Pentaphone by Robert Stadler

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Designer Robert Stadler's Pentaphone is a suspended booth for cellphone users that isolates the caller from ambient noise in a public space.

It is one of a number of pieces by various artists and designers that will form the inaugural exhibition at the new Karriere Bar in Copenhagen, which opens on November 15.

Karriere has been created by Artist Jeppe Hein and his sister, nightclub manager Lærke Hein. The cafe/restaurant/bar in Copenhagen's meatpacking district will feature site-spectific artworks by international artists.

Press release from Karriere Bar follows:

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Opening of Karriere - Contemporary Art and Social Life in Copenhagen

Above: Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset's Karriere. (Neon)

Art, food and cocktails have been united in a unique, experimental café/restaurant/bar named Karriere. New artworks by leading international artists define the design and functions of the place. Guests will be challenged with spectacular light objects (Olafur Eliasson), the bar counter slowly moving from side to side (Jeppe Hein), a sculpture made of two-way mirror alternating with perforated stainless steel on the square in front of Karriere (Dan Graham) etc.

Above: Olafur Eliasson's National Career Lamp

Karriere provides a new take on art in public with an emphasis on experience and communication through the direct involvement with the artworks. The context of the café/restaurant/bar is an informal and socially relaxed setting for the experience of art, as an alternative to museums and kunsthalls.

Above: Tatoo on Jeppe and Lærke Hein: Some words between children by Douglas Gordon

Café/restaurant/bar and events:

The place will be open from early in the morning till late at night, with a kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner based on mainly ecological products. Transforming into a cocktail bar at night the place will feature a program of concerts, d.j's, artist talks, performances and screenings.

An independent newspaper will be launched November 29th discussing tendencies in contemporary art and culture. The newspaper is issued quarterly, free, bilingual (Danish/English) and will be available at Walther Koenig bookstores in Germany and England, as well as in all major artfairs worldwide.

The meatpacking district Karriere is opening in a 680 square meter former butcher hall in the still active meatpacking district in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. The area is known for its nightlife and red light district. Brains behind the idea Jeppe Hein, the boldly advancing Danish artist, and his sister restaurateur Lærke Hein are the driving force behind Karriere.

Jeppe Hein (b. 1973) was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. He has exhibited at numerous sites in Denmark and abroad, including PS1 MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen and Biennalen in Venice.

Lærke Hein (b. 1982) has a broad range of experience as a bar- restaurant- nightclub manager. For most of the past two years she has managed one of Copenhagen’s leading and most exclusive nightclubs.

The artists:

The participating artists who are among the best in their field are all contributing with new sitespecific artworks: Franz Ackermann (GER), Kristoffer Akselbo (DK), AVPD (DK), Kenneth Balfelt (DK), Bank & Rau (DK), Massimo Bartolini (ITA), Monica Bonvicini (ITA), George Bures Miller/Janet Cardiff (CAN) Maurizio Cattelan (ITA), Gardar Eide Einarsson (NOR), Olafur Eliasson (DK/ICE), Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset (DK/NOR), Ceal Floyer (ENG), FOS (DK), Alicia Framis (SPA), Dan Graham (USA), Tue Greenfort (DK), Douglas Gordon (ENG), Natascha Sadr Haghighian (IRAN), Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SWE) Jeppe Hein (DK), Carsten Höller (GER), Jesper Just (DK), Ernesto Neto (BRA), Dan Peterman (USA), Tino Sehgal (ENG), Tomas Saraceno (ARG), Robert Stadler (FRA), Claude El Skorrari (INT), Simon Starling (ENG), Rirkrit Tiravanija (THAI/USA) and Johannes Wohnseifer (GER).

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Posted by Rose Etherington

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Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 8:57 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • http://www.lgblog.co.uk Ryan at LG

    It’s certainly an attempt to reinvent the phone booth but I wonder if the temptation to lean on it will be too great?

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuelastudillo Manuel Antonio Astudillo Rodriguez

    Definitivamente necesitamos algo así en la oficina.