EKKO – Vertigo
Date: February 1 – 24 from 18.00 – 23.59
Site: Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshalevej 173A, 1432 København K
EKKO’ is an auditive and visual light work by the artist group Vertigo, presented by Copenhagen Contemporary and Copenhagen Light Festival in collaboration with the Refshaleøen Island’s Property Association.
The site-specific installation unfolds in four light columns from the former shipyard Burmeister & Wain (B&W) on the square in front of the Refshaleøen Island Welding Hall, now home to the international art centre Copenhagen Contemporary.
The four light columns measure 30 m in height and each marks a corner of the slipway where the giant industrial ships were built. In its heyday, B&W was Denmark’s largest workplace, producing ships round the clock and the constantly illuminated island was visible all over the city.
Vertigo brings renewed focus to the Refshaleøen Island on the Copenhagen horizon by reinterpreting the light that formerly characterised this area – visually echoing the past.
‘EKKO’ revives the island’s original four light columns and illuminates the present-day cultural and bustling life now unfolding in the old shipyard area.
Each light column is also a sound source coupled to the work’s lighting. A total of 27.000 luminous LED points flash spectacularly in sync with the auditive spectrum spanning from brief notes to soft flowing sound images in a pulsating loop.
The visual and auditive experience is inspired by the shipyard welding flame – from the blue centre to the outer orange glow. Thus, the experience of the work is twofold: one side can only be experienced at close hand while the other is visible from Copenhagen’s city roofs as far away as Bispebjerg.
‘EKKO’ is an outdoor work and can be experienced free of charge every day during the period 1 February – 24 February 2019 between the hours 18 and 24.
VERTIGO is an artist collective consisting of Frederik Hilmer Svanholm, Vibeke Bertelsen, and Mikkel Meyer and is acclaimed at home and abroad for their way of applying new technology to create immersive installations using light and sound. They earned much media coverage with their installation The Wave shown at Ofelia Plads in Frost and Copenhagen Light Festival 2018 and also in London, Liverpool, and, recently, in Athens.
COPENHAGEN CONTEMPORARY (CC) is Copenhagen’s international art centre showing installation art created by world stars and new emerging talents. CC occupies the magnificent former B&W welding hall offering a total of 7,000 m2 of large attractive industrial halls with plenty of space to show the technical and voluminous formats in which many contemporary artists work: large total installations, performance art, and monumental video works. Art that can often be entered and sensed with the whole body.
Tips and recommendations
Jump on the bike and spare yourself the joy of getting close to this art work!