AN ARTIST-RUN EXHIBITION SPACE IN COPENHAGEN’S NORTH HARBOUR. 1992
TAPKO MEMBERS: KERSTIN BERGENDAL, JENS HAANING, JYTTE HØY, JØRGEN CARLO LARSEN AND CAI-ULRICH VON PLATEN
ARTISTS EXHIBITED: RICHARD WENTWORTH (GB), OLAF METZEL (D), JAROSLAW KOZLOWSKI (PL) AND SARKIS (F)
RICHARD WENTWORTH. TAPKO-THE PLACE, APRIL 1992
Richard Wentworth was the first exhibitor at TAPKO-THE PLACE. For the exhibition RW made two big installation pieces, one on the wall inside TAPKO; Lips and Fingertips and one outside on the rooftop; 24 Hour Flag. The installation Lips and Fingertips consisted of plates and dishes found in the near by second hand shop. They were placed in a row on a gradually sloping glass shelf high on the wall, thus miming the grey cumulus clouds in the northern sky outside.
OLAF METZEL. UNTITLED CONCERT / PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION. TAPKO-THE PLACE. 1992
The German artist Olaf Metzel was the second exhibitor at TAPKO-THE PLACE. Together with Brunner & Ritz, Metzel made a CONCERT IN THREE PARTS on the opening night. With the participation of four opera singers, ghettoblasters, toy swords and a mountain of beer crates the concert composition went through slowly accelerating sequences to a climax of smashing bottles and the opera singers ending their battle with the ghettoblasters by cutting them lose from the firing ramp and sending them full speed back towards the wall of TAPKO.
JAROSLAW KOZLOWSKI ”SHARP OBJECTS” TAPKO-THE PLACE. OCTOBER 1992
Jaroslaw Kozlowski from Poland was the third exhibitor at TAPKO-THE PLACE. For the exhibition JK made a staging of an extensive living room on a big grey carpet. All the furniture pieces were painted black and were quite uninviting due to the aggressive blade of a scythe, which was sticking out from each of them.
SARKIS ”LE REGARD” TAPKO-THE PLACE. NOVEMBER 1992
Sarkis, who is a turkish/armenian artist living in France was the last exhibitor at TAPKO-THE PLACE. For the exhibition Sarkis made a huge installation under the title Le Regard. In a corner was an upright bottom of a bed with the number of 19380 (the birth date of Sarkis with a zero added, thus throwing his birth into the future) written in pulsating, orange neon. Next to it was a steel sink with dripping water. The floor was partly covered with red bricks and old newspapers. On this Sarkis had placed an old typewriter desk and a chair, which was covered with small pictogram like houses painted in orange watercolour.