JOURNEY TO M31
A SITE-SPECIFIC ARTWORK BY STEFFEN DAM
When you enter the toilet on the 1st floor in the old building and close the door behind you, you will find yourself in the middle of an art installation! This is where the ’Journey to M31’ begins; a total transformation of the toilet to a personal ’Cabinet of Curiosities’ created by renowned Danish artist, Steffen Dam. The work is unique in Denmark as well as internationally.
Steffen Dam has just finished installing his most comprehensive work to date, entitled Journey to M31. A site-specific installation, which fills the whole room and invites visitors on a stunning journey of exploration into the world and the universe.
One of the walls relates to the land of childhood – the artist’s memories of summer on his grandmothers farm in the small village of Vistoft, the feel of starched sheets, the smell of flowers and coffee, where everything is in its place – illustrated by a map of Mols. The other wall features a map of the universe and the Andromeda galaxy, also known as M31, which some day will collide with the Milky Way and create a new galaxy. In addition to this, the room is also equipped with a tool board mounted with curious, hand-built tools created for the future, as well as a large glass cabinet containing rows of specimen jars with contents that look strangely familiar, yet do not resemble anything we have seen before. A huge airship hovers from the ceiling, and if you look in the mirror, you will see small moving planets and a star, which is repeated into infinity.
The toilet is traditionally a place, where we can sit alone in our own thoughts. An ideal place to experience art, all by yourself without anyone looking over your shoulder.
Steffen Dam is among the most prominent artists working with glass in Denmark. His exceptional works in glass are internationally acclaimed and represented in collections and museums all over the world.
Originally a trained toolmaker, he left this field of work and diverted to making glass in the early 1980s. His thorough knowledge about mechanical construction and various metals, gained during his time as a toolmaker, he very much uses in his work with glass.
When he was a boy, Steffen Dam gained knowledge of the world not only through education but also through other means. He studied his grandfather’s collection of natural science reference books with their systematically arranged illustrations of the species of animals and plants on Earth. He also enjoyed visiting his father’s aunt, whose flat was more or less adapted into a museum full of fossils, flint axes, cabinets of butterflies and insects on needles.
This curious approach to the world and the inquisitive nature of man is still what drives Steffen Dam, and which is reflected in his work as an artist. With Journey to M31 he invites museum visitors to join him in his expedition and his continuous exploration of the world and the very essence of human being.
Steffen Dam was born in 1961. He finished training as a toolmaker in 1982. In 1985 he started his first glass studio in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1990 he started a glass studio together with Micha Karlslund in Aarhus. In 2000 he moved with Micha Karlslund to Handrup close to Ebeltoft, where they live and work today. Steffen Dam has received several prizes and awards for his work in glass and he is represented in many international collections and museums among others Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, and Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan.
Journey to M31 is part of Glasmuseet Ebeltoft’s permanent collection. The project has been realized with a donation from The New Carlsberg Foundation.
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