Photo: Marc Fluri, 2014


In his work Die Passagenwerk (“The Arcades Project”), Walter Benjamin describes how, in the 19th century, it was fashionable for dandies and flâneurs to walk their turtles on leashes in the Parisian arcades. Partly in order to reduce the walking speed, and partly to employ the turtle as a way to generate chance in their quest for reality and inspiration. And finally, of course, to appear as extravagant as possible.

In the past few years, artist Mette Kit Jensen has crisscrossed several cities and written down occurrences from park benches, hotel rooms and cafés. She has transferred the very artistic process to the public space in order to maintain close contact with reality and the world. The starting point is walking, watching, gathering, observing and letting things happen at random. 

Come to performance lecture Thursday March 26 at 5 pm – including turtle

On Thursday March 26 at 5 pm, Nikolaj Kunsthal and Mette Kit Jensen invite you to a performance lecture and a DVD presentation within the framework of the artist’s ”Flâneuse”-project. And there will be a turtle.

It is the very span between staging and reality that provides the source of inspiration for Mette Kit Jensen’s works. She transforms reality to fiction and brings fiction into reality. She introduces the historical figure of the flaneur into the present, and in her interpretation of this classic male figure she turns it into her own. 

This event will take the form of a performance in which found objects, film cuts and a live turtle are included. This occasion also marks the release of her new DVD, documenting the audio walk FLÂNEUSE DE L’EUROPE that took place in Roskilde in the summer of 2014 in co-operation with the city’s Museet for Samtidskunst, Museum of Contemporary Art.