The mission of Superkilen is to create a true alternative scene to the remaining urban space of Copenhagen.
57 objects from 57 cultures are a mean for integrating Superkilen in the world and the world in Superkilen. The objects are symbols for everyday experiences from 57 different cultures. A foreign everyday practice incorporated outside its normal context.
As in Marcel Duchamp's Objet Trouvé it is ordinary everyday objects, which stand out as work of art when exposed in a new context and on a new background. They make people think about how we organize our daily life and together they make up a global vernacular.
Taking our point of departure in Superkilen's location in the heart of outer Nørrebro, which has a local population from 57 different cultures, we have chosen to focus on those initiatives and activities in the urban spaces that work as promoters for integration across ethnicity, religion, culture and languages./Bjarke Ingels, Partner, BIG
No matter where you're from, what you believe and which language you speak, it is always possible to play football together. As an integration machine, the different sports fields at the Red Square give the local community an opportunity to meet over physical activities and games.
Superkilen is not a complete and finished work of art, but an open art work, which will gain content and take form in a dialogue with the users and citizens of the area. The fundamental basis for the choice of colors for materials and names is that they should be neutral in relation to culture, nationality and language, but over time they can adopt meaning and identity as they are used in urban spaces and populated by city life.
Facts about Superkilen
Nicklas Antoni Rasch
Last updated: November 23, 2012
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