"About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place"
It has been a long held ambition to realise the construction of the Megalopolis Project. The initial project was created more that ten years ago. It was given a `test run exhibition´ in 2011 with the construction of the Graveyard Installation courtesy of the late Modtar Projects situated in the Latin Quarter, Copenhagen. Ten years later The Megalopolis Project concept has been taken off the shelf of `possibilities ´ and placed firmly on the work table. The construction of the Megalopolis Project will be made possible by a quadratic creative consortium of ;
Galvin Harrison + T.N.G. / Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) / ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst / Bo-Vita ( Helhedsplan)
The Megalopolis individual sculptures are flexible in design which allows the facilitation of a varying number of possible hybrid projects. Given the extraordinary circumstances that we as a civilisation find ourselves with regard to the contemporary Covid-19 pandemic the initiative has been taken to embrace the concept of online creative learning. The expertise of the Copenhagen Contemporary and ARKEN learning departments will manage the online teaching operation whilst T.N.G. will support the venture by managing and constructing the individual MEGALOPOLIS building kits that will be used as a teaching tool. The objective is that the `delivered´ construction kits act as the creative catalyst and enabler for an ambitious social fusion to take place with the primary consideration being education, creative awareness and personal empowerment.
Galvin Harrison + T.N.G. (The Next Generation) is a collective installation project. It is a community based project initiated by Galvin Harrison and is located in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen with the objective of changing and improving the lives and futures of people who are in the main of Middle Eastern and African origin. One of the underlying and problematic issues that resides within all young people that have inherited the social and stigmatic DNA of the indigenous Middle Eastern and African migrant is that of personal identity. It is with the hope and the firm conviction that the forming of Galvin Harrison + T.N.G. will travel some of the required distance in instilling a fundamental sense of understanding, pride and profound self awareness in all of the participating contributors to the project.
Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) is Copenhagen’s international art center showing installation art created by world stars and new emerging talents. CC occupies the magnificent former B&W welding hall offering a total of 7,000 m2 of beautiful industrial halls with plenty of space to show the technical and large formats in which many contemporary artists work: total installations, performance art, and monumental video works. Art that can often be entered and sensed with the whole body.
CC is one of Scandinavia’s largest exhibition venues for contemporary art and a lively meeting place for a wide audience. CC creates collaborative partnerships and organises events with a number of different partners across cultural genres locally and internationally. You can attend art talks, art walks, concerts, creative workshops for children, visit CC’s own shop offering Scandinavian design, and experience the unique and historical city district of Refshaleøen.
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst first opened its doors to the public in March 1996. Behind the opening lay several years of political work to turn the area south of Copenhagen into a significant part of Danish cultural life. ARKEN is in many ways a natural part of Copenhagen’s development. Already back at the start of the city’s revival in the 1960’s the area south of the capital was becoming an established suburb for Copenhagen’s inner city residents. The result was a rapid rise in the population in the municipalities of Copenhagen’s “Vestegn” during the last half of the 20th century. A trend that was further strengthened by the rise in immigrants in Denmark at that time. The municipalities south of Copenhagen became popular residential areas for people of particularly Kurdish, Turkish and Pakistani origin. For the first time ever, larger multicultural districts began to form in Denmark.
As an extension of Danish cultural politics, it seemed natural to set up a cultural institution that would give the growing population at “Vestegnen” a chance to experience important national and international art in the local area. This goal led to the creation of ARKEN through the political system and to one of the biggest Danish cultural investments in the latter half of the 20th century. ARKEN became a venture of international proportions.