Unoder is the first exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection. Unoder is a Danish word, which actually means bad habits or unconventional behaviour, but also refers to notes or signs (in music, art and the world at large) not following the beaten path. The collection consists of sound-, video- and intermedia works. Video documentation represents an important part of the inter-aesthetic research, which the museum carries out into the development of experimental art forms since the 1950s. The collection follows the path of art beginning with the Futurist noise-manifesto and Dada-poetry, via concrete poetry and electronic music, Fluxus and conceptual art, to the most recent trends of contemporary art reflecting on the public's social and cognitive values. Thus, the collection is more an "area of research" than art of a certain kind or with specific period characteristics. This area consists of artworks as much as ideas.
Unoder presents undertones and overtones of the artworks and ideas behind the collection. The Undertones (on the ground floor) are first and foremost "Fluxed art", that is art descending from Fluxus’ ideas and inheritance, but not necessarily belonging to it in a strict art historical sense. It deals with works by artists of remarkable importance such as Yoko Ono, Philip Corner, Alison Knowles, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Geoffrey Hendricks, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Henrik Have Joe Jones and others. The Overtones (on the first floor) present sound art on a pure experimental level – from an historical point of view in our Audioteque and as contemporary research in our sound studio, Krydsfelt. The fusion of sound and image characterizes also the video production of artists like Laurie Anderson and Christian Marclay. Besides, another important and poetic Overtone at Unoder is the retrospective of drawings by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, entitled "On the Other Hand". It deals with more than 800 drawings from the period 1989-92, when Reuterswärd was fighting with an appalling disease which had paralysed the whole right side of his body. The drawings and sculptures are therefore made with “the other hand”, i.e. his left hand.