SUPERFLEX: It is not the end of the world
16. March 2019 - 30. November 2019
“Kunstnerkollektivet Superflex indtager en af Europas mest originale kunsthaller, Cisternerne”
Throughout 2019, Cisternerne invited curious explorers to venture into the dark future.
The Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX reshaped and flooded the former water reservoir of the Danish capital, now functioning as an underground art hall. With sci-fi elements, SUPERFLEX created a surreal, yet plausible, scenario where climate change had altered society drastically.
A changing area was the first element the visitor encountered in the large-scale installation “It is not the end of the world”. Here, they had to change into a pair of wellingtons before they could move on.
The artist collective SUPERFLEX staged a time travel into the future in the dark, underground halls of Cisternerne. A flood had occurred, decay had begun, and the visitor encountered relics that seemed to come from a distant past: our own present. In the cave-like and different climate of Cisternerne, the visitor took in the exhibition not only with the eyes and mind but with the entire body.
One of the elements, the visitor did encounter in the innermost part of Cisternerne, was a landscape of toilets partially submerged in water. A sculptural form robbed of its original function, not unlike the former water reservoir in which it was placed. As an exact copy of the executive toilets of the Bonn headquarters of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it appeared as a portrait of human consumption and our global struggle to counteract the damage this has inflicted.
With this exhibition, SUPERFLEX turned the dystopian scenario of the end of humanity into a more multifaceted narrative. As the title claims, the artist group suggested that the changes might be the end of humanity but not necessarily the end of the world.
Power Toilets / UNFCCC is designed in close collaboration with NEZU AYMO architects.
SUPERFLEX was established in 1993 by Jakob Fenger (b.1968), Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen (b.1969), and Rasmus Nielsen (b.1969). They live and work in Copenhagen.
Since 1993, the Danish artist group SUPERFLEX has been working on a series of projects to do with economic forces, democratic production conditions and self-organisation.
SUPERFLEX describes their different artistic concepts as ‘tools’. They are means of affecting or intervening with the reality they are describing. The artworks created by SUPERFLEX are not passive objects but active elements with which to make an impact.
With a diverse and complex practice that engages art, design, commerce and economic structures of dependency, the Copenhagen-based artist collective challenges the role of the artist in contemporary society and explore the nature of globalization through ongoing collaborative projects.
Arbejdernes Landsbank, ART 2030, Augustinus Fonden, Det Obelske Familiefond, Frederiksberg Fonden, Frederiksberg Kommune, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond, Statens Kunstfond, Viking Footwear