Minority Report: Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark began as a vague idea more than two years ago. The exhibition was only able to develop into its present form thanks to a large number of people, organizations, institutions, and foundations, to whom we are forever indebted. 

First and foremost, we would like to express our heart-felt gratitude to each of the 116 participants in the exhibition without whose invaluable efforts this event would not have been possible. All the participants have generously shared their knowledge, research, and networks with us since the beginning of the project and have informed our thinking from the very start. Despite a very limited budget, all are contributing with an amazing series of projects or perspectives, which will undoubtedly influence the discourse on intolerance and co-existence. We owe a special thank-you to participants Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Ellen Nyman, Kim Su Rasmussen, and Bünyamin Simsek for also accepting the demanding invitation to join a consultant group. Not only have they been crucial to the conceptualization of the exhibition, their insightfulness has also helped us recognize a number of its weaknesses.

For financial support, we would especially like to thank Aarhus Municipality; Provinspuljen – The Danish Ministry of Culture's Regional Cultural Project; The County of Aarhus: Committee for Children, Culture and Education; The Danish Art Council's Committee for Visual Art; The Danish Art Council's Committee for International Visual Art; and The Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs for their generous support of the exhibition and its accompanying publications. Thanks are also due to The Nordic Cultural Fund; Ege Carpets A/S; Calamus Danmark A/S; IKEA; Kemp & Lauritzen; EU's Regional Fund & City On The Move – The Urban Program; The Municipality of Aarhus – General Economic Resources to Implement the Policy of Integration; SHARE YOUR COUNTRY; Danish Center for Culture and Development; Montana; The Plum Foundation; The Sonning Foundation; Totalproduktion; Falck Securitas Vagt A/S; Engedal Fotografi; Vester Kopi; Nifca (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art); Cab Inn Aarhus; Aarhus Town Hall; LO – The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions; Pressalit A/S; Nordic; V1 Flagindustri ApS; Kulturguiden Aarhus A/S;; The Folmer Wisti Foundation for International Understanding; The Austrian Embassy Copenhagen; The Embassy of the Republic of Poland; Det Kongelige Grønlandsfond; Air Logistics ApS; and Kulturfonden Danmark-Grønland for their financial support to the exhibition and commitment to its idea. Also a big thank-you to Aarhus Film Workshop; Brabrand Boligforening; Bruun's Galleri; Damgaard-Jensen A/S; EnVision; Indvandrer TV; Kulturcenter Huset; Kulturhus Aarhus; Royal Arctic Line A/S; and Tourist Aarhus for material and financial sponsorship. And on behalf of a number of the participants in Minority Report, we take the liberty to thank all the individuals, organizations, institutions, and foundations, who have supported them in their realization of their projects, among others: Aarhus Municipal Language Center; Børnekulturhuset; Eurolines; Susan Goul; and Christian Søegaard.

For his uncompromising support of the project, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Torben Brandi Nielsen, the Cultural Mayor of Aarhus Municipality. Special thanks are also due to the Steering Committee of Aarhus Festival of Contemporary Art for their supervision and commitment: Helen Lykke-Møller with assistant Katrine Bering Liisbjerg, Bjarne Bækgaard, Pia Buchardt, Anna Krogh, Inge-Lise Ravn, and Lena Øvig. We are especially indebted to the board of Kulturhus Århus for accommodating our wishes to rent The Equestrian Hall during the busy months of September and October; to Director of Aarhus Art Building, Helen Lykke-Møller, for putting at our disposal the newly opened underground wing of the building; and to Directors of The Movie Theater East of Eden, Ole Bjørn Christensen and Uffe Sloth Andersen, for hosting our film program and helping us acquiring screening copies.

We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to all the galleries, who represent a number of the participating artists, and to all the lenders who generously put artwork from their collections at our disposal: the artists; ADAGP; The British Film Institute, London; CINEManufacture, Switzerland; The Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, Massachusetts; East of Eden, Aarhus; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, Berlin; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; KAOS- Kunst und Video-Archiv; Victoria Miro Gallery, ondon; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; Adrian Piper Research Archive, Hyannis, Massachusetts; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Sfeir Semler Gallery, Hamburg; Studio Canal Image, France; TV Stop, Copenhagen; Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur; and Women Make Movies, New York.

Finally, we want to express our warm gratitude to Curatorial Assistants Stinna Boje Toft and Lone Bønløkke for their enormous assistance with research, loans, fund raising, public relations, and a myriad of details. Special thanks are also due to Assistants Birgit Bjerre, Margit Blæsbjerg, Dorthe Godsk Hansen, Anette Hoe Jessing, and Silja Rønnøw for assistance with public relations, sponsorship, travels, communication, and installation design. Also a very big thank-you to all the volunteers for producing the educational material and for their generous effort, commitment, and patience during the preparation and realization of the exhibition: Maria Hvid Bengtson, Maria Kappel Blegvad, Annette Damgaard, Helene Dorf, Karen Friis Hansen, Kit Lindved Hansen, Iben Hofstede, Kristoffer Horn Jensen, Mia Broe Jensen, Barbara Katzin, Tina Kristensen, Dominika Aleksandra Loburska, Janna Lund, Lone Manicus, Connie Munch, Sine Bang Nielsen, Lise Siig Nørskov, Ditte Hanne Outrup, Anne Skole Overgaard, Anja Møller Pedersen, Malene N. Ratcliffe, Katrine Skovgaard, Sara Skovgaard, Ditte Marie Størner, and Lone Føgh Westphall. Thanks also to Carsten Kyster, Roland Mathiasen, and Jakob K. Sørensen for taking on the big task of running the Café in The Equestrian Hall. And to Totalproduktion, Calamus Danmark A/S, and preparators Peter Lindner, Jan Falk Borup, and their installation crew for their tireless assistance with construction and installation.

Special thanks are also due to Blank Rover Visual Project for their innovative design of the exhibition's publication material and website. We are also grateful to Percetakan Cahaya Timur Offset/CTO in Indonesia, for a beautiful print job, to Lone Manicus for the User Guide's cover photograph, to copyeditors Connie Munch and Katrine Skovgaard for careful reading, and to Lars Buchardt, Morten Buchardt, Tina Kristensen, James Manley, Dan A. Marmorstein, Philip Mullarkey, Connie Munch, Tina Bjerre Nielsen, Birgit Ravn Pedersen, and Katrine Skovgaard for excellent translations.

Last, but not least, we want to extend our sincere appreciation to all the networks, cultural organizations, and institutions, who have generously contributed with material to the Information and Communication Center in The Equestrian Hall. And a big thank-you to all the artists, cultural organizations, curators, academics, theoreticians, and business professionals who took the time to meet and/or correspond with us during the research of the exhibition. Their insightful commentary, criticisms, and introductions have been crucial to the conceptualization of the exhibition as well.

A warm welcome!

Trine Rytter Andersen, Kirsten Dufour, Tone O. Nielsen & Anja Raithel
August 2004