Tag Archives: Copenhagen

Why artists are always late …

12 Jan

Excited idea: Uh! I should totally exhibit my comics at cool local café!

23/12-11: Made arrangement with nice local cafe owner. Must send pictures of comics to him and curator.

27/12-11: Took loads of pictures of comics!

28/12-11: Took new pictures with fancier background. Needed candle lights.

29/12-11: Started working on perfectly cool presentation showing all comics from various angles, writing perfect words to describe comics in perfect details and thereby showing it all from a perfect perspective being just perfect.

30/11-11: Paralyzed with performance anxiety.

3/1-12: Opened InDesign document and decided to switch to more simple PowerPoint presentation. I made it way to complicated before!

3/1-12: Closed Power Point presentation as it looked like shit.

4/1-12: Opened Power Point presentation. Closed Power Point presentation.

6/1-12: Started thinking that cafe would probably just reject comics, so I might as well just drop it.

8/1-12: Convinced that comics suck too much to show in public.

9/1-12: Opened Power Point presentation to make sure. Yeah, def. sucks.

11/1-12: Ate obscene amount of cake to comfort me on being such a lame artist.

12/1-12: Found existing pictures, attached to email, typed e-mail address of nice local owner, hit “send”. Total time spend: 4 minutes.

Print credits

//Ida

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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

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

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Exit DISTORTION. Enter START!

11 Jun

I still haven’t quite absorbed this years DISTORTION festival, so I haven’t decided on the favourites … yet! But I’ll get there soon.

Meanwhile …. I’m slowly getting ready for the START! festival, which takes place just 5 minutes away. (Yei!)

The START! festival focuses on new, mainly Danish, bands. No particular genres, just the acts that the festival jury find the most exciting right now. Judging by this years artwork, one might think that they’ve gone completely overboard in some 60’s hippie Hendrix guitar frenzy … BUT luckily the program has a lot of promising new talent in my favourite genre, the electronic one.

I’ve got my eye set on one artist in particular. Danish act: Rangleklods. Which translates into something like … ehm … rattlebox … rattlebrick … ehm … no, it doesn’t actually translate that well. At all. Luckily the music speaks for itself! I’m looking forward to this.

Young and dumb.
Enjoy.

 

They made this possible!!!
Thanks to Kronvold at Club Dish for a heads up on this one!

Have a nice weekend!

//Ida

Oh sweet mother of all that is good and pure …

7 Jun

… I’m totally head over heels in love with this Nicolas Jarr remix of Danish darlings When Saints Go Machine. Apparently not a new new new!! thing, but I haven’t stumbled across it untill now.

No more words necessary.

Enjoy.

 

They made this possible!!
Thanks to Jan Henning for never-ending-lovely inspiration!

//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

START! MELT! SPOT

21 Feb

I’m trying to narrow down my choice of festivals this year. Not easy, not easy.

The 3 in the headline are al ready on the list, and I just stumbled across the resemblance in the names and the common use of !!!!

Also known as the :

CAN YOU SENSE HOW INSANELY AWESOME THIS IS GOING TO BE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!” ; )

The SPOT! festival is in Denmark, in a town called Århus and takes pride in giving you the some of the best Danish acts, that you haven’t heard (a lot) about yet and some really cool foreign names as well. There’s not a lot on the programme yet, but you can check it out at the SPOT website. Besides being quite cheap, this is an insanely cosy festival with an audience mixed of music-interested/music-industry/music-geeky 25-50 year olds.

START! festival is a local Copenhagen festival, also showing a lot of new talent.It’s basically in my backyard, so I find it impossible not to go! Earlier they’ve had some calendar issues, because every Copenhagen event insisted on using the same exact weekend! – leading to somewhat poorly interest in all of the events. But this year START! has the weekend of 16.-18. og June all to themselves (in my calendar, anyways) so it should be exciting to join them!

The festival takes place in the old meatpacking district at Vesterbro in Copenhagen, and it has a cosy, yet raw, feel to it. And a lot of their “this is gunna be huge!” were right on. Actually most of the new-ish acts, that I saw at START! back in 2009, have really hit the radio stations/festivals/tv-stations masses this year. For instance the adorable disco-dancy-perfect-company of Vinnie Who and also another interesting Danish act called Kings of dark disco.
This years program is yet to be revealed, but you can check out the earlier years at the START! website and make sure to flag the dates in your calendar.

And now for the final “OMG!! THIS IS GOING TO BE SO FREAKIN AWWWEEEEESOME!!!” exclamation mark : the MELT! festival.

Although based in Germany, I’ve never been there nor heard of this extravaganza up until the summer of 2010 where I went to Sonar (no exclamation mark) in Barcelona, and met lovely new friend Cris, who introduced me to a ton of nice new friends, and also : MELT! Focusing mainly on electro and electro rock, this must be my kind of heaven on earth! Seriously … look at this trailer, how can I not go ? ; )

MELT! Festival 2011 Trailer #2 from Melt! Festival on Vimeo.

For more on MELT! go check out their website The program is nowhere near complete yet, but already now MELT! 2011 includes exciting acts as : Modeselektor, Paul Kalkbrenner, Pulp, Robyn, Sbtrkt, Ellen Allien, Junip, White Lies, Cut Copy and Junior Boys! Cool. Check out the rest of the line-up here. Looks goooooood!

So, 3 festivals are settled up until now. I’m thinking … 4 more to come. Maybe 5. Uh, actually it’s 6 including the Reeperbahn festival in september … I’m pretty sure I need to get some more jobs to make this happen ; )

Yai!

//Ida

Something christmassy

28 Dec

Every year in december the Danish street art blog STREETHEART makes an advent calendar in the streets of Copenhagen.
2010 was no exception as 24 artist joined forces and created each their piece of work.

Every evening hints were posted on the STREETHEART site, so that christmassy Copenhageners could go out find the hidden treasures of the city … Lucky winners got brilliant prices supplied by the local shops. Perfect circle of everything nice!

This is my contribution to the fun and games. The change of an old and sad exhaust device.

Merry christmas!

//Ida

They made this possible!!!

Thanks to STREETHEART for the top photo.

Meanwhile … in another place not so close by.

8 Oct

I just realised that I completely forgot to post this before I left Copenhagen.
(And I still haven’t figured out how to pass on the photos from Dublin, so I need some more time).
BUT, point is, that this one really annoyed me.

Okay … so you love your girlfriend/boyfriend/dog and you want to show it to the world. Well yippie hoo hoos to you! Of course you go out and buy a pair of lockers, write your initials on them and do the romantic ceremony of closing the lock somewhere special in order to confirm that you will forever and ever and ever and EVER love each other like crazy.

Despite the harsh sarcastic tone of this, I actually get it. I might even wind up nagging my upcoming boyfriend till he bleeds to do the exact same thing … BUT! Seriously guys, what is up with the location ??

A bridge crossing deep waters??

This is like shouting at really lonely people, that they’re never ever gonna experience a love as true and powerfull as yours, so they might as well just go ahead and jump anyway.

Jeez.

 

//Ida

Everyone: meet the STREETHEART heart

29 Aug

At the Galore show, that I mentioned in my last post, two really cool bloggers, known as STREETHEART, made their logo into a pop-up wall and invited all street artist to start decorating!

There were a lot of nice work, and the STREETHEART logo looked just brilliant from the next door building.

Here’s some pictures from the beautiful heart and finally some graffiti pieces as well. And BTW … I’ve just gotten a new camera! Yay! So very soon, I’ll be showing my motives a little more justice ; )
Untill then. Enjoy all the cool work.

//Ida

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