In Denmark you are never more than 50 kilometres away from the coast and it plays an important role in the identity of the Danish everyday life. Stretching over 8.750 kilometres it is one of the longest coastlines in Europe although Denmark is one of the smallest countries. It is a workplace, a breathing space, a political battleground while also being the heart of the Danish tourist industry. It brings both environmental and socio-political conflicts and values up for debate.
The coast has remained almost untouched the last century with free public access, but the coast is ever-changing. Both nature and society are under pressure. The ocean eats its way into the land and swallows houses, cities expand along the shores all the time while climate changes lead to rising sea levels.
This ongoing long-term project investigates how nature, people and the society use and affect the coast and it explores the relationship and tension between human and nature.
Ulrik Hasemann and Mathias Svold, 2017-2018