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Print (MA)

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A is an artist and technologist based in Copenhagen and London. A studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Royal College of Art. Their publication based on the MA dissertation can be found in Drawing Room's study outset in London and National Art Library in Copenhagen.

Recent exhibitions include among others Newcomers at Grafikgalleriet (DK), Dry Floor at HOXTON 253 art project space (UK), Heimat (contributor) at PAKHUSgalleriet (DK), 24.50 at ST:ART (DK), Artists as Independent Publishers at Weserburg Museum (DE), Artist’s Autumn Exhibition at Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art (DK), and Misplaced at Oped Space (JPN).


Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Print (MA)

Dead, static, discharged bodies only sparks. Literal and othered bodies, lie on the ground, on their backs, and can not rise. Their joints are missing or disassembled. A metaphor for technical bodies and systems giving rise to alternative worlds, explored through formulas, materials, and cooperation with machines, such as; immaterial computers, synthetic voices, computer vision, drawing, clay, printing presses, and other signs of engagement.

The technical explorations transgress into the mythical and manifest in experimental, relational, and diagrammatic activities. Through monotonous witnessing the activities are constantly reduced and abstracted through (im)material manifestations, paralinguistic activities, and autonomous worlds where definitions are not dependent on authority, e.g., the searching definition of primordial technics. A notion that sprout through the observation that other discourses, rather than direct openings (e.g., using electronic equipment, criticising or opening technology to become more transparent), are more precise in terms of the primordial functions of technics. Through this notion, a world built itself.

Technics becomes an expanded and poetic field, rethought through sensorial registers and representation, not structures of engineering.

Left: Detail of etching (trauma, stranded)

Video, 01:51 minutes.

Medium:

Cloned voice speech synthesis, video
Installation
Detail of etching
Detail of etching
Detail of etching
Detail of sprouting wheat seeds
Detail of sprouting wheat seeds

The video :-) :-o (in these worlds everything exists) is filmed through a macro lens in which projections of two emoticons appear to manifest in a tiny seed found in a London garden. It is as if the encoding of the content is already happening within. The audio is a monologue reading, made using a text-to-speech program in which the author’s voice has been cloned through a neural network. The author’s voice, therefore, reads words that the author has never spoken. The text written and spoken through the speech synthesis elaborates on materialisation that through drawing, projection and absence can be re-transcribed for openness and autonomy.

Thank you to Ethelburga Community Garden for donating the compost.

Exhibited at Dry Floor at HOXTON 253 art project space, as part of an exhibition presented by students from the Royal College of Art (Abhaya Rajani, Art Sokoloff, Anders Aarvik).

The works are multidisciplinary and experimental at core, and have been adapted to the space itself. The works span sculpture, installation and print, merging together. The exhibition revolves around structure and formation, as both ideological and nihilistic. Structures have been extracted from their original source or situation, and displaced into other contexts.

Medium:

Cloned voice speech synthesis, video, crt tv, soil, etchings, wheat seeds

Size:

110x50x120cm
Installation
Detail
Detail
Detail

An object pulsates and reaches into the ground, it plants a seed, it is allowed to spread under the ground without the states perception of ever having existed.

Exhibited at Dry Floor at HOXTON 253 art project space.

Medium:

Clay, wheat seeds

Size:

16x70x40cm
Installation
Detail
Installation 2
Detail

The spine is a pillar of bone, each organ is connected to each bone.

Plastikforbindelser is a generative series in constant change. It is comprised of objects that respond to their local environment, including found objects and commodities from garbage containers, to natural sites, to shops, to studio spaces.

The objects protrude from surfaces in the space, connected in a network of new signs before they face their inevitable course of dissolving, returning to the shop, to the garbage container or to be consumed.

The series emerged from work conducted in Raadvad (a cultivated forest area), combining the clay with fish fins, rabbit ears, branches, and objects from the workshop, e.g., computer-extracted gold.

At Dry Floor, the new objects in the series were extracted from the local surroundings; the clay extends the spine of the palm leave, preserved with what they absorbed from the garbage container, such as snail droppings and houses.

Exhibited at Dry Floor at HOXTON 253 art project space.


Medium:

Clay, palm leaves

Size:

210x150x150cm
Detail
Performance
Installation
Detail of performance

From a clear state, the bare floor is filled with hundred clay dents in which upward-facing rabbit ears point in different directions, while activity unfolds between language, artificiality, technics, and functions of on and off.

The actor creates in collaboration with a synthetic voice which is emitted from a nearby computer, and initiate lines from a poem about a landscape which the actor then completes live. “Listening” to the actor’s addition, the machine then combines misunderstandings of the actor’s words with its own, generating a new entry to “read aloud”. The cycle repeats over and over for one hour and nine minutes. The speech synthesis slowly becomes unrecognisable as language, increasing in rhythm and level of cacophony, while the actor simultaneously attempts to create a landscape with the animal parts. 

In Landscape (ceremony of misunderstandings), the machine misunderstands the actor like the actor misunderstands the animal. The misunderstandings are recorded to a file for data exchange (json), which can be read between hominid and machine, and this will be read and played out loud for the duration of the exhibition while the ears collapse on the floor.

Performance and sound installation at Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling 2020, group exhibition. Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.

Photos: I DO ART Agency


Medium:

Clay, notebook, garbage bags, cables, computer, script, speakers, microphone, ears

Size:

30×500×500cm. Performance: 1 hour 9 minutes.
Installation
Detail
Detail
Installation
Detail
Detail of etching

To be exhibited at Cromwell Place, London.

Photos: Art Sokoloff

Medium:

Etching on cotton paper, graphite plotting, fur, and thread framed in walnut, ears

Size:

41x52cm
Installation
Detail of 'collaborative etching #1', etching on cotton paper — 22.9x32cm, framed in darkened oak. Collaborator: Aske Hvitved.
Detail of 'untitled (trauma, stranded)', etching on kozo-mix paper — 42.5x52cm, framed in darkened oak.
Detail of '\]|[/', drypoint on cartridge paper — 64.5x41cm, framed in darkened oak.
Detail of 'untitled (an object breaks)' + 'untitled (several objects are born)', etching on cotton paper — 19x25cm each, framed in darkened oak.
Detail of 'mennesket, amfibiet', etching on kozo paper — 26x34.2cm, framed in darkened oak.

Various intaglios are presented in an exhibition at Grafikgalleriet, consisting of intaglio works that represent milestones and techniques from the last 1.5 years of studio-based research. They differ in levels of generativity and collaboration.

Exhibited at Newcomers at Grafikgalleriet.

Medium:

Intaglio