Terra Nova

Works for Live Art Denmark
2013: “Like/not like” at Samtalekøkken

Like/not like
At Samtalekøkken in February 2013, Jens Bäckvall and Christian Adelhorst Rossil, members of the performance collective Terra Nova, presented their open source project “Like/not like” in a performative lecture. Printed and laminated “thumbs up/down” symbols were passed out to the audience, and they were encouraged to like or dislike the presentationa and the project at several times during the evening. The project is documented in a series of short videos on Jens Bäckvall’s Youtube channel. They mostly show Jens and Christian in jogging pants, working on different aspects of simplicity and minimalist movements. They also dance to Britney Spears.

About the Artists
Terra Nova were a group of full- and part-time performance-artists, who seem to have worked together between 1999 and roughly 2013 (at least no later traces of activities can be easily found online). The artistic leader was Jens Bäckvall.

They worked with interaction and manipulation of their audience in intimate one-to-one scenarios, either in public space or within specially designed installations. A lot of the work was concerned with communication, existentialism and rituals as well collaborations with NGOs to highlight socio-political problems and agendas. They also worked with physical theatre and dance, and created several dance-theatre performances.

The group performed in Denmark, Sweden, USA, France, Romania, Finland, The Faroe Islands, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

Some info can be found on this website, with the current projects dating to 2013, which makes us think that the group has since disbanded.

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.