The Jury Award: Tine Bernstorff Aagaard
The Jury Award of DKK 10,000 goes to the young architect Tine Bernstorff Aagaard for her enigmatic work "Dissektionens Anatomi" (the anatomy of dissection). The work is shaped as a dissected hand, folding and unfolding, and with the award she is rewarded for her chaste idea, the consistent design and the rich world of ideas which the work opens to. As an object "Dissektionens Anatomi" functions as a full stop; as a promise of a wider perspective which is, however, denched in one condensed grip; in the hand we see.
But the hand, the grip, is not the ending point per se – by virtue of the dissection Bernstorff Aagaard points at its grip as a projection model and at the (art) objects' life in time as well as space – and at the spectator as the user and co-creator of both the exhibition situation and work. In this way the work can be read in continuation of the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark's art series from the 1960s, "Bichos". Bicho means "animal" or "creature" and Clarke's creatures consisted of aluminium plates which could be handled by the spectator – now the participant – in exhibition connections to try to conceive what we understand as "the body": Its constitutive part as well as the human sensory perception beyond perception.
With Clark the art object was over time reduced to a tool to be used for examining the body and various communities; a circumstance recurring in the work of Bernstorff Aagaard. Here as well the work functions more as a catalyst for the context in which it is exhibited than as a representation of a world outside the room of art. But in Bernstorff Aagaard's work connect this study back to the actual object: The generation of notion goes through the "grip" – both the conceptual grip of the artist and the spectator's actual grip on the work – and thus the work is naturally shaped as a hand; the arch shape and the point where the meaning of the word starts and ends.
Tine Bernstorff Aagaard is an architect but with "Dissektionens Anatomi" she connects and touches all the disciplines of the Spring Exhibition – visual arts, architecture and design/artware – without the work appearing as a compromise between the three of them. With the Jury Award she is thereby rewarded for her ability to catch a strong idea and give it a shape apparently without considering the internal limitations of the aesthetic subjects, yet with the steady skill and cut of the architect.
We hope that Tine Bernstorff Aagaard will continue to use her trenchant view as well as her architectural-surgical scalpel to search the room of the body and to conceive the rooms we have access to by virtue of our bodies. And that she will maintain the easiness, dedication and thoroughness which have produced "Dissektionens Anatomi”.