NEoN Digital Arts Archive
NEoN INTERVIEW: N55 (aka ION SØRVIN)
Ion Sørvin is the founder and currently the person most responsible for N55. Sørvin is a member of Kunstnersamfundet (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture). Current N55 collaborators include Anne Romme (architect), Till Wolfer (designer), Sam Kronick (artist) and Bill Mckenna (architect).
Who are you?
I am N55
What do you do?
We are working with art as a part of everyday life. N55 is a platform for people who want to work together, share places to live, economy, and means of production. N55 is based both in Copenhagen, and in LAND.
What has been your journey?
In 1994 a non-commercial exhibition space and lab was initiated in Nørre Farimagsgade 55, Copenhagen. N55 grew out of this collaboration.
How do you collaborate?
Collaboration with other people is based on equal shares in the work and the outcome.
What was your first project and how has your group developed since then?
In 1994 a non-commercial exhibition space and lab was initiated in Nørre Farimagsgade 55, Copenhagen. N55 grew out of this collaboration. In 1996, a number of persons started living together in an apartment located in the centre of Copenhagen, trying to ‘rebuild the city from within’ and using their everyday life situation as a platform for public events and collaborations. In the year 2000 FLOATING PLATFORM and N55 SPACEFRAME were constructed in the harbour area. N55 SPACEFRAME served as a starting point for local initiatives and interventions, a workspace and living space for the group until 2004. It now serves as a living space. N55 continues activities locally and elsewhere in collaboration with various people.
Can you describe a couple of favourite examples of your projects, please?
All projects are equally important and necessary.
Where did you get the inspiration for your last project?
We always get inspiration from our everyday lives and the things and people that surround us.
Can you provide a quick overview of what you’ll be up to at NEoN?
We will present the N55 SPACEFRAME VEHICLES and discuss the necessity to abolish cars as means of transport in densely populated areas.
What do you hope to achieve or experience here?
We hope to create meaning and significance.