SUPERFLEX, One Two Three Swing!
28 June - 30 December 2018
1432 Copenhagen K
With its collective swings, One Two Three Swing! points to the potential and energy inherent in playing and to what people can achieve collectively. Copenhagen Contemporary is proud to present this aesthetic and conceptual total installation in a new format created especially for CC on Refshaleøen. The installation was originally commissioned by Hyundai for TATE Modern.
One Two Three Swing! is a large-scale public space installation by SUPERFLEX, which directly confronts the apparent state of apathy of our society with the extraordinary potential of collectivity. The experience of hypnotic apathy is induced by a large pendulum floating over a large and comfortable carpet, which visitors can sink into while letting the world rotate at its own pace. Alternatively, the installation playfully invites visitors to combat the perpetuation of this social apathy and try to swing things around. A collectively-powered orange line twists, turns and stretches through the entire room and beyond while connecting three person swings. The liberating and playful act of swinging becomes possible only through participation and collaboration. A phrase on the base of the swings cautionary advices: “by using this three person swing, the collective power produced will set the orange line in motion and potentially change the trajectory of the planet.” The orange line emerges in each new location of the installation as the suggestion of a new piece of a global mechanism of social participation. Weaving between, within and beyond institutions and public spaces around the world, One Two Three Swing! explores the revolutionary potential of joining together collectively, even through the most innocent and quotidian actions.