I have no idea how many people I am allowed to meet with, what pocket my mask is in, how to do hybrid physical and digital meetings and what cultural events are allowed to play and how. This is why this week's recommendations are a chaos collage of real life in this transitional phase. A piece of video art and three pieces of signs from Odense. Signs, I tell you! So, celebrate the coming of spring by enjoying some sign shopping and ending up at M100 for a piece of video art. Bo Jessen

Mon 10
5/10/2021 5:00:00 PM 5/16/2021 19:00 40 Still video in a wild world? Video art at the first spring exhibition at M100 Søndergade 26, 5000 Odense C M100 false DD-MM-YYYY

Still video in a wild world? Video art at the first spring exhibition at M100


Still video in a wild world?
Exhibition | Kl. 17:00 - 19:00 | Søndergade 26, 5000 Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Bo Jessen | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Location: M100
Organizer: M100

Right now, TV2 is running a loop with some soft muzak, a video with bonfires, Trump and another piece about Corona and climate change, and then a crisp TV2 voice over that sounds approximately like this. "There have always been disasters and big events, but today they just happen more and more often."

It's a fairly classic TV2 emotional rollercoaster that always manages to tap into the immediate emotions of many Danes. But is that really true?

Since Friday last week, the young video art talent, Aske Thiberg, has exhibited completely different video loops at M100 in Søndergade in a messy set-up, which is perhaps just as random as the world the pictures show.

The videos are based on surveillance cameras that every second, all year round, film basements, squares, private gardens, empty offices, etc. Places where life runs its slow pace and where it is difficult to distinguish today from tomorrow from yesterday.

Maybe it's good to be reminded that the world just is, and part of the world's violence, is also due to how it's reproduced to us?

See the exhibition every Thursday at 17-19 and Saturday-Sunday at 13-16 at M100 in Søndergade.

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Mon 10
5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM 5/16/2021 40 The signmaker's kitsch sign One kitsch facade sign depicting Bolbro Middelfartvej 54 Dig selv false DD-MM-YYYY

The signmaker's kitsch sign One kitsch facade sign depicting Bolbro


The signmaker's kitsch sign
City walk | Kl. 00:00 | Middelfartvej 54 | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Bo Jessen | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Location: Pokabo
Organizer: Dig selv

For the last 20 years or so, there has been a trophy engraver called Pokabo, located in the midst of the working-class neighborhood.

I could have sworn it's been there for a longer time, maybe forever, but still, I have no idea why it's called that. Well, "poka" I can guess, but the previous owner was called John, and the son who has taken over is Anders - so there is no "Bo" who has added to the name?

The store is wonderfully specialized and at the same time has a little of everything. They sell, embroider, print and engrave signs, t-shirts, sports and confirmation trophies, whatever a confirmation trophy is.

It's only natural that such a Bolbronx sign maker's sign shouts more than it whispers, is more effective than it is beautiful, and that it's dressed in the yellow-black colors of the Brønshøj wasps. POKABO √ is the gateway to Bolbro, a marker on the way to the stadium and a tale of a proud district that stands against the outside world's fashion trends.

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Mon 10
5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM 5/16/2021 40 The beautiful sign of Klosterbakken The last and most beautiful neon sign Klosterbakken 5, Odense C Dig selv false DD-MM-YYYY

The beautiful sign of Klosterbakken The last and most beautiful neon sign


The beautiful sign of Klosterbakken
City walk | Kl. 00:00 | Klosterbakken 5, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Bo Jessen | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Location: Svømmehallen Klosterbakken
Organizer: Dig selv

SWIMMING POOL

in red and a man on the 10-meter diving board in blue. On his way to take the plunge, but stuck to the board so he can stay there for 100 more years.

The city's last and most beautiful neon sign that embraces one of the country's oldest swimming pools and the always empty street in soft light every single night.

A rare marker on the otherwise facade-free Klosterbakken. Bolted to the fantastic functional building from 1938 with the large, elegant window sections and the red masonry, which is slowly swallowed every summer by a town hall wine with a glowing appetite for sun-warmed bricks.

A sign that entices pedestrians on Flakhaven inside for night swimming sessions, which unfortunately doesn't exist.

To me, the sign on Klosterbakken says that it's a pity that there are no more neon signs that survived from the 1930s, and at the same time that no more neon signs should be allowed today.

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Mon 10
5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM 5/16/2021 40 The hand painted sign A master carpenter's neatness Brogade 4 Dig selv false DD-MM-YYYY

The hand painted sign A master carpenter's neatness


The hand painted sign
City walk | Kl. 00:00 | Brogade 4 | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Bo Jessen | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Location: Møbelsnedker Jørgen Bay
Organizer: Dig selv

There is a completely improbable amount of insanely ugly facade signs in Odense. Plastic, metal, tiring standard fonts and equally tiring prints. Glued to aluminum window frames, or hammered into historic masonry. Often in colors that almost seem planned to repel the building, like a transplanted organ the body refuses to accept.

It's clearly not most store owners' mission to add aesthetic value to the streets they are located on. Unfortunately, they probably send some boring signals about what they are selling.

It's a completely different story for carpenter Jørgen Bay in Brogade. In the soft bend by the river where the street narrows to the width of a horse-drawn carriage. The street space shouts for asphalt to be removed and replaced by cobblestones and so is the building, which in every way has remained the same, while the neighboring shops have become homes. Here an antique furniture store and carpenter has been for at least 50 years - maybe more?

The carpenter lives in a historical property from 1881, which is clad with columns on the facade, and which has beautiful old filling doors and single-glass windows. Olive green and beige yellow.

Above the facade windows is what looks like a black-painted cast iron sign that appears to be a reproduction of a similar sign that I can find in pictures of the building dating back to 1885. Antik, it says. That in itself is beautiful.

However, even more attention/grabbing is what the Danish Cultural Heritage Agency's SAVE registration states "painting of windows and door frames".

Above the gate, where it once said "Antique furniture", is now hand-painted in black writing:

MØBELRESTAURERING
          JØRGEN BAY
          snedkermester
       TELEF. 66140657

Even more beautiful is the gold paint on the door frame:

JØRGEN BAY 140657

with a drawn phone that lets you know that a little more than 30 years ago there were only six digits in a phone number.

Take a walk past Brogade, where time stands still, and if you have furniture that needs to be restored, call Jørgen, he deserves it if not for anything else then for the beautiful facade signs.

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