Curators: Tue Greenfort, Royal Society of Arts, Arts & Ecology commission project, London, United Kingdom, 2005–8

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Latitudes / Johann König Gallery, Berlin / Tue Greenfort
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In April 2005 the Royal Society of Arts in partnership with Arts Council England launched Arts & Ecology, a major programme with the aim of examining and addressing environmental concerns in the international arena. Arts & Ecology explored the practice of artists, writers, architects and film-makers through a series of conferences, commissions and publications that looked at local and global projects that attempted to communicate, challenge and propose solutions to pollution, waste and loss of natural habitats.

Latitudes was invited to curate a public commission for London and invited Danish artist Tue Greenfort to develop a public project focusing on London’s ecological and social systems.
Following several site-visits and a residency period in London in 2007, Greenfort's project was presented in the capital coinciding with his participation in the 2008 edition of Frieze Art Fair projects (16–19 October) where it was sited immediately outside the exit ramp of the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park.
Greenfort's project consisted of three 1100 litre standard ‘Eurobins’ (the familiar street refuse containers otherwise known as wheelie bins) whose sides had been cut away and replaced with windows of clear polycarbonate, thus making their contents visible to everyone. It created a kind of grand though rudimentary behavioral experiment in which citizens generated a transparent reflection on consumption, disposability and recent municipal waste incentives, at the point where personal assets were thrown ‘away’. Importantly, although the bins were encountered within close proximity to a major art event, they were not visibly ‘framed’ as art works. No plinth, no label and no sign indicated that they were anything other than functional bins, plausibly located where one was leaving the event, perhaps ready to shed unwanted detritus.

Read more on the project in Latitudes’ text 'Talking trash and not wasting away'.
Royal Society of Arts
8 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6EZ
United Kingdom
www.thersa.org.uk/arts


Danish-born, Berlin-based artist Tue Greenfort (1973) studied at the Funen Art, Denmark (1997–2000) and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt (2000–03). Greenfort’s practice revisits institutional critique in its threading of links between public and private, corporate and personal, rural and urban realms. His work often distills how ecological operations are invisibly present in daily life in, for instance, the guise of consumer choice. He has had solo shows at the Johann König Gallery, Berlin (2002 and 2005); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003); Kunstverein Arnsberg (2005); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006); Secession (2007) and participated in Sculpture Projects Münster (2007). The artist is represented by
Johann König in Berlin and Zero...Milan.


The commission was possible thanks to the generous support of
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA); Arts Council England; and the Royal Danish Embassy, London. We would also like to thank the support of Frieze Art Fair’s projects team.

Comisarios: Tue Greenfort, proyecto público del Royal Society of Arts, Arts & Ecology, Londres, Reino Unido, 2005–8

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Latitudes / Johann König Gallery, Berlin / Tue Greenfort
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En Abril 2005 la Royal Society of Arts en colaboración con el Arts Council England inauguró Arts & Ecology, un ambicioso programa que tenía como objetivo identificar, examinar y debatir preocupaciones medioambientales a nivel internacional. Arts & Ecology analizó el trabajo de artistas, escritores, arquitectos y directores de cine a través de una serie de conferencias, encargos específicos y publicaciones presentando proyectos que se realizaron a nivel local y global y que intentaron comunicar, desafiar e incluso proponer soluciones a problemas como la polución, los desechos y la progresiva pérdida de hábitats naturales.

Latitudes fue invitada a comisariar un proyecto para Londres y seleccionó al danés Tue Greenfort para realizar un proyecto público que se centrase en los sistemas sociales y ecológicos de Londres. Siguiendo a un período de visitas y una residencia en la capital inglesa durante el 2007, el proyecto de Greenfort finalmente se presentó coincidiendo con su participación en la edición 2008 de Frieze Art Fair projects (16–19 octubre).
El proyecto consistió en la producción de tres 'Eurobins' (tipología de contenedores de basura) de 1100 litros cada uno, cuyos lados fueron reemplazados por policarbonato transparente, haciendo que su contenido fuese visto por los usuarios. Los contenedores se colocaron en la rampa de salida de la feria en Regent’s Park, sin cartela ni señalización que los identificase como piezas intervenidas, dado que la intención era que se encontrasen y utilizasen sin expectación alguna sobre su nuevo estatus artístico.

El proyecto se presentó en un momento en que Londres empezó a implementar una serie de programas de concienciación ciudadana para que los ciudadanos clasificasen sus deshechos domésticos. La intervención en la feria Frieze pretendía comprobar el comportamiento y las reacciones de los visitantes entorno a su propio consumo y sobre cómo clasifican lo que deshechan.

Más sobre el proyecto en el texto 'Talking trash and not wasting away'.
Royal Society of Arts
8 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6EZ, UK
www.thersa.org.uk/arts


El artista danés afincado en Berlin, Tue Greenfort (1973) estudió en la Funen Art, Denmark (1997–2000) y en la Städelschule, Frankfurt (2000–03). La práctica de Greenfort revisita la crítica institucional en su interés por conectar lo público y lo privado, lo corporativo y lo personal, lo rural y lo urbano. Su obra a menudo destila operaciones ecológicas que son invisibles en nuestra vida diaria, por ejemplo, las elecciones a la que se enfrenta el consumidor. Ha tenido exposiciones individuales en Johann König Gallery, Berlin (2002 y 2005); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003); Kunstverein Arnsberg (2005); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006); Secession (2007) y participó en la Sculpture Projects Münster (2007). Greenfort trabaja con 
Johann König, Berlin y Zero...Milan.

Proyecto posible gracias al generoso apoyo de
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA); del Arts Council England y de la Royal Danish Embassy, London. Extendemos nuestro agradecimiento al equipo curatorial de Frieze Art Fair.


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