A construction worker lies on the floor of a construction site in the evening, where work is done during the day. A record player is placed next to him, playing a record by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. For the length of one song a spectator watches this paused motion, standing on a bridge above the site.
Engaging the city
“For a month, I took part in ‘Engaging the City’, a residence programme organised by Metropolis/KIT in Copenhagen. During this residency, I took several approaches in exploring the state of waiting and varying degrees of slowness. One of the results was an installation in a construction site. I discovered this area by chance. Work went on every day, and each evening the project came a little closer to completion. For a long time, I didn’t understand what I was looking at. Because of the depth, it was hard to get an accurate idea of the size of the site and I also wasn’t sure what it was going to become. Because the site forced me to look at it abstractly—which meant that I could—it induced an art experience. I began going back more often, mostly in the evening, when work had stopped for the day, the construction workers had gone home, and the site was floodlit. At the front there was an empty, rectangular space lit by arc lights. Like an altar, or a stage.
To close the residency, I created a small work leading to, and in, this location. Since I had also worked a lot with walking rhythms, I created a walk that tied in with the windmills next to the site, which turned at differing speeds. ‘Morten’, one of the construction workers who slept in a caravan next to the site, agreed to lie down, rest and wait in the construction site, where during the day everything is in motion.”
In residence with
Naja Lee Jensen, Hannah Loewenthal, Cristina Maldonado and Lukas Matthaei.