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Testing Ground is Art Hub’s public program aimed at providing artistic researchers with the possibility to try out ideas and methods in practice.

Art Hub Copenhagens program for artistic research

Artistic research has increasingly become part of contemporary art. Art Hub engages in this burgeoning field with Testing Ground – a forum where researching artists can share their investigations and present their experiments.

Testing Ground exists at the intersection of knowledge production and art practice, and between the studio and the exhibition space. Conceived as a site for inquiry and potential, Testing Ground allows artists to define the format within which they want to unpack their work process and reflect on their thinking together with an audience or a peer group.

Among other forms of artistic development, the program aims to support artists in pursuing new techniques, materials and media, in exploring hypotheses and new formats, and in creating networks and dialogue between people from different fields. With events such as workshops, meetings and broadcasts, Testing Ground represents a way for various publics to follow artistic research.

Testing Ground 2021-2022

WORKSHOP FOR AESTHETICS' DIALOGUES IN PRAXIS

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What is the act of writing? What is ‘knowledge’? What is implicit in, and what may be introduced into the field of artistic research? WORKSHOP FOR AESTHETICS’ Talking in Praxis, presented by Jonas Georg Christensen, will seek to investigate such questions.

Starting out in August – and from then on, every last Tuesday of the month from 6.30 to 8.30 pm – the conversations will be presented as audio and text montages in the cinema space. Straight after each screening, we will follow up on the presentations – together with the audience as a third conversational partner.

All séances will be at Vester Vov Vov, Absalonsgade 5, 1658 Copenhagen.

The séances involve exchanges between practising artists, theoreticians, and researchers. The basis for the conversations comprises both personal and general questions about notions of practice. In other words, these are some of the questions that Jonas Georg Christensen asks himself in relation to understanding the character of artistic practice, and the implicit possibilities involved in giving an account of one’s experience of having a creative and theoretical practice.

While trying out the conversation as a format, together with five colleagues whose work also is exploratory, these questions will be raised. In the conversations, each of us will attempt to articulate our notion of what takes place in the studio space or on site, and at the work desk. Thereby, by putting things to the test, we seek to ask and formulate questions through dialogues in praxis. Questions about knowledge.

Starting out in August – and from then on, every last Tuesday of the month from 6.30 to 8.30 pm – the conversations will be presented as audio and text montages in the cinema space. Straight after each screening, we will follow up on the presentations – together with the audience as a third conversational partner.

WORKSHOP FOR AESTHETICS’ Dialogues in Praxis has been given its current format in collaboration with Art Hub Copenhagen as part of their Testing Ground Programme.

 

EVENTS:

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : WORKSHOP FOR AESTHETICS’ – DIALOGUES IN PRAXIS #1 : 30.08.22

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : WORKSHOP FOR AESTHETICS’ – DIALOGUES IN PRAXIS #2 : 27.09.22

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The Algorithmic Theater

woman with face mask operating digital device with a screen showing a close up of an eye behind her

 

The Algorithmic Theatre is a work collective and artistic research project, operating at the cross-section of stage arts, visual arts, and programming. It investigates how algorithms affect our bodies, identities, and societies, and directs a critical and investigative gaze at algorithmic control, surveillance, and the digitization of our lives.

The Algorithmic Theatre has existed as an ongoing investigative project since 2020 and is currently working on the development of an algorithmic format for the stage arts, leading up to a performance-installation at Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art in 2023. In parallel a discursive events program is under development.

he core members are Writer and Visual Artist Kristian Byskov, Dramatist and Director Kristian Husted, Curator and Program Developer Tina Ryoon Andersen, and Dramaturg Pernille Kragh. The Algorithmic Theatre collaborates with Art Hub Copenhagen, TOASTER and IDA, and is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation and The Bikuben Foundation.

THE ALGORITHMIC THEATER AND TESTING GROUND

This Free Lunch is part of The Algorithmic Theateres participation in Art Hub Testing Ground Programme.

In March 2022 Kristian Husted and Kristian Byskov were artists in residence at Art Hub Copenhagen’s Testing Ground Research Residency. During the one-month residency Husted and Byskov developed the concept for The Memory Machine Game, an algorithmic format that can be used as an artistic tool. Professors and students from the departments of Law (KU), Computer Science (KU) and Digital Design (ITU) was co-developing the format throughout a workshop at Art Hub Copenhagen. Further, a research journal will be developed as part of the residency.

 

EVENTS:

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Free Lunch Series : The Algorithmic Theater : 26.04.22

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Precarious Film Practice

In this series, the artists Eva La Cour, Mia Edelgart and Joen Vedel set out to use live editing as a method of articulating issues of representation, historicity, temporality and technological agency in training and the ‘nurturing’ of affective sensitivity and attention. Live editing is a form of cinematic practice in which the sequence of images is not arranged in a pre-established narrative and temporal structure, but instead is performed in front of an audience in new combinations of live recordings and existing material. Live editing thereby paves the way for new groupings that hover between thinking and image, archive and social process. In this context, as a performative and situated cinematic expression, the film’s technological conditions and visual expression encounter bodies, time and space.

 

EVENTS:

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær filmpraktik #1 : 13.04.21 (In Danish only)

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær filmpraktik #2 : 20.04.21 (In Danish only)

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær filmpraktik #3 : 14.09.21 (In Danish only)

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær filmpraktik #4 : 21.09.21 (In Danish only)

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Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice

New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice, was a series of five live radio shows (later turned into a podcast series) which examined the relationship between body and voice, especially our normative perceptions of which voices – anatomical as well as synthetic – are connected to which bodies.

Kristoffer Raasted perceives his practice-based research project as artistic thinking rather than ‘artistic research’ – a less result-oriented and more process-based approach to basic research. Intersectional feminism and sustainability are also key topics in the project.

ABOUT KRISTOFFER RAASTED
Artist Kristoffer Raasted is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2018 with a supplementary MFA in art theory from the Institute of Artistic Research and exchange semesters at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Faculdade de Belas-Artes Ulisboa, and an internship period at Issue Project Room in New York.

Raasted conducts artistic research in the intersectional field between sound, performance, and installations and has commenced the practice-based PhD project at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in september 2020. The PhD stipend is granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is organized in a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen and The Academy of Fine Arts.

 

EVENTS:

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Queering the Radio Voice I : 25.02.21

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Queering the Radio Voice II : 04.03.21

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Queering the Radio Voice III : 18.03.21

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Queering the Radio Voice IV : 25.03.21

Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Queering the Radio Voice V : 16.04.21

The podcast is available here.

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Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær Filmpraktik. Credit: Christian Brems.

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Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Querring the Radio Voice. Credit: Christian Brems.

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Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Prekær Filmpraktik. Credit: Christian Brems.

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Art Hub : Art & Research : Testing Ground : Kristoffer Raasted : New Connections Querring the Radio Voice. Credit: Christian Brems.

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Det Algoritmiske Teater. Foto: Christian Brems.

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