamous DISTORTION festival hits the streets!!

Beginning on the 1st of June and carrying on through the weekend, DISTORTION is like something you’ve never seen before. Every day is a new block party in a new part of town, and in the weekend final parties with some really amazing artist from both Denmark and abroad seem to go on and on and on.

As Denmark seem to get increasingly unpopular for its strict foreign policies and the as the whole political scene seem to turn into nothing but a big charade of worthless chit chatting blah blah blah mambo jumbo – THIS is still something Danish I’m totally proud of!

Tickets are on sale at staggeringly low prices, people are getting restless as the lineup is slowly being reveled. It’s almost time! Jump on board! : )

Get your tickets here and go to the Distortion website for more info.

Yei!! : )

//Ida

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