Flag Hoisting / Sophia Ioannou Gjerding

Performance
Free entry

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding is behind the new flag for Kunsthal Aarhus Sculpture Park, which is entitled Rebreather: The wind as a drunk. The flag is inspired by Disney’s first colour cartoon: Flowers and Trees from 1932. The film depicts an idyllic flora in which nature possess human traits – the flowers brush their teeth, dances and performs morning gymnastics. The flag Rebreather: The wind as a drunk also depicts nature as something which possess human traits – a drunkard who is blowing. When the wind is extra strong, the drunkard is out of control.

Rebreather: The wind as a drunk is constructed as a windsock. A windsock is a cylinder of fabric used to show the direction and strength of the wind. Windsocks are typically installed in airports and at locations with a risk of gas-leeks. A windsock is divided into segments which are filled one by one with air depending on how windy it is. The segments on Rebreather: The wind as a drunk are used as a sequenced frame that shows a determined movement: The wind takes the shape of a face blowing wind.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding, Rebreather: The wind as a drunk, 2020. Courtesy the artist
Sophia Ioannou Gjerding, Rebreather: The wind as a drunk, 2020. Courtesy the artist