Full name: Maj Horn
Currently lives and works in: Copenhagen, Denmark
Practice: Visual artist
Areas of interest: public spheres, communities, identity and atmosphere of places, hidden economies, walking
Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: By invitation from Lab852, Zagreb
MagiC Carpets project: Lost in Zagreb
Maj Horn (b. 1987) is a visual artist, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a master’s degree from the Funen Art Academy (DK). In her work on public spheres and communities, she looks into aspects of knowledge sharing, the acquisition of sites, and the identity and atmosphere of places. She works with a range of media from photo and installations to dialogue-based processes, walks, and actions. Her work has been presented at tranzit.sk (Slovakia), I: project space (China), Art Lab Gnesta (SE), the Center for Art and Urbanistics (DE), among others.
Lost in Zagreb is a project investigating knowledge-sharing strategies about the urban landscape of Zagreb. The project has been shaped in the process of walks and mapping workshops, together with a group of local artists and other people with various skills, including a poet, a taxi driver, an economic student and a chef.
The final outcome is a city guidebook, which will be released in October 2018. The guidebook will be in both English, Arabic and Croatian, with the aim of meeting new citizens and guests of the city. In the guidebook you will find 6 different chapters about Zagreb: green areas and the mountain Medvednica, community places, fashion, market places, venues to experience art, and places for children. The design of the guidebook is made by Zagreb based artist and designer Niko Mihaljević.
To work collectively is a conscious political and artistic decision, and the different perspectives, voices and ways to see, are aloud visible in the texts and images of the guidebook.
The project is part of a series of alternative guides to different cities in Europe (Maps for Copenhagen was initiated together with Signe Rom, 2012 – 2015), aiming to investigate social layers and economics of the cities, as well as mapping the reality of migration in Europe.
Past projects you are proud of (before MC):
Schools without Walls(2018, solo exhibition and project at tranzit.sk, curated by Lýdia Pribisová, Bratislava, SK)
Dashilar (2018, video made together with Zhangbolong Liu and Micro Yuan’er by ZAO/standard architects. I: Project space, Beijing, CN)
Play / 剧 (2018, performance lecture with Liu Muxia, I: Project space, Beijing, CN)
Trading in Kind(2017: project about hidden econimies at Art Lab Gnesta, SE)
Maps for Copenhagen (2012 – 2015, initiated together with Signe Rom, Trampoline House, Copenhagen, DK)
What inspires you as an artist?
- Cities and public spaces, walking, play, architecture, in-between spaces, contrasts.
- Archives, history making, conflicts, oral and written storytelling, (body) language.
- To work collaboratively, everyday life, various ways of sharing knowledge.
What do you think is the purpose of art?
To create new knowledge, connections, situations and collaborations; to be both political and playful; to listen, ask questions, be critical and to start discussions.
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