Icelandic Artist Creates Film Piece for the Maersk Tower – University of Copenhagen

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11 January 2018

Icelandic Artist Creates Film Piece for the Maersk Tower

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The well-known Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson is to produce the signature piece of art for the Maersk Tower in shape of his film ‘Timepiece’.

'Timepiece' is a fictional universe that impacts on time and space. The work is a seven-day film, where actors in lab coats move around a scenic universe – one for each day of the week. The film is played day and night and acts as a clock offering sporadic – and sometimes constant – views of another world in real time.

Ragnar Kjartansson is e.g. known for his use of theatre effects, repetition and performance works spanning unusually long periods of time. Ragnar Kjartansson says about the new piece:

"I wish to create a work of art that lives and breathes with the building. A film that can be used throughout the building as a clock or screensaver in the auditoriums and computers. It is a site-specific piece inspired by the everyday work of researchers and the heroic goals of science, which are the forces behind change and progress

Artist Ragnar Kjartansson

’I wish to create a work of art that lives and breathes with the building. A film that can be used throughout the building as a clock or screensaver in the auditoriums and computers. It is a site-specific piece inspired by the everyday work of researchers and the heroic goals of science, which are the forces behind change and progress’.

The film, which will be produced in 2018, will act as a signature work of art for the Maersk Tower. The film will set the direction of art at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and was presented by the artist at the faculty’s New Year’s reception on 11 January 2018.

Dean Ulla Wewer, who is a member of the art committee that selected the piece, says:

"Art has always played a main role at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, where it serves to strengthen our curiosity and creativity. Ragnar Kjartansson’s work represents a new form and way in which art can be integrated into research and teaching environments. We look forward to receiving a work of this calibre and to our continued cooperation with the artist and the Danish Building and Property Agency on the implementation of the piece

Dean Ulla Wewer

Art has always played a main role at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, where it serves to strengthen our curiosity and creativity. Ragnar Kjartansson’s work represents a new form and way in which art can be integrated into research and teaching environments. We look forward to receiving a work of this calibre and to our continued cooperation with the artist and the Danish Building and Property Agency on the implementation of the piece’.

Based on the circular on art in state buildings, the Danish Building and Property Agency has allocated funds for art in connection with the construction of the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen. With ‘Timepiece’ Ragnar Kjartansson has won a sketch competition organised by the Danish Building and Property Agency on behalf of the Maersk Tower art committee. The art committee, which is comprised of the Danish Building and Property Agency, the University of Copenhagen and the A. P. Møller Foundation, was advised by Art Adviser and Artist Jakob Fenger from SUPERFLEX, while Curator Anders Kold from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art acted as a specialist judge in the competition.  

Contact:
Danish Building and Property Agency: Artistic Director Tyra Dokkedahl, email: tyrad@bygst.dk
University of Copenhagen: Bitten Dalsgaard, email: bitten.dalsgaard@sund.ku.dk

Photos
Photos may be used in connection with the press release, though the portraits of Ragnar Kjartansson and of Ragnar Kjartansson by the ‘Timepiece’ sketch must be clearly credited to Elisabet Davids.