As part of the program for the Odense Architecture Festival, DYNAMO creates the “site specific” performace U-RUM. – A performance dedicated to a specific space in Odense.
U-RUM are the un-known, the un-noticed, the un-heard of and the un-needed spaces in the city. In spreadsheet Denmark, U-RUM is “un-profitable”, but in the right light, an U-RUM is a unique urban space that represents everything we forget as we develop. U-RUM dictates performances; as the diametrical contrast of performing arts to Plug’n’Play-black box theater.
An U-RUM is site-specific conceptions that originate from the surroundings in which the works are made. This means that the scenic tools available to you as artistic director are not solely decided by the you.
To include the users of the city in the artistic process, DYNAMO invites citizens an thereby the users of the city spaces to decide which urban space deserves a new perspective.
Atrium-gården, UCL Erhvervsakademi og professionshøjskole
- Today a foyer, tomorrow a stage?
The old high-rise industrial buildings are being demolished to make way for new homes and institutions. Thus, the spaces in the city that can accommodate non-commercial performing arts and concerts of a larger format will vanish forever. – Because a decent ceiling height and free space in genereal, are not a quality of priority in the new buildings, where it is more often a question maximizing the “stacks” people and fit them into fewest possible square meters.
An exception, however, is, intentional or not, the high ceilings and entrances in the new modern homes of institutions. At the UCL / business academy, there is even a rather fantastic one of its kind – an impressive high-ceilinged space with floating staircases in several levels that lead the mind to an optical illusion with impossible stairs upon stairs upon stairs.
When the next wave of gentrification in 50 years rushes through the city center, maybe these strange U-RUM will become the theaters and cultural venues of tomorrow? Here we will give an indication of how it will play out and how the artistic expression will be influenced by this type of space.
Den Skjulte Scene på Middelfartvej
- “I thought I could organize freedom how Scandinavian of me” – (Björk)
The development of the city also follows several rules and requirements that make it difficult to cultivate a spontaneous and vibrant art environment. It is a paradox; we want city parties, ambitious sub-cultures and colors just like any other big city, but it cannot conflict with or otherwise disturb the people living in the city.
On Middelfartvej you will find one of the last oases in the inner city. A small piece of U-RUM without any residential buildings around. An industrial building with a half-roof that is almost a kind of natural stage and framework perfect for concerts, etc. All of this will definitely be mowed down in a very short number of years, but right now we can get crazy here!!!
The theme of this location will be a tribute to the spontaneous, the dirty and all that is noisy. A micro / pirate / trailer park / circus universe that – just for a short while – makes us reflect on the importance of “free zones” where everything is not yet regulated to death.
Havnekranen, BYENS Ø
- An unprofitable relic of the past, or an invaluable landmark for Odense city and port?
The harbor crane stands on Byens Ø at the port of Odense. An iconic testimony to Odense’s heyday as a port city in the 1960s. In 2018, its twin sister, on the other side of the westernmost basin, were forced to the ground because the municipality of Odense and the Port of Odense could not agree on who should cover the costs of maintenance.
Cultural heritage creates a noticeable increase in value for the surrounding properties, private as well as public. In that light, should private real estate companies not also take on some of the responsibility for maintenance, as they ultimately benefit from it themselves?
Like a giant long-necked and (almost)extinct dinosaur, the harbor crane extends 15 feet up into the air. With light, sound and effects, the artists breathe life into the monster and make it roar so loudly that it becomes clear to anyone that this crane will not go down without a fight.
“The core of the project is that we, together with our partners, select 3-4 urban spaces in Odense, which we believe contains artistic opportunities, have un-utilized potential or are otherwise relevant in relation to architecture, urban development and the public debate.
But… because we believe that the city’s development and architecture is far too important to be in the hands of policy makers, investors or the cultural actors who shout the loudest (ourselves including), we will by a vote let the citizens of Odense choose which space we need to illuminate. It is ultimately their / our city and therefore it makes sense to ask them first… ”
The artistic team at DYNAMO works with site-specific as an artform that are created in a reaction to the place and the surroundings in which the work is created. This means that the means that are artistically available have to some extend been determined by the location. For example, some locations require lighting, while others look the best in daylight. Some call for aerial acrobatics, while others do not allow it at all.
U-RUM will be performed four times during the period from April 30 to May 3 at a location selected by users of the public spaces. Polls open on Monday the 9th of March.
U-RUM is created by DYNAMO with local as well as international partners.