I see my models as bulging models which I put finish on by painting it. I have a hate-love relationship to the details. I am working in quite a detailed way but I am also trying to incoporate a certain degree of coincidence in the process. The hate-love relationship does go back to when I was working as a architect and carpenter, where I learned that Gustav Flauberts cite´s “god is in the detail” was a rule. But I think this is wrong because it means that everythings you do most make sense. To do somethings without ones fully concentration is a floppy attitude from this point of view. I am trying to do both in my details and are taking the paper to the limit of what is perceived possible.
Beneath the paving stone – the beach
The title refer to a Situationist cite which means that you might find a realm of ideas on the site if you search for it.
The work is site specific and in a area formerly occupied by the beer company Carlsberg and situated within the city of Copenhagen but now abandoned. It is a huge area which only a few people have known because it has been closed to the public.
My strategy was to use the Situationist strategy and look at what actually existed there. So I created this paper tube which you can speak into and then listen to it in the other end. It 50 metres long. The idea was to connect and regenerate the many areas within the site in an audible way.
The map of the metro is the structure for the work. The work is a circular and abstract model of the Copenhagen metro placed inside Møstinghus.
The metro is a fixed-point for our navigation through the city and sets the route. In this way the map enable us to have a overview of the city. However the map is only an abstract construction like the famous London Underground Map there was invented in order to help the underground users to navigate their way through the confusing system of tunnels.
The Circle Line
The metro map does indicate that the stations are easy to find but our personally experience are very often the opposite. Because of the simplicity of the map does distance and directions disappear. Therefore is this kind of mapping of the city both a help and misleading us. Everything on the map are neutral and diagrammatic and are therefore in a strong contrast to our personal relation to places, squares and buildings. In this way a big gap occur in between the collective and the personal relation to the space of the city. The map must be understandable for the general but might disorientate the individuel.