Current Display 7.9. – 30.10.2017

Fourth display with Frisk Flugt and Blød By September and October 2017

Frisk Flugt is cutting into Blød By

The fourth display in the archive consist of a series of collages by Frisk Flugt and the remains of the architectural journal Blød By - Blad om bolig-, miljø- og planlægningsproblemer [Soft City - journal on housing, environmental and planning issues] (1978–1982)

Hospital Prison University Archive's fourth project was developed in collaboration with Frisk Flugt (Tina Helen and Ask Katzeff), who over the last four years have published four editions of the magazine Frisk Flugt, a beautifully crafted zine that combines text and images as a integrated whole. Their starting point is the idea of escape as political and aesthetic resistance.

Last year I found a box with the first 19 issues of the Danish architectural journal Blød By - Blad om bolig-, miljø- og planlægningsproblemer [Soft City - journal on housing, environmental and planning issues] (1978–1982). I have invited Frisk Flugt to read and cut into Blød By to produce new collages and conflict zones based on its now historical material. The idea is that a new version of Frisk Flugt will be produced during the two months the exhibition lasts. The new magazine will be produced in collaboration with the local print shop KLD Repro.

The exhibition's focus is urban politics and draws on the question of what happened to the utopian idea of a soft city. The period when Blød By issues 1 to 9 were produced was a very conflicting time, especially here in the Copenhagen area of Nørrebro, with the Battle of the Adventure Playground in 1980 and the clearance of the squatted centre Allotria in 1982. At present it seems that the only utopian idea of the city is the neoliberal wonderland where social life is happily being capitalized through AirBnB, GoMore and so on. At the same time, police helicopters are hovering low over Nørrebro to keep an eye on the criminal class. Our intention is that the fourth display of the archives should be the starting point for a renewed critique of the fossilized city (in the radio and on the street).

Third display 11.5. – 29.6.2017

Third display with Wilhelm Reich and Tine Tvergaard May and June 2017

Wilhelm Reich and Tine Tvergaard

The third display in the archive consist of a agit-prop pamphlet by Dr. Wilhelm Reich (1897 - 1957) and a sculpture and some photographs by visual artist Tine Tvergaard.

Hospital Prison University Archive's third exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the visual artist and psychotherapist Tine Tvergaard. For several years Tine’s artistic practice has been working with gender, desire and sexuality and the critical relationships that these social conditions imply.

This third project revolves around a small agitprop pamphlet, which has been sitting on my desk for some years. It is a beautiful piece of printed matter entitled 'Sexual Knowledge and Struggle' written by the Austrian psychoanalyst and Marxist Wilhelm Reich. The pamphlet was published in Danish in 1933, the same year in which Wilhelm Reich stayed in Copenhagen for six months before being thrown out of the country. He came as a refugee from Germany, due to the coming to power of National Socialism that same year. The pamphlet is designed in such a way that from a distance the title reads as 'Sexual Struggle'. When I invited Tine to look at this booklet, she asked me to read the text out loud for her (she is recovering from a concussion and thus has difficulty reading). Our commented readings will be broadcasted on the radio.

This is an invitation to join us on an expedition through the ‘sexual revolution’, which according to Wilhelm Reich is necessary if we want a social revolution and vice versa. He found that these two revolutions are two aspects of the same struggle against bourgeois morality and capitalist economy. Wilhelm Reich's thoughts were taken up by the youth rebellion in the 1960s, when his ideas about free sex were put to the test. During the course of the project we will be examining the SexPol movement in the 1930s, Reich-inspired films, post-porn, third gender, Freudo-Marxism, Free psychoanalytic clinics, fascism's mass psychology and together investigate how the sexual-economic revolution can take shape. These conversations will be available on the archive's in-house radio station.

Second display 2.3. – 27.4.2017

Second display with Folmer Bendtsen and Thomas Bo Østergaard March and April 2017

Folmer Bendtsen and Thomas Bo Østergaard

The second display in the archive consists of a painting by visual artist Folmer Bendtsen (1907-93) and a woodcut by visual artist Thomas Bo Østergaard.

Some years ago, Thomas dropped by my flat and showed me a woodcut he had made in a workshop at the social centre YNKB. The motive was a person collapsed, face down, on the keyboard of a laptop computer. I liked the image, perhaps because it was Thomas' first woodcut and it was probably done as an experiment. Some days later Thomas came by again with the woodcut and said I could have it. There is only this one print.

Thomas and I have decided that we want to combine this print with an image of work and working life from the era of industrialization. After some consideration we chose the painter and graphic artist Folmer Bendtsen, who lived and worked in Nørrebro - the neighbourhood of the HPUA – for a large portion of the 20th century. Thomas has been in touch with Kristine, daughter of Folmer Bendtsen, and she has loaned us a painting that depicts working life in the big city just after World War II.

This second exhibition in the archive is an invitation to reflect on and challenge representations of work. But work in the broadest sense, also including life outside the factory. Bendtsen rarely portrayed people at work, but rather the workers on their way home from the factory and mothers and children playing in the backyards of the city. Thomas’ print shows work as it is experienced today: exhaustion after 15 hours spent on Facebook.

First display 5.1. – 25.2.2017

First display with Henri Michaux and Søren Andreasen January and February 2017

Henri Michaux and Søren Andreasen

The inaugural display in the archive consists of graphic works by the Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux and by the Danish artist Søren Andreasen.

Some years ago Søren told me that he had bought a lithographic print by Henri Michaux, and that it was the first and only time he had ever bought a work of art. Since I myself am intrigued by Michaux, I often wondered what this print actually meant for Søren - also in relation to his own practice as graphic artist. So, I invited Søren to present his Michaux lithography along with a selection of his own linocuts.

The archive's first display is an invitation to consider and challenge the fundamental signs of life found in the artistic utterance: a scribble on a piece of paper, the hatching of a figure, an inscription on a surface.