Do something you haven't tried before, and do something you don't quite understand! With this, the challenge behind this week's recommendations, where our writers have learned about cyanoto-poetic (that's a word play) processes, searched for art at Stige Ø and enjoyed wonderful childish graphic works at an International Biennale! The culmination is Dynamo Cirkus Festival, where both the tombola and your every-day life are turned upside down, and you will find your next tattoo. Confused? Read along! Cathrine Hedegaard

Wed 4
8/2/2021 12:00:00 AM 8/31/2021 40 International Biennale Print adventures from the child's perspective Hans Jensens Stræde 18, Odense C Fyns Grafiske Værksted false DD-MM-YYYY

International Biennale Print adventures from the child's perspective

International Biennale
Exhibition | Kl. 00:00 | Hans Jensens Stræde 18, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Cathrine Hedegaard | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Fyns Grafiske Værksted
Organizer: Fyns Grafiske Værksted

There is an amazing richness in the gaze of a child; in their unspoiled and as-yet-unbiased perspective on the strange, fantastic, boring world we all happen to live in. It’s a view of the world that predates the system’s categorical, analytical, and collectivist way of seeing things. Some day my own daughter will discover what an unjust bummer the world can also be – woe the day – and earlier than I would wish for her, her patterns of thought, creativity, and perspective will be molded by institutions, or worse yet, by me.

The child’s gaze can show us something we wouldn’t see otherwise – and Fyns Grafiske Værksted creates a space for just this, when they host the International Print Biennale for Kids in the month of August. I’ve never been to a Biennale, and I can’t see a better reason to start than the fact that children from around the whole world have been exploring the fairy tale genre through the medium of print. Because of course it’s all got something to do with Hans Christian Andersen, but maybe children can show us a perspective we’ve never before found through classical Andersen interpretations? At this point I think we’ve seen just about all possible takes on Odense’s favorite son, but maybe the international nature of the exploration will uncover something fresh?

No matter what, it’s always important to support budding artistic interests, and though the exhibition is made by and for children, everyone is welcome to explore it, and especially to the vernissage on the 6th of August from 14-16.

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Wed 4
8/2/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/13/2021 40 Harbor Art Walk Modern art on Stige Island Østre Kanalvej 7, Odense C Harbour Art Walk - Artefakter false DD-MM-YYYY

Harbor Art Walk Modern art on Stige Island

Harbor Art Walk
Exhibition | Kl. 00:00 | Østre Kanalvej 7, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Cathrine Hedegaard | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Stige Ø
Organizer: Harbour Art Walk - Artefakter

During the corona lock-down, I wondered where all the people downtown had gone. One day, while I was standing in line for a double order of sausages and fries (I was deep into my pregnancy) at the snack booth, I found the answer to be Stige Ø. Work at home and cultural shutdown resulted in all of us flocking out to the green areas, whether they be the ‘lakes’ of Copenhagen or Stige Ø here in our own town.

Stige Ø is an area with huge potential, which is only just now being realized by an art walk created by an array of local artists, who send us on an artistic scavenger hunt on the little island. Now Ingvar Cronhammar’s resituated “Camp Fire” will receive company from works created under the banner of “Signs.”

If you want to know more, you’ll have to get yourself out there and explore it for yourself – or read more about the association Artefakter and their work here. And I won’t begrudge you for taking an order of sausages and fries with you on the journey.  

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Wed 4
8/4/2021 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2021 40 Dynamo Circus Festival '21 A crazy cocktail of artistic acrobats, frivolous Frenchmen, marvelous music, and a tattoo tombola at the harbor Finlandskaj 6 DYNAMO false DD-MM-YYYY

Dynamo Circus Festival '21 A crazy cocktail of artistic acrobats, frivolous Frenchmen, marvelous music, and a tattoo tombola at the harbor

Dynamo Circus Festival '21
Festival | Kl. 00:00 | Finlandskaj 6 | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Cathrine Hedegaard | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Dynamo
Organizer: DYNAMO

Dynamo does the impossible with their 4-day festival, where they celebrate the stage through ambitious events which give all of us what we want: Wild artistry, wacky antics, and well-planned glitter parties.

When I first experienced a Dynamo party a couple of years ago, I had the same jubilant childhood feeling as getting to go into my grandmother’s wardrobe and playing dress-up. Or when I got permission to rummage through all their cupboards and drawers, pulling out the expensive oils and vinegars and cooking up potions with my brother. That kind of tear in the fabric of the everyday, where the forbidden is suddenly permitted, is a staple on the menu at Dynamo.

This festival, I’m especially excited about the party, the peep-show, and the panacea for sorrow that is THE GOOD PLACE, a performance made by the acrobatic quartet Marcel et ses Drôles de Femmes from France.  My expectations are naturally high, since they’re promising an uproarious bout of spontaneous love in an all-pink tent. And what better way to end a festival than a Kick-Ass Cabaret with a plethora of new circus and awesome tunes – culminating in dance, sweat, and hugs at a concert by the intense El Universe.

I’ll see you for long hugs and line dance. I hereby challenge everyone to a turn of the tattoo tombola!

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Fri 6
8/6/2021 10:00:00 AM 8/6/2021 14:00 40 Wordy Where's Waldo Poetry in blue Kongens Have, Odense C LysOrd - Odense false DD-MM-YYYY

Wordy Where's Waldo Poetry in blue

Wordy Where's Waldo
Other | Kl. 10:00 - 14:00 | Kongens Have, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | This week’s guest recommendation is wirtten by: Anna Skau Tolstrup | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Kongens Have
Organizer: LysOrd - Odense

We all struggle to find the right words, sometimes. Quite often, to be honest. If you’ve got the right (wrong?) job, you find yourself searching for words all the time. If you’re on the kind of Tinder date which you shouldn’t have been on to begin with, you’ll be looking for just the words that will let you politely leave the much-too-fancy wine bar and get home to lie curled into a fetal position while the fantasy of finding just the right person to build a summer house with once again gets relegated to the special dream cubby where the thought of losing the last five rosé kilos (sorry, not sorry) also resides.

Sometimes the choice of the right words is a no-brainer: If you’re standing wrapped in tulle on ice cold tiles under a votive ship hung in vaulted ceilings, you say “I do.” “Sure” if you’re a cool cat. “No” if you never quite managed to find the right words during the aforementioned Tinder date and seem to have found yourself in a peculiar situation. Sometimes it’s not about the right words – the goal – but the journey towards them and all the wonderful words you happen upon along the way. The words that best defined your Hot Girl Summer or the family trip to Helnæs – whether it be in a tight-tight-much-too-tight halter top or bucket hat. Or the words we live through over the course of a long life, that for some reason take up residence in our ramshackle anti-bodies; the type of words that often live longer than a no and bigger than a yes, and in true polysyllabic fashion dictate the rhythm of a time lived. Cellar door. Fluorescence. Chocolate cake. Personal words that give a little kick to your memory and start a tiny domino chain of goose bumps running until it tickles all the way up the nape of your neck. There are also words that shape us because others wrap us in them and we live by them because we haven’t found the right anti-words yet. Touchy, weird, unnatural. There are the words which we make for ourselves, so we have a shining lodestar to can lead us where we want to end up in the next couple of days. Chocolate cake, rehabilitation, beaming.

No matter what, we need to realize that we live in words – bathe in them, wade in them, and even though the choice is totally free, we need to train our verbal fastidiousness a bit. Because it’s not enough that words are frighteningly personal and fundamental, they are also things we give to one another. Every day. All the time. For the most part without much thought. But now we’re going to give them proper due, because LysOrd is hosting a workshop in cyanotype (What? Relax, we’re getting there) on Saturday, and it will give you the perfect reason to find just the right words to give yourself and your self-appointed punctuation for the coming days – or to give your mom, who really deserves to know that she’s special and a part of your self-appointed punctuation.

LysOrd unite words and photography through cyanotype – which is a photographic process where you create an impression of your chosen words by letting the sun’s rays embed themselves in special photo-sensitive paper. It is an entirely magical process, which is explained much more precisely here. But that’s not all, since light (Lys) is only half of LysOrd, which leaves only words (Ord), and which has to do with finding just the right words. The perfect words. Longer than a no and bigger than a yes. LysOrd will send you to green places where you have room to find or invent the precise words to primly print, and pass on to the perfect person. I think it’s just the place to select and poetically encapsulate the words for a love letter. To the right Tinder date, to your all-encompassing friend, to your wonderful self, or perhaps to life itself, that dashing, unpredictable, lothario. Resplendent. Beaming. Chocolate cake.

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