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Trailerpark Festival

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By  Morten Aagaard Krogh (mortenkrogh.com) and Charlie Cassarino

The tenth Trailerpark Festival was also announced to be the last; not because of lack of interest or finances, but because the team behind Trailerpark Festival wished to move on. A new festival is on they way, they say, and perhaps Trailerpark I/O, the new branch on this years Trailerpark Festival, is a hint of what to expect.

Trailerpark I/O preceded the music on Friday, centering around a variety of themes, including surveillance societies, virtual worlds, conversational interfaces, computational creativity and responsive materials. These themes where explored through talks, exhibitions, talent showcases, films and labs. Here are some of the highlights from the exhibitions:

An EEG sensor detects certain brain waves which are then displayed as gif's. Just meditate, the man was told.
Wear What You Think – An EEG sensor detects certain brain waves which are then displayed as gif’s. Just meditate, the man was told.

WEAR WHAT YOU THINK was one of the first installations you encountered in the exhibition area. Here you where outfitted with a consumer grade EEG-device programmed to detect brainwave patterns; these where then translated into .gifs pulled from giphy.com and projected back onto the subject wearing a white, reflective poncho.

I SEE YOU, the neighbouring installation , used similar technology. Developed by Great Works CPH, the project reflected on data collection, surveillance, privacy and transparency by displaying gifs relating to the conversations going on inside the installation. As with Wear What You Think the gifs where pulled from giphy. A handheld version using a Rasperry pie was also available.

This sci-fi setup is actually an exploration of haptics and music
Resonate by De Nakke Ontwerpers is an exploaration of haptics and music. The suits each contain 10 vibrating that adds another element to the music played in the headphones.

SHE & HE: A LOVE STORY BETWEEN TWO COMPUTERS by Mer/Sea & Iregular was a charming little installation staging a conversation between two computes by pulling randomly selected phrases from social media. The project was very reminiscent of Jonathan Harris’s 2008 installation at MOMA entitled I Want You To Want Me

In the Talents, Talks and Labs section you could employ Doliio’s Autonomous Self-Agent  to take care of your social media presence, meet a 3D printer-turned-tattoo-artist, a concept for decentralized furniture production and various virtual reality projects. Being able to try out new technologies, chat with the makers, listen to talks in an informal setting was a good, engaging experience and nice warm up for the music scheduled later on the day.

3D printer converted to a tatoo machine
A geek tatoo on an artificial hand made by 3D printer converted into a tattoo machine by Appropriate Audiences

 

Lynda Joy's virtual reality project lets people experience being a painter from a painters point of view.
Lynda Joy’s virtual reality project lets people experience being a painter from the artist’s point of view.
Section Boys puffing it
Section Boys puffing it

After an afternoon of encounters on the frontiers of technology, it’s back to business as usual at Trailer Park, which means four stages with music from the cutting edge of the Danish and internation pop, electornic and hiphop scenes. South London crew Section Boyz made up for their late appearance with as intense as they were visibly stoned. But the home-grown acts are the ones on everyone’s lips, particularly the r’n’b stylings of Phlake, the blissed out pop of Slowes and the baritone-voiced electronica of Wangel. And just in case the latter three were too laid back for you, Icelanders Sykur were ready to kick the crowd back into life with their aggressively catchy electronica.

So, Trailer Park, goodbye to a decade at Enghave skatepark. What’s in store for the next 10 years?

 

The decorated trailers are still a part of trailerpark festival
The decorated trailers are still a part of trailerpark festival
Phlake
Phlake
Dagny
Dagny
Slowes
Slowes
Wangel
Wangel
Crowd (Section Boyz)
Crowd (Section Boyz)
Sykur
Sykur.
M.I.L.K.
M.I.L.K.

PHOTOS: Trailerpark Festival

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Photos by Morten Aagaard Krogh (mortenkrogh.com)

Reptile Youth
Reptile Youth
Communions
Communions
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Trailerpark audience
Shiny Darkly
Shiny Darkly
Le1f
Le1f
Get Your Gun
Get Your Gun
Christopher
Christopher

 

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Trailerpark Festival ambience
Broke
Broke
Sleep Party People
Sleep Party People
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Trailerpark festival ambience
Ice Cream Cathedral
Ice Cream Cathedral
Baby In Vain
Baby In Vain
Trailerpark Festival audience
Trailerpark Festival audience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Mont Oliver
Mont Oliver
Naomi Pilgrim
Naomi Pilgrim
Sea Change
Sea Change
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Giana Factory
Giana Factory
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Sekuoia
Sekuoia
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience
Trailerpark Festival ambience

Thanks to Sony for letting us try their new Sony a7S camera

Check out Charlie Cassarino’s festival report 

See also photos from the individual days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Trailerpark Festival report

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Arriving early at a concert in Copenhagen is tremendously unfashionable, and at a festival doubly so. The benefit of being at Trailerpark in the afternoon is being able to explore the various tents, trailers and assorted installations before they are covered under a mass of pretty people. The festival focuses as much on constructing creative and comfortable spaces as it does on the music, and this year is no exception. As well as the eponymous trailers—one made up to look like a Lynchian crime scene, complete with smoke machine and eerie music, another a Tinder-sponsored shag-shack—there are swings made of recycled pallets, surrealist plush sculptures, rum cabañas and a tent devoted to what can only be described as audio-visual terrorism.

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The Tinder-trailer during a quite moment.

Fans of poor decision-making are welcome to try a spot of tattoo roulette—quite literally spinning a wheel to decide what image will be indelibly etched onto your skin—and in the wilder hours of Friday even an over-cautious curmudgeon like yours truly has to exercise a significant amount of self-restraint to avoid it. Those in search of less permanent damage can get a lopsided haircut and a single leg shaved by a bunch of clowns in bondage gear. Pretty standard fare, really.

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There is perhaps no better place than here to take stock of the quality and diversity of the Danish scene, the line-up consisting almost entirely of homegrown talent. This, however, is the only constant. One can wander away from a hip hop act at Royal stage and suddenly come across an emissary of the Mayhem/Posh Isolation scene at Outdoor stage. Throughout, DJs and smaller electronic acts are blasting away in the intimate enclave of Rebel stage.

Thursday

The day starts relatively peacefully with Alice Boman’s wistful folk pop, which transitions neatly into the music of CODY, Copenhagen’s post-folk collective and arguably one of the most talented groups of musicians in the city. Drawing primarily on material from Windshield, their latest album, the six-piece (but depending on the day there could just as easily be eight people on stage, or even just the one) manage to work their wealth of instruments into a beautifully simple whole.

The rest of the day is devoted mainly to electronic acts. Among the most promising newer artists are Mont Oliver, who add a touch of Madchester swagger to their performance (seriously, the guy at the keyboards is even wearing one of those floppy 90s fishing hats). Later on, Ice Cream Cathedral filled Outdoor stage with their pop pyschedelia, followed by a mesmeric Sekuoia.

Ice Cream Cathedral
Ice Cream Cathedral
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Cody

Baby In Vain did their best to convert the crowd to Satan, before Julias Moon could do is darndest to become the Danish equivalent of Michael Jackson.

Friday

Though every day at Trailerpark has its moments, Friday is the one that does its best to physically and mentally destroy festival-goers. In the most positive sense of the phrase, naturally. Hand Of Dust and Get Your Gun bring a dark and twisted version of Americana to town, though their early slots mean that only a handful of the most dedicated are able to witness any of it.

The tone for the rest of the evening is set by New York rapper Le1f. Preceded by a brief display from an acrobat in bondage gear (a phrase I don’t get to use enough), Khalif Diouf exudes equal parts sexuality (consider that barely an hour later will see a DJ set from someone called DJ Cockwhore) and flighty exuberance.  Cutting songs short when he gets tired of them, Le1f makes it clear that he is here to have as much fun as the audience.

Le1f
Le1f

Though Sleep Party People’s mix of lullabies and post-rock is both a visually and aurally captivating experience, the true energy of the evening is found with two bands:  Reptile Youth and Broke. Though the former is considerably more famous, the two share similarities in sound and attitude, guitar-led dance music and physicality. I can personally attest to having had Reptile Youth’s frontman Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen land on my head twice during improperly announced stage dives, and Broke’s frontman developed a liking for humping one of the central tent poles of Outdoor stage.

Reptile Youth
Reptile Youth

All this can only be topped by the utter perfection (in the eyes and ears of this reviewer at least) of The Felines, who bring wide smiles and awkward attempts at the twist to the 4am crowd.

Saturday

Fans of Danish “pop sensations” and hip hop acts must forgive me, but the real stars of the final day of Trailerpark are all at Outdoor stage. First Hate are possibly the dorkiest duo I have ever seen, which automatically makes them cooler than anyone in this tremendously well-dressed audience. It helps that they almost flawlessly channel Speak and Spell-era Depeche Mode, down to the Dave Gahan-esque vocals and dance moves. It’s pure and unabashed synth-pop, and it instantly converts all those present.

If prizes were being awarded, one would have to go to Communions, who have transformed into a much more mature band in the intervening months since our last encounter with them. The punk attitude is still there, but it no longer has a stranglehold over their sound, and finally they devote themselves to the wiry jangle-pop that was always lurking underneath the discordant tone and shambolic compositions. Those of us who spent the bike-ride to Enghave listening exclusively to Felt (or is that just me?) are in for a very pleasant surprise.

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Communions

As people gather to watch Shiny Darkly, it is evident that they are precisely the same hand-picked audience that attended First Hate and Communions. Apparently I have become a stereotype, though what that might be is unclear. Though perhaps the most obviously post-punk oriented of all the acts at Trailerpark, Shiny Darkly do not simply emulate their elders and betters. The raw riffs and chanted vocals are driven by a spartan and effective rhythm section, and on occasion even joined by a violinist or a trumpet player. The extra instruments are used with an ear for noise and harmonics as much as they add an extra layer of melody to the songs. At any rate they bespeak a level of ambition that is the mark of a healthy music scene. The likes of S!vas and Christopher might bring in the punters, but visitors looking for the true energy of the city should follow the leather jackets.

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Shiny Darkly

 View  the galleries from Trailerpark Festival here:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

All days

Thanks to Sony for letting us try the new Sony a7S camera.

All photos by Morten Aagaard Krogh (mortenkrogh.com)

PHOTOS: Trailerpark Festival, Day 3, 02.08.2014

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Photos by Morten Aagaard Krogh

Communions

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Indians

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Giana Factory

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Trailerpak Festival ambience

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S!vas

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Gold Lip

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Trailerpark Festival ambience

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Christopher

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Thanks to Sony for giving us the opportunity to try their new Sony a7S camera

PHOTOS: Trailerpark Festival, Day 2, 01.08.2014

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Photos by Morten Aagaard Krogh

Get Your Gun

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Hand Of Dust

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Sea Change

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Le1f

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Reptile Youth

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Emil Germ

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Sleep Party People

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Broke

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Ghost Venue

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Thanks to Sony for giving us the opportunity to try their new Sony a7S camera

PHOTOS: Trailerpark Festival, Day 1, 31.07.2014

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Photos by Morten Aagaard Krogh

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Cody

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Ice Cream Cathedral

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Kill J

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Gäy

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 Baby In Vain

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Julias Moon

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Sekuoia

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Mont Oliver

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Trailerpark Festival ambience

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Thanks to Sony for giving us the opportunity to try their new Sony a7S camera

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