ULTIMATE IMPACT – 5 phenomena in Nordic Design Culture

20.05.2017 - 02.07.2017
i: Exhibition

Nordic Design: ULTIMATE IMPACT opens in the Library Hall 20 May – 2 July 2017. The exhibition ends 2 July 4pm.

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Photo by Sade Kahra from the photo series Tribe Me (2016)


– 5 phenomena in Nordic design culture

The exhibition ULTIMATE IMPACT investigates history, substance and movements in Nordic design culture.

Based on already existing and recently created works, the exhibition shows how crafts and design derives from a current social and cultural context. Subdivided into five phenomena, the diverse works of the exhibition, point to a number of cultural movements:

Fantasy Exoticism Silence – Ragnarok – Baroque

The phenomena extend beyond the widespread perception of Nordic design, which predominantly is based on the concept of the understated, simplicity and functionality. The exhibition shows a contemporary insight into 33 Nordic photographers, writers, artists, craftsmen and designer’s artistic work.

Without a specific desire to be included in the Scandinavian meta-narrative, the contributors move on the edge of their field.

Participating artists:

Dennis Jürgensen, Bente Skjøttgaard, Nikoline Liv Andersen, Iben Høj, Susanna Majuri, Ole Vesterlund, Christina Hagen, Sade Kahra, Amanda Betz, Isabel Berglund, Malene Bach, Tina Ratzer, Helle Vibeke Jensen, Rune Bering, Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, Laura Stamer, Søren Lyngsøe Knudsen, Maja Petrea Fox, benandsebastian, Peter-Clement Woetmann, Deepa Panchamia, Gitte Jungersen, Louise Hindsgavl, Dennis Agerblad, Patrick Leis, Anna Rikkinen, Violise Lunn, Michael Geertsen, Wednesday Architecture, Hanne Harnov, Frontdesign, Hanne Friis.


The exhibition is initiated by architect/curator Tina Midtgaard, Superobjekt and produced in collaboration with cultural analyst/ethnologist Christina Dvinge, film director Per Flyvehavn and cultural facilitator Karen Helmer-Hansen. Thanks to Katarina Siltavouri, curator, Design Museum Helsinki, Deepa Panchamia, textile artist and David Carlsson, design strategist.

The exhibition is supported by the Beckett-Foundation, Knud Højgaards Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Foundation, The Nordic Culture Fund and Danish Art Foundation,


The exhibition is part of Danish Design Festival https://ddfestival.dk

and 3 Days of Design http://3daysofdesign.dk


Project team:

Architect/curator Tina Bjørn Midtgaard +45 20950083 tm@tinamidtgaard.dkA

Architect/curator Lene Tanghøj +45 25393534 lene.tanghoj@gmail.com

Ethnologist Christina Dvinge +45 23900984 christinadvinge@email.com

benandsebastian-detachmentAbove: benandsebastian City of the (Re)orientated