This is an interview with the Danish artists’ group Superflex on the occasion of their current solo exhibition at von Bartha gallery in Basel, Switzerland. The title of the exhibition, Euphoria Now, refers to a stroboscopic device called Dreamachine (or dream machine) by Beatnik-artists Brion Gysin und Ian Sommerville. The Dreamachine produces visual stimuli when “viewed” with the eyes closed. Referencing on this piece, which is also featured in the show, Superflex present artworks that circle around the topic of Euphoria. The exhibition features past projects and new works, including installations, films and long-term, process-based projects. In this video, we have a look at the show, and Superflex talk about the group, the concept of the exhibition and the works on display. The video above is an excerpt, the complete interview is available further down this page.
Superflex was founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. They all graduated from the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The artists live and work in Copenhagen. Selected solo exhibitions include Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2010); the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2010); South London Gallery, London (2009); Kunsthalle, Basel (2005) and Redcat, Los Angeles (2004). The solo exhibition Euphoria Now at von Bartha runs until July 11, 2015.
Interview with art group Superflex (Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen) and walkthrough of the exhibition Superflex: Euphoria Now at von Bartha Gallery, Basel (Switzerland), April 24, 2015.
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Complete video (20:28 min.):