Copenhagen

Jakob Jakobsen and Henriette Heise

Copenhagen Free University

There’s a new college in town. Copenhagen Free University, which emerged from the art world over the last few years, doesn’t matriculate students but instead engages a range of critical communities. Initiated by artists Jakob Jakobsen and Henriette Heise, it is housed in a single room in their home. But its physical size belies the wealth of functions offered, which include a gallery (CFU is now showing the founders’ own ABZ, 2002/2003), a residency (a bunk bed strapped to the wall), and a bookshop (Barnes & Noble needn’t be afraid, but cognoscenti will find here what can’t be found elsewhere).

ABZ is a mosaic of quotations. Posters show key words adopted by CFU, by other artists who have shown in the space, and by kindred spirits such as the Danish Situationist Asger Jorn. Just as the sources are plural, the key words act on many levels as tools for countering the ways in which the breezy

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