Om liveart_dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.

Tim Driver (DK)

Tim Driver Work with Live Art Denmark 2013: DJ Set for Hitparaden 1 About the Artist As well as being part of Denmark’s award winning OHOI! crew and director of the annual mega event RAW in Copenhagen, Tim has a long history of DJ’ing. Coming from early nineties Rave music, Detroit Techno and the Wild Pitch sounds of New York and Chicago, the musical choice of today is a wide-ranging mix of bass heavy genres from UK Garage/House to Drum & Bass. This website is about the activities of OHOI, and here is Tim’s personal soundcloud.

Thomas Martius (DE)

Thomas Martius Work for Live Art Denmark 2005: “Las Venice” with Andrzej Wirth at Berliner Luft 2. Las Venice In their “Essayistic Video Performance” Las Venice, reknowned cultural critic Andrzej Wirth and videomaker and performance artist Thomas Martius embark on a philosophical investigation of the “original” city of Venice and its replica, the Venetian casinohotel in Las Vegas. For their performance at Hitparaden 1, Andrzej and Thomas performed a live conversation in the light of a multi channel projection of the video essay that added an entertaining extra layer to the complex structure of the video work. About the Artist Thomas is a theatre director, performance- and video- artist, writer […]

Thomas Altheimer (DK)

Thomas Altheimer Work for Live Art Denmark 2011: Lecture about the “Case against Nielsen” at Samtalekøkken The Case against Nielsen We invited Thomas to one of our Samtalekøkken events in early 2011. He used the opportunity to tell the story of his court case against Claus Beck-Nielsen, who allegedly stole his identity in the book “Suverænen”. Nielsen and Altheimer worked and travelled together on a series of rather radical peformative excursions, which Nielsen used as content for some of his books, fictionalising Thomas’ real name, address, family etc. It is a convoluted story of a love-hate relationship between two of the most mysterious protagonists of the contemporary Copenhagen art scene, […]

Terra Nova (DK)

Terra Nova Works for Live Art Denmark 2013: “Like/not like” at Samtalekøkken Like/not like At Samtalekøkken in February 2013, Jens Bäckvall and Christian Adelhorst Rossil, members of the performance collective Terra Nova, presented their open source project “Like/not like” in a performative lecture. Printed and laminated “thumbs up/down” symbols were passed out to the audience, and they were encouraged to like or dislike the presentationa and the project at several times during the evening. The project is documented in a series of short videos on Jens Bäckvall’s Youtube channel. They mostly show Jens and Christian in jogging pants, working on different aspects of simplicity and minimalist movements. They also dance […]

Tero Nauha (FIN)

Tero Nauha Work for Live Art Denmark 2012: “Life in Bytom” at Samtalekøkken Life in Bytom Tero Nauha presented a performance from an ongoing series about capitalism, which he developed during a residency in the small Polish mining town of Bytom. He worked with a simple set up of two tables, two speakers and a projection screen in the back, where a slide show of images from the mining past runs. Dressed all in black he reports about his work in and about Bytom. So far, everything looks like a scholarly lecture. But while he speaks, Tero moves a small pile of pieces of coal with his mouth across his […]

Tanja Ostojic

Tanja Ostojic Work for Live Art Denmark2004: ”The Integration Project 2000-2005: A Dinner Conversation” at Berliner Luft 1  The Integration Project 2000-2005: A Dinner ConversationTanja’s performance lecture, part of her „Integration Project” series, was entitled “A Dinner Conversation”. The audience was served food and wine while Tanja, her body completely covered by a burqa in military camouflage pattern, shows films and pictures from her projects. The audience is placed in a comfortable position while the works that are presented address “the others” – those who are not allowed to sit at the table in Denmark. The conversation is based on earlier parts of “The Integration Project“, which included her best […]

Søren Thilo Funder (DK)

Søren Thilo Funder Work for Live Art Denmark 2012: “Rites of Passage (Keep alive)” for Samtalekøkken 2013: “First Citizen” video for the Turku Biennial Rites of Passage (Keep alive) At Samtalekøkkenet in September 2012, he presented “Rites of Passage (Keep alive)”. A man in formal evening dress slowly descends a set of chairs, and carefully unfolds a white sheet of fabric, which he holds out in front of him. On the sheet, a video is projected which shows a variety of documentary footage of public situations of mourning. Crowds of crying people in the street, watching a hearse go by, audience and players of sports events standing in silence, heads […]

Søren Dahlgaard (DK)

Søren Dahlgaard Work for Live Art Denmark 2011: Dough Sculptures at Samtalekøkken Dough Sculptures For the edition of Samtalekøkken held in May 2011, we invited Søren Dahlgaard who performed with two of his dough sculptures, working live with them for the first time, as he pointed out in an introductory speech, explaining also, that one was a slow sculpture, ahile the other one was fast. It could be claimed that it was not so much Søren himself who performed, he acted more as a trainer and moderator for his dough sculptures. These are produced with different amounts of yeast and therefore develop a very basic, but no less captivating, life […]

Søren Berner (CH/DK)

Søren Berner Works for Live Art Denmark 2012: “Barbie” for Samtalekøkken 2014: “Pop Up Besøg” and another performance for Live Art for Børn 1 2014: “Freenactment” at Samtalekøkken at Madhouse Helsinki 2018: “Still Live” at Live Art for Børn 5 Barbie In this intense performance for Samtalekøkken in October 2012, Søren had a group of football players lead the audience in a warm up session, held an interactive photo session, let audience members paint his portait with fire extinguishers, auctioned of the finished work and finally even led the discussion about the meaning of the performance himself. Pop Up Besøg For the Live Art for Børn festival in 2014, Søren […]