Sidsel Christensen

What’s your background?

My educational background is within fine art and filmmaking. I did the larger bulk of my education in London, at Goldsmith College and Royal College of art. I studied film at a foundational level in Denmark and this was a great base for how my work has developed.

What influences you artistically?

I get a lot of inspiration from devouring science fiction. Writers like Ursula Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Octavia Butler, and can I say Donna Haraway in this context, hehe? There are male sci-fi writers too of course, but here I would like to highlight Liu Cixin and his book series «The Three-Body Problem”. I love how he takes it to mind-bending intergalactic extremes; especially how he explores human movement into the 4th dimension and the 2nd dimension.

Currently I am also very much inspired by the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, especially her intersubjective practices and soft body sculptures. A mix between her and the Buddha. He was quite ground-breaking too in his approach to the body – mind link.

How do you start a new work?

It varies. The projects seem to ferment for a while, often through a very wide range of interests and guilty pleasures that I look at, people I engage with, books and films. Then, suddenly it clicks together in an unexpected way. That is when I get the drive to realize the work. With the “performance installations” I do, the work is not really happening before it engages the audience. So then starting would mean making the installation and other supporting “infrastructure” for this interaction.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am working on understanding what artistic research really means and how it fits into my practice. As I am now an official PhD candidate at the Art Academy in Bergen Norway, I guess I ought to find out, hehe. Currently, I am looking into how it is possible to move into the 4th dimension, live action roleplay techniques and building structures with people and strings. The latter is a bit hard at the moment due to Covid-19, since I can’t really invite people to join me. The structures keep collapsing, and when I build them it seems more like I am engaged with some kind of absurd Becket-like performance. I am also planning a performative lecture about LOVE. Not romantic love, but love on a communal level. I think that is what’s most needed right now.

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