8. Simon Fujiwara UK 1982
Steel from Odins tower, shoes, objects from Odins tower
Brandts foyer, Brandts Torv 1
Tue-Sun 10-17 Thurs 12-21
Courtesy of the Artist
Simon Fujiwara´s Ghost is inspired by the story of the Odin Tower. The tower was one of the tallest in Europe, second only to the Eiffel Tower with a height of 167 metres and an ultra modern steel construction. In 1944 Danish Nazis blew up the tower as an act of revenge against the local resistance and to sabotage the occupying forces. Steel from the tower has been melted down into shoe taps which guests can put on when they walk around the city. Fujiwara has traced the journey of the steel from the piers of Little Belt Bridge, to 30 tons of blown-up steel scrap which was broken up by HJ Hansen and sold as recycled metal to companies all over Denmark. The minimal art work reminds us of the terror and xenophobia of the past, and turns the exhibition route into a journey through time where history moves through the city like the quiet ghostly echo of the past.
Fujiwara´s artistic practice brings personal experiences both real and imagined into contact with larger historical events, it has been described as an ‘autobiographical journey through the architecture of modern life - constantly rebuilt as it is retold’. His exhibitions and projects often function as invisible structures in which players - family members, real-life friends, historic figures - and events past and the future cohabit and interact generating scenarios in which the real and the imagined are no longer distinguishable. Architecture has been a focus in many of his works for instance Museum of Incest , 2008 and Phallusies, 2010, which form structures based on hidden psychological layers, suppressed desires and pure invention. In Ghost the movement has been reversed – here monumental architecture becomes an intimate experience connected to the body of the visitor and the feelings connected to the drama of the tower are brought back to life.