The work of the hand and the mind
Håndens og hjernens arbejde (The work of the hand and the mind) Bladr and Lokale, Copenhagen, 2019. Two-person exhibition with Mikko Kuorinki.

The work of the hand and the mind takes Bladr’s locality and its neighbouring printing houses in Nørrebro (CPH) as the starting point for new works, incorporating print, text and installation. The neighbourhood is home to a printing co-operative, repro shops, experimental workshops, art collectives and an activism and social movement library.

Digital Theatre engages with the collected documents of Eks-Skolens Trykkeri (Ex-School Printing), a worker run print co-op originally founded in late 1960s as an experimental art school: Den Eksperimenterende Kunstskole, and existing in the same building today as a commercial offset printer. 

The Eks-Skolens archive – which the new works aim to agitate and reframe – consists of several uncatalogued boxes of business documents, printing manuals and photographs. Digital Theatre utilises the unruly nature of these records, providing a framework for thinking about divisions of time and labour, creativity and economic purpose, shared and simultaneous agency.

Curated by Lodret Vandret (Flemming Ove Bech & Johan Rosenmunthe).

List of works

Digital Theatre (DT001, DT002, DT003, DT004) (2019)
Digital pigment archival prints, bonded polycarbonate, walnut rods, magnets. Series of four.

Digital Theatre (DT005, DT006, DT007, DT008, DT009, DT010) (2019) Digitally printed flooring foam with UV inks. Series of six.

As an extension to the project a new publication was produced: THE WORK OF THE HAND AND THE MIND (2021), co-published by Lodret Vandret (DK) and Pleats (UK).

View artworks by Mikko Kuorinki here.

Exhibition photography: Johan Rosenmunthe. 

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