Media sublimations - a representation of artistic tendencies at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Janus Høm, Switzerlanddd [2012] framed photographic inkjet prints

Commissioned soundtrack based on 100 calls to international galleries asking on the whiteness of their walls - a represen-tation of artistic tendencies at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Dora Budor & Maja Cule, Easy Listening: International Gallery Traxx [2012] mixtape with 9 re- nowned DJs, video of two spinning globes

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Installation view

Documentary on the process of Jóhan Martin Christiansen - a representation of artistic tendencies at Städelschule
Jóhan Martin Christiansen, 5:15 min video [2012]

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Commissioned posts of links, images and videos on Facebook wall of It’s hardly softcore - a representation of artistic tendencies at Städelschule
Torben Ribe, https:// events/282363365165911/ [2012]

It's hardly softcore

curated by Janus Høm and Mikkel Carl

w. Rasmus Høj Mygind, Martin Erik Andersen, Janus Høm, Dora Budor & Maja Cule, Jóhan Martin Christiansen, Mette Helena Rasmussen, Maggie Lee, Tarald Wassvik, Berlin High, Daniel Rally Danielsen, Mette Kirkegaard, Marine Gastineau, Sonja Sopranos, Nanna Hauge Kristensen, Karin Ørum, Sakari Tervo, Simen Helsvig, Kowalski Studio, Jonas Hvid Søndergaard, Torben Ribe

(and Akademie der Bildende Künste Wien, Städelschule, The Royal Danish Art Academy, The Uni- versity of the Arts Helsinki, Glasgow School of Arts, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Art, Universität der Künste Berlin, Royal Swedish Art Academy)

March 10th – March 31st, 2012
BKS Garage, Ny Carlsberg Vej 68 OG, 1760 Copenhagen V, Denmark


The exhibition It’s hardly softcore represents some of the artistic tendencies found in European art schools today and the art scenes associated with them. What is so special about Zurich? What’s happening in Warsaw? And what about Vienna, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Glasgow, Düsseldorf, London, Stockholm, and Berlin? Yes, we’re making a survey show, no less. It’s hardly softcore is based on a trip to eleven art schools in Europe last year; looking at thousands of works presented in school exhibitions as well as drawing from conversations with deans, teachers, students and audiences.

Does the departmental structure and the leanings of the teaching staff somehow manifest in the students’ work? Are there established reputations, certain distinct in-house procedures, which determine a school’s particular identity? Are these identities displaced or shifted over time? Which cultural histories are present? Where and how do they manifest?

All of the eleven art schools mentioned will be represented in the exhibition by one or more works. We claim these contributions to be legitimate expressions of what is particular about each place respectively. Apart from a few pieces coming from the actual institutions, we have chosen to represent each institution rather freely. We claim for instance, that a work by Rasmus Høj Mygind, one by Martin Erik Andersen, and a picture of the installation of Ib Brasse’s show at Sorø Kunstmuseem, may very well be seen as an odd Danish counterpart to a tradition within Austrian sculpture seen in Gelitin, Heimo Zobernig, and Franz West. During the exhibition, Torben Ribe posts links, images, and videos on the wall of our Facebook event as a reflection on Frankfurt Städelschule’s somewhat exceptionally affirmative attitude to so-called “pop culture”. Furthermore curator Janus Høm – in his artistic capacity – has created a series of photographs of crumpled water colours, addressing issues of “superficiality and inverted criticality” he detects at the Zürcher Hochschule der Kunste. Likewise, American artist Margaret Lee wears many different hats. Her practice consists of artistic production, curating, running a gallery and everything in between. This multitasking is evident in her work Today and Everyday, which generally reflects a playful and professional pro-active attitude, something also seen in the thriving young Swiss art scene.

This informal yet ambitious attitude is also the general sensibility shaping this exhibition. After lengthy research and much talk we present to you: It’s hardly softcore. Enjoy!


Interview w. Toke Lykkeberg, Kopenhagen: It's hardly softcore (English)