WE ARE ALL WORKERS
MAY 9 - JUNE 21 2015
Kunsthal NORD has the great pleasure to present Mikkel Carl’s solo exhibition We Are All Workers – a complete site-specific exhibition, which is placed in Nordkraft and Kunsthal NORD’s post-industrial architecture.
The exhibition is a significant intervention in the existing architecture: Doorways are blinded, new partitions are build, walls are broken through and the administration area is expanded.
Mikkel Carl is trying to give the audience a sense of, that nothing is as it used to be, and that they suddenly have gained access to new spaces – and yet not. He forces us to experience Nordkraft and Kunsthal NORD in other ways, both visually, physically and mentally.
Besides the obvious architectural changes the exhibition includes a number of commentating and institution critical art pieces. For example, large blobs of melted aluminium is spread around on the stairs, a power drill in the wall that rotates around itself, a twisted euro pallet, a gigantic mirror wall and a site-specific reinterpretation of the American artist Walter de Maria’s almost fifty years old text book “Rome Eats Shit”.
Mikkel Carl is inspired by the art theoretical movement like the ‘60s neo-avantgarde, postmodern appropriation art and the ‘90s relational aesthetics, which all have tried to challenge the classical art institution and the existing concept of art work.
The exhibition title – written with 1 meter tall letters on the facade of Keddelhallen – is a slogan from the clothing brand Levi’s latest advertising campaign.
Mikkel Carl says:
”By positioning the statement We Are All Workers in the middle of Nordkraft, I play with the transformation from an industrial society to an information- and education culture combined with experience economy, which Aalborg is undergoing these years and which the 30,000 m2 large culture centre in itself is a significant example of”.
We Are All Workers is Mikkel Carl’s first solo exhibition in a larger Danish art institution.
Read the catalog text for the exhibition here.
See or download the exhibition catalogue here
Thanks to the sponsors of the exhibition.