"A strong contribution to the permanent development of the museum as a cultural platform and the expression of a desire to sharpen the understanding of the importance of culture and the arts," said Poul Erik Tøjner, Louisiana’s Director, when Louisiana Channel was launched. Since then, the Channel has become an increasingly wide-ranging Internet platform where you can meet the personalities and trends that are defining the global artistic and cultural scene.
LOUISIANA CHANNEL, which is supported by the Nordea Foundation, functions as an extension of the museum's activities but also looks beyond Louisiana's own context and seeks out stories where the artists are. The material is found in the museum's unique network of visual artists, writers, architects, designers and musicians, and it is presented from the perspective of Louisiana’s exhibitionary tradition.
New videos – on art, literature, music, design and architecture – are posted on the site every week, and you can already experience well over 400 inspiring meetings with artists on your computer, tablet or mobile device. An overview of all the artists who can be seen on the channel so far is available at channel.louisiana.dk/artists.
"Videos on the arts, featuring the artists” is Louisiana Channel’s motto, and the visual arts in the broadest sense – painting, video, photography and performance – are a cornerstone of the Channel’s repertoire. With names like David Hockney, Bill Viola, Sophie Calle, Tal R, Yoko Ono, Thomas Demand, Jesper Just, Marina Abramović and many more.
It is almost impossible for spectators to see everything at Louisiana's annual literature festival. Fortunately, afterwards you can meet writers from around the world on the Channel, where interviews and readings are available year round with such authors as Patti Smith, Tomas Espedal, Siri Hustvedt, Nicole Krauss, Henning Mankell, Richard Ford and Jonathan Safran Foer.
"A musical meeting place." That is how Knud W. Jensen, Louisiana’s founder, viewed the museum from the beginning. Music is part of the museum's history and of course also plays an important role on the Channel. Come along to Yoko Ono's 80th birthday, listen to Tony Oursler talk about working with David Bowie, and meet Jenny Hval, Nils Frahm and David Byrne, among others.
As fundamental elements of Louisiana's exhibitionary tradition, design and architecture of course also have a prominent place in the Channel’s offerings. For example, you can meet the Bouroullec brothers from France, the Norwegian Snøhetta architects, the successful Scottish-Indian duo Doshi Levien, and Danish fashion designers such as Henrik Vibskov, Anne Sofie Madsen and Peter Jensen.
A SIGNIFICANT AND AMBITIOUS VENTURE
Louisiana Channel was launched in late 2012 with the support of the Nordea Foundation.
"A significant and ambitious venture in the Foundation’s work to promote new and engaging presentations of art and culture to many people," explained Mogens Hugo, Chairman of the Nordea Foundation, who also expressed a desire for Louisiana Channel to become "a dynamic platform and an inspiring venue for experiences, information and understanding."
THE MUSEUM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
According to Poul Erik Tøjner, Louisiana Channel should be seen as a bid to be part of the contemporary museum in the 21st century that also manages to retain a new generation’s interest in its cultural heritage, intelligent contemporaneity and ambitious future: "It has always been Louisiana's role to stimulate a discussion about our society through art and artists’ insights," he explains. "That happens at the museum's exhibitions, in its activities and now also on the Channel."