The world-renowned German painter Katharina Grosse (b. 1961) will create a gigantic, multicoloured dancefloor measuring 2000 square metres curated by Creator Projects for this year’s Roskilde Festival.
Grosse has been world-renowned for her expansive paintings which she spray paints directly onto and across objects, furniture, architecture and even landscapes. At Roskilde Festival number 50, you can step onto her multicoloured painting Destroy Me Once, Destroy Me Twice, that will be one of Katharina Grosse’s most comprehensive and engaging works to date. Created specifically for the hilly landscape in the campsite, its shape will correspond with the green surroundings and at the same time caters to bodily movement and interaction.
The dance floor will be a platform to engage with and hopefully lead to a sense of community, presence, and togetherness – key words in this year’s theme, Solidarity – Time to Act! During the festival it will be the centre of several events and performances. Some are planned by the festival – others will emerge naturally when the festival-goers bring their own music to the floor and interact with the artwork. In this way, experiencing the artwork becomes an occasion to be present together and create temporary communities – which can be seen as taking a small step towards a more solidary world.
Katharina Grosse (b. 1961) lives and works in Berlin and New Zealand.