7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø

7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø is an event-based public artwork initiated by  Vermeir & Heiremans in collaboration with legal philosopher Luke Mason. The project is an invitation by f.eks, and consists of presentations, workshops, and public discussions at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg as well as a walking event at the Asger Jorn House on Læsø.

05 - 19/02/2020

Full programme:

Wed, Feb 5th, 17:30 - 20:30h
A Modest Proposal – Rethinking Art, Law, and Urban Renewal
Film screening and panel discussion
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Auditorium - free admission)
Kong Christians Alle 50, 9000 Aalborg

Sun, Feb 9th , 08 - 15:30h
From Albisola To Læsø  - A Re-enactment of a Historical Walk to Asger Jorn’s House
Public presentation and walking workshop from Asger Jorn’s House (free transportation and lunch - see day itinerary*)
Lille Strandgårdsvej 28, 9940 Læsø

Wed, Feb 19th, 17:30 - 20h
The Radical Politics of Jorn - Artistic Reflections on Value, Economy, and Property
Performative lecture
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Aalto Conference Room - free admission)
Kong Christians Alle 50, 9000 Aalborg

For the walk on Læsø, a diverse group of experts and publics will come together around the practices and political beliefs of artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973). Jorn had outspoken ideas about property as reflected in his writings on value, his role in co-founding collective movements like Situationist International and Cobra, and his practice of urban walking, which he saw as a potential revolution in daily life. Vermeir & Heiremans will focus on the property relations of Jorn’s studios in Albisola, Italy and Læsø, and ‘re-enact’ Jorn’s walking on the island to further unravel connections between art, law, property, finance, and natural environments. These themes will be further explored through two events by the artists with Kunsten’s new program Open - featuring their project A Modest Proposal and a performative lecture interpreting archival Jorn material as mutual points of departure.

7 Walks: From Albisola to Læsø is a transdisciplinary and research-based art project. The project questions if (re)thinking legal concepts and contesting the absoluteness of property ownership can contribute to more sustainable and equitable governing practices regarding natural and artistic resources. By examining property relations in a more layered way, Vermeir & Heiremans and Mason argue both natural and social commons could be better protected. As a site-specific methodology for both contemplation and a clashing of the minds, the project also investigates walking. The dialogues their project generates highlight art’s social urgency in relationship to the creation and distribution of value, spatial dynamics, commoning approaches, and the discursive potential of expanded (artistic) practices.

This project is made at the invitation of f.eks. and in collaboration with Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Kunstpionererne, Gallery Tom Christoffersen, Nordoplyst, Birmingham City University (BCU)Casa Anne Maries vej, and Jubilee.

f.eks. is a roaming exhibition platform for contemporary art that seeks to generate critical and speculative dialogues between audiences, artists, and broader publics.  f.eks. produces temporary art events that are located in and around the urban spaces of Aalborg – activating architecture, infrastructure, ecological sites, and public spaces through a series of live art engagements. These include performances, talks, workshops, readings, pop-ups, social installations, screenings, and many other forms of interactive and ephemeral art making.

f.eks. is an artist-initiated, non-profit organization that is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Den Jyske Kunstfond, North Denmark Region Culture Fund, Aalborg Municipality Culture Fund, UMMK, and Aalborg Municipality Arts Foundation as part of a new two-year program in the waterfront city.

Luke Mason is a philosopher and academic lawyer. Much of his published work focuses on labour law and social policy. His work often focuses on the social function of legal forms and how these can be modified and revisited to achieve more creative uses of legal concepts. He has taught and researched at Universities across Europe, including in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, and is part of numerous international research networks in his fields of interest. He is currently Head of the School of Law at BCU, Birmingham and also teaches law at the Sorbonne Law School and ICP in Paris.

More information on the f.eks. website

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