Room 218B

J&K: The Nation

This room shows photographs and a video by the artists’ duo J&K, all of them based in a performance staged by the duo at the SMK in the autumn of 2013.

J&K wish to offer audiences a creative and alternative look at art history, and to this end the two artists interpret works from the museum’s collection of Danish Golden Age art in their own distinctive way.

Photograph of J&K's performance: The Nation. Photo: SMK Foto

J&K, The Nation - Family, photo: Natascha Rydvald

Photograph of J&K's performance: The Nation. Photo: SMK Foto

J&K, The Nation - Power, photo: Natascha Rydvald

The nation state under review

Should we take the nation state, which is after all a relatively recent construct, as a given? And what would happen if the nation state ceased to exist?

These are some of the questions that the two artists prompt people to reflect on.

”We want people to take a step back to see the bigger picture – that the world we know will look completely different 100 years from now,” says Kristine Agergaard, who is one half of the J&K duo.

Photograph of J&K's performance: The Nation. Photo: SMK Foto

J&K, The Nation - Work, photo: Natascha Rydvald

Utopian thinking

J&K want to shake up habitual forms of thinking by offering up wider perspectives that may pave the way for what they call Utopian thinking:

”By showing people that the world will change greatly over time we hope to inspire them to think Utopian thoughts, imagining a different kind of world – and perhaps even trying to help shape the future themselves,” says Kristine Aagergaard.

About J&K

Janne Schäfer (b. 1976) is a graduate from Universität der Künste in Berlin. Kristine Agergaard (b. 1975) is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Both artists also hold a BA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Since 1999 they have worked together as an artists’ group, often operating in the field where installation and performance art intersect.

Their work is characterised by grappling with large, existential issues.  Poised between the banal and the deeply complex, between the humorous and the serious, the two artists explore the layers and meanings hidden within various notions, concepts, and clichés.

The cross-media tours are sponsored by the Bikubefonden
J&K’s performance and guided tours were made possible by a donation from the Bikubefonden, which granted a total of DKK 4.4 million for a programme of innovative presentation, education, and learning activities. Examples include the cross-media tours and the new SMK Fridays events.

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