Aalborg Surreal is a platform that gives upcoming artists the opportunity to present and exhibit their work to the public, and offers the audience a chance to explore, experience and discuss the local art scene.
Location: HUSET, Hasserisgade 10
See Huset's website for opening hours
ALLERGY – Butoh Dance Performance by Sandro Masai
Allergy is a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially a particular food, pollen, fur, or dust, to which the body has become hypersensitive. A beautiful garden is a nightmare scenario for a pollen-hypersensitive body. In the same scenario, a bee sting can be deadly to the allergic human.
In this performance, Sandro will express through a butoh inspired dance the transformation of a body exposed to its allergic substance.
More information on Sandro's work can be found on his Website
Simon Mariegaard & Morten Poulsen
A percussion act consisting of Simon Mariegaard from Kogekunst and multi artist Morten Poulsen. With drums, cymbals, percussion and simple electronic devices, Simon and Morten will give you sonic action painting. Savagery, sweat and fury madness.
Kaleidoscopic Perspective invites the audience to play and experiment, and to see the surroundings in new perspectives. The ambition with the installation is to make the audience re-discover their innate inner researcher, which, with an open mind and a natural curiosity, wonders and creatively explores the world. This certain way to operate is unfortunately often unlearned through upbringing and education. The inner researcher ought to be put more into play in a world of crises that are hardly solved by conventional thinking, but strongly calls for other perspectives, novel thinking and new lines of action. The kaleidoscope could be directed towards many intrusive and important issues as i.e. climate changes, social-, cultural- and economic inequality or as here towards the relation between humans and nature. Due to the size of the installation you are not able to interact with it on your own. You will have to interact with other people as well in order to experience the artwork completely. This points to the fact that joint action is crucial when dealing with the challenges of the world of today.
* The installation will be present during the entire month of Aalborg Surreal Festival
By: Laura Putnina – Karina Lindegaard – Mie Hannibal – Maria Emilie Nielsen – Louise Ørsted
Over the course of 3 days, Morten Poulsen will offer the audience the opportunity to experience a concert like they never have had before.
Focus will be on intimacy, by experiencing a concert alone for yourself or with a friend. But more than this, you will experience the music through your body, by lying on a bed which vibrates the music and sends it around your body. Think of it as your own private session where you have the opportunity to experience music in an intimate and bodily way. But you have to allow yourself. Book your own session now.
More information, and access to the schedule after the click
Let's celebrate the start of the first exhibition period. In addition to the artworks by our five artists, you can expect performances by the following people.
Hypnostation, an AV performance
An audio visual performance seeks to unravel the depths of hypnoid states.
By: Karl Heding, Bjørn Thorlacius, and Laszlo Szabo
Benjamin Hugo Lager
You'll have to come by to experience this.
Ihab Bishara Lolas
Come and see for yourself
Painsi. A young painter pushing through the new wave of modern art has received notoriety, and due credit, in the field that he practices his craft. Alessandro Painsi, the Austrian artist in the city of Aalborg has in the past year created colorful paintings that is framed by his love for street art and textured with his passion for the beauty he sees in life. Many of his works is an homage to his background in dancing and his international environment; his most repeated phrase “life is beautiful” is reflected in the vividly chaotic nature of his art: he says that he isn’t trying to provide social or political commentary on the world, but rather to capture the moments of bliss that everyone encounters on a daily basis. Getting his start in Street Station in Aalborg’s Byens Rum, Alessandro has continued to pursue his passion for the visual arts and developed his own unique style over time, which has gained him the attention of art collectors and fans alike. A driven and ambitious young man, Painsi believes this is the start of a career that will soon boom and explode on a global level.
Traditionally, a painting in many different ways contains an imprint of an artists' perception, that is put on a smooth surface, like for example
stretched-out canvas or a wall.
Kamilla Mez has turned this traditional idea of the process of a painting upside down and works with a direct imprint of an object. She chooses an object and wraps it in textile, that becomes the future canvas, and then paints on the wrapping. After the paint is dry, she unpacks the object and put the canvas on a frame. From there she either decides whether this is the result or it is as a new starting point for the painting. By this method she investigates the idea of paintings and how we translate the world through this artistic praxis. The process itself is a 3D sculptural work, but the end result becomes a 2D painting. For an artist as Kamilla Mez, this is very interesting because the outcome of this process, the painting, is so unpredictable and surprising.
Kamilla Mez participated at the last Aalborg Surreal Exhibition in 2015 with her first imprint-pictures she did in 2014, and for this exhibition she exhibits with a special made serie of chairs.
From Aalborg. With a background in Art History and experience from the
private art school Alfíz in Madrid.
Charlotte began oil painting when she was 11 years old, and has been productive in painting and mixed media for 30 years. Over the years, paintings and installations in neon have emerged. Most of the works are full of color and contrast, and so is her fascination for cartoon-like figures in portraits. She often incorporates figurative motifs; some with associations to fairy tales and abstract scenes; others with religious and mystic themes.
The work presented at Aalborg Surreal is varied in color. The motifs are frozen in time; persons, family and raindrops. The works have emerged in the middle of a stream of feelings; through the activities of seeing and moving around the canvas in the studio for hours. Charlotte continues working until something emerges, something she has not experienced before.
“Habit drives us and manages our comfort. I like to explore new states of mind”.
It takes anywhere from one week to several years to complete a work, depending on the work, her state of mind and the change required.
Ultima Margaret *
Participatory Surreal Photography Installation
Photographers have an immense power: to capture one of the infinite variations of reality and present it to others so that it may become the one and only reality.
This installation will challenge this power by suggesting that every photograph, once it is shown to others, becomes part of everyone’s domain.
The displayed photographs have the peculiarity of capturing a softly surreal moment. They are exhibited in a way so to share with the audience the intimacy of when the photographer prints them out and sees them, enjoys them and analyzes them in physical form for the first time in her own home, on a desk or table board, with a cup of tea.
The installation will welcome the audience to bring their imagination into the photographs but first they will need to let go of preconceptions and conventions and allow the subconscious to emerge and interact with the images.
The *alias here used by the photographer is to honor Julia Margaret Cameron who pushed photography into the world of fantasy and imagination instead of making it an ally of reality, opening the way to pictorialism and surrealist photography.
A strong attitude towards drawing and paint has always been a strong characteristic since my childhood.
I consequently develop all my studyes in art where I develop my knowledges and my abilty in paint, especially oil paint that is certainly one of my great loves, and many others fields of expression.
Surely my passion for paintings has been nurtured by a very large group of great Masters, amongst whom Normal Rockwell, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Karl Larsson most certainly stand out.
I have studied, contemplated, emulated and loved their works, as if they were pearls of priceless knowledge sown to be harvested...
My work it is consequently a mix of ancient and modern influences.
The technique and the subject has still that flavor of ancient paintings, but the semiotich and the rapresentation are absolutely more modern.
“The act of painting, somehow, holds in itself the great emotion of creation and birth. What used to be an immaculate, virgin canvas now discloses to the world something amazingly new and unique. While painting I am immersed into a world that belongs only to me, where during a few brief, almighty moments, I feel like a god before a world to be created...”
The series, which is called "Alice in Monsterland" and are made by Camma Dahl, consist of four pieces.
The pieces are all street art inspired, almost cartoonlike, paintings, and are made with a mixture of stencils, acrylic paint and pens. Each painting depicts a somehow nightmarish state of mind, and do all represents the monsters we can find in our sub consciousness. The creatures are a manifestation of the bad traits and personal demons that lies within our mind.
Through our subconscious mind we, like Alice, falls into a space where logic is absent, but the meaning and feeling is still present, and sometimes you get lost in the labyrinth. The paintings are titled "Worm", "Haunted", "Succubus" and "Hello friend".
And you easily fall in memories in a deep silence...
First, it slowly starts to warm your soul, but suddenly you feel the burn even harder than scald, and here it's not your skin, now you are burning from the inside.
Paradoxically, you let it burn your heart... maybe to rise again like the phoenix.
As Haruki Murakami says, memories warm you up from the inside, but they also tear you apart.
Iulia is a fresh graduate of Aalborg University, School of Architecture and Design. Previously, she has obtained a bachelor in architecture and worked as a 3D Designer. She is passionate about graphic art, from hand drawing, calligraphy, photography to computer graphics. She had drawing and painting exhibitions in Bucharest (Romania), Aalborg and Saõ Paulo (Brazil).
Mille Holtegaard and Klara Asta Kirk
Material: Coffee grounds
This work revolves around one of the things we use in abundance without further consideration.Coffee is extremely valued, some even claim to be addicted and unable to live without it. But how appealing is the fluid gold really, when presented like this.
Materials: Expanded polystyrene and spray paint
We discovered that when these two artificial materials collide the paint melts away the expanded polystyrene, creating a hollow surface because both materials are so synthetic, holding a symbolic value.
Fruits of Yggdrasil
This piece is the result of moments of freedom, connectivity, tranquility and streamlined sensing.
"Sleeping Beauty" is a series of 9 portraits, which are showing how beautiful and peaceful are we when we fall asleep, dreaming about stories and images that our minds create. Scanography or scanner photography is a non-traditional way to capture portraits, but it gives you dreamy and floating effect, which I wanted to achieve with my images. More of the project can be seen at www.gerganastories.com.
Gergana Kurukyuvlieva is a Photography graduate from The National Academy of Art in Sofia. She has participated in many photography competitions and exhibitions in Bulgaria.
Title: the surroundings
In the form of an architect when I enter the world of photography, I become the author of stories, linked to places and their feelings.
In an urban context, the idea of surrealism arises when in an image are combined different forms that leave a glimpse of the reality to which we are accustomed. Through the use of geometry, of light and colors, the eye is uncertain whether this can be true.
On December 9th, we will finalize the second exhibition period. In addition to the artworks by our seven artists, you can expect the following:
NINA – Young, Gifted and Black
Butoh Dance Performance
By Sandro Masai
In 1977, Kazuo Ohno created the most world famous butoh performance “La Argentina Sho” [Admiring La Argentina], directed by Tatsumi Hijikata and dedicated to the great Spanish dancer Antonia Mercé. In 1989, Tadashi Endo met Kazuo Ohno and started collaborating with each other. Years later, Tadashi created and performed “IKIRU – Hommage à Pina Bausch”, who was his friend. This year 2016, Sandro attended an intensive-ten-day butoh workshop with Tadashi at his Butoh Centrum Mamu, where Sandro got deeply inspired to create this performance to celebrate all these great dancers and Nina Simone.
Santa vs. Satan
Julemanden tror ikke på fanden og fanden tror ikke på julemanden. De er blevet enige om at afgøre det på Aalborg Surreal Festival med en MMA kamp (macho massage aggregat) på "MSD" (MetadorSåkkerDrys). I perioden op mod festivalen vil de opruste med hård træning og mønstre tilhængere til den endelige, afgørende, sidste, afsluttende, julefandens finale. Showet handler om "stridsspørgsmålet" som er spørgsmålet om hvor vidt fanden findes. André Niemi og Hugo Lager er Fanden og Julemanden som indtager galleriet iført kampuniform og udfører en bryde kamp mens de er påvirkede af stoffet "MSD". Man kan kun gisne om hvad denne maskuline konfrontation eskalere til under... en elskovs seance eller et blodbad? Under begivenheden og i optændingsperioden vil Fanden og Julemanden samle tilhængere der vil støtte hver deres sag for at engagere Aalborg i det afgørende spørgsmål: "Hvem findes og hvem gør ikke?"
SKIN is a morphing of old techniques and digital technology. The project addresses the use and effect of modern technology by transforming insensible transmissions of our devices into an embodied experience.
Self-taught painter since 2012.
Uses traditional stencil methods as a base for making highly detailed paintings with acrylics on canvases.
The idea behind the paintings is to take things we know, and twist them to show thoughts about society and ourselves.
When the inspiration have settled, there is countless hours of hand cutting multiple layers of stencil in every piece, before the painting can start.
...и, как небо, меняя тона —
буду безукоризненно нежный,
не мужчина, а — облако в штанах! (В. Маяковский)
Raise your head and drink the sky. Drink the peace, calmness, serenity...
- Can you break through the lid?
- I am trying... One more push...I can already feel the fresh air...
- One second, last try...We are out! Finally! Free! Floating with the stream...floating with the life...
The painting portrays clouds, flowing out from the bottle. The 'vodka' bottle is painted in details, whereas the background is blurred; therefore making the location unclear, allowing the viewer to make his own story.
The clouds represent peace, which we miss in everyday life. People never stop and raise their heads to watch the sky, so the sky inhabitants came down...When was the last time when I looked into the sky?
"Hydrodeepism" (hydro deep ism) is a personal ideology, artistic method developed and a term conceived by the artist from the words "hydro dipping", a traditional technique of printmaking which are commonly known as marbling, swirling, water transfer, etc. This method was used for a thousand of years, it is called "Suminagashi" in Japan and "Ebru" in Turkey. Regardless of the terminology used, it is the basic idea of dropping a special paint or pigment on the surface of the water and transferring the aqueous surface design or carefully manipulated patterns to the paper or any material by the process of dipping.
Whilst it is commonly used for its aesthetic and decorative appeal, the artist's interest is only focused on the spontaneity and randomness of the output. His main objective is subverting the old, accessible and almost mass produced practice into something high art and contemporary. The subversion of the technique gave the artist a surrealistic and unique distinction between a painting and a printing.
"Selfie" series is a body of works that were done by the contrasting integration of the different techniques like hydro dipping, stenciling, collaging, taping and brush works. It is the artist's idea of portrayal of the daily constraining battles on how a modern day artist make and develop artistic ways or ideals that can best represent his generation, in connection to the modern world of internet and social media.
Cody Lukas Anderson is a young Danish / Canadian interdisciplinary artist based out of Aalborg (Denmark), currently studying Art and Technology at AAU. His work often focuses on/ incorporates elements of symbolism; abstracting concepts and designs, narrowing in on their core meaning, only in order to manipulate it and extracting new meaning. Having exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions in Canada, Denmark and most recently France, Cody is most interested in how one is able to alter public perception through the arts and break social stigma.
Kim Stig Andersen
I am Kim Stig Andersen. Grown up in Vendsyssel, and after a little break in Copenhagen moved back to the island, in Nørresundby. I've studied Danish, but now I study history. I call my art naive and constructivistic, while still throwing questions into the political debate.
My whole life has centred around artistic expression. Through photography, drawing, painting and creative pursuits, I have rooted myself and found an outlet for my inner self. Since 2006 I have focused on producing disparate universes on canvas, which could be experienced in Gallery Inuit and Huset, amongst others. My inspiration spans from photographs, dreams and other artists to experiences, words and fantasy. My art is both detailed and abstract, and always expresses a quest for beauty and harmony. My wish is to give the viewer a visual experience where the story is created behind their own eyes. There, it is only the imagination that sets the limits.
Værkerne er alle lavet med inspiration fra eksistentiel angst og forvirring. De repræsenterer den dødelige krops nådesløse fængsling af sindets følte indadvendte uendelighed. I værkerne udtrykkes således de frustrationer som skabes af sindets uopnåelige trang til opløsningen og overskridelse af kroppen, og den angst som skabes af den smertelige erkendelse af kødets fasthed og lurende forfald.
I flere af værkerne udtrykkes desuden, under stadigt samme tema, den uoverkommelige og umuligt store mængde indtryk der pludseligt kan ramme mennesket, idet virkeligheden indtages i sin helhed og filterløst.
Det er denne enorme mængde af indtryk der tilbydes af virkeligheden og disses tilsyneladende tilfældighed og nøgenhed, der fremprovokerer den menneskelige angst, som fremstilles i alle værkerne.
Værk #6 er et udtryk for en ofte foretrukken eskapisme, idet den eksistentielle angst og forvirring tilnærmes af mennesket. Heri fremstilles de skyklapper der er det kropslige forfald. Den legemlige depravation; flugten fra virkelighedens renhed gennem kødelig tilfredsstillelse i et hedonistisk hybris af beruselse og seksuel tilgængelighed. Forhåbentligt fornemmes heri dog også den sagte nytteløshed og tomhed der unægteligt følger.
We'll go out with a bang. In addition to the artists from exhibition period 3, you can enjoy the these works
Mutilation of Femininity, Masculinity, Queerness and Everything in Between
How do we annihilate silence in sexual harassment? How do we start an open conversation about something so uncomfortable, incomprehensible, painful as rape?
How do we relate the self with failed love? These are the questions that we would like to exploit in an installation art performance comprised of photography, sound, and embodied movement. The art installation will comprise photographs of body parts of various individuals, sound recordings and embodied Theremin sounds. The performance expresses a powerful dance and movement following the Theremin sounds engaging the audience to participate in the ‘end of silence’. The whole piece seeks through enraging artistic activism and participation, to explore everyday life sexism and rape culture in order to gain a new kind of awareness. We want to ask the audience the question: how far would you go? And the following questions: How far would you let someone take over your body? How far would you participate in the instance of harassment by sole watching? How far would you let your silence prevail?
by Patricia Lam Toro (PT),
Sandra Graakjær PedersenPedersen (DK)
and Kubo Ivancikk (SVK)
Symphony # 1
Participatory Performance Art with Sandro Masai
Symphony #1 is a performance art with audience participation. It is also a musical and an interactive art installation where the audience is invited to communicate through music. Everyone is welcome to participate and add a voice to this surreal artistic conversation.
There will be some musical instruments in the installation, but you can also bring your own instrument.
Information coming soon
Dry Ice Dress
Information will follow