”Our intention is to create aesthetic, different and meaningful experiences that makes one wonder and gives food for thought”. That is the ambition for the duo Marie Munk & Stine Deja who wants to draw audiences into an alternate reality, through conceptual art. Art Week has caught up with the two artists, who are nominated for The Remmen Foundation Art Prize.
Imagine that you meet a person who has no previous knowledge of your art – how would you explain your work?
We are very concerned with societal development, modern/technological tendencies and absurdities in our joint practice. We make total installations, sculptures, and videos based on research based concepts with the purpose to draw audiences into an alternate reality that provoke, surprises and challenges their thoughts. Our intention is to create aesthetic, different and meaningful experiences that makes one wonder and gives food for thought.
What is it like to be young artists in 2019?
It is very exciting! There’s a myriad of different platforms and through that, endless options and possibilities for us to show our creations, our work-in-progress, and so on. Both of us have spent a lot of time in England and that’s how we know how privileged it is to be able to receive support from the Danish Art Foundation and other institutions. It can still be difficult to make everything add up, though, especially when you are doing creations that aren’t exactly “sellable”.
Can you tell a bit about your process from idea to finished work?
Our projects often start out from something that we find interesting about a change in society. We start out by researching and then we exchange ideas back and forth, until we reach a point from which we are able to continue from. For us, concept is important so we work hard to make sure the individual piece is a part of that. Sometimes this takes an incredible amount of time, while at other times it is surprisingly easy. It differs a lot.
In your opinion, what is art’s role in our society today? And what role should it have?
Art’s role in our society is enormous – especially because we live in a political extreme and difficult period, where the internet is constantly challenging our notions about what is up and what is down. So it is important that art acts as a watchdog that pushes our view of the world and makes us focus on that which is relevant and really matters.
In the recent years we have seen a bizarre development where the act of documenting art plays an increasing large role. Our society is being run by pixels, so to speak, so our opinion is that it is still important to experience the physical works – to ‘look them in their eyes’ and to feel their presence.
Portrait-series: Nominees for The Remmen Foundation Art Prize
Every year The Remmen Foundation Art Prize is awarded to a promising young artist or artist-duo that has made a mark on the Danish art scene. The award that comes with a cheque of 100.000 danish kroner will be awarded on the 23rd of May, at a ceremony at Hotel d’Angleterre in connection to the official opening of Art Week.
Through a series of portraits Art Week is presenting the four artists who are nominated for the art prize this year.