[ISEA2023] Artist Talk: Sidsel Christensen — Hypersubject Conversations

Artist Statement

Theme: Robots – Expanded Corporalities Subtheme: Symbiotic Individuations

Hypersubject Conversations is a developing practice based artistic research work that explores how to give voice to the more-than-human, and reflect in a symbiotic way. A group of women experiment with role play and improvisation techniques to enter larger networks/    institutions/contexts that they are a part of, and speak as if they are these networks/  institutions/contexts (Hypersubjects). The conversations go on in an installation of sensors/ programming/video projections/light/amplified sound, that aims to fold these lager hypersubjects out onto the room, so that the room itself constitutes the hypersubject. The human persons sit inside the speaking hypersubject, and fold their perspectives internally/externally between the embodied and virtual.

  • Sidsel Christensen is a visual artist and currently Ph.D research fellow at the Department of Fine Art at KMD in Bergen, Norway. She maintains a crossdisciplinarity focus, that traverses the artistic areas of New Media and Installation, and engages spatial, textual and performative practices. Throughout, she explores how interactive and relational mechanisms can shed light on the formation and reproduction of various identity constructions. Sidsel has presented her work in range of art institutions and contexts, amongst others Stavanger Art Museum, Kunsthall Stavanger, Rogaland Kunstsenter, KINO KINO, Kunstnerenes Hus, Perfomence Art Bergen, Gallery Entrée in Norway, as well as The Institute of Contemporary Art (UK), Photo London (UK), The Tetley (UK), Hjellegjerde Gallery (UK), David Roberts Art Foundation (UK), VEGA ARTS (DK), X and Beyond (DK), CPH:DOX (DK) Ancharpark (DE) and Insitu (DE) and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL.