Seminar: BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis

On Saturday September 28th 2019 Galleri Image hosted a seminar about the exhibition BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis by Signe Klejs.
28-09-2019 - 28-09-2019
Seminar: BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis
Signe Klejs, Lone Koefoed Hansen and Anne Erlend Eskildsen
On Saturday September 28th 2019 Galleri Image hosted a seminar about the exhibition BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis by Signe Klejs. 

In attendance: associate professor in digital aesthetics and design Lone Koefoed Hansen, butterfly expert and biologist (Phd) Anne Erland Eskildsen and artist Signe Klejs.

Signe Klejs is a Danish artist with a master’s in Design with Digital Media from Design School Kolding and Universität der Künste Berlin, where she studied experimental media art. In her work, she challenges the potential in digital art through what she defines as, relational encounters between body, space and technology. She works across many genres including, stage art, visual arts, site specific art, installations and transmedia projects. Klejs' art has been exhibited all over Scandinavia, in Europe, Asia and the US. During the European. Since May 2019, her permanent light installation Zeitgeist has been installed on the façade of The Women’s Museum in Aarhus.

Lone Kofoed Hansen is an associate professor in digital design and aesthetics, who researches and teaches culture and digital art at Aarhus University. Her research examines the correlation between technology, art and design. 

Anne Erland Eskildsen is a biologist specialising in nature, nature protection, climate change and biodiversity. Her main area of focus is butterflies and her research on the subject has been published in a number of highly regarded journals. 


The exhibition BLOWN AWAY is influenced by chaos theory and addresses the ways in which human actions can affect our surroundings and have more impactful consequences than can be predicted. Klejs refers to her video installation as a Butterfly Necropolis as it consists of a video archive depicting colors and patterns from the more than 12 species of butterflies which are now extinct in Denmark. In the exhibition, the butterfly images are literally blown away. The wind is derived from wind data in real time from the sea southeast of New Zealand, in this way, the direct effect caused by wind conditions from far away is made visible. 

Klejs’ latest works all engage with variability as a result of changes in the surrounding environment. She has used data from sources such as the setting sun and local wind conditions, seeking to depict the relationship between environment (nature) and artwork (culture). 

You can read more about her work at and more about this exhibition at

A special thanks to CAVI, Aarhus University.

The Exhibition was supported by Kulturudviklingspuljen (City of Aarhus), Augustinus Fonden and the Danish Arts Foundation.