Main Street Events
In collaboration with Jens Axel Beck (DK)
For a period of one month we were invited to West Chicago by the local People Made Visible organization. From the simulated image we had of the town, through online research and our European eye on American culture more generally, we organized a number of site-specific art projects under the following headlines Be Remembered, and Our History.
Pavillon, a raffle drum, 600 tickets, t-shirts, table, chairs, posters, banners, candy, bucket, brass plaque, oak tree, etc.
During the annual flower festival of West Chicago, we set up a raffle with only one winner ticket for a memorial in the city park. The winner was the Herbst family and an oak tree was planted in the city park along with a memorial plaque with the inscription 'In Honor of the Herbst Family', which was later revealed in an official manner.
Isolation fence, 'No tresspassing' sign,
information sign, strings, pegs, shovels,
brushes, buckets, wheelbarrow, glass
display cases, various found objects from
excavation such as stones, bricks, glass,
metal, coins, plastic, rubber, coal, textiles and more.
'Our History', which was an archaeological
dig at one of the empty city lots, which
was mainly used as a car park for the local
church visitors. We sealed off the area and set up information signs which explained our
enterprise. Next, the found objects, from near or distant past, was unveiled at the local history museum.
Be Remembered, Logo, 2012. Design by Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck.
The Be Remembered stand at the Blooming Fest in West Chicago, May 19, 2012.
The Be Remembered representatives and artists, Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck, 2012.
Be Remembered, work in progress, the danish tombola in action!, 2012.
Be Remembered, work in progress, sometimes the visitors needed some help with opening the danish tickets, 2012.
Be Remembered, work in progress, the tombola, 2012.
Be Remembered, work in progress, one ticket only 10 cents!, 2012.
Be Remembered, the winner of the raffle: The Herbst Family, 2012.
Be Remembered, work in progress, an oak tree was planted in the local Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago, 2012.
Be Remembered, The Herbst Family is getting introduced to their new family site in the park with the tree and the brass plaque, 2012.
Be Remembered, the opening ceremony of the site, 2012.
Be Remembered, The Plaque, 2012.
Our History, Logo, 2012. Design by Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck.
Our History, the information sign at our archaeological dig on Washington street across the street from Sct. Michaels Church in West Chicago, 2012.
Our History, the archaeological site, 2012.
Our History, work in progress, the grid of the archaeological site, 2012.
Our History, work in progress, in action at the site, 2012.
Our History, work in progress, Heidi is taking notes!, 2012.
Our History, work in progress, the different layers of dirt in the ground, 2012.
Our History, the City Museum of West Chicago, 2012.
Our History, installaton view from our exhibition on the 1st floor of the City Museum.
Our History, details with the three display cases with various found artifacts, 2012.
Our History, details with the information sheets concerning the archaelogical dig, 2012.
Our History, details with various found artifacts, 2012.
Our History, detail, 2012.
Our History, detail, 2012.
Our third and final project to West Chicago was to do a re-launch of the presidential campaign slogans during time. They were supposed to be on display on the electronic sign boards in town. However, we never managed to realize this project, because of its cross political aspects and the policy of the city.
The Residency and projects was made possible with the support from The Danish Arts Council and the City of West Chicago.