Hotel Pro Forma houses international artists


For a number of years, Hotel Pro Forma has been offering international artists a unique opportunity to live and work in our studio in Copenhagen in periods of 6-8 weeks.

Artists work with Hotel Pro Forma’s team
In earlier years, the artists most often were handpicked to develop, create and display their own interdisciplinary works with us. Today, Hotel Pro Forma’s Artists in Residence Programme provides a common ground for resident artists and Hotel Pro Forma’s team to work together on various projects.

Together we create artistic innovation
By mutually inspiring and challenging each other, important knowledge about artistic tools and approaches is being shared. We believe, that this is an important means to continuously opening up new opportunities and creating artistic innovation for both parties – and for putting it on to the entire artistic field as well.

Focus on exploring new technologies
Hotel Pro Forma’s Residency Programme focuses on technology, sound and performing arts. In fact, it is a requirement that during each residency new works are always created under inspiration from the latest technological developments.

Works are always put on display

The ambition is to create innovative, genre-breaking works of art that are exceptionally challenging and touching, both for the artists ourselves and for our audiences. Depending on their characteristics, they usually are displayed either at a specific event at Hotel Pro Forma’s location or elsewhere in Copenhagen.

The programme aims at professional artists who works interdisciplinarily

Artists wishing to join Hotel Pro Forma’s residency program must be professional and have proven experience in the development of interdisciplinary projects. We give priority to applicants who work in the Science + Art (SCI + ART) field, since it is the basis of a lot of Hotel Pro Forma’s own activities.

Hotel Pro Forma also expects the resident artists to be open to cooperating and sharing knowledge with Hotel Pro Forma’s artistic team, including the team of creative interns that work with us every spring and fall.

The artist-in-residence program is primarily aimed at artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries. Danish artists can only apply if they live in another Nordic or Baltic country.

We provide financial support

Hotel Pro Forma applies for financial support on behalf of resident artists to cover expenses associated with their stay, including rent, travel expenses, production costs and a small artist’s fee.

We also offer:
– access to Hotel Pro Forma’s organization and network of artists and producers
– Help finding a place to live in Copenhagen and finding possible funding options
– evaluate the project at a conceptual, artistic and organizational level
– an interesting, inspiring and open environment to develop artistic projects in

The programme is broadly acknowledged
The programme is broadly acknowledged and supported by the Nordic Culture Point, which is an active cultural organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Apply

The stays have a duration of 6-8 weeks and are in the months of March-May and September-December.

Applicants must submit a description of the project they wish to develop during their stay. Based on their project, the selected artists are expected to produce one or more works for the Atelier’s monthly event, the Hotel Pro Forma Lounge. The works can be both finished works and works-in-progress.

All artists are selected by artistic director Kirsten Dehlholm.

For more information, please contact Hotel Pro Forma at mail@hotelproforma.dk



Former residencies


The Norwegian based artist Jan Moszumanski (PL) works in various media such as sculpture, audio and video.

Through his (often humorous) artistic works, he seeks to thematise the economy of passion and anxiety as a dominant trend in our age, where reality is constructed and developed in the backdrop of the 1960s counterculture.

During his residency, Jan developed the intermedia project “Talking Calms Me Down”, which he presented at the Hotel Pro Forma Lounge on 4 March 2016.

Read more about Jan Moszumanski

During their residency, Sara Rönnbäck and Daniel Slåttnes made intensive attempts to communicate and develop artworks in collaboration with their artistic materials. The materials was given the possibility to express themselves on equal terms with the artists.

In order to get closer to the nature and will of their materials, the two artists worked with repetitive cycles (the practice of coming back to the materials and doing one action over and over again). Through this, their perception of the materials dissolved, rhythms appeared and new relationships were created.

The result was the performance exhibition “Seances with Materials”, created in collaboration with visual artist Malin Bülow, choreographer Solveig Styve Holte, Mug, sound artist Andreas Oxenvad, Plants, Plastic, Stone, Glassware and Water. The exhibition took place at Hotel Pro Forma’s location on Friday 4 December 2015.

Read more about Sara Rönnbäck

Read more about Daniel Slåttnes

Giacomo Raffaelli’s artistic practice explores scientific research. Through the use of photography and video, as well as lecture and text he examines the idea of measurement and the aesthetics of devices used in scientific fields.

Throughout 2014-15, Giacomo has been collaborating with a team of scientists at the NPL – National Physical Laboratory (UK), who are attempting to redefine the international kilogram prototype. In Copenhagen, the research went on, having access to the laboratory of the DFM – Danish Fundamental Metrology, where the Danish copy of the kilogram prototype is stored.

Combining video-footage, 3D modeling and archival research, this new stage of the project led to the production of new visual and text-based works which were presented at Hotel Pro Forma Lounge on May 10, 2015.

Read more about Giacomo Raffaelli

In 2013, the British Stage Director Julian Maynard Smith opened The Metropolis Festival with the monumental piece “Dominoes” where thousands of dominoes fell through all of Copenhagen. In the Spring of 2015, he returned as the artist-in-residence at Atelier Hotel Pro Forma where he worked on the first stage of his newest project “The Apartment”.

The Apartment is a combination of live performance and video projection, which investigates how people influence our identity and the understanding of ourselves as individuals.

In The Apartment several performers occupy the same space. It is no longer a question of who is who, but how their identities blend together.
This first stage of the development of the project was presented in Nikolaj Kunsthal on May 10, 2015.

Following his critically acclaimed installation at the 2013 Metropolis Festival in Copenhagen, Karl Van Welden returned from Belgium in November 2014 as Hotel Pro Forma’s artist-in-residence. During his stay Karl worked on multi-media installations that evoke mankind’s fascination with catastrophe.

At Hotel Pro Forma’s Lounge on 5 December, Karl presented his work-in-progress “A FALL”.

A FALL staged a disaster for one object. Ash descended upon vinyl turnstiles, creating unique patterns out of musical ruin. The work questioned our ambiguous relationship with impending disaster as a contemporary ‘memento mori’, a reminder of our mortality.

Sigbjørn Bratlie puts language in the spotlight. His most recent works are a product of intensive language study, social risk and improvisation that inspire critical and sometimes comical reflections on the human relationship.

As an artist-in-residence at Hotel Pro Forma Sigbjørn worked on the project “Kikkuuvugut”, a video installation born from Sigbjørn’s rigorous artistic process. At Hotel Pro Forma’s Lounge on 7 November, six months of Greenlandic language study culminated in Sigbjørn’s first Greenlandic conversation. Here, audiences from all backgrounds was invited to investigate how the act of understanding is ‘who we are’, in any language.

Read more about Sigbjørn Bratlie

Peter Power is an Irish composer, sound designer and performer living in Cork, Ireland. Despite his young age, he has composed and produced more than 15 original musical works for festivals, venues and theatres. Furthermore his practice consists of numerous experimental sound designs, soundscapes and electronic compositions.

His more elaborate work is developed through his position as Artistic Director of Eat My Noise Productions, that creates new music compositions, electronic-acoustic works and orchestral productions for film, theater and dance. As a soloist he has produced and contributed to several live-sets and recordings with other musicians and performers.

His works are steeped with senses of classical compositions, interwoven with immersive electronic-acoustic sound designs and audiovisual media providing his live-performances a both tight and experimental expression.

During his residency Peter Power developed new compositions for the performance series “VERSATIONS”, which was presented at Hotel Pro Forma on 9 May 2014.

Ayaka Okutso is a Japanese visual and performance artist living in Berlin. She holds an MA from Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, in 2010 as a master student of visual artist Mark Leckey.

With more than 40 solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Africa and Japan, Ayaka has earned a reputation as an experimental visual artist, who breaks new grounds in the meeting with the audience. Her works are often cross-media installations focusing on audience situations, perception and spatial investigations incorporating different media and technologies.

During her residency, she created the project “Meating Ghost”, which was shown at Hotel Pro Forma on 5 April 2014.

Danish visual and performance artist living in Norway. She holds a BA in Acting from Akademi for Scenekunst and a MA in Fine Arts from the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo.

Naja has created and showed numerous performances in the theatres and festivals in Europe, including Novi Ganz Novi Festival in Zagreb, Festspillene in Bergen, BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen. Furthermore, she has developed several situation and site specific installations for public spaces eg. at Fredrikstad Stadium, Oslofjord and the former Bispebjerg Crematorium and Chapel in Copenhagen.

During her residency, Naja developed the installation performance “Reflections and Un-reflections”, presented at Hotel Pro Forma on 6 December 2013.

Read more about Naja Lee Jensen

Andreas Hald Oxenvad is a Danish visual and sound artist living in Oslo, Norway. He has a back catalogue of more than 20 exhibitions in the Nordic region and has created sound design for theater performances and sound art for numerous site-specific projects. He runs and curates Spikersuppa Soundgallery and is one of four curators behind ONO Gallery, both located in Oslo.

Andreas developed the concept and curated the group exhibitions “Sculpture Situation Station” and “Human Situation Station”, presented at Hotel Pro Forma’s location on 4 October and 1 November 2013.

Read more about Andreas Hald Oxenvad

Jon Skulberg is a Norwegian artist living in Copenhagen. He is educated from Norwegian Theatre Academy and the Institute of Dramaturgy in Aarhus, Denmark.

He has worked with Hotel Pro Forma’s Artistic Director Kirsten Dehlholm on several projects, including Relief (2008), War Sum Up (2011), Parsifal (2013) and Rienzi (2014). He has developed exhibit and sculpture design for Robert Wilson, and his works have been exhibited in Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow and Prague.

Jon Skulberg developed the installation performances “Flatland moments”, presented on 3 May 2013, and “Vrrrh ssch ssch” (solid smoke and ready made sounds) with Kirsten Dehlholm and sound designer Kristian Hverring, presented at Hotel Pro Forma on 7 June 2013.

Read more about Jon Skulberg

pathosformel is an Italian/Mexican artist duo formed by the artists Gubbay and Paola Villani. Since 2007 they have developed and performed several prize-winning works at festivals and theatres around Europe, including Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Uovo performing art festival in Milano, and the Grec Festival in Barcelona.

pathosformel developed the installation performance “T.E.R.R.Y”, presented on 20 March 2013 as a part of Conversation Kitchen at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. T.E.R.R.Y was later shown at the Santarcangelo Festival 2013, Italy.

Paul Wiersbinski is a German installation and video artist with a catalogue of over 33 exhibitions and 30 performances at arts institutions all over Europe. He graduated in 2010 from the Academy of Fine Arts – Frankfurt am Main with a major in Film. He was designated as a “master pupil” in 2011 by professors Mark Leckey and Douglas Gordon.

Paul Wiersbinski showed the video sculpture “One Man Unit” in the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen on 28 February 2013 and at an exhibition place 500 metres from there on 1 March 2013. Also, he developed the installation performance “SWARM”, shown on 5 April 2013 at Hotel Pro Forma’s location. SWARM was shown in it’s final version with the title “Schwawarma” in June 2013 at Ballhaus Ost i Berlin.

Jakob Oredsson is a Swedish scenographer and installation artist, who works mostly with site-specific installations and performances. He made scenography for Hotel Pro Forma’s The One Who Whispers (2012) and furthermore has worked with artists like Robert Wilson and Marina Abramovic. His work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Moskva and Copenhagen.

Jakob Oredsson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Academy of Performing Artsin Fredrikstad (Norway) and studied visual arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

During his residency, Jakob developed the installation “Skyline” which was exhibited from 28 August to 10 September 2012 at Søren Kierkegaards Plads, outside The Royal Library in Copenhagen.

Read more about Jakob Oredsson