After touring some old hangouts in the central part of the country as well as many new places of curiosity, including a number of hauntingly beautiful and playful exhibitions in Aalborg and Silkeborg, I am back in northern Jutland for a spell. Here I have been invited to give printmaking demonstrations at a workshop open-house this Saturday and have spent the last few days sourcing materials and helping set up the studio. Very exciting! Another week and I will travel by train south and west to Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town, the location of a wonderful and comprehensive Viking museum, among many other sites of interest, and home to my uncle and aunt, both artists. More fun to come!
When not otherwise engaged, I have been reading W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, the ideal companion on my ethnographic journey.
“Our concern with history, so Hilary’s thesis ran, is a concern with performed images already imprinted on our brains, images at which we keep staring while the truth lies elsewhere, away from it all, somewhere as yet undiscovered.” (72)