Behind the scenes of Magic Chairs cover

It seems that there has been some talk about how we actually made the cover for Efterklang’s album, Magic Chairs. For instance, our intern Mikkel from Bergen Kunsthøgskole told us that his class had discussed it and had reached the conclusion that it must be computer generated 3D graphics! This is not quite the case… Without revealing too much, here are some behind-the-scenes photos from our preparations and from the actual photo shoot.

We produced the ribbons ourselves, dying textiles and sewing everything by hand. Gry Rasmussen, who was our intern at the time and has a BA in textile design from Kolding Design School, helped us figure out how to dye the fabric in all imaginable colours. Before the actual shoot, all the ribbons were taken out on a test drive in our courtyard and in the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen.

It was a difficult task finding the right place to shoot the cover photo. We had been all over Copenhagen, and finally we found the perfect place: in the courtyard of Thorvaldsen’s Museum. The museum houses nearly all of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s original models of sculptures he created for numerous European countries. We fell for the architectural lines, the mixture of neoclassicism and orientally inspired details. Together with the ribbons we thought it made a really striking combination of colours and monumental lines. Thorvaldsen was actually buried in the middle of the courtyard, beneath the plant in the middle.

On the day of the shoot there was a fair amount of panic, because it was raining and the courtyard was completely wet, which was something we hadn’t intended at all. Efterklang made a desperate attempt at scraping and drying water off the floor while rain kept falling. (Imagine trying to wipe a 300 square meter bathroom floor dry while the shower is on, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of how hopeless this was). All the ribbons got soaked and were way too heavy, so the 20 invisible gymnasts that we had assembled from all over town had a hard time making them fly. But as it turned out, the wet floor is a huge asset for the final image, giving it a glassy and surrealist feel. So for those of you who might have thought it to be marble, we can reveal that it’s only wet tar…

The final album cover is the result of 1 month of intense work! The photo is taken by our long time collaborator Brian Buchard. We’ll give you a little introduction to him soon…

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This month’s features

This month we are featured in a whole lot of magazines and on some nice blogs too! On the local scene we are featured in Danish Elle’s artist profile. And we also have an interview on the Danish art blog Kopenhagen.dk. Moving over to England we are on Creative Review’s website and on Ameliasmagazine.com with a very entertaining interview, thanks Amelia! We also have an interview in Design Week, where we were lucky enough to get our artwork for Efterklang’s upcoming album Magic Chairs on the cover. And finally, ending in the US we are featured in the current issue of Surface magazine, in a piece called “Great Danes” on the creative scene in Copenhagen. We took part in a pretty crazy photo shoot for this feature, well crazy at least for 2 peaceful designers who are used to working all day in a small basement studio minding their own business!

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Losing the plot

If you haven’t seen them already, remember to check out the photos from our show in London. The show is up until February 27th 2010, so if you are in London, or somewhere near, do drop by and have a look – a lot of the work is made of painted wood and is much better experienced live than on photos! We’ll post a few of the pictires here, but there are more photos + info under the ‘work’ section of our website. And also, here are some photos of how it all came about in a dark and damp basement under Sofie’s apartment.

Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD

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If you could collaborate

If You Could Collaborate is the fourth annual If You Could exhibition curated by Will and Alex from It’s Nice That. We met them a year ago in London over a cup of tea and agreed to join the project. The contributors have been challenged to produce something a little unexpected, by working with a partner of their choosing from any discipline, profession or background. There is no brief to answer, or format to honour – the only limit being the enterprise and imagination of the artists involved, and a liberal 12 month deadline.

We collaborated with our friend Anne Werner, producing a (hold tight) “Op-Art inspired medievalish tapestry made from cotton fabric”. We wanted to create something entirely graphical, and looked at various Op-Art pieces for inspiration. Instead of paper or canvas we decided to use fabric. And instead of traditionally drawing or painting the pattern, we used fabric manipulation techniques  to give it an edge of something funny and a bit exaggerated. We really liked working with this combination of modern and non-modern references. These techniques have been used for hundreds of years and in combination with complementary colors and Op-Art like patterns it gave an interesting new expression.

The show is open from 15 — 23 January 2010, 12–6pm
(open late on 21 January, 12–9pm)
A Foundation Gallery at Rochelle School, London E2 7ES.

Read more about all the other fantastic collaborations here:
www.ifyoucould.co.uk/collaborate

Gry Futtrup Rasmussen and Linn Wie helped us getting everything together, sewing and cutting all the fabric. Here are some photos of the process:

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our new blog! We are very happy to finally join the world of blogging and can’t wait to show you all the little things we work on in between our bigger projects that you can see on the work & news page.

Here we will keep you updated on our whereabouts, on work in progress, projects, news and some inspirational images for your enjoyment. We hope you will follow our blog and stay in touch.

Micki Borneland helped us with the programming of the blog, follow his link to the right to see more of his work.

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