The Relationship

a rawlings, 2017 Poem on paper

'The Relationsship' is an excerpt from the book Áfall / Trauma by a rawlings, in which the body in crisis confronts narrative, diagnostics, and identication in relation to the self, society, cultural habit, non-human entities, and land. Breast cancer becomes a vessel to experience a ‘theatre of the rural’— isolating, intimate, discom ting, and where the private commons are a stage for semi-public conversation between and about a person and a person and a land. Áfall / Trauma functions as lived performance, with scripts designed for expansive interpretive flexibility.  Áfall / Trauma’s only hope rests in transformative action.



a rawlings, 2017 Video, 44.02 min

Shoreline interactions that spur participants to explore estrangement, intimacy, rural ritual, and/or relationship with human and more- than-human bodies. The interactions may be considered geopoetics performance-as-research.

a rawlings’ performance practice seeks and interrogates relational empathy between bodies, be they human, more-than-human, other- than, non. Meditating on languages as inescapable lenses of human engagement, her produced work over the past fifteen years has included sensual poetries, vocal and contact improvisation, new music libretti, theatre of the rural, and conversations with landscapes. 


8 untitled prints on paper

Ursula Andkjær Olsen, 2017

Ursula Andkjær Olsen is a Danish poet whose works challenge the idea of bodies as demarcated entities, and ponder how organic bodies and language-as-technology continually entangle and re-make each other. Her poetry meticulously interweaves biological systems with architectural annexes, mythological compositions and linguistic logics, while mercilessly turning the most intimate chambers of the body inside out and exposing it as a very public and thoroughly political arena.


Dear Daughter

Nanna Lysholt Hansen
3 artists books and video, 11.51 min

Nanna Lysholt Hansen’s project 'Dear Daughter' consists of a series of three performances documented on video. In Dear Daughter/Organic Cyborg Stories from 2013, she addresses her unborn daughter by mixing fragments of professor Donna Haraway’s essay A Cyborg Manifesto with her own thoughts on pregnancy and birth. Dear Daughter/Motherboard Theories of Evolution is a speech to the new born daughter. Text fragments of different origin is interwoven and combined in a sound collage on femininity, history, language and technology. The performance Dear Daughter/Anatomy of the Chthulucene is about sex and sexuality and links anatomic descriptions of clitoris with Donna Haraway’s concept of ‘the Chthulucene’.


Jeg kigger på IO / Io sto guradando IO / I'm looking at myself

Artists Book
Marie Kølbæk Iversen, 2015

Io was discovered in 1610 by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and named after the priestess Io,who – upon being seduced by Jupiter – was transformed into a white heifer to hide her from his jealous wife, Juno. Juno saw through the deceit, however, and sent a horse y to bite Io every time she stopped to rest. Thus Io was doomed to restless wanderings, just like a moon circles its planet. By way of the Italian rst person pronoun, 'io', – I –the identities of Galileo, the moon, the priestess, and the cow, are con ated.

The book “Jeg kigger på IO / Io sto guardando IO / I’m looking at myself” is a collaboration with writer Ida Marie Hede who was invited to write a monologue presenting Galileo’s viewpoint on the discovery of Io.


If Earth were a Body, Borders would be Wounds

Artists Book,
Marie Kølbæk Iversen, 2017

The book is a documentation of the work 'Mirror Therapy', in which Kølbæk Iversen traces imperial tracks from Afhganistan to Europe, from the art of the Rennaissance to contemporary politics. The leitmotif of the work is the Afghan stone lapis lazuli, which has been used for centuries in the production of ultramarine pigment. The title 'Mirror Therapy' refers to a neuro-scienti c and ergotherapeutic method, which helps to relieve phantom pain in an amputated or otherwise wounded body.

The Laboratory Library

As part of the Anthropocene Laboratory, The laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology propose a 'Laboratory Library' – an open-ended and unfinished coreography of stones, shorelines, bodies, scribbles, mothers, daughters, moons and cyborgs. The library consists of books and other works on the fuzzy boundaries between materials; on entanglements of bodies, landscapes, languages and trauma; on loss and grief; on nurture and care for the unexpected other. The Laboratory Library is presenting works by artists and writers a rawlings, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Nanna Lysholt Hansen and Ursula Andkjær Olsen.

You are invited to open, leaf through, read and ponder the exhibitied books.