Peter Callesen

Above the Sky

Carpet, Ply wood, paper, water colour paint, and light bulbs
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interactive sound installation
Ply wood, paper, water colour paint, pipes, and funnels
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
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The second large interactive paper installation was Babel. Children could climb the tower and on their way, they found funnels with voices trying to communicate with them or ask essential questions about the “Tower of Babel”. The children were encouraged to join in the conversation, and their voices were carried through the tower in a confused mix of information and miscommunication to other children stood by other funnels somewhere on the tower. Thus the piece Babel gave the children an engaged, and playful experience with communication and miscommunication.
 
Angel workshop: A4 paper, pencil, scissors, and thread
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
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In the Angel workshop children and adults alike were invited to reflect on life, death, and the exhibition they had just experienced, by cutting their own angels and making wishes on them. At the end of the show angels were sent to heaven on balloons in a well-visited event outside the exhibition building.
 
"I wish for a princess"
"I wish that my older brother stays nice "
"I wish that I didn
"I wish that my baby brother in Heaven has a happy Christmas!"
"I wish that the keys for my bike will be found today"
"Carla 4 years, I wish for a Ghost House"
 
"I wish that I have a good life, and that my hamster gets well, and that I could have a rabbit "
"I wish that my auntie Lene lives again"
"I wish that my baby brother gets well"
 
 
 
 
Carpet, Ply wood, paper, water colour paint, and light bulbs
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interactive sound installation
Ply wood, paper, water colour paint, pipes, and funnels
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
<br>
The second large interactive paper installation was Babel. Children could climb the tower and on their way, they found funnels with voices trying to communicate with them or ask essential questions about the “Tower of Babel”. The children were encouraged to join in the conversation, and their voices were carried through the tower in a confused mix of information and miscommunication to other children stood by other funnels somewhere on the tower. Thus the piece Babel gave the children an engaged, and playful experience with communication and miscommunication.
 
Angel workshop: A4 paper, pencil, scissors, and thread
Himmelrum, Kunsthallen Nikolaj
<br>
In the Angel workshop children and adults alike were invited to reflect on life, death, and the exhibition they had just experienced, by cutting their own angels and making wishes on them. At the end of the show angels were sent to heaven on balloons in a well-visited event outside the exhibition building.
 
"I wish for a princess"
"I wish that my older brother stays nice "
"I wish that I didn
"I wish that my baby brother in Heaven has a happy Christmas!"
"I wish that the keys for my bike will be found today"
"Carla 4 years, I wish for a Ghost House"
 
"I wish that I have a good life, and that my hamster gets well, and that I could have a rabbit "
"I wish that my auntie Lene lives again"
"I wish that my baby brother gets well"
 
 
 
 

Above the Sky (Children exhibition)

Peter Callesen was commissioned to make a children sensory exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts in Odense and Kunsthallen Nikolaj in Copenhagen during 2007. Peter created “Himmelrum” that explores themes already present in Peter’s art practice based around the notion of the vertical movement in a search for the divine, and a struggle against gravity.

The exhibition is constructed around sound, paper cuttings and video installations as well as an Angel Workshop. Children experienced an exciting meeting with contemporary art since the installations mainly focused on interaction, participation and exploration. Adults enjoyed this exhibition because of the various layers and possible interpretations.

The piece you met when entering “Above the Sky” was Between Angels and Devils – a tall paper tree on a green mount. On the tree paper angels and devils were placed in a battle over humans. Through peep-holes in the mount an infernal world was presented through scary scenarios of humans escaping from fire or a giant spider. This was mixed with the sad capture of angels and monsters creeping out of closets. The viewer was encouraged to engage in the piece by exploring the different scenarios on their hands and knees in an intimate and exposed relation.