Put your streaming services on hold, and find a new FOKUS with video art that steers clear of the mainstream!
Welcome to the 8th edition of FOKUS video art festival. We present 10 brand new video works created by Danish and international artists. A cross-disciplinary jury has selected the 10 videos out of more than 120 works submitted for the open call of the festival by artists from 20 different countries, among these Russia, Israel, Norway, China, Portugal, Iran and the USA.
The 10 nominated videos can be experienced at Nikolaj Kunsthal´s cinema room as well as around Copenhagen, e.g. at The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, Thorvaldsens Museum and The Theatre Museum – as well as in the privacy of your own home. Find all the 2018 locations here!
Again this year, FOKUS moves beyond the usual framework of the exhibition format, out into the cityscape and into your phone or tablet.
We hope that many will get to see these videos, either through our free FOKUS app, on our homepage, at the venues or at Nikolaj Kunsthal until March 11 2018.
Finally, Nikolaj Kunsthal would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Film Institute for their support as well as to the Cinematheque and the 10 venues where the videos may also be seen. So see you and enjoy your FOKUS 2018!
You will be able to see the selected Open Call videos at Nikolaj Kunsthal and selected venues in Copenhagen.
Once again in 2018, FOKUS is going to lift video art out of the traditional settings in which art is presented to meet its audience at carefully selected city spots – indoors and outdoors – and on your mobile phone or tablet. Shortlisted videos will compete for the FOKUS First Prize of €1000 and two Runners-Up Prizes of €500 each. Read more about FOKUS Open Call here.
On March 1, you are also invited to a screening at the Cinematheque where all 10 nominated titles will be presented. This is also the occasion when the winners of the three main prizes will be revealed. Drop by and experience video art on a very big screen and hear the artists tell about their works. See more on nikolajkunsthal.dk.
Find all the 2018 locations here!
Annika Berg was educated as a film director from the National Film School of Denmark (2015). Her graduation film Sia received a “Robert” award for best short film from the Danish Film Academy. Team Hurricane (2017) is her feature film debut. The film won one of the four main awards, Verona Film Club Award, at the opening of the Venice Film Festival International Film Critics’ Week, honoring budding film talents. She was also awarded “The Future Prize” by the Danish magazine Soundvenue.
Lærke Lauta is a visual artist living in Copenhagen. She works with video, installation and painting. She graduated from the Copenhagen Art Academy in 2001 and has also studied at the Cooper Union, NYC and Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Lærke Lauta has had solo shows at a number of museums and art galleries in the US and Europe. In Denmark her work has been shown at SMK, Aros, Brandts and Nikolaj Kunsthal. Her latest solo show was at Andersen’s Contemporary.
Søren Høy is the director of the production company Werksted and the art agency artFREQ, that organised the exhibition Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition in 2017. MA in Media Studies. Scriptwriter, director and producer of series and documentaries. Formerly: Principal of European Film College, Scandinavian correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter, reviewer and feature writer for Morgenavisen JyllandsPosten and TV host for DR’s lm magazine Filmland. Author of several books on film.
Previously the head of Viborg Kunsthal. For a number of years, Helene Nyborg Bay has been a board member of The Danish Association of Art Centers, and currently, she is a board member of The Nordic House on the Faroe Islands. In the years 2006–2011, she ran her own gallery, Helene Nyborg Contemporary, in Copenhagen.
Andreas Brøgger as organised numerous exhibitions at Nikolaj Kunsthal with artists such as Santiago Sierra, John Akomfrah, Stan Douglas, Dias & Riedweg, Karin Sander and Jeannette Ehlers. He has written a large number of articles on art and culture for books, magazines and newspapers. With Omar Kholeif he is the editor of Vision, Memory and Media (Liverpool/Chicago University Press). Co-founder of FOKUS video art festival.