Conventionally, a mountain has a summit and a base, typically depicted as a triangle or a pyramid. Can we put this hierarchical form upside-down, dig a mountain and convert it into a source of renewal? We have promised in our recent past to build up to the sky, but we can build even underground… The invisible mountain is not just a dump, it is the result of a collective work with the local community, which will help us to create a special space and to fill it with degradable leftover materials. During our stay, we will work closely with local schools, art museums and art associations, and we will make workshops and activities together. The collection will happen daily, from door to door and we will aim to produce heat and nutrients from the collected materials for a future alive plant installation, which will produce then oxygen and nutrients to its environment – thus converting the mountain into a natural reactor. Or better into an Art reactor. The materials offered for collection will not be accepted unless they are transformed into art objects by the locals, with wit and originality.
This is a project designed for the citizens of today, and at the same time a message to the citizens of the future. We want to question the occurrence of environmental issues in the everyday life, by creating an organic mountain made of waste and recyclable material. Ar the same time, with an artistic and inclusive approach, we will focus on the need to solve the problems together. Environment and sustainability are therefore the central elements of the project. The aim of the project is as well to create a wave of activism, with stimulus, good will and energy between the citizens during the days of Art Party’s residence.
Under the ART REACTOR project, the Art Party will go from door to door during residencies in 7 Danish islands and collect waste from the local population. Kunstpartiet will collaborate with local artists and arrange workshops for young people and together transform the rubbish into artworks. They will take them in parade and bury a time capsule (with artworks made of organic waste) where this can disappear and become part of the earth. The other artworks (made of non-compostable waste) will be be instead exhibited in another time capsule at a local art institution, as a warning and message to the the future citizens.
From August 2020, Art Party will make a tour to launch its newest Art Reactor project on islands throughout Denmark. We will stay a week in each place and by the end of each residency, we will examine the effects of our activities on the well-being of the local population. We will do collection days, going from door to door and selection days, when we will prepare and sort the materials to be placed in the mountain. If you want a short visit, just prepare waste materials for the collection such as plastic, glass, paper and write a mail to: email@example.com.
The Time Capsules
We will place a degradable time-capsule inside of the mountain. It will contain artworks created of organic materials during previous workshops with local people. The indestructible time-capsule, containing instead artworks created from non-degradable materials, will be exhibited at a local art museum or institution.
Future generations will only be able to open the two capsules in 2030.
This statue is the totem of the project, and we will bring it in parade during our journey from island to island in Denmark. We will fill it with waste materials collected during our residence and we will transform it into a plastic windmill, a visual symbol of the ecological matter which us, modern Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, must fight against in our future.
an artistic project on Environment and Sustainability
created and directed by
Giuseppe L. Bonifati (I)
Christian Gade Bjerrum, Cüneyt Pala (DK), Dina Abu Hamdan (JR/DK)
and Giuseppe Bonifati, Claudio Passilongo (IT), Brian Bruhn, Seffe Squillaci (DK)
Linda Sugataghy (HU), Ilze Rudzite (LV)
Emma Hovmøller Buhrkal, Cüneyt Pala (DK)
video and graphic producer
Linda Sugataghy (H)
DOO performing arts group (I), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (DK)
Danish Ministry of Culture, Holstebro Kommune, Kultursamarbejdet for Midt- og Vestjylland, Struer Bibliotek, Læsø Kommune, Ærø Kommune, Københavns Kommune, Bornholms Kulturuge and other municipalities in Denmark
in collaboration with
local schools, art associations, libraries, museums