Music and Arts festival

PLX Tjärö Festival

The small Swedish island festival of PLX Tjärö is leading up to its second year, and I sit down with one of its organizers to learn more about what they have planned for this year.

Album Reviews

Weird Sounds of Summer

Eerie New Albums from Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE

New Single

Losing control under chilled-out beats

Toronto's Indie-pop artist Michael Paradise kicks out another single that dives into deeper subject matter.

Paint and Illustration

Neon cyber-punk fantasy and the streaming artist

Artist and illustrator Nen Chang talks about the nature of her work, taking advantage of the Twitch community, and building a fan-base outside of the gallery scene.

Performance Installation

The things we do are a bit ridiculous

Speaking with Hannah Anbert on performing the contraptions of exhaustion culture during her current exhibition ‘Slower and Cheaper’ at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst in Copenhagen

New Single

Sawa-Manga

Neo-R&B soaked South London’s musical imaginary

Video Premier

The Van kicks out ‘Vanilla Sky’

As the four-piece releases the first video of their new album, I take the opportunity to jibber-jabber on a record that has been on continuous rotation on my speakers.

Graphic Illustration

An Interview with Joakim Drescher

Graphic art exploring the terrifying and hilarious depths of existential absurdity.

Choreographic artist talk

declan whitaker

The Irish choreographer describes his research on audience experience in modern performance and how to test the limits of attention span

Choreography

Kitt Johnson on choreography in action

Preceding her guest artist talk for the Choreography in Action series, Danish choreographer Kitt Johnson takes a moment to speak about her career, her fascination with existentialist themes, and the subordinate elements of performance.

Fusion Jazz

Mathias Heise Quadrillion

Letting the waves of raw musicianship wash over us as we kick out another Spirit Session – this time with the four-piece Danish fusion band Mathius Heise Quadrillion.

Still Life

Arnout Van Albada

Dutch artist Arnout van Albada speaks about his tantalizing food portraits and his obsession with creating picturesque expressions of mundane objects.

Contemporary Sculpture

Rose Eken crafts a culture of resistance at V1

The Danish sculpture artist takes us back to a more rebellious youth through her newest collection and speaks about how resistance is more important than ever.

Guest Lecture

Institutions Need to be Constructed

Prof. Goran Sergej Pristaš, the co-founder of the Zagreb artistic collective BADco., gives an artist talk discussing the valorization of cultural institutions.

Portrait Painting

Exploring the unorthodox canvases of Juan Miguel Palacios

The Brooklyn-based artist lets us in on his unique selection of mediums and technique for expanding traditional two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional expression.

Modern Cubism

Eric Pause and his fractured moments in time

Exchanging some digital words with the Ontario-based artist about the collabs, spray cans, and dunnys that help shaped his style.

Indie Pop

Shy Shy Shy broke my Spotify

Repeated listens to the Copenhagen duo’s new album ‘Make Up’ have created some entertaining, and hilarious, suggested playlists.

Fashion & Art

Reestablishing a connection between clothing and art

Copenhagen-based Afghan artist Zuhra Hilal speaks about her training in fashion design, and her use of clothing and textile, to explore larger conceptual ideas.

Film Premier

An exit from extremism

As Norwegian filmmaker Karen Winther is set to premier her second film about her experiences in a Neo-Nazi extremist group, I caught a few words with her regarding the making the film.

Post Rock

Taking a ride on those Cosmic Waves

The Copenhagen four-piece speaks about their debut single, being a part of a queer feministic music collective, and life in the Danish DIY music scene.

Painting

Uncovering figures in the vivid and viscous

Swedish Artist Mikael Takacs reveals his fascinating technique for expressing the human form through his own variation of an ancient Turkish printing technique

Garage Rock

Spirit Sessions: Kicking out the jams with The Van

Sitting down with the iconic Danish rock band The Van, formerly known as 'The Blue Van,' to hear about their history and what led them to reinvent their sound under a newer, shorter, name.

Photography

Exposing the village of Copenhagen in the town of Denmark

Photographer and architect Troels Steenholdt Heiredal adventures deep in the rural countryside of upstate New York to capture the small town of Copenhagen for his recent project ‘Copenhagen NYDK.’

Painting

Speaking in riddles with paint and portrait

Norwegian artist Erik Formoe speaks about his long career as a painter and how he developed his modern symbolist portrait style.

Photography

Diving into a vivid chromatic ocean of ink

Artist Mark Lovejoy talks about his colorful motion-filled images capturing the life within ink and paint.

Experimental Pop

Marshall Cecil’s newest single ‘Beautiful World’

Contrary to the impression that the title of the track may give you, the newest single from Copenhagen’s moody trio, is a sonic journey through ethereal soundscapes that evoke part melancholia, part satire, and part ritual.

Painting & Print

Nikky Sparre-Ulrich’s newest work

Artist Nicky Sparre-Ulrich explores the cross pollination of modernist and Moroccan culture through the exchange and appropriation of artistic style and aesthetics in his newest work ‘Apery.'

Group Exhibition

I am a scientist

V1 Gallery presents a collection of work by 14 New York based artist, curated by artist Sadie Laska, which explores introspection, existentialism, and the self.

Singer Songwriter

Spirit Sessions: Heimatt

In the second instalment of our Spirit Sessions performances, hosted at Copenhagen Distillery, the up-and-coming singer-songwriter Heimatt gives us another look at the title track from his latest album.

Choreography

SPLASTIC: A reflection on work and process

Choreographer Tora Balslev speaks about the work she, and dancer Cath Borch Jensen, did exploring the perceived limitations of the human body and how non-normative bodies affect our perception of what we can and cannot do.

Experimental Noise Rock

EGA Legionnaire

Talking burnt popcorn, paper airplanes, garage-punk, and giant Danish lizards with one of Copenhagen’s most eccentric bands.

Portrait Painting

Carlos Delgado’s ‘Faces of the System’

The Toronto based visual artist talks about capturing expression in abstract portraiture as a representation of various masks we wear throughout life.

Sound Art

Former Commodity #4 – Tobias Kirstein

Musician and artist Alexander Holm curates another exhibition in his 'Former Commodity' series with guest artist Tobias Kirstein, and we exchanged some words with Kirsten about the process.

Street Artist

The Art of Everyday Life

It’s not easy making your daily routines into art, but Copenhagen artist HuskMitNavn (Remember My Name) has transferred what could be lost in the daily commotion into an appreciation of the small, sincere details.

Choreography

Fanclub Presents: ‘We Are Dancers’

It’s an evening of the nomadic, as the Copenhagen-based ambulant collective Fanclub joins the now temporarily vagabond Dansehallenre for their latest iteration of We Are Dancers

Surrealism

Volkano’s Symbolistic Transformations

Getting close to the elusive Hamburg-based artist to talk innocence and escapism

Documentary

Phie Ambo’s ‘When You Look Away’

Talking to the creator of one of the most interesting pieces of independent film that I have seen in the last decade, about restructuring her process and re-writing how she worked with film.

Art Fair

London’s Frieze art fair – The Highs & the lows

Our feature writer Helena Sokol visited London’s Frieze art fair to take in the wealth of amazing art and culture along with the bureaucracy and nepotism that rules the art industry.

Sound Art

Video Premier: ‘Far Away’ by Shadow Ray

Forsaking traditional live music structures, Shadow Ray follows more artistic practices in order to explore the limits of studio composition

Animation

The twisted animations of Erma Fiend

Talking with the New York based animator whose animated-GIF’s are intentionally walking the line between artistry and entertainment

Experimental Pop

The other worldly sounds of Foonyap

Speaking with the Chinese / Canadian song bird about growing up split between two cultures and how a mix of classical training and rebellion has shaped her sound

Installation Exhibition

Bo Christian Larsson ‘Light Traps’

Working from intuition, borrowing from nature, and drawing inspiration from Shakespeare, ‘Light Traps’ is another ambitious collection of work from the Swedish artist

Experimental Sound

Easy listening for the hearing impaired

Musical aficionado Andreas Pallisgaard takes his years of collaborative expertise and compiles them together of his recent solo album, ‘Easy Listening for the Hearing Impaired.’

Album Remix

Per Bloch: KOKORO remakes

One year after artist/musician Per Bloch hit the scene with an album that defied logic, he's back at the workbench remaking it into something even stranger.

Indie Pop

The life and times of Eric Nally

From post-hardcore wailing and arena rock prowess, to creating hits with Macklemore, Eric Nally has led a roller coaster life that has culminated in his first upcoming solo album.

Installation Art

Sophie Dupont’s ‘This will also change’

Visiting the studio of performance and visual artist Sophie Dupont to get a before and after look at her newest work, 'This will also change'. Now currently on exhibition at Overgaden.

Site Specific Performance

Tekeraoi am Mananga! Good luck on your journey.

Speaking with Ingrid Tranum Velásquez and Pelenise Alofa (of the Island nation of Kiribati) about their performance and plight of a sinking nation

Choreographic Band

The rhythm and moves of MESHES

Taking a deeper look at the four-piece collective that is trying to blur the lines between beats, body, choreography and musical composition

Mixed Media Artist

AM DeBrincat and her ‘Hello Sunshine” exhibition

After touching down on Danish soil, I spoke with the NY based artist about her newest collection of work she’ll be exhibiting in Malmø.

Experimental Post Rock

HVASS, ‘Nightlife’, and a Night of Charm

Reconnecting with the man behind the experimental indie band to see how their sound and artistic take on music composition has evolved for their new album

Alternative Rock

Bleach Blondes ‘Health’ EP

In a wave of cookie-cutter, 1990's alternative, knock-off bands, Copenhagen's Bleach Blondes slices through the monotony with an EP that pays homage to the era while still maintaining an original sound.

Pop Up Exhibition

Pete Lamberto’s Slowroom Contemporary

Looking into the motivations behind a brave new pop-up gallery and how the creation of art will always lead to more art

Choreography

Institute 0.1

Speaking with choreographer and dancer Jernej Bizjak of Slovenia’s Institute 0.1 about artistic community, funding, and his research into anxiety and powerlessness

Getting the skinny with Lorenzo Woodrose

Talking about the rollercoaster ride of music and rock n’ roll which led the helmsman of Baby Woodrose and Spids Nøgenhat to go back to basics for his latest music project.

Low Brow

Entering the void of artist Corey Lamb

Dipping into the lowbrow art stylings of florida-based artist to get the skinny on his work

Site-specific performance

Willi Dorner: Bodies in Urban Spaces

Celebrating 10 years of touring the globe, Willi Dorner’s landmark performance-piece is squeezing itself into the tightest spaces of Copenhagen.

Mythological Illustration

Caitlin Hackett’s contemporary mythology

Dipping into the carnal, elegant and ritualistic paintings of Oakland native Caitlin Hackett

Sound Art & Installation

Former Commodity #3: Vid Edda

In the third instalment of the Former Commodity series, we see the exploration of the minute spaces between idea and execution.

Choreography

Photos of the Carrierbag Festival

After the premier of their first festival at Dansehallerne, the choreographers of Danseatelier brought it back home for some fun in their own space.

Installation Art

Carla Chan and ‘The Ashes of Snow’

The Berlin-based artist talks about her relocation from Hong Kong and her shift from digital medias to analog objects.

Painter

Joshua Hagler ‘Missouri Parallels’

Catching up with Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Hagler before his forthcoming exhibition of new works at Galleri Oxholm

Sound & Installation Art

Zeno van den Broek’s newest work has us all speaking in temporal fragments

Meeting with the Copenhagen-based, Dutch sound artist to speak with him about his cross-disciplinary installation and sound art before his upcoming premiere of 'Panauditum' at Spor Festival

Spirit Sessions

The muddy waters of Bellhound Choir

Sitting down with musician Christian Hede Madsen to talk about his solo project Bellhound Choir and making the transition from metal to blues.

Electronic

Booka Shade featuring Craig Walker

The dynamic duo from Frankfurt are casting new shadows on the streets of Copenhagen.

Noise Rock

Narcosatanicos

Talking with the noise rock sextet, Narcosatanicos, about their jazzy riffs over heavy distortion, their origin story, and their writing process

Slam Poetry

Harry Baker CPH English Poetry Slam

I got a chance to verbally spar with the Hampshire slam poet, that's taking the TED talk world by storm, about his rise to success as a wordsmith and his forthcoming performance at the CPH English poetry slam.

Low Brow

Karen Lederer & the evocative life of objects

Two Brooklyn girls have a chat, as our voice in New York, AM DeBrincat speaks with artist Karen Lederer about color, process and everyday objects

Slam poetry

Peter Dryeborg CPH English Poetry Slam

I sat down with Denmark's defender of the spoken word, Peter Dyreborg, to speak about his career as a slam poet, and heralding in a new era of modern poetry in Denmark

Abstract art

Håkon Danielsen’s ‘Spejlene’

Reconnecting with the Norwegian artist to chat about the evolution of his work, and the forthcoming collection of work for Galleri Oxholm.

Installation Art

Amalie Jakobsen ‘Wrongdoers’

Talking about the spaces in between objects, people and color with Danish artist Amalie Jakobsen

Site-specific performance

Forgotten friends

Getting a little schooling about the history of Caribbean colonialism, while chit-chatting with Berlin-based choreographer Just in F. Kennedy

Sally Santana

Discovering the print and illustration work of fledgling artist Sally Santana, and speaking to her about what inspires her process

Fritz Kalkbrenner

The German DJ and Producer Fritz Kalkbrenner returns to Copenhagen to present his newest album 'Grand Départ'

As I Collapse

Co-founder of Recoil Performance group, Tine Tarpgaard’s brings us her first chapter of choreographic works dealing with ecological sustainability.

The Black Heart Procession

Exchanging some words with musical icon Pal Jenkins on his 20-year musical career with The Black Heart Procession

Mining the invisible with Kara Rooney

Brooklyn-based artist Kara Rooney speaks about her work, her process and her exploration of sculptural, performative and written works

Methyl Ethel

How to put zero effort into an interview while looking like a vapid hipster cliché

The self-reflective paintings of John Reuss

German/Danish mixed medium painter John Reuss lets us in on his stylistic approach to visualizing alienation and loss of identity

Performance Art

Anna Garner and her slapstick minimalism

Anna Garner in conversation with our partner ArtFile Magazine's Jade Yumang

Strange Ecologies and environmental living

As a part of the Strange Ecologies group exhibition at X and Beyond, two documentaries will be screened about the future-vision archetects Eugene Tsui and Paolo Soleri

Elly Smallwood

Ottawa-born, Toronto-based artist Elly Smallwood's paintings are lushly-painted testaments to a uniquely personal vision.

Ark Books Accursed Growth!

As part of this year's KBH Læser festival, Ark books has put together an evening filled with guest speakers and reading on the concept of growth

Basco5 ‘Black Scorpion Gang’

With live scorpions, back patches and the deadliest tequila, the Basco5 'Black Scorpion Gang' exhibition at Vess did not disappoint

Former Commodity No.2 with Claus Haxholm

The dynamic duo from Frankfurt are casting new shadows on the streets of Copenhagen.

The smooth island R&B styling of M.I.L.K

I take myself on a groove tour with Emil Wilk’s as he tells me about his thoughts and process behind his solo musical project M.I.L.K

Choreography

Dancing between a smile and a tear

Speaking to the artistic director of Dansehallerne, Efva Lilja, about the changes coming to the house and the ongoing battles with bureaucratic policy

Indie Electronic

Lemaitre

We spar with the Norwegian duo Lemaitre about their musical process, commercial success and their upcoming gig at Pumpehuset

Mixed Media Artist

The Hybrid Identities of AM DeBrincat

Brooklyn-based artist AM Debrincat takes me on a journey through her concept of Hybrid Identities, which drives the content of her vibrant social commentaries.

Coffee and vinyl with Jan Sneum

Meeting with 70 year old Danish radio icon for a browse through Insula records and some reminiscing over coffee

The micro universes of Rose Eken

Catching up with a woman who is quickly establishing her mark on the Danish art scene before her last solo exhibition 'CAN' at V1 Gallery.

The young choreographers of DANSEatelier

DANSEAtelier is collective of artists and choreographers that began as an emergent idea of shared collectivity while attending the The Danish National School of Performing Arts

Gettin’ down with Boz Bozzers

Chin wagging with the English artist and illustrator Polly Bosworth about her unique style of work

John the Houseband

Catching up with the cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary performance collective/musical sensation John the Houseband before their performance at this years Works at Work festival

Dance Collective

The White Horse Collective

Speaking with choreographers of White Horse Collective of their iconic piece ‘Trip’, and reuniting with the piece after nearly a decade

Eleni Sakelaris

The South-Africa born, Athens-based print artist Eleni Sakelaris talks about her life travels and it's effect on her work

The musical personas of Alexander Holm

Sitting down with musician Christian Hede Madsen to talk about his solo project Bellhound Choir and making the transition from metal to blues.

HVASS debut album ‘The Flowers of Edo’

Talking with a musician who is throwing out all the rules regarding how to compose music.