Future DiverCities

“Now I see things for the way it is” by Aske Thiberg

"Latent City" at Bergen Kjøtt 12.11.2020 29.11.2020


Now I see things for the way it is (2019)
Aske Thiberg
HD video, 29:54 min.

A few years ago Thiberg discovered a chat room online for youth who had isolated themselves from society by staying indoors. He decided to make an artwork recreating four of the users’ bedrooms in 3D animation, using the pictures and descriptions that were sent in the chat. In the video, these rooms are reused, placing one character in each, talking and singing about different aspects of being alone or feeling lonely in today’s society. Through the protagonists’ monologues, possible reasons for self exclusion come to the fore, such as low self esteem, social anxiety, wageslavery and inceldom.

Aske Thiberg (b. 1994, Stockholm) is a Swedish and Danish artist, based in Copenhagen, where he is currently doing his MFA in Fine Art. His work consists of animated videos and text, in which 3D animated characters in isolated digital spaces form scenery where inner thoughts and dreams are expressed and explored. Loneliness, aggression and self obsession are some of the recurring themes. Recently, Thiberg’s solo-exhibition “Ingen Problemer” was shown at Sydhavn Station, a space which he is co-running together with 11 other artists. His work has also been showcased at venues such as Nikolaj Kunsthal, Aarhus Kunsthal, Galleri Susanne Ottosen and Den Frie Udstillingsbygning.

Aske Thiberg’s website.

Latent City

Latent City presents artistic productions dealing with the city’s hidden stories. Seen through the lens of artistic observation, hidden stories, latent infrastructures and questions of digital presence and of power and democracy in our cities, meet in an exhibition that takes place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city. 

Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video program will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances. Please read more about the project and the programme here. Please read more about the project and the programme here.