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HABITAT + (exhibition)

The Tunnel Factory, Copenhagen Northern Harbour
June - July 2021

Excerpts from the video Soil Cycle

Photographers: Ingerlise Øllgaard and Mikkel Ulriksen

Sound: Jacob Kirkegaard + Nana Francisca Schottländer

Edit: Nana Francisca Schottländer 

The Soil Repository is new land, equivalent to 1% of the total Copenhagen area. Before it became the Soil Repository it was ocean.

Then an iron fence was pounded into the ocean floor and thi filling began in two sections: one for clean soil and one for contaminated soil. After 8-9 years of filling it is now complete, lying on the outermost point of the Copenhagen Northern Harbour.

Throughout a year I conducted research in and worked with the Soil Repository - and landscape in constant flux in a living choreography between soil, humans, machines and all the other forms of life, that come into being here.

Along the path other artists were invited into the dialogue with this hyper anthropocene landscape, and this became three interrelated projects: the exhibition HABITAT + in the Tunnel Factory, the performance series Bodyscaping taking place at the actual Soil Repository as part of Metropolis 21 and a publication published by Antipyrine.

The three formats relate curiously and critically to the dynamics that shape a landscape like the Soil Repository and, through its different angles invites the audience to join into the research process.

The project was produced by Metropolis 2021 and Supported by Bikubenfonden and Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstråd


Participating artists in the exhibition (alphabetically): 


Ari Lin Sixten (sculpture)

Ingerlise Øllgaard (video)

Jakob Kirkegaard (sound and composition)

Lise Bjerre Schmidt (objects)

Marine Gastineau (photography)

Mikkel Ulriksen (video)

Nana Francisca Schottländer (curation and collaborations with the participating artists)  

Exhibition documentation: David Stjernholm

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Nana Francisca Schottländer in collaboration with Mikkel Ulriksen

Textile print on polyester, traffic cones

Dimensions: 2,5 x 4 metres


Nana Francisca Schottländer in collaboration with Marine Gastineau

Digitally manipulated photographic collage

Textile print on polyester

Dimensions: 27 x 2,5 metres

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Ari Lin Sixten

Steel, polyester and acrylic

Dimensions: 160 x 50 x 30 centimetres


Nana Francisca Schottländer with workers and machines from the Soil Repository

150 tons of soil, shaped with Volvo dumpers

Dimensions: 15 x 20 metres

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Jacob Kirkegaard and Nana Francisca Schottländer

3 compositions of field recordings made in the Soil Repository in 2020 and 2021

Duration: 18:12, 9:47 and 13:00 minutes


Nana Francisca Schottländer in collaboration with Lise Bjerre Schmidt

Compositions of material classifications from the sorting ground of the Soil Repository

Installed in the flooded moulding kanals in Tunnelfabrikken. 

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Nana Francisca Schottländer in collaboration with Ingerlise Øllgaard and

Mikkel Ulriksen (photographers) as well as performers from Bodyscaping. 

Single channel video in loop

Duration: 33 minutes

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