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The Spring Exhibition Jury 2013

Louise Campbell (DK) (designer), chairman

Louise Campbell was born in Copenhagen in 1970. Being the daughter of a Danish father and an English mother, she grew up and was educated in both countries. After graduating from the London College of Furniture in 1992,she returned to Denmark and continued her studies in Industrial Design at Denmark‘s Design School, graduating from here in 1995. She set up her own studio in 1996,from where she has worked independently since. Focus is on furniture and lighting design, but the studio is increasingly involved in product design and interior design projects as well. The client list is long and varied, including companies such as Louis Poulsen, Zanotta, HAY, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Stelton, Muuto, Interstop and The Danish Ministry of Culture.

Louise Campbell’s work is playful and experimental and is increasingly gaining a reputation for gently twisting not only every day objects and situations but also materials and manufacturing processes in new directions. The combination of Scandinavian rationalism and femininity and perhaps her dual nationality give the works of Louise Campbell an unusual edge. Illustrating contrasts seem to be an issue that keeps returning in her work. The Prince Chair from 2002 produced by HAY combines a very personal expression with extremely high-tech manufacturing methods. ‘Leave your Mark’ also from 2002, encourages visitors to waiting rooms to rid themselves of their fears, sense of anonymity and aggressions through literally carving their way through the supplied furniture. The design of the Danish Minister of Cultures front office from 2005, represents a refreshing view on how a highly stressful and chaotic office can be transformed into an cosy, clearly comprehensible and nonetheless effective space.

The studio is also known for its interest in less commercial activities. Apart from curating and designing exhibitions, where the preferred subject is presentation of contemporary crafts. Louise Campbell has taken part in numerous activities aiming at improving the design environment in Denmark. Among these initiatives is ‘Walk the Plank’ a collaboration lasting even years between 30 furniture designers and 60 cabinetmakers, which have all donated their time and original design for a truly fine cause. (Learn more on www.walktheplank.dk)

There are a few ground rules the studio aims to abide by: - Always start from scratch. – Everything is possible until the opposite has been proven. - There must be a good reason for every single decision made.

Current commissions include design of chairs, tables, storage units, lamps, tableware, glassware, desktop accessories, jewellery and urban installations.



Phil Collins (UK) (artist)

Berlin based artist Phil Collins (born 1970, England) has a performance-based and conceptual practice that uses video and photography to investigate the nuances of interpersonal relations within global communities. Collins has extensively pursued his practice since the early 2000’s across places that have experienced geopolitical unrest, cities such as Baghdad, Belgrade, Bogotá, and most recently, Jakarta.

In his films, photographs, installations and live events Berlin based artist Phil Collins (born 1970, England) explores the nuances of social relations in various locations and global communities. He often subverts the conventions of video art and documentary to focus on the inherent contradictions of individual and collective systems of representation. Dissecting the political and aesthetic implications of popular visual formats, Collins’ works indicate that the meaning of a picture —be it still or moving— resides neither in its form nor its subject-matter, but in the transferences it establishes between the producer, the subject and the viewer. Throughout, Collins maintains a combination of critical consciousness, immediacy, and the recognition of the camera’s ambivalent potential as an agent of emancipation and exploitation, desire and betrayal.

Collins is based in Berlin and Cologne, where he is a professor of video art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien. His works are held in significant public collections such as, among others, Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Recent solo exhibitions include Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); British Film Institute, London (2011); Tramway, Glasgow (2009); Dallas Museum of Art (2007); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tate Britain, London (both 2006). Group exhibitions include Revolution vs. Revolution, Beirut Art Center and Hors Pistes 2012, Centre Pompidou, Paris (both 2012); Museum der Wünsche, MUMOK, Vienna; Berlin 2000-20011, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and Ostalgia, New Museum, New York (all 2011); as well as biennales in Singapore (2011), Berlin (2010), and Istanbul (2005). Collins’ films have been shown at international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Berlin.



Markus Degerman (SE) (design / architecture)

Markus Degerman lives and works in Stockholm.

A trained artist and architect, his activities encompass exhibitions, designing, curatorial work, theorising and teaching. His work as an artist often relates to spatial design in various environments, such as public spaces, urban spaces and art institutions. By making additions or alterations to the often-familiar design of the environments he draws attention to the social and political implications written into the formal aspects of space. In this sense, his work could be said to explore the potential for different approaches to design in relation to the qualities and values of a specific context. Besides his own artistic practice, Degerman is also involved in the art, design and architecture group Uglycute http://www.uglycute.com/.

Recent exhibitions, commissions and projects include: Uglycute, Marabouparken, Stockholm 2012, Director, Tromsø Academy of Art, Tromsø 2012 - , Director for the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale, Norway between 2008-9, jury member of Europan 10, At Work with The Nordic Pavilion, Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2010, Jury member of the Swedish Art Grant Committee and the IASPIS delegation, 2010 - , Correct me if I’m critical, Program, Berlin, 2010, Rooted Design for Routed Livning, Co-Curator, exhibition design and writer, Laboratory - Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsawa, 2010.



Kati T.Kivinen (FI) (curator)

Helsinki-based art historian and curator Kati Kivinen has been working as curator for temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA since 2003. Her past exhibition projects in KIASMA include f. ex. the group exhibitions Thank You for the Music (2012) and First We Take Museums (2005) and solo exhibitions by such artists as Gunilla Klingberg (2004) and Heli Rekula (2005). For 2013 she’s working on a solo exhibition by Finnish artist Mika Taanila.

Her freelance curatorial projects include f.ex. the touring exhibition Don't Worry - Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (together with Dorothee Bienert and Enrico Lunghi), 2007-2008, and Touching from a Distance at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, 2002.

During the year 2010 Kivinen served as the Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. Before she has worked as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME in Helsinki.

In 2011 Kivinen was elected as one of the board members of the IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art board 2011-2014. She’s also a consultant member for the board of the HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.

Kivinen received her MA in Art History at the University of Helsinki in 2000 where she is currently completing her post-graduate studies (PhD). Her doctoral studies are a part of research in Finnish video art installations from 1990s funded by Academy of Finland.



Marie Kølbæk Iversen (DK) (artist)

In Marie Kølbæk Iversen's work she deals with the trenchant meeting between intention and material within the tension field between the artworks spirit and body. Through her installations she focuses on that specific point where the artistic intention counterbalances the material in a sensory-cognitive equilibrium. She works primarily with video, print, photo and installation and was in 2008 co-founder of the leading Danish art magazine ”Internationalistisk Ideale”, as well as she since 2010 has been part of the artist group IMO.

Her freelance curatorial projects include f.ex. the touring exhibition Don't Worry - Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (together with Dorothee Bienert and Enrico Lunghi), 2007-2008, and Touching from a Distance at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, 2002.

During the year 2010 Kivinen served as the Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. Before she has worked as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME in Helsinki.

Marie Kølbæk Iversen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Time-based Media in 2008, and has since 2006 been orientated towards the international art scene and thus been cooperating with institutions such as the Swiss Institute, Dispatch Bureau and Flux Factory in New York and Gasworks in London, West in the Hague and the Ecarta Foundation in Porto Alegre.

She is particularly known for her work with cybernetic systems in video and print, and the feedback serie ”RETRO ACTION I – VIII” has been shown in museums and institutions as KUMU Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthallen Brandts, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Lunds Konsthall among others. In addition, she presented in April 2012 her first major solo exhibition, ”Execution - into decacapital”, at the IMO gallery.

In autumn 2012 she contributes to Copenhagen Art Festival - CAF - with her reading-/filmproject "Lekture". She is currently working together with the other editors on of the fourth edition of ”Internationalistisk Ideale”, appearing early 2013, which deals with the contemporary as starting - and vanishing point for artistic recognition.