With These Hands – A Story of Creation

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I’d like to share another story with you. Above is a picture of the art work ‘Floating Island of Pearls’. The official opening was yesterday. below is why I’m showing you this.

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The 1.8 * 1.8 meter square of images in the foreground is created by me. Isabel Berglund knitted her amazing work of art with the help of 47 women. I saw her poster asking for volunteers right when the project was starting. “What a wonderful photo opportunity,” I thought and contacted Isabel.

You see the result here. In the end I was invited by Isabel to exhibit along with her. My goal was to create a kind of baby book to show the island how it had come to be created. With mainly close-ups of hands knitting and working with shallow depth of field I tell the story of creation to complement the viewing of the actual art work. Here are a few more images from yesterday.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 11

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And the winner is… Conchita Wurst a.k.a The Queen of Austria!

Somewhere on Facebook the question was asked if “Rise like a Phoenix” would have won if it had not been performed by a drag queen. Good question. There was something oddly moving about the song I hadn’t expected in advance. On the other hand I think the main reason for Austria winning was the artist.

This is the most political Eurovision Song Contest I can recall. I didn’t approve of people booing at the voting. I also know it had been attempted to tell people to focus on music rather than politics because I was present at the last dress rehearsal. I experience an ever growing dislike of Russia and a frustration that we haven’t been able to really do anything to vent our frustration. But what we could do was vote and Europe did. And Russia has added to the fun by being openly appalled.

Make love, not war!

I’ll wrap up my Eurovision special by posting a few more of my favorite images. Tomorrow I’ll be back to the usual ‘one image a day’ format.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 10

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To understand the venue for the European Song Contest, you have to bear in mind that a year ago B&W Hallen was just a gigantic empty shell, tall enough to cover The Round Tower, one of our famous Copenhagen land marks.

I’m obviously impressed with the stage itself but I’m also utterly fascinated with what they’ve done with the space, mostly using lighting. Above is one example and below are a few more, all from the foyer. The last one was taken before the stalls and rainbow lamps were in place showing the under belly of the seating.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 9

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I want to show some more images of the scene. This is how tall the wall of cubes is – notice the figures in the right hand corner.

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The floor of the scene is also a multimedia screen. The V-shaped part with the circles in it is filled with water as a tribute to the halls history as a ship yard. The circle is where flames, steam and fire works come out. The two ‘run ways’ leading from the center can be used both as part of the performance or as here, in the case of Conchita Wurst, as a screen.

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By the time Spain was rehearsing ‘Dancing in the rain’ in the last round of open rehearsals I think most of us thought we’d seen it all but there was an audible gasp when huge rain drops began beating down and collect at the bottom of the cubes. The song is not my personal favorite but the effect was!

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Finally one of the dreamy blue images I first created by accident and later added to my collection on purpose. Already this is history. The last rehearsal I attended was a dress rehearsal yesterday – the last one open to the press – and rather to my surprise 6000 kids had been brought in to create an authentic mood.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 8

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One of the things I was really curious about when I got the accreditation was what a press center looks like from the inside. Well, here is one of my accredited colleagues.

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The press center has 800 work places, laptops available on request. This picture is from my very first day – Tuesday last week. Not exactly crowded… As the live transmission has come closer, obviously more people began to show. I dropped by last evening when the first semifinal was being transmitted directly.

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Apparently it is a tradition that the press delegation from the country of the performer on stage cheers their champion on or at least show their support. What I found very amusing was how camera crew inside of the tent would literally run from one end to the other as soon as the support group changed with the artist on stage.

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