ProKK in English
ProKK is a union for professional artists and artisans consisting of approximately 150 members. Most members are from Central Jutland, but the union is active in all of Denmark.
ProKK is an activity-based community. Each year ProKK organizes an exhibition with a specific theme, dogma and challenges, which all members are equally entitled to participate in. This exhibition is the main reason people choose a ProKK membership. Since 2006 the exhibition has involved about 100 participants every year. We also organize workshops, inspirational talks, seminars, excursions, networking meetings, evaluations, salons, and much more.
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OUT OF THE BOX is ProKK’s contribution to Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture 2017. Spanning in the years 2014-2017 ProKK creates a yearly exhibition that surprises and astonishes the audience and that is presented in places we normally do not meet art: in shopping malls, on camping sites, in the air, in bus stops, on rooftops, in forests, in parking basements, etc.
The OUT OF THE BOX exhibition themes for each year are the following:
2016 SONGS FROM THE WOOD
The exhibition series is a movement away from the art institution and into the urban environment’s colourful life and diversity.
ProKK’s 200 artists and artisans will realize the exhibitions and happenings in an active interplay with international collaboration partners, exhibition spaces, researchers and inspirational agents.
The five year plan is developed in collaboration with cultural consultant Trine Rytter Andersen. The OUT OF THE BOX working group is comprised of rotating members and temporary employees.
- a FASCINATION with the fact that, apart from diseases, many phenomena have epidemic characteristics. The exhibition is realized in collaboration with Aarhus University’s Epicenter which explores the spread of epidemics from a social and cultural perspective. The exhibition is organized in five groups working on the themes: Rumours, The body as battlefield, Mass movements, German Measles and Fear.
With this exhibition the artists intend to infect the public with new ways of looking at how various phenomena spread and affect our culture.
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- a THOUGHT-PROVOKING artistic examination of modern restlessness which is our most challenging condition and is especially linked to urban life in late modernity. NOMAD examines this unrest and presents thought-provoking works which directly address and converse with one of modernity’s other phenomena: the self-reflexive individual. The exhibition will be displayed in unconventional public places like airports, hotel rooms, camping sites, train stations, buses and taxis.
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SONGS FROM THE WOOD 2016
A luscious, beautiful, mystical and ominous artistic INTERVENTION in the forest park. Risskov serves as the setting for a collective exploration of the forest park’s aesthetic and artistic potentials. The results of this examination inspire and result in a site-specific total installation. This work is created through a collective process. The process is to transform the forest into a state of beingness. Different places in the forest will invoke different states of mind so various spaces will arise and be pointed out by the artists. The exhibition is available round the clock to visitors of the Risskov forest park. ProKK will offer guided tours and artist talks.
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- an UPLIFTING exhibition on the city’s rooftops, lofts, balconies, etc. This theme allows for large-scale formats, inflatable sculpture bodies, helium, sound, aerial runways, kites, laser beams and other lighting, etc. The exhibition presents great potential for including citizens in development projects. UP is a great opportunity for the audience to experience exciting spaces and vistas that are usually not open to the public.
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Share your visual mindset
FROM ARTIST TO ARTIST ALL OVER EUROPE 2014-2017
A BUDDING art project that branches out across the Internet and out into Europe.
The artists design small, lopsided, poetic and thought-provoking happenings for public space which are described on scores that are shared from artist to artist across the whole network. The works of art are performed across national borders and across languages. A cornucopia of ideas that bring art out to people all over Europe and create astonishment, excitement, debate and a desire to think and see the world in new ways.
OUT OF THE BOX – what happens after 2017?
We evaluate the project and ask: what type of new knowledge, methods, processes, formats, collaboration partners and international networks do we take along in our future work? We will publish a catalogue and an online publication which will document the whole project as well as serve as memory and inspiration for the audiences.
SHARE YOUR VISUAL MINDSET – The project’s philosophy, concepts, geographical outreach and its many scores will be available online on a website, which after 2017 will continue to exist as an artistic and visual idea bank.
We would love to include other art forms and professional competencies in our work and networks. If you are interested in collaborating with ProKK, if you need an artist or if you are an artist and are interested in becoming a member, feel free to contact us.
Kunsthal Aarhus, 2012
Take the temperature of an artistic self portrait. What happens when we challenge 99 Danish artists to do their own self portraits and exhibit them at the same time? Can they stay within the lines? And what happens when they turn their focus to them selves instead of their works? Titled “I create (ME) – ErGO” the ProKK union members explore the photographic self portrait – a classical art format with a long tradition behind it. The exhibition addresses questions such as: is there a difference between artists and non-artists in the way they stage themselves? And how can the artistic practice contribute to heightening our self-reflection in a world flooded by self representation.
Curator Trine Rytter Andersen on the exhibition: “This is a convergence of artists who in a wondrous way manages to shed light on certain collective themes, but from inherently different points of view. Themes such as spirituality, nature and landscape on one end and the body and near relations on the other. And they do it with such a sense of humor and self-irony. The need for dignity in the way we stage and represent our selves is very palpable and prominent.”
I, ME, EGO - Nowadays everyone takes pictures and uses the medium of photography with confidence. We have never before been so intimate, experimental and taboo-breaking both in front and behind the camera. We reflect ourselves in mass culture and it in turn affects the way we see ourselves. The many pictures we take portray and stage us in various roles and different milieus and as a result our ego is mouldable and ambiguous. Does a artist-specific view still exist? And does it come through in the exhibition?
Filmbyen Århus, 2011
Welcome on this discovery journey in a visual landscape which is in constant TRANSFORMATION. The Union of Professional Artists and Artisans, ProKK, is challenging itself and the audience through a new artistic structure: art exhibition, laboratory and open workshop all-in-one. An alchemical experiment – a collaboration across borders – an equation with numerous variables. Anything can happen!
A total of 42 collaborative projects with more than 120 artists and guests fill out Filmby Aarhus for 10 days and transform it into a practice room for artistic collaboration and conceptual border-crossing.
Studio 1 and 2 serve as “work stations” in which the various constellations of artists can unfold. Graphic designers, sculptors, conceptual artists, photographers, textile print designers, weavers, etc. work together with unconventional collaboration partners such as writers, philosophers, mathematicians, family members, etc. in order to challenge and explore each other’s work across their differing professions.
The framework of the project is only partially predetermined. Most of it evolves along with the collaboration. The first 5 days are spent gearing up, firing up the kettle and facilitating the alchemical reactions. The remaining 5 days are dedicated to the public, who is invited in to explore, participate and converse. The artistic process is thoroughly documented and then released as an independent publication.
107 artists on the Ceres plot, 2010
Interference: when two solid and known forms interfere with each other they give rise to something new that not only affects the two forms, but affects the whole system of which they are a part. For a short moment there is a destabilization in which that what is known dissolves and is replaced by the creation of something new. With the art festival INTERFERENS we want to transpose this insight into art and art’s being. INTERFERENS is a festival that encompasses art, literature and debates featuring 107 artists from ProKK, C-SAM, graduates of the Jutland Art Academy classes of '08, '09 and '10 and ‘Literature on the Stage’. INTERFERENS is about exploring and challenging the differences and similarities between the presented works as well as creating a third form out of the relation between the artists and visitors of the Ceres plot where the festival takes place. Exhibitions, debates, poetry readings, interactive communication, artist talks, music and cafés are some of the experiences on offer. INTERFERENS is curated by Ditte Gry B. Westergaard.