Interview spring ’18

- for It's Liquid Group in Italy

What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

I live and work in Copenhagen, Denmark and hold a degree from the Academy of Fine Art of Funen, in Odense. Received M.A. postgraduate studies in Multimedia Aesthetics at the University of Aarhus and I teach Art to both undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in Denmark.

Since the late 90s I’ve worked with video and sound. While doing my postgraduate courses in Århus I also worked as a radio technician. I have experimented a lot with video, sound and animation, and was a member of a video collective in Copenhagen called FAST VIDEO for many years.

I’ve received several grants and residencies. I’ve stayed at the Danish Academy in Rome several times and at the prestigious residency ‘San Cataldo’ for Danish artists and scientists on the Amalfi coast in Italy.

My work has been shown in galleries and museums, mainly in Europe. In spring I exhibited a series of 24 drawings called ‘above and beyond’ at Ahrenshoop Art Museum in the North of Germany on a big expo called ‘luftlinie’.

The main influences when I was in Art School, was post-war artists from Germany in the 90s. And once we had a fantastic guest teacher at the Academy called Cornelia Parker(UK). She influenced my thinking with perspectives on Art that I hadn’t perceived before, which pushed my work in new directions.

Since then I’ve been influenced by esoteric thinkers, tales of cosmos and ideas of how cosmos is implied in the accounts of adventures, science and philosophy.

How do you find creative inspiration?

Often I do quite a lot of research before doing my projects. Its a balance to integrate intuition and technique and make a unique piece of work.

At the moment I’m very interested in celestial phenomenons and research from the space stations above us. I used to read a lot of science fiction as a child and was particularly fond of the French Christin and Meziere comics. But it seems contemporary science is much stranger than the science fiction of today.

I appreciate when people have an extraordinary outlook. In my video ‘Polizia di Starlight’ I was impressed with the passion of the Roman stargazer; the Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi whom I had invited for an interview at my studio at the Danish Academy in Rome.

What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

Time, energy and sometimes money is the most challenging part to do Artworks. As I guess is the case for most artists.

I teach and I love teaching. But times are tough, so the fight for jobs in Arts and Culture is a fierce struggle.

Sometimes I dream about moving to the countryside to a cheaper location with low costs, so I could concentrate more on my Art projects. But then again there aren’t many jobs in my field in the countryside.

Did your style change over the years? How?

When I started out studying Arts, nothing was digital. Which means that I’ve tried all the basic techniques in doing photography, drawing, printmaking, analogue video and so on.

I try to maintain a sense of quality in the work I do. Technically, intellectually and sensually. Since the digital medias have a more fleeting energy to them, they seem more instantaneous, which can be a wonderful almost spiritual challenge in order to make them work on a high level.

I believe there’s always been a certain graphic look and existential approach in my work which makes most of my projects go well together. Even when I use different medias.

What are you currently working on? 

A couple of years ago I started to draw again, after many years of only doing video. So at the moment I’m working on a series of drawings (140×100 cm) called ‘Spheres’ for an expo in a Parish church in September. It’s an exhibition where I’m developing a celestial theme mixed with spherical clouds.

– and I’m experimenting with some new short videos.

What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

I love to hear how people perceive my work and I’m always curious about what works in my projects and what doesn’t. To find out what visitors perceive and if it goes well together with my intent.

It gives me great joy to find more mysterious thoughts than my own quirky mind and through the years I have received a lot of names of artists, thinkers and writers to look into.

Before I finish an Art project, I usually show my work to professional colleagues to get an idea of how the process is going.

How is being an artist nowadays?

To be an artist today has changed a lot since I started studying Art. I was working with a lot with B/W photography, drawing and graphics when I started out. And I still love a lot of the old analogue techniques.

It feels like we’re living in an image-clash-culture, being constantly bombarded with visual input. Which mess up ones perception so much, that sometimes I have to sit and stare at nothing for at couple of days to get into my work.

Art is still Art though. As a teaching artist I’m wondering how long it will take for people to absorb this revolution of images. Maybe we’re living in a post-dadaist dream/nightmare scenario… – clip-cut and steal… cut’n paste

What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

I found it sympathetic when I heard about it. A friend who studied in Firenze tipped me about the ITS LIQUID GROUP and I liked interdisciplinary style.

The title VISIONS – ARCHITECTURES OF IDENTITIES was very catchy, and instantly made me think of my video ‘Polizia di Starlight’ for the occasion.

I love the Italian approach on Art and Design, it’s usually very playful, spacious and philosophical.