Works with Live Art Danmark
2011 “SET UP”, installation for Samtalekøkken at Dansehallerne
2014 “Hulerum” at Live Art for Børn 2
2018 “Maxi Golf” at SWOP festival Roskilde, with Boaz Barkan
2020 “Arbeit, Arbeit” at “Live Art für Kinder” at Kampnagel Hamburg/Germany.
In December 2011, our performance networking event Samtalekøkken took place in Seimi’s total-installation “SET UP” at Dansehallerne, then located at the former Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen. The audience was immersed in a landscape of fabric, tents and tables. The installation served as a perfect backdrop for our event, and we asked art critic Matthias Borello from kunsten.nu to review it in a new installment of our series of live reviews.
The following video takes you on a walk through the installation:
And this one presents Matthias’ take on it:
A home reflects who you are and who you want to be. A place someone calls “theirs” is also a three-dimensional portrait of that person. “Hulerum”, which roughly translates to “Cave Room” was an installation Seimi created for our children’s festival in collaboration with kids from two local kindergardens. It was also a study of how people express themselves through their spaces and homes. Visitors were invited to create their own caves, continue to build on existing ones or just hang out and play in them.
Together with Boaz Barkan, in a collaboration of Live Art Danmark with Aaben Dans, Seimi created Maxi Golf for SWOP festival in Roskilde in 2018. The large scale outdoor artwork took the well known family sport of mini golf as its starting point. Score cards, balls and clubs were handed out to visitors who then struggled to figure out where to shoot their balls in some very unusual tracks, which, among others, resembled a live size campground, a huge living room cabinet, cobbled together from thrift shop furniture, and a forest.
The installation Maxi Golf was developed and built in collaboration with two 7th grade forms from local Østervangsskole. Materials were donated by GENBYG.
Seimi’s piece “Arbeit, Arbeit” was shown in a especially made corona-safe version during the German edition of our live art for Children festival, which we presented with our partners from Kampnagel Culture Center and Fundus Theater in Hamburg during the pandemic. “Arbeit, Arbeit” invited teenaged audiences into an installation of piles of fabric and rows of sewing machines, where they experienced actual work under pressured conditions while confronted with the empty promises of self-realisation and endless opportunities that the job market in a capitalist world seemingly offers. In a mix of installation, theatre and performance the young audiences experienced an increasingly dystopian working environment, while forced to create useless objects on the sewing machines.
About the Artist
Seimi Nørregaard (1975) creates text, scenographies, exhibitions and performance installations as playful invitations to join another state of mind, in childish, sometimes scary landscapes.
Read more about her work on Seimi’s website.