Line Skywalker Karlström

Works for Live Art Denmark
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
(leaving) Nest, presented at Samtalekøkkenet in December 2011 was a new durational work, created for the occasion abnd running for three hours. We participate in a poetic, physical, semi-improvised ritual that moves  between different installations, groups of materials and Nest, in the large open space of Carlsberg Hall. The work is based on the size and character of the room, animals and nature and materials. (Leaving) Nest is performed as a cleansing ritual. It speaks about transformation, knowing and acknowledging one’s origins, and to know what it is you are leaving.

Kroppen der stak af
At Live art for Børn 1 in Nikolaj Kunsthal Line showed this performance with the full title “Kroppen der stak af (hjemmefra (og fulgte begærets linje med sit blik)”, roughly translating into “The body that ran away (from home (and followed the line of desire with his gaze)”. She puts her body, clad in a skin colored full body suit, through a series of actions among an array of technical equipment. The largest one seems to be a printer/Scanner combination, like the ones everyone has in their home office. She uses it to scan different parts of her own body.  The scanned images promptly appear on a small video projection in the background in eerie black and white, while Line performs a series of manipulations on her own body. This performance is a good example of our idea that no performance style or subject matter is too complex to present for kids, as long as appropriate framing is provided.

Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre
And at Kulstof 15, Line performed “Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre”. For the performance she created a performative, semi-improvised installation. The work is inspired by her ongoing interest in what it means ‘to think with the body’. She places her own body in front of a large video projection which displays a collection of photographic images of details of 16th and 17th century paintings representing female persons. We are taken on a fascinating trip into a personal subjective archive of physical gestures Line chose to name and read as subversive, queer or lesbian.

Photo: Peter Lind

Photo: Peter Lind

About the Artist
Line Skywalker Karlström (b. 1971) is a Swedish interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, objects, installation, video and social action as tools to investigate structures in society pertaining to commonality, power, institution, space and body.

Read more about the artist on her blog.

Om liveart_dk

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.