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We Believe: Connecting London and Aarhus with Light

We Believe: Connecting London and Aarhus with Light
The Royal Danish Embassy in London
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Spectacular light installation to link two architectural masterpieces in London and Denmark to celebrate European Capital of Culture 2017

We Believe

A major light installation by one of Denmark’s leading female artists, Tine Bech, will connect two iconic Arne Jacobsen buildings, The Embassy of Denmark in London and Aarhus City Hall Tower in Denmark, 10 to 19 November 2017 from 5pm – 10pm daily, to celebrate this year’s European Capital of Culture celebrations. The work is presented with the Association Hidden Places.

The interactive artwork, We Believe, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of European collaboration and cultural exchange. From a control room on a rooftop in Aarhus, members of the public will be able to activate the controls which will illuminate the architecture of the two buildings. They will be able to control individual light sections using a series of interactive devices. The work explores how culture, architecture, technology and play intersect to shape the future of our cities. Both buildings are power structures and the aesthetics of the control room, as well as access to it are essential to the project.

Tine Bech is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative interactive works that invite participation and play. Her work has been exhibited in public spaces, galleries and at major festivals, transforming urban landmarks in cities around the world.

"I look forward to an amazing visual experience when artist Tine Bech, in collaboration with the Association Hidden Places, light up two beautiful and iconic Arne Jacobsen buildings in Aarhus and London. One of the most important aspects of our Capital of Culture year is collaborating across European borders, and We Believe becomes a beautiful symbol of these collaborations,” says Rebecca Matthews, CEO of the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus 2017.

For further info and photos, please contact Peter Vestergaard, European Capital of Culture +45 2013 1090

Tine Bech

Tine Bech is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative interactive art that encourages participation and play. Some of Tine Bech’s previous work includes interactive artworks at London Bridge, The Whitworth London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Denmark’s On the Edge Digital Art Festival, Israel Museum, Los Angeles’ SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum Digital Festival, and Brazil. Tine Bech Studio merges art and design with the digital language of technology to create stunning visual projects. Working with programmers, electronic engineers, fabricators and architects in the creative process, Tine Bech Studio creates projects that place the human experience at the centre of our interactions with space, place and technology. Tine Bech is originally from Aarhus, and now lives and works in London.

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Aarhus City Hall

In 1937 the City of Aarhus declared a proposal by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller the winner of a competition to design its new city hall. Compromising three blocks and a clock tower, the structure is an exquisite example of regional modernism. The original plans, with an intentionally unmonumental design, did not include a clock tower. However, the local citizens requested an addition of a kind that would make the building a more visible beacon of the city signifying the importance of the local government. During World War II Denmark was occupied by Germany from 1940, but the construction of the city hall continued and was inaugurated in 1941.

The Embassy of Denmark, London

A purpose-built embassy in a modernist design by architect Arne Jacobsen. In 1969 architect Arne Jacobsen was commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to design a new embassy in London, and features both a chancellery and the ambassador’s residence. Arne Jacobsen died prior to completion in 1971, and the detailed design was continued by his successors Dissing + Weitling. Arup worked on the structural engineering. The building was completed in 1977.

Bookings for access to control room only in Aarhus:

Curated and arranged by the European Cultural Aarhus 2017's project stakeholder Association Hidden Places

Light manufacture SGM Lights A/S

Light supplier: Vigsø A/S

Supported by The Municipality of Aarhus, Embassy of Denmark, London and the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

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