Master Class

Master Class

Meaning of place - material and produktion as matter?


Åsa Jungnelius and Markus Vallien


The aim of this master class is to reflect on your artistic practice in relation to site and material. The starting point for the work is the subjective experience of a place and how the experience can convert and to be shared in to a site-specific temporary work of art.


Nature is as much a given part of our shared public spaces as are urban areas. It is a place where production and romanticism meet. But what is nature? From which positions do we meet it? And does nature even exist in any other form than as the image of itself? The compost with its circular system, to which we all belong, might be the closest to nature that we come. Where can we meet art in a sparsely populated rural area mainly comprised of man-made nature in the shape of forestry, empty quarry, tourism, fishing industry and old company towns in the transition from industry to post-industry? What is the meaning of the place for production and material?


Historically, Bornholm has been the Danish center of granite mining, due to the abundant supply of natural resources. Granite from Bornholm is described as the oldest and most durable granite in the world, and has been exported in large quantities from the island and now cover the pavements and cobblestone streets in Denmark and all over the world. Following the success of granite, as well as ceramic production for architectural industry, local business men also ventured into starting a glass factory in the 18th century, but with less success, it only lived for a couple of years.

Later on in the 70’ties, Bornholm became well known for it’s arts and crafts scene, lead by smaller glass studios build in local smokehouses around the island. These glass studios became part of the foundation of the studio glass movement in Denmark, and the reputation of Bornholm today.


Venue: KADK Bornholm and the Nexø quarry
Starts: 12 september at 10.00 am
Ends: 15th September at 13.00 pm
Instructors: Åsa Jungnelius SE and Markus Vallien SE
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Participants in this class will live and work in an abandoned granite quarry, to embrace the public space as a totality. It can be seen as an experiment and a method to getting an understanding of a site in the scale 1:1. By living and working in the same site, we also include our own bodies and needs, as cooking and sleeping together in the tipi, as a common material. The quarry is located next to the Glass and Ceramic department of KADK in Nexø.


Åsa Jungnelius (1975) works with and is inspired by material, often glass, to show the breaks and joints between different modes of being: as body, human collective or politics. Sculptural conjunctions lead to the shared room. She is educated at Konstfack (MFA) where she also teaches.


Markus Vallien (1969) lives his philosophy. He works and interacts with nature in a number of ways that explore the relationship between that which is made by human hands and the rest. It is also this meeting that gives the preconditions for his life in the wild and his courses in the art of survival for students at Konstfack.


What to bring

Sleeping bag

Out door mattress

Clothes fore staying outdoor 24 hour

One favourite material



Material from the empty quarry, and what to be found in Nexö

Glass workshop in the Glass and Ceramic department in Nexö

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