Tue Greenfort made a gigantic jellyfish in the form of a helium balloon as an art work for Danish music and arts festival Roskilde 2017. The jellyfish species have spread throughout the oceans with serious consequences to the ecological balance. They have been imported via ballast water from tank ships and have reached Danish waters, where they have been called “killer jellyfish” in the media. The artwork explores the festival as a social phenomenon of co-existence between nature and people and our relationship with other species. Jellyfish are an interesting representative of the life that surrounds the human species, because, like the human, it reproduces to an extreme extent in the current environment where huge numbers of other species become extinct.
With this work, Tue Greenfort works interdisciplinary with ecology and biodiversity with an organic, social, political, historical and philosophical perspective. Jellyfish are fascinating in their peculiarity, beauty and grace, while at the same time being able to burn and have destructive consequences for humans. The work focuses on co-habitation and a more interrelated, horizontal and altogether ambivalent understanding of the relation of species.
Roskilde Festival Arts’ theme 2017: HUMAN/NON-HUMAN
The focus on interdisciplinary projects is especially visible in the arts programme 2017, where the fusion between art, music and equality was examined. Art projects were developed to investigate the relationship between art, the inner festival area as nature and the people it interacts with. At the same time, some of the art projects investigate how the technological development has influenced our lives and identities. What do the glowing screens do to our corporeal bodies and to our relationship with each other? Is it even possible to separate the virtual from the physical? How does technology influence communities and being together? Questions like these are what the artworks address at this year’s festival.
Consequently, the art programme does not only touch the subject of equality between people, it also touches on equality between all species of the earth: animals, plants and humans. The art programme asks about the future in a time when climate changes have immense consequences and technology affects us in yet unknown ways.
ROSKILDE FESTIVAL ARTS
Curator: Joachim Aagaard Friis