“When I made the decision to become an artist as a 16-year-old, it was because I was interested in how a thought or a text could become an aesthetic manifesta- tion in space, time and life. For many years, the con- cept of social plastic was of great interest to me, the idea that art could work as an enzyme able to initi- ate social relations, critique and utopia. I organized seminars and produced works inspired by ideas of an art with a radically different appearance. Today I believe the answer lies somewhere else. The open-ended, social artwork easily slides along with and becomes an instru- ment of the rest of societal agenda, leading us unwit- tingly into the arms of the administered world. If art is to have the nature and effects of a mental drug, which it basically is, it thrives better in a more somber and fictitious place in which material, thought and aesthetics are in a negative dialectical proportion to the world from which we cannot escape.”
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen has a wide-ranging art practice that centres on sculpture, installation and performance. Henrik Plenge Jakobsen was born in 1967 and lives and works in Copenhagen. He was educated at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Art plastique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts both in Paris. His most recent exhibitions and projects are Kapital at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, , Tournament d’Objet at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and the group show Social Goth at the Scandinavian Institute in New York and the piece Hex Ubu for the Soft City project organized by Kunsthall Oslo. His work is currently on show in the exhibition Divorce at the Great Poor Farm Experiment VI in Wisconsin, USA and the exhibition Defaced at Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris. Henrik Plenge Jakobsen was professor at the Art Academy in Oslo from 2006-2012.