“We are often trying to minimize our time at the station (normally you only pass through). So our question is: why not make art a vivid part of life—an artistic factor that will touch and engaged both commuters and art visitors,” says Rasmus Vestergaard, curator of DIAS (Digital Interactive Art Space) Kunsthal, a new museum opening April 3rd in a public train station just outside the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Focused exclusively on digital and interactive art, the project looks to engage commuters and cultivate art-viewers in a new way in the Scandinavian country. “DIAS interprets the station as a platform that creates artistic value and content. This gives an opportunity to rethink the relationship between art and reality – and not least a possibility to use contemporary art as a resource in our daily lives,” says Vestergaard, noting that he’s hoping to merge reality and art.
“In many ways we have the same characteristics as a traditional “kunsthalle”: a artistic program (a series of exhibitions), we will arrange talks, educational events and performances. And, we will engage in research projects… And by doing this we have generated a model for a more democratic way of using, appreciating and exploring art,” reflects Vestergaard.
10 national and international artists are part of the first exhibition, which is a simple presentation and exploration of DIAS Kunsthal and its possibilities.
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