“A new spirit floats over Jutland: the spirit of the art party! We believe in this simple truth: to strive after beauty through art. “
Since January 2016, the citizens of Jutland’s municipalities have been able to meet a special “Party”, founded by Italian artist Giuseppe L. Bonifati alias “Jeppe” and Linda Sugataghy – Hungary, with the important participation of Spanish actor Alberto Martinez Guinaldo, all three from the international DOO performing arts group. They have established KUNSTPARTIET – “The Art Party”, with the aim to strive after Beauty through Art. Kunstpartiet is a community based artistic project with interactive performance events in Denmark, in collaboration with Holstebro Municipality and other municipalities in Jutland, Central Denmark Region, the Danish National Arts Foundation, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture and the Nordic Theatre Laboratory.
MAYOR IN RESIDENCE (1st of January 2016 – 18th of June 2017), has been the longest performance project and “election campaign” ever made by a couple of artists. Giuseppe L. Bonifati and Linda Sugataghy played the roles of JEPPE and Linda (Candidate and First Lady) in Holstebro for 18 months. They have been in contact with thousands of citizens and collaborated with several cultural and artistic institutions in Jutland, realising monthly performances, actions, performances and events.
ART AS DEFENCE (2018). In its second interdisciplinary project, along with several national and international artists, KUNSTPARTIET focused regionally as well locally and transformed its headquarter, Bomhuset – Museum for Miniature Art, to a dreamlike 24/7 video installation. The group traveled from Hirtshals to Aabenraa, from Odder to Esbjerg and Odense, from the art museums to cold war bunkers and from theatre scenes to the football fields of asylum centers, all to spread the Arts Party’s messages to adult and young, from kindergarten children and high school students to politicians.
ART ON CALL (2019). ART PARTY´S new experimental project aims to investigate the capacity that Art may have on Health and to make these findings reach a larger part of society. We explored this topic through artistic residencies in 7 cities in Central and Western Jutland. During this time we drove a special ambulance where intimate performances took place inside the vehicle. With the important presence of Kata Juhasz, international dancer and practising doctor, the activities included actions, performances and workshops as prevention and recharging at home, in streets, in schools, offices, theaters, museums, etc. A type of performance called “Rechargeable” was carried out in collaboration with local groups of older people in belief that art can prolong expected life expectancy. We will follow up this project by two international tours in the second part of 2020. The Artbulance will visit the Nordic and the Visegrád countries and we will present workshops and performances to international audience for the first time as Kunstpartiet.
THE ART REACTOR (2020) 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. 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.