Ulla Hvejsel

Works for Live Art Denmark
2011 “A Speech to the Silent Majority” at Samtalekøkken
2014 “Talking Out of My Ass” at Live Art for Børn 1
2016 “Talking Out of My Ass” at Live Art for Børn 3

A Speech to the Silent Majority
Ulla presented her performance lecture “A Speech to the Silent Majority” at Samtalekøkken. Following the example of a mythological Danish queen named Kraka, she attempted to “speak without actually saying anything at all”. She then speaks quite a lot as she launches into a smart and humerous tour of examples for silences in art and history, including a full length participative rendition of 4’33, the famous piano piece by John Cage, as an excuse to stay silent for 4 minutes and 33 seconds in the middle of her performance.

Talking Out of My Ass
“The ass is a complicated body part, and for that reason it may be able to give new complicated answers to the old complicated questions.”
Ulla has been addressing art audiences old and young out of her ass continuously since 2014 with a series of performances, talks, interviews and quizzes. At our first Live Art for Børn festival in 2014, we were lucky enough to book one of its first appearances. For this performance, Ulla’s ass was inserted in a background projection of al fresco paintings from the 14th cenntury found in Danish churches. The children in the audience were allowed to ask any questions they could come up with to Ulla’s naked butt. We invited her again forthe third edition Live Art for Børn in Ålborg. This time, children competed in a quiz against the ass.

About the Artist
Ulla was  born in 1975, at the birthclinic “Fødselsanstalten” in Aarhus. That is now closed. She graduated with an MFA in art and arttheory from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2006. That is still there. Since then she has worked extensively and experimentally with theatre, television, parenting, nursing, videoediting, comedy, performance, selfdeceit, curating, naked truths and more. At the moment she is mostly talking out of her ass.

Ulla often works with longterm projects where she works and researches her way through different aspects of a topic or a concept in a variety of different medias and contexts. Her work has been shown locally, internationally, in art-centres as well as in perfectly inconspicuous locations.

Ulla’s famous ass has its own website. Documentation of some of her other activities can be found here.

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.