Essi Kausalainen

Works with Live Art Denmark
2012: “I and other Letters” at Samtalekøkken
2015: “Carnation & Quartz” “Live Art for Kids” in Kristiansstad

I and other Letters
For Samtalekøkkenet September 2012, Essi presented “I and other Letters”. She begins, measuring and occupying the rather large, white space by rolling slowly all around it in an office chair. Later, she arranges some flowers in a vase on a table, whih she then drags diagonally across the floor. Finally, she jumps onto the office chair, this time lying stretched out across the arm rests, planking and speedily rolling towards the audience. A minimal work with a fascinating change of dynamics.

Carnation & Quartz
For “Live Art for Kids” i Kristiansstad (Oct 31st, 2015) og Ystad (Nov 1st, 2015), she presented “Carnation & Quartz” a performance about plants and their communication in collaboration with Dagmar Vestergaard Friis.

After the performance we asked the kids to draw the performance as a starting point for the public discussion.

About the Artist
Essi Kausalainen (Helsinki) is a visual artist who bases her artistic practice on the sensuous capacity of the body and its philosophic and ethical materiality. In her work, the body is approached as an open ended process made in, and shaped by, the complex relations with other beings, situations and environments. With the help of fabulation and play, Kausalainen aims to escape the hierarchical and linear ways of thinking and operating.

Essi Kausalainen’s work has been recently exhibited and performed in venues such as Somerset House (London), Bildmuseet (Umeå), la Galerie (Noisy-le-Sec), kim? (Riga) and Malmö Moderna Museet.

Her website contains lots more info on her work.

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.