Moss is changing. After a long-standing identity as an industrial city, most of the city’s factories have been closed down. So which Moss do the inhabitants of the city dream of now? Artist Naja Lee Jensen wants to find out. She then wants to project the dreams onto Lantmännen’s iconic buildings in Moss during the Christian Frederik-days 10. – 20. august 2017.
In the art project “Drømmefabrikk II”, Jensen invites the residents of Moss to use their city as a mouthpiece. She is inspired by the anti-authoritarian attitudes found in graffiti artists, and wants to ‘tag’ the city with the help of light projections at night. This means that when darkness falls every night during the Christian Frederik days, a dream will shine on Lantmännen’s iconic silos. As some of the last active factories in Moss, these are an important link between Moss’ past, present and future.
But dreams are fleeting. They disappear, change and re-emerge as something else. Every morning, the dream is just a memory, and a new dream is projected the next night. Will anyone be inspired to do something with their dreams during these days that Drømmefabrikken is active?
The concept behind the work is to turn the commercial forces in the urban space upside down. As a rule, we come across advertisements or information signs from the municipality when we walk in the city. It is not often that we have the opportunity to exchange thoughts, dreams and ideas with each other across ethnicity, class or political beliefs. By projecting the inhabitants’ dreams on Lantmännen’s grain silos, the artist will create a dialogue in the public space that should not be missed.
The dreams are collected at the following times and places in Moss:
17.30 – 18.15 Rådhusets borggård
19.00 – 20.30 Bylab
12.00 -13.00 Amfi-centret
14.00 -15.00 Bibliotek/kino
8.00 – 9.00 Mossefossen
17.00 – 18.00 Melløs Stadion
19.00 – 21.00 Bylab
12.30 – 13.30 The train station (Sommertoget)
19.00 – 20.00 Parkteateret
16.00 – 21.00 Verket
More about the works and the partners behind the project
In the works Drømmefabrikk, Naja Lee Jensen explores the artist’s role in a political reality. Drømmefabrikk I was shown in Budapest in the spring of 2017. This is when she experienced the difference between the demonstration as a popular movement and as a work of art.
Drømmefabrikk II is an experiment that examines the relationship between art and society. Jensen looks at what it means to be a socially engaged artist, and what it means to be a citizen.
Drømmefabrikk II is created in collaboration with Østfold kulturutvikling an Moss Municipality. The project is supported by Byliv 2020 in Moss. The concept itself was developed during the EEA-prosject “PICTURE Budapest-Østfold”, which was an artistic research and development project initiated by Østfold kulturutvikling and the Artopolis Association in Hungary.