The video below shows Kristoffer’s performance “Opadstræbende Linjer” from the program we curated for Alt_Cph 2013. The title translates roughly to “lines striving upwards“. With this performance, the artist tries to share a religious experience he had not long before. He describes it as a knowledge that cannot be related to any specific religion or confession. He also points out the importance of keep asking oneself the big, metaphysical questions. Also in the year 2013. What we actually see is intense work with a small array of everyday materials. First he sits in a field of gras, where he hammers on some material and colors a white canvas. He changes location, moves to a junk strewn courtyard where he drums on empty paint canisters and a small cymbal. All these actions are executed in a slow, almost sleep walking quality.
In October 2013, he performed the soundpiece “Elektriske Guitarer” at Samtalekøkken together with Claus Haxholm. The two artists swing the namesake electric guitars by their necks, producing a subtle buzzing sound. Later they beat the guitars with sticks, causingf a louder, more rhythmic, but still meditative sound.
About the Artist
Kristoffer Raasted (b. 1988) lives and works in Copenhagen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ media art school with Professor Angela Melitopoulos. In 2016, interned at the Sound Art Project Room Issue Project Room in New York for three months, curating a sound art night at the experimental venue Trans Pecos. In the spring of 2017, he exchanged at the Ecole Nationale Superièure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was associated with Professor Anne Rochette’s studio for sculpture, performance and sound. In May of that year, he took courses in audio editing and took a trip to Japan to perform in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Kristoffer Raasted has exhibited in numerous venues in Copenhagen, including Galleri Asbæk, Glyptoteket, NLH-Space and at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition. He showed his work in New York, Paris, Lisbon, Hamburg, Munich and Tokyo.