Claus Ejner

Works for Live Art Danmark
2014: “Performance om det at være til”, Hitparaden 1

Performance om det at være til
Claus Ejner spoke Danish and wrote in Danish on the posters he used throughout his performance at Hitparaden 1 festival. The title might be translated as “Performance on what will be”. He began standing on stage motionless with a poster around his neck stating that he is normal and that this is a performance that deals with locking out the outside world. He remains motionless for some minutes, fingers stuffed in his ears. He then worked his way through a series of microperformances, each resulting in a still image, some enacted with his body, some made by bending a measuring stick. Each image is accompanied by an explanation. Lulling the audience with a calm voice and a repetitive rhythm, he holds up one of these instant sculptures, folds the measuring stick into different shapes, and tells us in a monotonous voice:  “This is …, this is … something else”. We seem to witness the futile attempt to name and categorize, trying to impose order onto a world that resists it with its materiality.

About the Artist
Claus Ejner is a multidisciplinary artist, whose works include cartoons, photography, poetry, collages, drawings, performances and video.  He is educated at the Art Academy of Jutland and recieved the 3 year bursary scheme from the Danish Arts Council in 2013.

Claus’ website is called, for some reason, Dada-Invest.


Photo: Peter Lind

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.