Silkeborg 2017 , Fredensgade ” OPENING A WINDOW”


”Opening a window” is inspired by a meeting with several people that frequently use Fredensgade as a hangout. It’s inspired by the street life here and now.  And it’s inspired by the history of the street as a busy point for public transport.

Many have taken the bus from here, both adults and children. Some are still there.

Temperance Hall / Afholdshotellet – Silkeborg , Fredensgade 1900

More than hundred years ago, at the spot of our installation, there was a temperance hall with large inviting wooden windows.

The building was from 1887 and was a meeting place for various temperance groupings in the town of Silkeborg. Since then it was used as a shelter for unemployed citizens.

And in the 1970’ies it became a meeting place for the first wave of immigrants coming from Yoguslavia.

Fredensgade has a long tradition of providing peace as the name indicates and giving shelter, warmth and possibilities.

Today, Fredensgade houses a worn-down out-of-use bus station opposite a huge dark wall; What kind of view do you have from here?

When we need to think, we often look out of the window.  What if we could create a view through the wall, a window beyond the wall?

A new perspective on an old place.  Are we looking out of the window or looking at the window? It’s not so important, as long as you see.

Isabelle Reynaud & Kasper Daugaard – Silkeborg, August the 29,  2017

Opening a Window , Graphic Nanna Rosalia , is a permanent installation (3m x 4m), shaped like a window. It is placed in the street called Fredensgade at the back-wall of a supermarket, Føtex in the town of Silkeborg. The frame  is made of wood from and the graphics on the “windowsglass “ is printed on  an aluminium 3 mm sandwich plate. The shape of this piece of art, is inspired  by the windows of the  “temperance Hall” a building situated at the very same place in Fredensgade from 1887 – 1972.

Opening a Window is part of Moving Spaces produced by Theater Seachange in collaboration with Silkeborg Municipality.

Supported by: European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Statens Kunstfond,  Kulturudviklinspuljen Aarhus, Knud Højgaards Fund, Spar Nord Foundation, Færchfonden and Familien Hede Nielsens Fond.