Icelandic Artist has created Film Piece for the Maersk Tower in CPH

The Danish Building and Property Agency has assigned the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson to produce the film ‘Timepiece’ for the Maersk Tower, which houses the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson in front of his piece of art 'Figures in Landscape' Ragnar Kjartansson in front of his piece of art 'Figures in Landscape'
  • Ragnar Kjartansson's piece of art 'Figures in Landscape' Ragnar Kjartansson's piece of art 'Figures in Landscape'
  • Mærsk Tårnet. Foto: Bygningsstyrelsen Mærsk Tårnet. Foto: Bygningsstyrelsen

'Figures in Landscape' is a fictional universe that impacts on time and space. The work is a seven-day film, where actors in lab coats move around a scenic universe – one for each day of the week. The film is played day and night and acts as a clock offering sporadic – and sometimes constant – views of another world in real time.

Ragnar Kjartansson is e.g. known for his use of theatre effects, repetition and performance works spanning unusually long periods of time. Ragnar Kjartansson says about his new piece:

’I wish to create a work of art that lives and breathes with the building. A film that can be used throughout the building as a clock or screensaver in the auditoriums and computers. It is a site-specific piece inspired by the everyday work of researchers and the heroic goals of science, which are the forces behind change and progress’.

A signature work of art

The film acts as a signature work of art for the Maersk Tower that sets the direction of art at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Dean Ulla Wewer from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, who is a member of the art committee that selected the piece, said about the selection of Ragnar Kjartansson's piece of art:

‘Art has always played a main role at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, where it serves to strengthen our curiosity and creativity. Ragnar Kjartansson’s work represents a new form and way in which art can be integrated into research and teaching environments. We look forward to receiving a work of this calibre and to our continued cooperation with the artist and the Danish Building and Property Agency on the implementation of the piece’.

'Figures in Landscape' was presented in February 2019.

Based on the circular on art in state buildings, the Danish Building and Property Agency has allocated funds for art in connection with the construction of the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen. With ‘Timepiece’ Ragnar Kjartansson has won a sketch competition organised by the Danish Building and Property Agency on behalf of the Maersk Tower art committee. The art committee, which is comprised of the Danish Building and Property Agency, the University of Copenhagen and the A. P. Møller Foundation, was advised by Art Adviser and Artist Jakob Fenger from SUPERFLEX, while Curator and Head of Acquisitions Anders Kold from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art acted as a specialist judge in the competition.

Photos

Photos may be used in connection with the press release, though the portraits of Ragnar Kjartansson and must be clearly credited to Elisabet Davids and the 'Timepiece' sketch to Ragnar Kjartansson.