Lördag sep 13 2014 15:30 - 16:00
Art in church


A new video installation by the Danish artist Eva Koch on the Ålidhem church wall. The video loop duration (sound covering 4 visual loops) is 6 min. 30 sec.

”A lighthouse is the seamen’s guide, a serie of bright flashes tells the man on the sea that the coast is right ahead, and that she should set her course straight ahead. For those who have been far out on the sea the light of the beacon feels like a greating, the first sign of land ahead.

The focus is on the lighthouse, the origin of the light that is so widely spread.

Sound is an important part of the installation. The roaring sound of the ocean waves as well as the ticking sound of the lighthouse machinery that controlls the light and manifests itself in the composition.

Eva Koch’s installation could be viewed as an image of the human need for orientation in life, yes, a wish for light in the darkness.

The combination of pictures of the light in detail as well as in overview together with the sounds of the endless ocean and the ticking time, a count-down of life itself, provides a strong and immediate experience of mankind at the edge between now and eternity.”

Photo and sound: Niels Plenge
Photo editing: Anja Farsig
Sound editing: Lea Korsgaard
Colour editing: Henrik Lago
Danish original text: Mai Misfeldt

Pharos is part of the project Contemporary art meet the church is presented by Church of Sweden in Umeå, Sensus and Umeå2014. This work will be displayed in the Ålidhem Church until December 21. It is part of the project ”The Beacon”, where four artists each create a new work in one of four churches. Read more about the other artworks here.


About Eva Koch

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1992
University of Barcelona, Department of Fine Arts, Spain. 1989

Selected individual exhibitions
2013  IFITRYwaiting, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012  I am the River, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen
2011  June’s Lace, Brandts – Museet for Fotokunst, Odense (Cat)
2010  NoMad, Mostyn Gallery, Wales, Great Britain
Salammbô, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark (Book)
2009  SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Gallery 300m3, Gothenburg, Sweden
2008  Pixel, Copenhagen, Denmark
2 Women, Skagens Museum, Denmark
2007   Evergreen, Gothenburg Museum of Fine Art, Sweden
2006   Evergreen, The Nordic House in the Faeroe Islands
2005   Approach, VOX, The National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2003   VILLAR, CGAC, Santiago de Compostella, Spain. (Cat)
Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
2002   ”Odd Weeks”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2001   GUK, Exhibition Place, Denmark, Germany, Island
VILLAR, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
1998   NoMad, Kunstforeningen Gamle Strand, Copenhagen. (Cat)
1997   Portrait of a Woman, Bill Board series of 9. Oslo, Norway
1994   Mind the Gap, Sound installation, Pavillion, Copenhagen. (Cat)

Selected group exhibitions
2014   ”You Imagine What You Desire”, 19’th Biennale of Sydney, Australia. (Cat)
2013   Social Videoscapes from the North, Artibus, Ekenäs, Finland. (Cat)
Nordic Art Between Miracles, Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
2012   Desire Lines, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
2010   51th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia. (Cat)
2008  ”Tangled Up In You”, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, USA
”Untamed Paradises”, MARCO, Vigo, Spain. (Cat)
”Danish Devils” Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Cat)
2007  ”QueretaroInterfaz”, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Mexico
”Underground – Sound & Vision”, Warp, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
”Global Cities”, Tate Modern, London, Great Britain
2006  ”Signs”, Pori Art Museum, Finland
”Of the One and the Many”, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
”Bombay”, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
”Steps”, Gl Holtegård, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005  ”Irreducible”, Miami Art Central, Florida
Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada
The Danish Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennial, Italy. (Cat)
2003   MAD03, Madrid, Spain
“Clandestine”, 50th Venice Biennial, Italy. (Cat)
2001   ”CoMa”, Sala de Exposiciones de Plaza España, Madrid. (Cat)
1999   ”Close-Ups”, NIFCA, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Cat)
”Trace”, Liverpool Biennial Exhibition, Great Britain. (Cat)
”Mix – Blended Spaces”, Museet for Samtidskunst Roskilde, Denmark. (Cat)
”En Face”, Gallery North, Copenhagen. (Cat)
1998   ”Stretch”, Tensta Konsthall, Galley Index, Stockholm, Sweden. (Cat)
”Medialization”, Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Stockholm, Sweden
”Leeräume – Nothing but Space”, an hARTware project, Dortmund, Germany. (Cat)
1997     The Louisiana Exhibition, Denmark. (Cat)
1992   ”European Media Art Festival”, Osnabrück, Germany. (Cat)
”Propuesta 92”, Circulo de Bellas Arte, Madrid, Spain. (Cat)
1990   ”Madrid Minimixer”, Casa del Reloj, Madrid, Spain. (Cat)
1989   ”September Exhibition”, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. (Cat)
”Sculpture Project”, Lodsparken, Hvidovre, Denmark. (Cat)

Selected bibliography
“You Imagine What You Desire”, by Juliana Engberg, 19’th Biennale of Sydney, 2014
”Junes Lace” by Mai Misfeldt, Brandts – Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark, 2011
”Salammbô – new works by Eva Koch” by Mai Misfeldt, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark, 2010
”Scenes from Villar del Cobo”, by Lars Movin, Eva Koch, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark, 2010
”Passage, Pause and Perspective” by Mikkel Bogh, Eva Koch, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark, 2010
”Nortwave” Overview of video art in the Nordic Countries, by Lorella Scacco, Silvana Editoriale, Venice, 2009
”Indlevelse och vetenskap” Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlöf, Sweden, Atlantis 2007
”Mixed Emotions” Tami Katz-Freiman, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, 2006
“Catching On, Letting Go, Holding On” by Maj Misfeldt, 51th Venice Biennial, Italy
“Coincidences and Differences” by Marianne Torp, Black Box Iluminated, IASPIS 2004
”Eva Koch” by Miquel Fernández-Cid, Santiago B. Olmo and Celia Prado, CGAC 2003
”Sublime” Interview by Celia Prado, Arte y Cultura Contemporánea, Spain, February 2003
”Europæisk Videokunst” by Lars Movin, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Denmark 2003
”VILLAR” Marianne Torp and Celia Prado, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark 2002
“I Fokus och Periferi”, Staffan Cullberg, Årskatalogen 2002, Statens Konstråd, Sweden
“Lyshøjen” by Allan de Waal, Arkitektur DK, 3/2001
“Jordskulptur i Østre Kjersinge” by Steen Høyer, Landskab 4/2000
“Erdbewegungen und Landschaftsbild”, by Høyer & Koch, Werk, Bauen und Wohnen, Jan/Feb, 2000
“Glimmende Landmarken” by Steen Høyer, Garten und Landchaft, June 1999
”Parks/Parchi” Gianpiero Donin, April 1999
“Jord- og lysskulptur” by Steen Høyer, Byggekunst nr. 7, 1997
”Ideology in Denmark today” by Malene Hauxner, Topos European Landscape Magazine, June 1997
“Close-Ups” by Lars Movin & Lene Crone, Catalogue, Nicholaj Contemporary Art Center 1999
“NoMad” by Mai Misfelt, Catalogue Eva Koch 1999
”Interaktion” by Tage Hind, Øjeblikket, number 22. 1994
”Mobilizing Spaces” by Helle Damsgård, Index, number 1.1994
”Eva Koch” by Michael Hübl, Skulptur i Eventyrparken og Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik,1993
”Eva Koch” by Karsten Ohrt, ”Norrsken 1992”, Kunsthallen Göteborg, Sweden,1992
”Artistas en Madrid” by Miquel Fernández-Cid, Pabellón de la Comunidad de Madrid, Expo 1992
”Space in Time” by Esteban Pujals Gesali, ”Propuesta 92” Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
”The Hypothetical Space” by Carsten Juhl, Catalogue Eva Koch 1991

Lördag sep 13 2014 15:30 - 16:00 Ålidhem Church

Arrangör: Church of Sweden, Umeå
Del av projekt: The Beacon
Stina Dahlgren, stina.dahlgren@svenskakyrkan.se,
curator Anna Kristensen, anna@annakristensen.com

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