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.

Noah Holtwiesche (DE)

Noah Holtwiesche Works for Live Art Denmark2007 “Signifying Nothing” at Berliner Luft 32014 “Aibi/Alias” at Samtalekøkken, Inkonst Malmö Signifying NothingStanding close to his audience in a small basement room, after a lengthy introduction in which he explains the title (referring to the number zero), Noah informs the audience about his aim to establish an energy flow between them and a piece of steel, and what to do to end the performance. Noah then ceremoniously takes of his suitcoat, hangs it up, and leaves through the door behind him. Through the door he left open we see him in the next room, where he repeatedly lifts a length of steel beam […]

Molly Haslund (DK)

Molly Haslund Works for Live Art Danmark 2010 Presentation of Lone Twin Theatre at Samtalekøkken, with Gary Winters 2011 “I went into a bar” at Samtalekøkken 2015 “Spoon Ball” at Live Art for Kids 2 Lone Twin For Samtalekøkken in November 2010, Molly Haslund performed with Gary Winters from the Lone Twin performance and theatre group. While Gary gave a performance lecture about the beginnings and work of Lone Twin, Molly provided soundtracks to some video examples on her Ukulele. She also was a member of Lone Twin Theatre, and in the second part of the presentation, she and Gary gave an example of what their first piece looked like […]

Mette Kit Jensen (DK)

Mette Kit Jensen Work for Live Art Danmark 2013 “Fortællinger fra lukkede rum” at Hitparaden 1 Fortællinger fra lukkede rum At our first Hitparaden festival, Mette performed the performance lecture that can be seen in the video below, in Danish. One point of reference for the work is the German 19th century writer Karl May, famous for writing numerous adventure stories set in the Wild West and other colonised regions of the world. But she also took the audience into the rather bizarre world of the Native American reenactment camps that existed in the GDR. These, she claimed, were so popular because spending time there was mostly an excuse for […]

Melanie Jame Wolf (AU)

Melanie Jame Wolf Work for Live Art Danmark 2013 “This Time You’re Winning” at Hitparaden 1 This Time You’re Winning In her performance “This Time You’re Winning”, Melanie Jame offered multiple audiences of one spectator each an opportunity to say what they had always wanted to say, but hadn’t. She elaborated: “You may have been carrying these words from an old argument, or a recent embarrassment. Perhaps they are for a lover, new or remembered. Or perhaps they are for a nemesis or a friend. Perhaps it happened yesterday. Or perhaps these words have been traveling restlessly beside you for many years or sleepless nights.” This Time You’re Winning offered […]

Mathias Kryger (DK)

Mathias Kryger Work for Live Art Danmark 2011 Duo performance with Sophie Dupont at Samtalekøkken Duo Performance The piece Mathias Kryger performed with Sophie Dupont at Samtalekøkken was developed in a collective process. Together they created costumes from found and cheaply bought materials and invented a series of physical situations that contained elements reminiscent of dance performances from early Avantgarde and Dada, contemporary dance and theatre. Donning red wigs that obscure their faces, the duo move silently in the sparse light of a video projection that shows the same sequence of historical film material again and again: a female knife thrower performs, placing her knives precariously close to the body […]

Mark Harvey (NZ)

Mark Harvey Works with Live Art Danmark 2012 “Home Renovation” at Salon Saloon 2014 “Welcome Stop” and “Forward and Back” at Hitparaden 2 2016 “Entrance Party” and “Pssst” (with Leena Kela) at Live Art for Børn Home Renovation Salon Saloon was a series of performance events we organised at our home in the Vestrerbro district of Copenhagen. Mark’s first performance for Live Art Denmark was a site specific series of endurance based performative actions, marking a path through our apartment, all in close proximity to the audience. His entrance was especially memorable, when, lying on his stomach, he used a pair of toilet plungers to pull himself through the different […]

Marcus Coates (UK)

Marcus Coates Work at Live Art Danmark 2011 Video Works at Samtalekøkken Video Works At Samtalekøkken in December 2011, we presented a selection of Marcus’ video works until 2010. Long before it became a general trend in academia as well as across the visual and performing arts, Marcus has worked with the ideas of being or becoming an animal, or what today would be called  human-animal or human-non-human-animal relations. About the Artist Marcus, who was born in London in 1968, is well-known for his video works, which record the artist making shamanistic performances. These events tend to take place in municipal spaces such as offices or council housing buildings, and […]

Lone Twin (UK)

Lone Twin Work for Live Art Danmark 2010 Performance Lecture for Samtalekøkken, with Molly Haslund 2019 “Beastie” at Live Art for Børn 6 and Performance Recipies at Copenhagen Contemporary Performance Lecture In November 2010, Gary Winters , one half of the Lone Twin performance duo, at the time in transition from performance art to theatre makers, came to Copenhagen to present their work at Samtalekøkken. With the support of Molly Haslund, who was a performer in Lone Twin Theatre, he talked about how he and his partner Gregg Whelan met as art students, their collaboration as artists, illustrated by videos and slides of their work. Molly played the Ukulele to […]

Line Skywalker Karlström (S)

Line Skywalker Karlström Works for Live Art Danmark 2011 “(leaving) Nest” at Samtalekøkken 2014 “Kroppen der stak af” at Live art for Børn 1 2015 “Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre” at Kulstof 15 (leaving) Nest This performance by Line Skywalkerm, presented at Samtalekøkkenet in December 2011, was a new durational work, created for the occasion and running for three hours. We participate in a poetic, physical, semi-improvised ritual that moves  between different installations, groups of materials and nests, in the large open space of Carlsberg Hall. The work is based on the size and character of the room, animals, nature, and materials. (Leaving) Nest is performed as a […]

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (PH/DK)

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen Works for Live Art Danmark 2010 “Artist’s Song” and “Manifesto” for Samtalekøkken 2013 Live Review of “Gaia” at Samtalekøkken/Wundergrund festival 2014 “Skin Stripping” for Now and Again 2017 “Mikado” at Live Art for Børn at S/H, Copenhagen Artist’s Song/Manifesto For Samtalekøkken, October 2010, she performed “Artists Song” and “Manifesto”. Set to enticing music and situated in the sparse light of a video projection of flashing white, neon-like lines, that move, join, and separate, Lilibeth speak-sings her thoughts about how to enter art history while questioning whether the artists already inscribed in it are important reference points. Gaia – Live Review Lilibeth’s series of site specific performances titled […]