Kenneth Balfelt Team // Johan August
Sowing the Seeds of Love
For decades, the Kenneth Balfelt Team has tackled a range of societal challenges, working with everything from drug consumption rooms to prisoner’s self-development while using the methods of art. Together with Johan August, they now focus on performance anxiety and stress among young students in Denmark as they invite the audience to take part in their new project Sowing the Seeds of Love
A recently published report known as the National Health Profile 2021 reveals that the mental health of Danes is in sharp decline, including that young people in Denmark are affected by stress to a greater extent than before. Sowing the Seeds of Love is an art project comprising four stages of development, all aimed at using artistic practices to find solutions to issues of performance anxiety and stress among young students.
Socially committed and participatory in scope, the exhibition is set in two specially designed architectural pavilions inside the courtyard of Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Here, all interested parties can stop by to explore a range of artistic methods used in previous projects by the Kenneth Balfelt Team. Visitors can also take part in the creation of the new art project through workshops held in the exhibition pavilions. With this approach, Sowing the Seeds of Love gives visitors insight into artistic processes that are not normally visible to audiences.
As part of the project, the Kenneth Balfelt Team // Johan August collaborate with University College Copenhagen to investigate the possibility of creating new social and physical initiatives that can counteract the growing stress levels experienced by young people today. Here, students, teachers and professionals from University College Copenhagen’s teacher programme will take part in interviews and workshops side by side with the audience.
The development process will end with a ‘vernissage’ held on 30 June from 17.00 to 22.00, where the results will be presented to the visitors and the University College of Copenhage. The results will subsequently be on display until the exhibition closes on 7 August 2022.
Over the course of the last decades, the Kenneth Balfelt Team has developed artistic methods and theories aimed at solving specific, real-life societal problems. They have worked with everything from drug consumption rooms and homeless shelters in Copenhagen to prison inmate programmes in Niger and Norway. For four years now, the Kenneth Balfelt Team // Johan August have researched and developed initiatives that can prevent stress in our society, cities and working lives.
Sowing the Seeds of Love at Kunsthal Charlottenborg represents the next stage of the Kenneth Balfelt Team // Johan August’s contribution to the exhibition Work it Out at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in 2021, which was about facilitating de-stressing and meaningful meetings. Here, the pavilion offered an alternative kind of meeting room with a relaxing atmosphere, one where nature is invited inside in a specially designed architecture whose organic forms, natural sounds, plants and stones creates a setting reminiscent of a garden and a greenhouse for human growth. Supplemented by a programme of social activities, this setting offered means and methods for holding de-stressing, more meaningful and creative meetings.
The exhibition Sowing the Seeds of Love was realised with generous support from Profile A / S, Scantruck, Chr. Juul Andersen A / S, Regnestuen, Vandkunsten, Atelier Kristoffer Tejlgaard, the City of Copenhagen, Riisfort A / S, Ege Carpets, Skagerak, Bymarkant, Deichmann Planter and the Augustinus Foundation, the Beckett Foundation, the Obel Family Foundation, the Knud Højgaard Foundation, the Politiken Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the William Demant Foundation and the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation.
WORKSHOPS – requires registration:
Phase 1 – Context analysis and user involvement
Workshop 1: 10 Maj at 17-20
Workshop 2: 17 May at 17-20
Phase 2 – Programme Description
Workshop 3: 24 May at 17-20
Phase 3 – Solution design
Workshop 4: 31 May at 17-20
Workshop 5: 8 June at 13-16
Workshop 6: 14 June at 17-20
Phase 4 – Execution, modelling and sketches
Workshop 7: June 21 at 17-20
Workshop 8: June 28 at 17-20
To participate in the workshops, registration is done by e-mail at email@example.com. Write in the subject what workshop you would like to participate in. The distribution of the 15 seats happens after a ‘first come first served’ principle. It is free to participate and a meal will be served during the workshop. The workshops take place in one of the pavillons in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyard, where bypassers and visitors may witness and listen in on the workshops.
Friday 6 May
At 12.00 – 13.30: Group interview 1
At 14.30 – 16.00: Group interview 2
Monday 9 May
At 09.30 – 11.00: Group interview 3 (fully booked)
At 12.00 – 13.30: Group interview 4 (fully booked)
At 14.30 – 16.00: Group interview 5 (fully booked)
Tuesday 10 May
At. 10.00 – 12.30: Reflection about group interview 1-2
Wednesday 11 May
At 10.00 – 14.00: Reflection about Workshop 1
Thursday 12 May
At 09.30 – 11.00: Group interview 6
At 12.30 – 14.00: Group interview 7
At 15.00 – 16.30: Group interview 8
Monday 16 May
At 09.30 – 11.00: Group interview 9
At 12.30 – 14.00: Group interview 10
At 15.00 – 16.00: Group interview 11
Tuesday 17 May
At 10.00 – 14.00: Reflection about group interview 4-9
Wednesday 18 May
At 10.00 – 11.00: Reflection about Workshop 2
At 12.00 – 14.00: Reflection about Workshop 2 (continued)
Wednesday 25 May
At 10.00 – 11.00: Reflection about Workshop 3
Wednesday 1 June
At 10.00 – 11.00: Reflection about Workshop 4
Thurday 9 June
At 12.00 – 16.00: Reflection about Workshop 5
Wednesday 15 June
At 12.00 – 16.00: Reflection about Workshop 6
Wednesday 22 June
At 12.00 – 16.00: Reflection about Workshop 7
Wednesday 29 June
At 12.00 – 16.00: Reflection about Workshop 8
Interview: An interview takes 1,5 hours where Kenneth Balfelt and Johan August interviews a groups of 5-7 people about the life as a young student regarding stress, performance pressure and more. Registration for interviews must be done by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write in the subject field, which date you would like to sign up for. It is free to participate and the seats will be filled up after a “first come, first served” principle.
The interviews will take place in the pavillons in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyard, where bypassers and visitors may witness and listen in on the interviews.
Reflection: At the reflection you get to overlook the work of Kenneth Balfelt Team. During the reflection sessions Kenneth Balfelt Team will reflect upon the results from the workshops and interviews, which will be at use in Kenneth Balfelts following work.